I’m sorry bellas, it’s going to get heated here on the blog today so if you have a problem with that, I’m sure you know how to close your browser. If you want to know the reason for my unanticipated and abrupt outburst, then keep on reading.
Time and time again I see posts on social media warning consumers about the concerns regarding fake makeup. The price, the quality, the ingredients and the side effects. Sure, some people take heed but what about those who aren’t privy to that information, the ones who buy naively and are so trusting of the next person. Even today, I see posts about purchasing from AliExpress and eBay instead of verified and reputable resellers or directly from the companies themselves. Emma from Rosy Disposition wrote a lengthy post on it here and Luzanne over at Pink Peonies wrote a very thorough and informative post here. Now here’s my side of the story.
I’ve fallen VICTIM to that. Nope, let me clear that up. I was STUPID! Stupid not to have asked my fellow bloggers and friends. Stupid enough to not do my research. Stupid enough to not have read reviews. Stupid enough to throw every ounce of logic I have out the window. I’ve said it before here on the blog and I’ll say it again. If something is too good to be true, it probably is.
So what sparked this sudden outrage you ask? An event I attended on Saturday. Yep, four days later and I’m still seething with rage.
On Friday, my sister sent me an ad from Facebook, introducing a new third party seller to the game. She was having an opening launch where the items could be viewed. She was also offering a mini makeover and extras to the first 20 ladies to RSVP to the event. Knowing I was a fan of international makeup brands, my sister and I decided to go. I added the owner to Whatsapp after I could not find the FB ad or Instagram account and the owner assured me that she was the one purchasing the products herself and we made our appointment.
While driving to the event on Saturday, I was telling my sister about how difficult it is to find reputable third party sellers because there are so many fakes being distributed around. I told her how products contained rat droppings, lead, mercury and other chemicals that could cause adverse reactions to the eyes, skin and mouth. When we walked through the door, I was greeted with my worst nightmare. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush Kits, The Balm Apples 3 palette and an Urban Decay Naked 8. I grabbed my sister so hard she gave out a yelp. When she saw my face she started laughing and I immediately wanted to talk to the owner but she was doing makeovers on the other guests. We said we were in a rush and wouldn’t be needing the makeovers because God alone knows what those products were made of and I didn’t want it anywhere near my face. Kylie lipkits were going for R250, ABH Shadow Couture palette for R400 and ABH Lipsticks for R300. ‘Launch prices’ they said. MAC kajal pencils, retro matte lipsticks and palettes with the original MAC logo were lined up on the tables. I felt as if I was the only one that knew they were fake. Hell, I’m sure I was.
What ticked me off though, were the prices and the other guests. They were aunties looking to buy for their daughters. Girls who don’t wear much makeup but were supporting their friends. Unsuspecting women that were putting their full trust in this endeavor to support a young woman trying to start a business. The lady forked out R550 for a FAKE NYX Contour palette. Clicks is selling it for R395 and this was definitely not real in my opinion. The colours were off and the packaging looked different than the one I have owned for months and used almost daily. THIS NEEDS TO STOP.
And now I speak to you. Yes YOU! All of you with the audacity to sell fake makeup. The one importing international brands from China and the likes for next to nothing and then prying on the unknowing and unsuspecting to fill your pockets. Price point is a huge factor. How can you be selling an item for less than the conversion price in USD? I’m an idiot for believing you. I am sick and tired of hearing that every time someone questions your actions, you say that they are messing with your livelihood. That you’re doing your best. You’re trying to look after your family. You’re trying to make a living. B*LL$H*T! It’s not an honest living to deceive people. You think it’s OK because I am the one willing to fork out my money to buy your products. I see your prices, they seem to be on par with other sellers. The pics you post have been taken from the internet. I give YOU the benefit of the doubt because I think you have integrity. But you’re nothing but a THIEF. Do you think I pluck money from a tree so you can take it from me without a second thought? I worked hard to earn a living and provide for my family I do not appreciate to be robbed. I am sick and tired of seeing you benefit because if someone asks for a refund, you say it’s used/swatched or you block them from contacting you. They have to then throw their money down the drain or in the dustbin. THIS STOPS NOW.
I am tired of sitting by and watching people fall into the same hole over and over again. I am a horrible person for allowing it to happen in the first place. I was brought up to look out for the next person. And that’s exactly what I am going to do. I am going to name and shame each and every person that attempts to sell fake makeup from here onwards. If I see so much as a Naked 3 brush set on your picture roll. I will call you out. I am educating myself to know the truth. I know your items are fake because ABH and UD don’t manufacture the brush sets you sell. I don’t care who thinks I am doing something wrong because ‘how can I judge the next person’ and ‘it’s not my place to say anything’. This is my blog where I can air and express my opinions.
I write to share my knowledge and information. I did a comparison post here on how to identify a fake Naked 2 palette. To interact and befriend like minded people and I will always do my best to protect those I care about. I care about my readers, my followers, my friends. So this is for you guys. Before you attempt to buy anything from anyone, come have a look at this list here. It will entail who I trust and who I have bought from before.
There is absolutely nothing wrong if you’re selling dupes or replicas for brushes and that doesn’t contain anything harmful so long as you are honest with the consumer.
If you have had any similar experiences and would like to add to the list, either comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to stay anonymous. I will be doing my own research to verify your claims.
I know this post was all over the place but I just needed to get it off my chest. Again I apologize if I offended any of my readers but this needed to be said.
Thank you for listening! I love you guys…