Hey guys, i hope you had a good week. There are a lot of cheap knockoff products that come out of China. Some of them are kind of fun, like knockoffs of expensive purses that you could not otherwise afford on your salary and fake watches that look almost like the real thing. When it comes to products that you put on your skin, however, you need to be extra careful
Mercury, lead, arsenic, cyanide and even human urine and rat droppings are often found in counterfeit cosmetics made in China. The level of toxins in some of these products have led to severe allergic reactions including skin rashes and burns, disfigurement and long-term health problems such as high blood pressure and infertility.
While replicas of products from popular brands like MAC, Benefit and Urban Decay have long been piled high at night market tables across Asia, foreign governments have recently raised the alarm that fake beauty products made in China are being sold to online shoppers around the world.
But it gets more tricky when products sold online are real products that are sold just as they are about to expire, or when sellers mix real products with water or other ingredients in order to sell a larger volume of goods. Even if the added ingredients are not toxic, the products can become contaminated with bacteria or other harmful substances in the process.
How to spot fake make up
Check the Label
Counterfeit products will often have uneven fonts, misspelled words, inconsistent patterns, and incorrect shade names printed on the label and leaflets, so make sure to cross-check the item with the one on the brand’s official website.
Pay Attention to the Packaging
If you previously purchased a lipstick or eyeliner from the brand in question, line the items up side-by-side to compare their exteriors. Fake products are housed in lower-quality plastic or metal casings, often paired with ill-fitting mirrors and sponge-tipped applicators.
Swatch the Colour Before Using
Just like low-quality packaging, a seemingly cheaper formula is a temporal sign of a counterfeit cosmetic. Fake eye shadows, blushes, lipsticks, and powders typically have a chalkier or thinner consistency than the real counterparts. Then, take a whiff of the product.
Enjoy your Easter holiday