Fake / Duplicate MAC Products – Beware!!

by Ami on September 9, 2010 · 74 comments

Beware of DUPLICATE Cosmetics Products

Hi Gals,

This is going to be an interesting topic. I don’t know how many of you are aware and have actually experienced the Duplicate Cosmetics products. Honestly I was not aware that the fake products of the big brands available in market, till the time I got very informative mail from my yahoo group. I am member of one of the yahoo group where all member share very nice, informative mails within the group. So one day I got mail from my group saying that “Fake cosmetics products available in market”.. the subject itself was very shocking that I just couldn’t stop myself.. Through mail I came to know that there are duplicate products available in market for the big brands in cheap price.. was definitely shock as I had never come across such fact or situation coz I always buy my cosmetics stuff from Shoppers Stop, Beauty Shop, Life Style, Inorbit… so no need to worry about duplicate products…

But still it was in my mind that is it really true… so I decided to search for such products.. definitely I was not supposed to get any duplicate products in any big malls… so I thought to check in small shops around the kandivali and Borivali markets.. the main challenge for me was How I will find that the product is duplicate.. what are the signs.. but fortunately I need not think more on that coz I went to one shop at borivali (will not disclose the name), it was ok-ok shop.. I mean not very big and not very small.. I went inside and was just looking at the cosmetics products.. and BINGO.. there I found products from MAC… it was first shock coz till I know MAC products are only available in 4-5 stores in Mumbai… I asked him to show me MAC products.. they had everything eye shadow, eye liner, pencil liner, base, gloss from MAC.. there was dis shadow palette.. I asked the price and got second shock: IT IS OF ONLY ONLY ONLY Rs. 275.. have you ever heard MAC 6 shadow palette just in 275.. huh..

Unfortunately I couldn’t took the picture of the stock they have for MAC.. but I tried to get info on why they selling MAC products at very cheap rates.. there were 2 males and 1 female sales executive and to my good luck the owner of the shop was not there.. so I tried to became more friendly with the girl to get the info on the products.. she said its duplicate.. to communicate more I showed surprise to them that I am not aware of such thing.. and the poor girl said arey ma’am har products ka duplicate milta he.. we were talking more on that and mean while the other 2 SE also jumped in our conversation.. I said y u selling duplicates it may be harmful to skin, do you knw what ingredients it have… one of the SE was very smart and he replied “arey nahi ma’am ye duplicates nahi, ye to custom me se nikala he is liye cheap me bech rahe he”.. so I understood dat its duplicate but this guys will absolutely not reveal the truth.. and I bought this palette to do more research and left that shop…

Here is 3rd shock what I got… after coming home with duplicate shadow palette, I went to MAC site to check this product so that I can find the difference.. and I got BIG SHOCK.. they don’t have any such product…

Images of the Duplicate shadow palette…

This MAC eye shadow palette which I bought Rs. 275… shocked na…

Fake MAC

Fake MAC

The cover (box) image.. just closely look to the circled area..

Below is the correct logo of MAC.. if you compare both the logos you will not find any difference.

Mac

Mac

And here is the photo of palette

Fake MAC

Fake MAC

This image is of shadow palette… and if you closely look at the circled area you will find the difference between the real logo and this duplicate logo..

The eye shadow

Fake MAC

Fake MAC

Fake MAC

Fake MAC

Conclusion: PLEASE DON’T BUY ANY COSMETIC STUFF FROM LOCAL SHOP AND ONLY BUY IT FROM THE MALLS AND COMPANY RECOGNISED SHOP…

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Poornima Narayan September 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm

LOL…So true Ami. Me, Rati n Ki just spotted such stuff the other day. And unfortunately there are lots of shops selling these in Kerala as well as Bangalore too..sigh

Guess its high time consumers are aware of these products and keep away from them

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Rati September 9, 2010 at 7:43 pm

yeah poornima, it’s quit a common thing here but didn’t realize that the logos were different.

I wonder why no action is being taken against such frauds… ?:-)

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Rati September 9, 2010 at 7:45 pm

such tricky logo…still not able to believe it.. :-?

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fathima September 9, 2010 at 8:14 pm

hey rati!! i have send u a mail about something…please go check ..ok?!
.-= fathima´s last blog ..Maybelline Haul! =-.

