Fake MAC vs Real MAC Blush

Fake MAC vs Real MAC Blush

Thursday, January 24, 2013 Sara Hassan , 45 Comments

There are a lot of fake MAC products sold around the wold. Even in our country, you could easily get your hands on counterfeit MAC in local stores and online as well. You see eyeshadow palettes (that MAC doesn’t make unless it’s LE), lipsticks, blushes, all for a reasonable cost, not exactly cheap because they wouldn’t want you to speculate the authenticity of these products. My personal experience with one such store was when I asked them if the MAC lipstick they had was 100% authentic and they confirmed it was totally genuine imported from Thailand. I don’t think I need to mention how people have been duped into getting fake MAC makeup on their trip to Thailand. Upon further inquisition the seller spilled it was first copy or ‘best' replica which they were selling for PKR 1500 (a supposedly great bargain) which is three fourth the cost of original MAC lipstick that's retailed at trusted stores out here. Total rip off!

There are several posts on the internet mocking the wacky mirror-brush-packaging of MAC eyeshadows, the adorable MAC Hello Kitty Collection, MAC lipsticks and blushes that clearly conveys those are FAKE but how to tell the difference when the packaging seems fully convincing? How to tell if it looks close to real? That’s only possible if you compare the real and fake side by side. Many YouTube gurus and beauty bloggers have done comparison posts (which are extremely helpful) and now it’s my turn to share some of my findings on how to tell apart the REAL and FAKE MAC blush so you don’t end up getting cheated.

I have got MAC Sheertone Blush in Blush Baby which I mistook as genuine at first sight. I didn’t know it was faux until I closely compared it to Sheertone Blush in Peaches that I bought from Agha’s supermarket a while ago. So let’s bust the fake one, shall we?

What to look for?

The font
The font is different both in front and on the back.

In front: The real one has a thicker font compared to the fake one which is way too thin.

On the back: Not only is the font style different but it also appears a little brighter and bolder on the fake one. Besides, the font color is pale yellow instead of the standard light grey tone.

The batch code
The batch code of authentic Sheertone blush is almost invisible in the photo (in real life as well) and the font color is sheer black. On the contrary, the fake one has quite an obvious batch code.

The packaging
The packaging screams it’s a fake. MAC products have a high-end feel to them, if you know what I mean. After all, it’s 'MAC' we’re talking about. The company would never have its products manufactured in haste. NEVER! All MAC is same everywhere no matter where you go. The fake one clearly lacks that immaculate finishing. It’s also somewhat lighter in weight comparatively. You could easily tell it’s cheaply made if you zoom in a bit more.

The qualities of the fake blush are:
  • Ugly dents/the compact is prone to scratch
  • The lid doesn’t lock seamlessly
  • The lid feels loose (the real one has a firm grip)
  • On the inside, the lid show prominent protrusions
  • Notice the flip connector and the large gaps
  • The oval depression on the fake one is smaller compared to the real
The smell
This is another VERY reliable way to distinguish between the two. The fake one has a bitter, waxy, weird smell typical of China-made copies. The real one virtually has no odor. Blindfold me and I can tell you which one’s fake.

The texture
The texture is remarkably different. Now I know it’s a Sheertone Blush which is supposed to impart a natural finish BUT that doesn’t mean you can’t build it up – it’s very much buildable!

The texture of the real blush feels supremely silky to the touch. The fake one is nothing close to it; it may seem soft on first swipe and you may be fooled but after just a couple of uses it ultimately reveals its true identity. You can spot bits of fiber on the surface, visible to the naked eye, that gives it a gritty feel. Not to mention, the fake one develops a hard crust which makes it difficult to swatch or pick up with the brush. No matter how much I build, the fake one remains the same flat color throughout.

The price
MAC Sheertone Blush currently costs $20 (PKR 1940) on the website. I bought mine for PKR 2895 inclusive of shipping/customs Agha’s supermarket had to pay so the price is absolutely justified. Do you think a genuine retailer would put it up for a price a lot less than the normal $20? Could they be SO generous to drop all the duty/customs charges they had paid and give you a whopping discount while they being in loss? No way! Think. We all love bargains but what about bargain on a product that actually costs one-fourth the price you paid while deeming it was REAL? You paid $15 for a $5 fake. Cheated, right?

Note: The counterfeit product may be priced same as genuine product in some cases.

