Fake MAC

Perusing eBay, it’s appalling how much fake MAC there are. There’s more fake than authentic *shakes head*

When I first started getting into MAC, it didn’t even cross my mind that fakes existed but as my passion grew, so did my knowledge base.

MAC doesn’t do 24 piece brush sets so majority of brush sets on eBay – fake.

I know some people are like, “Yeah but it’s cheap. And it’s still make up.” But think again. Do you really know what ingredients your fake make up contains? No.

And stupid sellers who say things like “The buyers will know whether it’s fake or not.” Clearly, not everyone is aware of fake cosmetics! I didn’t when I first started.

Some general rules I go by:
MAC always always has batch numbers and names for their products. Never a number like #002 or something! But some fakes are really good so always make sure to ask for pictures and compare with the real thing or with guides etc.

When contemplating to purchase anything from MAC’s past limited edition collections, CHECK SPECKTRA FOR COLLECTION AND PRODUCT INFORMATION. There’s some sellers on eBay selling MAC Hello Kitty mascaras! WTF? MAC’s Hello Kitty collection never included the mascara!!

Majority of fake cosmetics sellers are based in Hong Kong or China. Avoid.

If it’s too good to be true – it probably is!

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So here are some great guides about fake MAC which I’ve found useful 🙂 Hope it helps someone! Also, if you haven’t already, join Specktra.net. They have a great ‘Counterfeit’ sub-forum which actually contains several useful guides on counterfeit make up 🙂

Spotting fake MAC brushes
Fake MAC 411 on Pursebuzz
Guide on eBay

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Krissy
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 00:24:51

    >Thanks for posting this!Unfortunately the first MAC product I ever bought was fake 😦 It was a full sized pigment for $15 in a random beauty store and I was like OMG $15, YESS!But when I got home and checked everything out, I came across all those fake MAC videos and turns out my pigment was a complete fake! I dont even like looking at it now. lol.Also, this store called 'my beauty spot' was selling cremesheen lipsticks in two shades for $14.99 a few weeks ago…I took note of the shades and checked them on the net and they didnt even exist.So this reputable beauty/perfume shop is selling fake MAC…I wonder if theyre aware.Sorry for the long comment lol I just get so frustrated at fake thigns out there!

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  2. Sally
    Mar 21, 2010 @ 07:34:37

    >great post, julz 🙂

    Reply

  3. XOVINTAGELOVE
    Mar 26, 2010 @ 11:52:12

    >krissy – so sorry to hear about your encounter with fake mac! 😦 i saw a beauty shop in a shopping centre selling fake mac! made me so angry.sally – thanks!

    Reply

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