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ki. September 9, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Ha ha yeah Poorni, I found it quite funny but I guess it IS a serious issue, na?
.-= ki.´s last blog ..Quick tips =-.

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Poornima Narayan September 9, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Yup Rati n Ki…very very serious issue.But I guess the companies can also not do anything about it. In countries like Singapore and Hongkong, there are actual factory rejects being sold for dirt cheap price. So in effect, there is absolutely nothing anybody can do about it. The roots are deep

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ik September 9, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Oh God! i read about this once but i totally forgot about this after that!..
a very informative post Ami! :) thank you!!

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Medha September 9, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Wow..thanks for the information!

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HD September 9, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Heyy Ami….I have seen a similar thing too…soem time back a friend of mine happily told me that I got a MAC eye liner for only 200 Rs. at some local store in Goregaon….my instant reply was its fake…the shopkeeper had told her that they get the stock directly etc…all golis….I told her if MAC pencils are soo cheap, i will only buy MAC henceforth :-P

I took her with me to the MAC store to confirm and as I hd expected they dont even have such a product !!

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fathima September 9, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Thanks you so much for doing this article!!! i come across fake Chanel and Mac here in kerala all the time….and usually such dupes have products that are not there at all!!!Its seems kinda creepy and scary to me!
.-= fathima´s last blog ..Maybelline Haul! =-.

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Radhika September 9, 2010 at 8:07 pm

FAKE CHANEL???? OMG..I would scream and shout at them if I catch them…grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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fathima September 9, 2010 at 8:08 pm

YEAH!!!! i was soo majorly angry!!!
.-= fathima´s last blog ..Maybelline Haul! =-.

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ik September 9, 2010 at 8:44 pm

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

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fathima September 9, 2010 at 8:57 pm

my mum had to drag me put of the shop literally so that i wont start shouting..i was fuming!!!! i never went to shop again not even for accesories!!
.-= fathima´s last blog ..Maybelline Haul! =-.

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Radhika September 9, 2010 at 9:24 pm

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

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jomol September 9, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Hey Ami…thanks I never had a clue that someone could copy MAC… :-(( :-(( and that too with such precision……I had bought duplicate VOV nail enamels but i found that they were duplicate but sold at the same price as the original….that is CHEATING…….

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HD September 9, 2010 at 8:01 pm

look whos here!!

Duplicate VOV!!!!! anyways VOV is not low priced and uska duplicate??

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jomol September 9, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Hey HD…I am here…..I just peed and had a look….. :female: :female: :female: :female: whether everything was okay LIKE YOU DO :silly: :silly: :silly: :silly: :silly: :silly:

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HD September 9, 2010 at 10:51 pm

oh no jomol dear…it is only u who needed a test…you urself confessed to that…we all are very sure of ourselves

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Radhika September 9, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Ami, that was a really interesting post, and you took so much effort to track it and put it up here..you are just superb. I hope at least someone somewhere who thinks of buying these wakes up after reading this.

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calicoaster September 9, 2010 at 8:04 pm

OMG!! this is really informative..and that logo information is really shocking!!!…. :shock: :shock: :shock:

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Radhika September 9, 2010 at 8:05 pm

I have seen so many people though, who know its fake, and still would happily buy it!! Those are the kinds I just cannnnnot understand. If MAC is too expensive, there are loads of cheaper brands which make some very good products..why not buy that instead of buying this. And the safety issues…a fake products company is the last I would think to be bothered about customer safety. Buy Lakme…they make really good products..buy Avon..affordable, good, and safe. What is the pride in owning an unsafe fake MAC palette??????

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ik September 9, 2010 at 8:54 pm

i agree completely!!!

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Radhika September 9, 2010 at 8:11 pm

And had to add some more – I know this person who told me the other day, she is going to go to Bombay and there is this place she knows where she will get Louis Vuitton and Prada bags for 1000 Rs. I told her its fake…she told me no no its taken from factory only. I was like factory?? what factory?? and even if its some factory…why would they sell them for 1000? She just refused to believe anything I said – refused to believe or didnt want to believe, I dont know. So many nice brands are there in shops nowadays..why would you want to throw good money on a fake..as it is I dont like LV..logo logo..but a fake LV…and she seemed so disappointed that I didnt want one too!!!!
.-= Radhika´s last blog ..Chanel Le Crayon Yeux – Precision Eye Definer Swatch-Review =-.