Selling a dupe while mentioning it is one thing but claiming that the fake product is the REAL deal is utterly wrong in my books.
My advice, only buy MAC products from MAC’s official store/counter (which we currently don’t have in Pakistan) or trusted supermarkets like Agha’s and EBCO in Karachi. It’s not just MAC, there are many other brands out there that have unbelievably close-to-real counterfeits -- brands like NARS, Bobby Brown, CK, Benefit, Urban Decay, Too Faced, and even high street brands like Revlon, L’Oreal, Rimmel, Maybelline have fakes that are sold very cheap at local shops/online stores. Watch out!
If you wish to purchase genuine products online in Pakistan, follow my post here for the stores I approve of.

I hope you find this helpful. If you suspect you've bought a fake product, you can go through many YouTube videos and blog posts to confirm so that you don't get ripped off again.

Have you ever been cheated? Spill your thoughts!

45 comments :

  1. nice review.... thank you so much for sharing

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  2. this is very helpful, thanks you so much :X

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  3. Very helpful indeed <3 I did compare my MAC blush too when I got them cheap but yeah it turned outta be REAL MAC for sure thanks GOD :) Thanks for sharing xx

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  4. I guess we all have been there . Shopping in Pakistan means hit or miss . Even reputable departmental store like alfatah used to sell fake MaC until couple of years ago when they stocked up the originals . But to be honest I bought a 800rs Chanel eyeshaow quad back in pre blogging days and I used to be so happy with it .

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  5. I'm totally agree with your points,I have a fake blush where I found such kind of things....sigh:(

    thanks for the post.

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  6. I love your observations! You have exactly pinpointed the fakes which is hard for those of us to describe, one of those, see it and you'll know the difference type things. My cousin got a gel liner that was so obviously fake I couldn't believe she fell for it! I told her Mac's gel liner is called Blacktrack and you cannot possibly get it in that hexagonal pot. Needless to say, she was disappointed :/

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  7. even I was sold a fake MAC in mumbai. now i'm extra extra careful :(
    these can harm the skin naa :((

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    1. wait till you hear this BEE....i bought a MAC blush from an online store(priced exactly the same as genuine MAC) and even though at first i didn't bother to check closely i felt there was something fishy about it mainly coz the pigment wasn't showing up well on my skin...so i compared with a blush i bought from the MAC store and sure as hell it was a fake...I didn't want to throw it before getting a confirmation from my nearby MAC but the sad thing is the MUA(@ Andheri store)swore I had a genuine product even after I pointed out the differences...sigh...finally i chucked the damn thing &i was lucky enough to get a refund from that online store.....

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    2. Oh! That's really shocking! Thanks for sharing :)

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  8. My recent Thailand trip, I saw heaps of face mac products being sold on foot paths.

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  9. Well done Sara, you're blog is the real thing. I had just recently bought my 'now' dear wife a MAC make up collection consisting of base, lipstick, gloss, blush from EBCO, I'm relieved to know we've got the originals using you're info. Thanks a mil.

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  10. sara, can you feel the mac logo writing on the real mac blush?

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    1. This is what I read on someone's blog

      "Use your nail and scratch along the surface across the MAC word slowly. If you stop at the logo for a bit but then continue to scratch over it, it is genuine. If you scratch slowly across the logo and your nail hits and stops for half a second then continues, it is fake."

      http://reveriette.blogspot.com/2012/08/warning-fake-mac-sold-at-target.html

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  11. I love your observations! Its one of those things that are difficult to describe to others, a see-it-and-you'll-know-the-difference-type thing. My cousin got a gel liner that was so obviously fake that I couldn't believe she fell for the ruse. When I told her the real price of Blacktrack she was so disappointed :/

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  12. Thanks for such a helpful post! Damn those copycats really try to copy to the most minute of details :o Now I'm kinda scared to buy MAC here or any other product :s

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  13. That's a very nice, thoughtful post. I was cheated into buying 2 Revlon Color sensational lipsticks at a leading store in Pakistan. Ii didn't get to know the comparison unless I bought one from buymebeauty.com! Such a turn-off

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  14. are the mac products at emporium cosmetics fake or real?

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  15. Sara!! The moment the seller tells you it's from Thailand, it means it's fake. I feel so sorry for the shops that lie. This post was so helpful! Thanks <3

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  16. Thank you for the detailed post! I almost fell for it a few days back. =/
    Using cheap but genuine makeup is far too better than using cheap but fake products. You never know the ingredients as well. Thanks again for the awareness! xx

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  17. Awesome post! The similarities are uncanny!
    Thanks for sharing!
    X

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  18. this is such a great n much needed post.thankyou so much for discussing it in detail.You know Al fateh Lahore was the only place where we could find genuine cosmetics and I hear the,too,sell fake MAC.It is so annoying and horrible when u pay the real price for a fake.

