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COUNTERFEIT PRODUCTS

LAST UPDATED: 29th April '08 (list of counterfeit sellers)

 

INTRODUCTION - PLEASE READ!

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Please be careful when declaring products to be counterfeit.

 

Yes there are a LOT of people selling fake M·A·C items on eBay and other auction sites however, that does not mean they all are!

As buyers, we need to be suspicious but I think it's sometimes easy to be too suspicious; do not declare an item to be fake unless you have enough evidence to be sure it is.

M·A·C's packaging of products has changed quite considerablky over the years:

  • early shadows came in two sizes and screw-top containers;

  • some foundations came in screw-top compact containers.

Another example of alterations are those concerned with M·A·C's brushes; for instance, the 145 brush and the 17 brush have been re-numbered to 180 and 316.  However, if I were to put photos up of both versions, I'm sure some people would say "those are fake...they have the wrong numbers on them".

We have to be very careful decalring things to be fake when they are not and potentially damaging the reputation of a totally honest seller.  It is much better to think "I'm not sure" rather than "Yes, it's definitely fake!", so for this reason try to do AS MUCH RESEARCH AS YOU CAN on the item in question.

Please remember that a vast majority of sellers are genuine.

A LIST OF SELLERS LISTING COUNTERFEIT MAC ITEMS (OTHER BRANDS WILL BE STATED WHERE APPLICABLE)

  1. nemesisdragon2007
  2. shenyiqiong
  3. wangbo130376
  4. zxcbmn541
  5. roydie40
  6. cornishlady969 (Item number: 150238954682 - - - MAC EYE SHADOW COFFRET ,12 SHADES *NEW AND BOXED **)
  7. acquest2008
  8. 3734jonathan
  9. xinglong01
  10. zoeppp
  11. hhh_clohess86
  12. huanlehouse008
  13. great_dressba
  14. hhappy_668
  15. embucket (Item number: 330229863078 - - - 3 x MAC ~ Prismique Lustre Eye shadow ~ Brown Blue Pink)

hhappy_668 - COUNTERFEIT ITEMS BEING SOLD - LAST CHECKED 29TH APRIL 2008 - TOTAL BEING SOLD = 41

  1. Item number: 320244111254 (12 colour Eye Shadow MAC COSMETIC set pallette 1#)
  2. Item number: 320244111279 Brand NEW M.A.C Makeup Brush 24pcs Set + MAC Pouch
  3. Item number: 320244111310 24 color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow MAC set 24# 
  4. Item number: 320244111336 Brand NEW M.A.C Makeup Brush 9pcs Set + MAC Pouch
  5. Item number: 320244111364 24 color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow MAC set 24#
  6. Item number: 320244533583 12 color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow MAC set 2#
  7. Item number: 320244533585 Brand NEW M.A.C Makeup Brush 24pcs Set + MAC Pouch
  8. Item number: 320244533593 12 color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow MAC set 1#
  9. Item number: 320244533594 24 color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow MAC set 24#
  10. Item number: 320244533628 Brand NEW M.A.C Makeup Brush 9pcs Set + MAC Pouch
  11. Item number: 320244533705 20 colour Eye Shadow Eyeshadow MAC set 1#
  12. Item number: 320244533738 Brand NEW M.A.C Makeup Brush 7pcs Set + MAC Pouch
  13. Item number: 320244813650 Brand NEW M.A.C Makeup Brush 9pcs Set + MAC Pouch
  14. Item number: 320244813658 Brand NEW M.A.C Makeup Brush 7pcs Set + MAC Pouch
  15. Item number: 320244813668 Brand NEW M.A.C Makeup Brush 24pcs Set + MAC Pouch
  16. Item number: 320244813681 24 color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow MAC set 24#
  17. Item number: 320244813691 12 colour Eye Shadow MAC COSMETIC set pallette 1#
  18. Item number: 320244813706 Brand NEW M.A.C Makeup Brush 8pcs Set + MAC Pouch
  19. Item number: 320244813723 12 color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow MAC set 2#
  20. Item number: 320244813738 12 color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow MAC set 1#
  21. Item number: 320244813749 20 color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow MAC set 1#
  22. Item number: 320245202266 Brand NEW M.A.C Makeup Brush 9pcs Set + MAC Pouch
  23. Item number: 320245202268 12 colour Eye Shadow MAC COSMETIC set pallette 2#
  24. Item number: 320245202275 Brand NEW M.A.C Makeup Brush 7pcs Set + MAC Pouch
  25. Item number: 320245202277 Brand NEW M.A.C Makeup Brush 24pcs Set + MAC Pouch
  26. Item number: 320245202283 12 colour Eye Shadow MAC COSMETIC set pallette 1#
  27. Item number: 320245202295 Brand NEW M.A.C Makeup Brush 8pcs Set + MAC Pouch
  28. Item number: 320245202306 12 color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow MAC set 2#
  29. Item number: 320245202315 12 color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow MAC set 1#
  30. Item number: 320245202320 20 color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow MAC set 1#
  31. Item number: 320245202334 9 colour Eye Shadow Eyeshadow MAC one set 2#
  32. Item number: 320237615771 24 color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow MAC set 24#
  33. Item number: 320237616562 12 colour Eye Shadow MAC COSMETIC EYESHADOW <one set>
  34. Item number: 320237618329 12 color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow MAC set 2#
  35. Item number: 320237618981 18 colour Eye Shadow Eyeshadow MAC set 1#
  36. Item number: 320237619656 18 colour Eye Shadow Eyeshadow MAC set 2#
  37. Item number: 320237621139 20 colour Eye Shadow Eyeshadow MAC set 1#
  38. Item number: 320237625970 Brand NEW M.A.C Makeup Brush 24pcs Set + MAC Pouch
  39. Item number: 320237628476 24 color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow MAC set 24#
  40. Item number: 320237629861 Brand NEW M.A.C Makeup Brush 9pcs Set + MAC Pouch
  41. Item number: 320237631559 Brand NEW M.A.C Makeup Brush 24pcs Set + MAC Pouch

 

 

 

PLEASE DO NOT BUY THE 'BRUSH SETS' - THEY ARE ALL FAKE - I REALLY CAN'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH!