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HD September 9, 2010 at 8:20 pm

ohh you do get lots for these fake branded bags…the shopkeepers get it from bangkok…

I am totally with you on fake cosmetics Rads but I wouldnt mind buying a fake brnded bag for the design…I knw I wouldnt be able to afford the original one and if the fake one is economical enuf I may buy it…I knw the quality wud be that ways too but its fine w me…I anyways buy bags etc from bandra linking road which is famous of it…specially if I want it in varying colors…i prefer buying non-branded stuff since I wud spend less and wud get to buy more….but thats just my opinion :-)

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Radhika September 9, 2010 at 8:41 pm

No no HD..even I have two..I didnt buy it knowingly..but now that I know also I like it so much..I am like :-| hehehe..and using it anyway. If I could get something similar also na in Indian brands I would happily stop using this and buy that…but till then hehehehheee.. :-| :-| :-| But this person I told na..she wanted to get only cos its LV or Prada or whatever..thats dumb na!!!!! I got mine in Beijing..they have fakes of everything…ANYTHING and everything…is amazing..and well made..sighhhhhhh. Heheheh..I got fake Pumas too..hehehheee..but am so ashamed I never wear them anywhere :-| :-| :-|

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HD September 9, 2010 at 8:48 pm

ha ha!! ya thats dumb!!! I would buy it only for the design/color/style etc…so yes if I get something similar in Indian brand I wud def pick that up!!!

I soo wanna go to bangkok/china for shpng!!!

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Radhika September 9, 2010 at 8:52 pm

OMG..if you go to Beijing..you will go mad..everything is so cute…and the Chinese babies also are so cute..I kept telling hubby…I am going to kidnap one :devil: :devil: :devil: :devil:

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ik September 9, 2010 at 9:06 pm

yeah? even i want to go now! HD lets just ditch everything and go there together okay? :highfive: :highfive:

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HD September 9, 2010 at 9:36 pm

:highfive: :handshake: :secret:

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HD September 9, 2010 at 9:42 pm

:highfive: :handshake: :secret: :airplane: :drink:

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ik September 9, 2010 at 9:01 pm

oh god! i know fake pumas they are sold as poma! :O with a horse logo! :P:P :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

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HD September 9, 2010 at 9:07 pm

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

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Radhika September 9, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Naah the ones from China…it will be like the real ones only :-(

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ik September 9, 2010 at 9:43 pm

oh i was talking about hyd general bazaar and commercial street b’lore.:P:P

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jomol September 9, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I never use anything fake. :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: …Rads is a FAkemati :heh: :heh: :heh: :heh: :heh: :heh: :heh:

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ik September 9, 2010 at 10:03 pm

hahaha :rotfl: :rotfl:

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Radhika September 10, 2010 at 2:54 am

And Jomol is a fake girl :D :D :D

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Alexandra Z. September 9, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Oh, gosh, really someone has to do smth about this! I mean, I don;t own any mac, but if I ever buy some, I don’t want to pay the same price for some fake items! :no: So yeah, it’s sad…

Thank you for the heads up!

xoxo
.-= Alexandra Z.´s last blog ..۩ LOTN Purple Fairy Tale ۩ =-.

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ik September 9, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Alexandra, these are not sold for the same price. the fake was sold for Rs 275 and the original is more than Rs 1000/ Rs 1500.
still, i think paying anything to harm oneself is just so stupid! no? bdw, your purple fairy tale look is reallyyy prettyyy!! me like very much! i really hope i get that nice someday! :-?

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rids September 9, 2010 at 9:30 pm

so true !!! i also came across MAC hello kitty black gel liner … it was for 200 bucks .. instantly thought “must be fake” … lol i hv also come across fake VOV stuff… we roam around in vile parle market a lot .. get to see so many fake prodcts and people buyin them too . . .!!!! :struggle:

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HD September 9, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Irla??

