Caution: Fake Cosmetics on the Loose



I decided to go to 168 a while ago and I did not even buy anything at all.  I got stuck there for hours waiting for my dad because of the heavy downpour of rain. After a few minutes, the streets were flooded. Oh come on City of Manila?! Are you joking me? Just a few minutes of hard rain and the streets were flooded just like that? Tsk tsk..

Anyways, I was starting to get too bored lurking the busy pasilios of 168 when I chanced upon a store filled with lights and Makeup?! Yup, I headed straight to the store and saw Urban Decay, Nars and Benefit Cosmetic and MAC Cosmetics. Obviously, all are fake. I asked the saleslady, where cosmetics were these are made?  She replied with confidence , "These are Singapore Made."
 WTH?! It does not matter where these Cosmetics are made because bottomline is -- all are fake!! Guess, it is not only Mac Cosmetics that  are being counterfeited in the market. Now, they are more brands. 



I asked how much the Boi-ing concealer was and it was being sold for shockingly 150 pesos. 

There you go guys. Be careful with Singapore made cosmetics and be ever cautious buying online. I have seen Benefit Cosmetics on Ebay being for sold half the price.

The general rule is do not buy online especially if you are not familiar with the seller and the authenticity of the items being sold. 

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  1. :( I once bought a MAC surf baby lipstick,sold for 180PHP. Since I bought it from my friend (they said it's Singapore authentic daw), so I had no doubts buying from her obviously, I don't know if they;re aware that what they're selling are fake or what. So how did I know its fake? I tried the lipstick, its pigmented,semi-matte,and so pretty,it's in peach color.I searched for its name "3dfrost" So I was like frost?but it's not frost,how lame the name is. Then to no avail, no 3dfrost matched search results.I found out there are only four official MAC surf baby lipstick.what a bummer. I didn't mention na lang sakanya baka kasi maoffend. tama ba di ko sinabi sa kanya? hehe ♥

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    1. I think you should tell your friend that she's selling fake items. It could either be that she's fallen trap into the notion that Singapore-made Mac cosmetics are original or that she is intentionally and knowingly selling fake products. You should do it not just for the sake of your friend's customers but for your friend's reputation as well. =) www.fashionandbeautyblog.info

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    2. I agree with swexie.. but as a friend you must tell it to her in a very nice way... siyempre she is still your friend.. :D

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  2. I've always wondered if the stuff sold at malls for waaaayyyy less (too good to be true) are actually genuine. Whew!

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  3. Grabe ung Urban Decay sobrang dupe yung packaging!! Nako nakakatakot na magbuy sa online sellers tuloy.. =(

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  4. wow! nasa 168 ka rin kanina atty. donna? hahaha! I was there cause we had to buy stuffs like toys for my baby's birthday... :) sayang di tayu nagkita (as if eh anlaki ng 168 hihihi.. pero sayang pa rin.. :) )

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  5. Hay. It's important to know brand price points so one will not be lured into buying these fake cosmetics!

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  6. i hate seeing fake cosmetics sold in bazaars and tinaggeans too! the nerve!

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  7. believe me yung mga stalls sa mall merong fake na mac.. packaging pa lang malalaman mo na.. alam mo yung mga rented space sa gitna ng mall (festival mall!!!)

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  8. i saw one fb seller selling UD Naked palette (of course it's fake!) & i have to say that the likeness of the packaging is really very cleverly done. It looks almost the same. the shade is the only giveaway.
    tsk tsk tsk!
    kaya i don't trust online sellers here e. who knows if you are already buying fake ones. i'd rather go to the store itself para sure.

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  9. awwww, so sad to hear this....

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  10. this is just sad.. :( what would be worse though, if they sell these fake products at the same price as the authentic ones..that would be a real bummer..

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  11. I bought a fake benetint once. I wasn't able to check it properly since the samples they gave out at the bazaar were original. But the real product they give you is fake. The sad thing is I bought mine for more than 1000 pesos. I should have went straight to the benefit store. :( but I still kept the product so I can make a blog entry of comparing the original from counterfeit. Still, it pains me when I remember how I am fooled by this.

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    1. yay!! grabe naman scam yan!!!

