It is no secret that popular and expensive cosmetics are often counterfeited. When using cosmetics with a dubious quality you put yourself at risk: at best, the result will not be what you would expect; in the worst case, the fake cosmetics could harm your health.
To protect yourself from these problems, Wisdom.ninja has put together some tips in order to help you choose quality cosmetics.
1. Do Not Purchase Cosmetics From Dubious Sellers
No matter how boring this advice sounds, it is worth taking into account that even a large store can prove to be a dubious vendor. To protect yourself from unpleasant surprises, go to the official website of the brand of cosmetics you’re looking for and review the list of shops where you can purchase them.
Sellers of cosmetics often have sales, however, a reason to suspect something strange is when they offer the goods at a discount that’s too big: it is unlikely that a mascara or eye shadow can be sold with 80% discount . A high price isn’t a guarantee that you’re purchasing an original product. Ask the seller for a certificate, if they refuse to show it, it’s best not to buy.
2. Take a Good Look at the Packaging
A fake batch is certainly noticeable. But there are also a lot of imitations of “good quality” that are difficult to distinguish, even by a connoisseur. Therefore, before buying cosmetics, visit the manufacturer’s website and examine how the product in which you’re interested in, should actually look.
You can recognize a cosmetic that is fake by examining details such as the inclination and the font size, the tone of packaging, if the printed text is blurred, package size or weight. If the product seems too light for weight declared on the packaging, it is a reason to suspect that it’s not original.
3. Check the Barcode, Serial Number, and Manufacturer Information
The barcode on imitations can not match the manufacturer country declared on the packaging (see how to check a bar code). Pay attention: the same serial number must be on both the packaging and on the product. In addition, the original packaging has detailed information about the cosmetic compounds and it is often also accompanied with instructions in several languages. If the information on the packaging is very scarce, the product is a fake clone.
4. Find Out What Tones Actually Exist
Manufacturers of counterfeit cosmetics love to invent new colors and give them names and numbers that do not exist in the original product. It is easy to investigate on the official website of the brand what colors the original product contains.
5. Evaluates the Texture and Smell of Cosmetics
The original cosmetics should not have any shine or suspicious scale, especially if the product is of a matte finish. Liquid products should not have any kind of waste in the background, creamy cosmetics should not be divided into layers or contain additional compounds. You can distinguish a fake lipstick for cracks, corners or condensed, a nasty smell, and suspicious texture. Mascaras may also have a different brush than the original product.
6. Pay Attention to Brushes and Sponges for Applying Cosmetics
Even if the packaging and appearance of cosmetics are very similar to the original, a fake may be recognized by its brushes and sponges. They may differ in size, shape and color, and irregular hair quality.
7. Make a Test Application and Check the Resistance
Ask for a tester to test the product. For example, a quality shadow and blush should not disintegrate or join in the folds, the lipstick should be distributed evenly across your lips, and an original mascara should not stick to your lashes nor fall.