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rids September 9, 2010 at 9:52 pm

KHOKHA MARKET …near station ..vile parle west
HAHAHAHAHA
:rotfl:

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HD September 9, 2010 at 10:54 pm

yupp

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jomol September 9, 2010 at 9:59 pm

:heh: :heh: :heh: :heh: Hope Rads has found a cure for her psoriasis……. :snicker: :snicker: :snicker: :snicker: …..somebody went all the way to Beijing to get a fake Puma……. :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug:

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Radhika September 9, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Calvin’s dad went there..me tagged along..no job..I was thinking I am super lucky I got at least a fake Puma!! And you wanted to leave Eno and run after him :-|

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deb September 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Great Tip Ami :)

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deb September 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Also Ive seen seen some fake brushes around in the city. If i can click then will sure post it…

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Nimi4444in September 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm

I guess, the only solution wd b nt to buy these products at a lesser price, coz if we stop buying then they hv to stop producing.
Ppl buy these products that is d reason they r flooding d market with these fake products.

I had just started surfing IMBB n had been to a shop in Bhubaneswar (where i belong to) n they had MAC cosmetics, they showed me an eye shadow palette for Rs. 325/-. I did’nt buy it. Initially i was like MAC products in BBSR?? Was very happy too, bt had seen d prices on this site n was like Eek! after hearing the price.

P.S. Rati pls delete d previous post with my real name.

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deb September 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm

But well, if u can find it around pls do na :D as i would surely be lured by any SA anyways if it wasn’t for the price difference :D
.-= deb´s last blog ..Zero Gravity again! =-.

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Devie September 9, 2010 at 10:28 pm

I saw some of these at something called the U.S. dollar store and immediately got excited. I didn’t buy any though, cause besides the ethical qualms I was more scared of the havoc these would wreak on my precious eyelids. I love the detective work you did!
Great post :)

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Nimi4444in September 9, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Rati pls delete d previous post with my real name.

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Nimi September 9, 2010 at 11:00 pm

thnx a lot

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Rima Kaur September 9, 2010 at 11:42 pm

i’ve seen so much fake mac! even before the real deal came to india, i could see it being sold in shops. the best way to avoid picking up fakes is to buy makeup directly from the concerned stores. some fake items are so scarily close to the original that even seasoned buyers cannot make out the difference!
there are fake items from “channel”, mufe, bobbi brown etc too!

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far September 10, 2010 at 2:09 am

I also saw some fake MAC products here in pune at shops in clover centre (rati u are here so maybe u can also visit and see) the other day but i instantly thought why will they sell MAC at such cheap cost might be something fishy and anyways if i want something MAC i’ll go to their main outlet and buy from there it’ll be more authentic and good quality. I wonder how ppl. who buy fake makeup don’t get any allergies or anything or maybe they get?

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Ami September 10, 2010 at 9:28 am

Hi All,

M so sorry for late reply….. was lost in work…
thanks a lot to all of you…
my objective was to create the awareness that fake products are there in market and how you can identify them… obviouls the price difference is the very first point but apart from that you can check logo and such things so that you can stay away from such things…
i agree that the what that shop is doing is wrong but still i liked there one things is that.. yaar they could have charged 900-1000 for this palette, and giral who are not aware about all these would have paid that much money.. 1000 rs for mac fake shadow… but he didnt do it and he kept the price only for 275… i dont why he is doing that…
still confused :-? :-? :-? :-? :-? and :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

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Rati September 10, 2010 at 9:35 am

Ami,

A small shop keeper knows that if he sells something worth 1000 bucks no one would purchase anything from him. People would purchase from the store instead. And who knows his profit margin must be quite high in Rs 275 as well… ?:-)

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Devie September 10, 2010 at 10:56 am

Or perhaps his clientèle is people that want to buy a “cheaper MAC”
Is it plausible that much like luxury accessories, people view high-end makeup brands as status symbols and want to purchase them not for the performance, but just for the name?
I see it happen all the time here, when people buy fake stuff on ebay, especially makeup brushes.