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    2. boom!! all along kala ko mac lang my fake ngyon grabeee lumalaban pati UD at benefit meron na! tst tsk.. can i borrow your photo? il post this on my facebook.. i'll put your link too.. thanks :)

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  12. Hazel Grace M. BellenMay 2, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    atty. donna, i shared the picture at my blog at tumblr. i also linked it to this post.

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  13. its really horrible. as in lahat na ng high end cosmets meron nang fake. and i think its not really from singapore maybe its from china coz singapore doesn't make some fake prods. right?

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  14. Thanky you for this post Ms. Donnarence! This is really helpful especially for newbies in cosmetics like me. Too bad I've been fooled once when I bought a MAC lipstick. All I thought is that it's original because of the Singapore thingy. Now I am more careful in buying cosmetics. ^^,

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  15. this is why i buy at the actual counters

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  16. thanks for the heads up. definitely a good note for me when i visit the philippines in july

    http://love2primp.blogspot.com

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  17. highly doubt that they're made in Singapore. they have strict laws there and most of the stuff in the stuff they sell in stores are imported as well.

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  18. Thanks for letting us know! Kanina, I saw cosmetics like these. Thank heaven I wasn't tempted. :p

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  19. Thanks for these infos! Lets beware of fake cosmetics!

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  20. I bought fake benefit moon beam just 150php. It has same effect just like the original ones and whats 150php to its 1800php original price the gives almost same effect?! Goodvibes :)

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  21. So sad i just read your blog ..i spent arpouarpound 2-2.5k on makeup i fpoufpound online, i thought it was authwntic because the seller advertised them as authentic items from SG. Prices were so low because according to her "factory price and clearance sale"...when i confrontconfronted her abput her makeup being replicas she said that they were all authentic from SG. I pointed out reasonsreasons why i thpught they were replicas such as thre packaging, the quality in the pigments and even the neatness of the package (there were pans that were all dusty and didnt fit properly into the box)..but then un nga sabi nya they were all authentic and the other items she had on hand were fine. When i asked her to send me anpther pone and ill return the one i had, she refused saying that nothong was wrong with them and di nya sauli kasi wla naman daw physical damage ang items. Oh well, she apologized if i didnt like her items but there goes my 2k. Tsk tsk, thanks for sharing this blog!hope my story helps others also! Lesson learned never buy makeup online, id rather spend the full price for the make-up and be totally sure its lagit and a good investment

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  22. Ouch, fake.. but may i know where in 168 mall this is? this got my curiosity.

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    1. Sa Divisoria in the City of Manila!

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    2. Naku sorry I can not remember where exactly in 168 nagkalat yun.. Once a product is way lower than its usual price that should alarm you na it could be fake. :)

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  23. Hi,
    The flooding in Manila is becoming worse. Huh! By the way, talking about fake makeups, I am always careful when purchasing online so that I won’t stumble across one. I’m an avid customer of http://www.kallony.com.ph/brand/nars/, and they never fail me for their products are 100% authentic.

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  24. Meron nman rin mga online sellers na nagsasabi nang totoo Singapore Made. Ang problema yung mga customers nga walang alam. SG made nga dibah? obviously ist not in the U.S nasa sa iyo na un kung bibili ka o hindi. Pang MASA kasi yan.

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    1. Te,, kalma lang oki? hinga ka ng malalim.. Ang wrinkles baka magmultiply ng ilang milyon beses. Ang gusto ko lang sabihin sa post ko hindi po authentic ang singapore made. Kahit saan anggulo tingnan eh fake po siya talaga. :) I am just warning my viewers kasi yung ibang sellers online do not divulge na what they are selling are fake especially newbies sa mok ap malulure sila bumili niyan and hindi naman nila malalaman agad agad na fake siya. Ok?

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    2. Bravo sa mga sellers na nagsasabi na Singapore made siya.. Pakisabi sa mga sellers na pakidagdagan na fake makeup po ito. :) Tsaka Ever Bilena Nichido at mga Fashion 21 are also pang MASA pero hindi siya Fake. :)

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    3. Alam ko mostly ang sellers na may SG made, tagging their products as "Authentic" dugtungan pa man nila ng SG Authentic, in the end, fake pa rin yun. just sayin'

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    4. The first time I encountered the term "Singapore Authentic", I have to admit that I found it confusing. Sounds like an oxymoron, those authentic-fakes. Akala ko nga authentic and outlet store prices or duty-free kasi, but then too good to be true ang price na maghihinala kang either fake or super lumang stock (i.e. expired). I also read bloggers warning about fakes, so I became enlightened.