 

SOME COUNTERFEIT ITEMS I HAVE FOUND

 

Pro Preferred White Matte Foundation

Item number: 160203863276 (wrong font has been used for writing/lettering underneath 'MAC' logo)

Counterfeit 12 Colour Palette

 Item number: 140196000333

Item number: 140196003523

The second item is now at £30 (not inc. postage).  A genuine MAC quad palette is £28!!

 

 

Item number: 110212901169

 

Item number: 110212905915

 

 

Item number: 110212902903

 

 

Item number: 160196130633

 

Item number: 320205593381

 

 

Counterfeit Fibre Rich Lash mascara - *NEW*

Thanks to chiara2311 for bringing this item to my attention   :-)

Item number: 200189060605

  1. SIZE written on box: 5ml stated on box; genuine item is 8.0g / 0.28 US oz.
  2. BOX MATERIAL: very glossy/shiny/vinyl - looking; genuine boxes are always 'matte' like (LE items may sometimes differ).
  3. TUBE DESIGN: very glossy/shiny/vinyl - looking;  genuine item is 'matte' black with a twirling lines design/overlay.
  4. BOX FONT: thin(ner) yet 'taller' (vertical scale) lettering; genuine item has quite bold font and is smaller than that of the auction item.  Also different font face (for example, Verdana).
  5. TUBE LETTERING: English and French wording both on tube; genuine item only has the English on the tube (though the box has both).
  6. MAC LOGO: on the box, the logo should be centred (in the middle).  On the (mascara) tube however, it should be placed at the bottom - this will be the left-hand-side if looking at the item horizontally and the right-way-up!!
  7. SIZE DETAILS: volume, size etc. should be centred and parallel to the longest side as well as to the MAC logo.
  8. SHADE: seller states this as "BLACK"; genuine item shades are All Black and Whole Brown.
  9. PRICE & QUANTITY: the price would equal approx. £8.35 - only £1.65 lower than the price of a genuine item.  However, there are 18 mascaras available - a rarity in auctions for genuine MAC items (that would be £180 if they were bought direct from MAC).

 

 

Counterfeit Eyeshadow(s)

Seller states "...there are no color names on bottom labels..."

This seller may not actually realise these are fake - they ARE fake: ALL MAC items have colour/shade stated on the box.

Also, I've been reading around on the Internet recently and there are a few sellers - UK and non-UK - selling "Prismique" eyeshadows.  I came across one girl (US) who had bought one of these and was outraged at how blatantly fake the item was; the shade name WAS stated on the bottom label however, it was lopsided, etc - you'd think you have Double Vision when looking at it!

Other problems she noted included the typical "double clasp fastening" (as mentioned further on in my guide) as well as the lid only opening half-way (the lids of MAC eyeshadows open almost all the way back).

Back to the auction in question...at the moment (1/12/07, 2am) the price is at $50 for the eight eyeshadows.  Pretty cheap considering one eyeshadow in the US is $14.50, £10 in the UK (some LE shadows are a little higher).  This auction is just too good to be true; this is a common issue with the MAC brush(es) auctions - almost every day there are sets of, say, ten brushes and a brush roll all for just a Buy It Now price of £40...guess what...the average price for just one genuine MAC brush is around £18 (whilst some are priced at £35, etc., the cheapest is around £12).

 

 

Counterfeit Eyeshadow

  1. The printing on the foundation box is incorrect.
  2. Pro-Preferred White is a very commonly counterfeited foundation.

 

 

Counterfeit Powder Blush

  1. The printing on the blush box is incorrect.
  2. Lettering on actual blush container is slightly different to genuine item - quite 'thick' parts on some of the letters.
  3. It has a 'double clasp' (think of the shape of someone's mouth!) - the geuine ones only have one part to the clasp.

 

 

 

Counterfeit Lipglass: Lipgelee

  1. The 'Lipgelee' font on the tube is totally different to that on a genuine tube - thinner, taller, not as bold.
  2. The auction where I found this item actually had a number as the shade - genuine ones ALL have names ( Dewy Jube, Slicked Pink, etc.)

 

 

 

Counterfeit "Volume, Waterproof, Curing Mascara"

This is one of the worst fakes I have ever seen - nothing is remotely 'genuine' about it!

  1. MAC logo is on the left of box - genuine boxes have it centred/in the middle.
  2. On the right, it says "volume waterproof long curing mascara" - the font is in Times Roman (MAC have sans-serif fonts), also they missed the 'l' out of 'curling'.
  3. It says '2x5ml' - this hasn't even been centred on the box (see the larger space on the left?) and is on a slant.
  4. MAC (genuine) have 'Prep and Prime' white mascara separate - you have to buy this AND a normal mascara.  This fake item was listed not so long ago - a giveaway that it is, in fact, counterfeit!

 

Early Counterfeit 187 Brush

  1. Hasn't been numbered - all genuine MAC brushes are numbered.

 

Recent Counterfeit 187 Brush

  1. Has been numbered - but lettering is too 'indented' into the brush handle.
  2. Numbers are in the wrong font and 'wonky' in places.

 

*** I apologise for the poor size of photographs - they were automatically resized by eBay ***

 

 

THANKS FOR READING - KEEP CHECKING BACK AS I WILL TRY TO UPDATE REGULARLY!

 

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