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    1. AOA!! is alfatah still selling fake mac products??can u tell where to buy original mac products in lahore??thanx a lot

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  19. That's a great post Sara! I happened to have a bad experience with one of the online cosmetics store back in Eid days! MAC is one thing, they are selling discontinued products from Urban Decay and other brands and the down side is that some bloggers approved and praised the store. I re-read your Online Shopping in Pakistan Post just now and relieved to know that you have not listed that website. You're truly the person to consult when it comes to 'trust, originality and honesty'!

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  20. I've bought fakes by accident when I was younger - some are so good, you'd never tell.

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  21. Thanks Sara, this was such a helpful post! xx

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  22. This is such an interesting and helpful post. I know it is so hard to spot the difference, so thanks for letting us know. x

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  23. This was a really nice thing to share! :) happens so much! A lot of people get fake Mac brushes etc of eBay as well!
    Hareem x

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  24. thank you dear for this post very helpful!

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  25. Woah, you really analyzed every detail of the packaging! Good job! You just made me not want to buy this BB cream from eBay (to save on shipping and customs). I emailed the seller and they claimed they never sell fake stuff.. but like in your post, when you asked the first time, they lied. This is a sign; I was literally going to purchase it later when I saw your post on my feed.

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  26. cool! now I know what points or characteristics to look at when I buy mac products. But I do buy my MAC products at the MAC counter itself, so I'm sure they're real. ^_^

    Just to be on the safe side, don't buy your MAC products from online stores.

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  27. Hey Sara <3 your post on spot the fake beauty product...similar thing happened to me last year :( with Maybelline Colossal ...I made a post on it just yesterday...I'm still learning about makeup and stuff :)...Thank you for making this post wherein you help us to spot the difference :)...kisses...

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  28. i recently bought a MAC sheertone blush 'breezy' from http://www.emporiumcosmetics.com/. i asked them whrether the MAC that i was paying for was a genuine. i was repeatedly told by their rep that they housed only the originals and swore on their authenticity. i fell for that bull and bought the blush. my first reaction to the blush was that after opening the package, the plastic done had fallen in during the transit. second was that the body of the blush felt plasticy and light. the blush itself had tiny grits in it. shame on them for ripping people off. MAC is not cheap to come buy and i felt sorry for my self and a million others who whave and will fall for the 'Originality swearing scam' these website deal you with. so BEWARE of this particular online store.

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    1. wait till you hear this! lol... i called the store and wrote on their fb wall... after two months of running after them, their rep called and screamed at me for upsetting their clientele. they told me that i will get a new 'ORIGINAL' mac blush with any new order that i placed at their store. i did so and a few days later my parcel arrived... well behold the audacity of that store... they sent me a fake blush again!! hehehehehehe.... what a joke!!! i now own two fake macs...

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  29. Can anyone tell where to buy original mac products in lahore??

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  30. thank god i've got peachy one and its flawless coz a slightly stroke of brush gives nice colour on ma cheeks

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  31. Hah, so glad I saw this post before I went to Al-fatah to get their Urban Decay naked palette.

    I got suspicious because once upon a time I bought a MAC foundation from there that made me feel really itchy and my face isn't acne prone. I decided to research on how to idenify the fakes and guess what? Al-fatah's Urban Decays are completely fake. The names of their printed eye shadow names are completely off center, the packaging is dodgy loooking and the primer is also missing.

    Whew, I was ready to spend 5k on a fake but got saved.

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  32. i just purchased a fake blush from ebay. What tipped me off was Sheertone was spelled Sheeritone. Then i found this post, and looked closely at compact, and the product had a waxy chemical smell. I contacted ebay and the seller. horrible, i cant trust ebay for cosmetic purchases now. Thanks for this post!

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  33. that is why I save all my mac shopping for trips to dubai, they are expensive in malls thn duty free at airport, but its worth it, better buy original at a little higher price thn buy fake ones in your own country

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  34. Also Sara tell me something, why does this blush say made in italy? is that okay? because my lipsticks and blushes say make in canada??

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    1. That's ok Maryam. Some blushes are indeed made in Italy and Canada both. You could Google that for confirmation. :) x

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  35. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing comparison post. Sara can u please tell me from where should I buy original MAC products in Islamabad ???

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