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  25. Meron din nag-aalok sakin ng Urban Decay Naked 3 kaso nagddoubt ako bilhin kasi napakamura Php 280 lang? So I made my own research about fake cosmetics. Good thing I found your blog and totoo nga pala na may fake cosmetics galing Singapore hayss nakakatakot bumili ng fake di mo alam kung anu-ano yung mga ingredients na ginamit dun eh. Thank you for making an article about this stuff :)

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  26. yeah thats fine, ill buy fake makeup anyways whatever you say lmao

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    1. Go ahead make my day.. :) Oh please do not forget to read this and watch the video! Enjoy!!!!! http://www.mylucidintervals.com/2014/12/a-must-see-what-fake-makeup-products.html

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    2. Anonymous, I don't know why you're butthurt. Sabi lang naman dito, fake yung cosmetics. Di naman binabash yung bumibili ng fake. Go ahead and buy, the hell we care. Balat mo yan eh. Wag mo lang idefend yung mali. Ugh.

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  27. I've read something about conterfeit products, sabi ng Interpol, profits from these fake makeups are used to fund drug trafficking and terrorism. Sana lahat maging aware tungkol dito. :(

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  28. The only problem is; those people who sells fake cosmetics earn more money from selling those items... Now if only this country of ours offers better jobs and public service things like this won't even happen. Some times people will do what they can to survive shady business be damned. The thing is people actually buy these things even if they know that the items are fake, due to different reasons... and also people sells them due to different reasons too so yeah too bad.

    P.S. I doubt that these items are actually made from Singapore, since Singapore has strict laws against counterfeiting... so, maybe the sellers were being deceived as well by their suppliers/distributors. I guess we'll never know.

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  29. You know what's worse? I found one blogger who reviewed a certain eyeshadow palette in her blog. Ang ganda nung review niya, complete with pictures, swatches and pros and cons nung palette. The problem was the item she was reviewing was a fake one given to her by an Instagram seller. Pero never mong makikita sa entry niya na fake yung ginamit niya for the review. That's total bull di ba? Kaya ka nga nagrereview ng makeup para yung mga interested buyers magka-idea sa item na yun tapos fake naman pala yung gagamitin mo para sa review mo. Anong sense nun?


    Mnel ¦¦ http://lifeonreverse.com

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  30. E ano naman ngayon kung fake pareho naman ang effect? Leave it alone. Kayo ba ang masisira ang balat? I've been using fake cosmetics for 2 years. I knew from the start na when it's fake, madaming risks pero wala namang masamang nangyari sakin. Maayos padin face and lips ko. Ayoko kasi maginvest ng sobrang laki para sa makeup lang. Kaya ok lang sakin kahit fake sya, pareho lang naman ang effect.

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  31. I'm using both original and fake cosmetics. Wala naman pinagkaiba. I was impressed pa nga na mas matagal magfade yung fake Kylie matte lipsticks (100php) kesa sa padala ng tita ko from US which is (1,800php) in peso value. Ofcourse, there are risks. The low price will really make you wonder what's in it that makes it so cheap. That's why I don't buy fake foundation or any skin product. Only lipsticks and eyebrow products. You'll be surprise that it's good quality too. Wala naman masamang side effect so if you really can't afford or don't want to invest on expensive cosmetics, you can try fake ones. I recommend only lipsticks :)

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  32. each person has different opinion. What matters most is we respect each others differences. Some of The people cannot afford expensive products. And some can afford. Wala nmn dapat pagtalunan. If you want authentic cosmetics then go for it. If you want fake cosmetics then push mo yan. Kanya knyang opinion knya kanyang balat.

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  33. Basta ako both na gumagamit pero lipcreams lang kasi nakakatuwa yung price :-) yung iba nga authentic pero sinosobrahan naman ang price kasi.

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