Here are all the webpages and videos I could find to help distinguish between real and fake products. The reason I have included multiple links for the same product is because not everyone shows the same photos or details and sometimes it’s the tiniest thing that can expose a fake. Also, the counterfeiters are getting better and better at this so something they made a year ago might look really fake, but their newest counterfeits probably look better. If you suspect you have a fake product, check these pages and do your own comparison. If you still aren’t sure, then I suggest taking it to an authorized retailer like Ulta, Sephora, or a department store that carries it— their employees are often really good at spotting fakes and can help you. If nothing else, you’ll then be able to compare it to the real thing yourself and note things like the weight, feel of the packaging, color matching, scent, etc. When all is said and done, if you still aren’t sure, I say toss it — better safe than sorry.
I would like to note that I do not support bloggers or YouTubers who do these comparisons for the sake of just showing the quality differences between the products instead of showing people how to identify fakeup and avoid it. Too many YouTubers are doing actual tutorials with fakeup just for hits and I truly wish they would stop because it’s not safe — no amount of ad revenue is worth a bacterial infection or skin rash. I’m here to help you determine whether a particular product is real or fake and I do not condone using or testing any counterfeit makeup because it’s dangerous. That being said, I don’t have time to fully watch every single video or read every blog so if one of these links goes to someone who is advocating the use of fakeup, please let me know and I will remove it. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me on my Twitter page at https://twitter.com/fakeuptakedown?lang=en. Thanks and always remember if it seems too good to be true, it’s probably fake!