Hi all. I wanted to write more of serious post today and that's about fake cosmetics. You'll find countless of fakes on ebay, some easy to spot - some not so much. The thing that annoys me the most is that by buying fake cosmetics not only are you funding these fraudsters, you don't know what you're putting on your skin. There's no way to know if these have been tested!
Anyway I recently came across a website here in Malta. www.yoyo.com.mt , saying they are selling MAC cosmetics. While I never used the website before, I thought with over 5,000 facebook fans it can't be all bad (especially for a small island). So I ordered a lipstick to see for myself. This was priced at 13.50 Euros, and I received a 15% discount, so it was around 11 Euros I paid. My package arrived within 3 days. But when I got home, I checked the product against my others as I thought it was too good to be true to finally sell MAC in Malta.
So here is a comparison. (1 of them is fake)
They all look pretty much the same right? These fakes are good, the packaging it 100% double even down the logo.
But let's take a closer look.
Looking at the bottom, it's starting to become clearer. (1st on the left is fake). Notice the different size of text and how the label is a different colour?
Now onto the actual lipstick
On the left is the fake. Notice the difference in height. (the lipstick on to right has only been use once or twice)
Last but not least, the thing that confirmed this for me was the smell.
All Mac lipsticks have a subtle vanilla smell, right this lipstick smells like cheap plastic/plasticine!
So I emailed the company to make them aware these products were fake. And they denied that they were fake and assured me they were 100% real. I stood my ground and pointed out my reasons. Whether they knew or not I'm not sure.
They offered me a refund, but that's not what I was looking for - it was about right and wrong. What if someone has an allergic reaction! At the time of writing this yoyo.com.mt are STILL selling Mac cosmetics and people are getting excited because there's now "MAC in Malta".
I have contacted MAC and they will deliver to Malta. Yes it's expensive (£18), but you can't put a price on your face and having a bad reaction to this. If any Malta bloggers/and or readers would like to purchase Mac i'd be more than happy to split the shipping costs. The more the merrier...the cheaper the shipping.
Anyway, please because when ordering cosmetics that seem too good to be true and spread the word about this site. I'd hate see someone wasting their hard earned cash on fakes.
**Update** A few hours after writing this post yoyo.com.mt stopped selling fake MAC cosmetics. A big thank you everyone for the support.