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Giasaysthat September 10, 2010 at 10:43 am

Hey everyone :D

You also get a lot of FAKE VOV PRODUCTS

The original “VOV” is a korean brand i guess and it’s amazing!!!! I have a few “ORIGINAL” nail paints.But the fake ones are extremely bad !!! :-|

So make sure there is sticker or something that says “made in korea”
Don’t get the “made in germany” or “India” one.
The packaging itself will help you find out :)

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Giasaysthat September 10, 2010 at 10:52 am

And also i found a few revlon products :-? that are FAKE

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sheetal September 10, 2010 at 12:41 pm

hi all, you know what there are many mac prods which are sold online on some chinese website.. they say that the product is of high quality but not original and also one cannot makeout whether its original or duplicate… any idea about these products???

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bulbul September 10, 2010 at 9:47 pm

huh,even i have seen some fake MAC eye pencils on kolkata footpaths and in some local shops for years. eye pencils cost about Rs. 20 per pc. he he. i purchased one when i was in college.i was a make-up virgin and didnt even know such a brand really existed. i hav seen fake vov products too.they are mainly sold at new market and hatibagan area. :-P

hey Ratidi(u r way too senior than me), i LOVE this blog.its really really helpful for a beginner like me. can u pleeeeeease suggest me some eye shadow palette ( not too expensive,< rs. 500) with pink, mauve, turquoise blue colors? i am really dying to buy these colors,bt hav never found one. :cry:

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Mirna September 13, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Well, I saw fake MAC at a stall in night market in Penang, Malaysia. Haven’t found one in Jakarta.
Please beware also people selling on websites offering you wholesale, such as MAC, Benefit, etc. I tried to find the information about the quality of the product in the websites, but didn’t find any. One thing that made me suspicious is the low price they offer for a package of lots of stuffs.
Just search on internet…..

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Anne September 23, 2010 at 1:57 am

HI! Thanks a lot for your blog, such an informative one. I am from the Philippines and I saw one of those eye shadow Palette selling here at the office. I have a gut feeling that it was really fake since it does not have any counterpart at any MAC store. Such a relief to raed this blog. Now I know that I really need to be aware. And this is very alarming! Thanks! :yes:

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Prik November 21, 2010 at 2:24 am

Hi Ami,
Nice post. Even I have come across Mac products in Borivali. I also came across a 98 eyeshadow palette from VOV which is sold at different rates at different shops.
I guess its fake bcoz the packaging has no details of where it is made.
Would you disclose the name of the shop so that I wouldn’t go to it :)
Plz could anyone suggest an eyeshadow palette with a variety of colours?
And 1 more thing is The beauty shop Kandivali, a safe place to shop?
Thanks :D

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Vinita Jayant November 21, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Hey

I have seen fake VOV, L’Oreal, Maybelline(Maybeliner)lol, MAC

I tried a couple of fake MAC eye shadows- and they are pretty good

most of the ingredients are the same

the cost price of these are pretty much the same as that of the real deal

the brand just makes more money with their sales

:dazed:

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Shilpi January 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I have also seen fake mac foundation at one of the shop in Dehradun. When i came to know about its price i was shocked bcoz it was priced @150.

Then i thoroughly checked the packaging, it was made in South Korea. I think these fake products are available all over the world at very cheap prices.

We should buy cosmetics products from branded stores/ malls only.

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Tanvi March 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Hi,

I saw this huge vov eyeshadow palette on snapdeal.com (http://www.snapdeal.com/product/perfumes-beauty-cosmetics/eyeshadow-pallete-98-in-1-9527)

Its having 98 eyeshadows at a discounted price of Rs 825. After reading this blog i am a little skeptical in buying dis.
Does any one have any information about snapdeal products? (though they have mentioned it to be as 100% genuine on their site)

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poorva June 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Recently my friend n I were shopping in gk 1 market, Delhi… We stopped at an open stall which sells hair clips etc there we spotted these makeup products too… N they had single eye shadows which had same packaging as original mac. The price was 175 bucks n im sure after bargaining he would’ve sold it at like maybe 130-150 …. They even had mac eye pencils for as low as 100INR !!!! I was shocked. I’ve been wanting the mac feline since so long but I don’t buy it coz of the price n here they’re selling mac eye pencils for 100!! N people must b buying them that’s y they have so much in stock!! Fake products of good brands shouldn’t be encouraged!!

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