And you thought fakes were limited Louis Vuitton bags? We all love a good bargain but dramatic mark downs—especially on fragrances, lipsticks, kajals and skin creams—are often too good to be true. While there’s no harm done—apart from being taken for a ride—when you get fooled into buying a fake handbag, you have a lot more to lose when it comes to counterfeit cosmetics. Made under unhygienic conditions, packed in dodgy warehouses with iffy ingredients, you have no idea of the damage such cosmetics and fragrances can do to your skin and hair. Unfortunately counterfeiters are getting better and better at making fakes look like the real thing, so it needs a well-informed, smart shopper like you to stay ahead. A recent City of London Police campaign reported that fake eyeliners, mascara, lip gloss and foundation have toxic levels of chemicals, arsenic, mercury and lead, all of which can cause allergic reactions, such as skin irritation, swelling, rashes and burns.
Shopping on reputed sites like Nykaa.com is one sure fire way of ensuring that everything you buy is 100% genuine, sourced directly from manufacturers or authorized distributors. Let’s look at some examples of counterfeit products and how you tell they are fake!
The shape of the bottle is obviously the same but that’s where the similarity ends. The color of the mist inside the bottle and the label are completely different in the fakes.
Notice how the packaging of the fake looks tampered with, and the font on the box is wrong
The image used on the fake container is a mirror image of that on the real product.
The font on the fake is wrong, and it has an opening at the bottom, unlike the original.
Notice the font on the fake (on the right) is very different from the font on the original.
This is a good fake in the sense the color and consistency of the perfume and the bottle is identical. However, the font of the bottle on the left is a giveaway. It’s a fake!
High end luxury fragrances are commonly counterfeited and it’s hard even for beauty junkies to know the fakes from the real deal. It helps to buy your fave perfumes from Nykaa, the sole authorized online retailer of prestigious brands like Calvin Klein, Davidoff, DKNY, Diesel, L’Occitance, YSL and Tommy Hilfiger. For the ten point guide to figure out if your luxury fragrance is genuine or not click here