Hope you had an amazing week. I am still having issues regarding my newsletters so follow me on my social media to be updated so you don’t miss anything. I feel really bad that it has taken me so long to write this post. The incident on hand happened almost a year ago and I didn’t end up posting about it because I had taken such horrible photo’s in a rush and didn’t want to post it on my blog. I made the recent decision to finally just bite the bullet and do it anyways because with the recent launch of Urban Decay in South Africa, everybody is hosting Naked palette giveaways and some are even selling them on social media for dirt cheap prices. You know the saying “If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is”? Well that’s exactly what happened to me and I’m sharing this publicly so I hope it doesn’t happen to you.
So last year, Rubybox had a special on their website where they were selling Urban Decay Naked 2 palettes for just R600. Twitter went crazy with everyone sharing the amazing news and I snatched one up before they were sold out. When Zando had a special thereafter, I figured I could grab one for a giveaway. The listed price was R550 but if you signed up as a new subscriber, you received a R200 voucher off your first order, so essentially I paid just R350 for an Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. I had always thought of Zando as being a reputable online store and didn’t give the price any more thought than a great special to compete with Rubybox. Due to shipping delays from Rubybox, I received my order from Zando first. I was elated to say the least. I opened the box, took a couple of photos for my blog and started swatching away. It wasn’t my first Naked palette. I already owned a Naked 3 palette I purchased for R900 before that but at no point did I doubt anything being wrong with it. It was about 3 hours later when I saw a tweet from a fellow blogger questioning the authenticity of the palette.
Almost every person that ordered the Naked 2 from Zando started asking questions, hoping to find an answer. Zando responded to said blogger with the following “We can assure that our product isn’t fake, we source our product from a reputable source.” So myself and fellow blogger decided to email Zando directly asking them to provide us with more substantial evidence that the product was authentic. Since they refused to provide any proof, we decided to contact Urban Decay directly, where we were told to forward pictures and details concerning the reseller. They said they would investigate but I heard nothing from them thereafter.
Zando then posted that they would refund all persons unhappy with their purchase and would send a courier to collect the palette. The day they were scheduled to collect the palette was coincidentally the same day I received my order from Rubybox. I opened the package and started comparing the two palettes. There was not an ounce of doubt after that that the Naked 2 palette from Zando was FAKE. The differences were immediately noticeable and I snapped a few pics before I heard the courier outside. I eventually received my money back from Zando but once bitten, twice shy.
I contacted a friend who owned an original Naked 2 palette that she purchased overseas herself to compare it to my Rubybox order. Everything was exactly perfect and while I was sad to not be able to host a giveaway, I was thrilled I got the coveted Naked 2 at such an awesome price. Thanks Rubybox.
I apologize for the quality of the photos but I hope this helps someone who’s questioning the authenticity of their palette. These are the differences I found between them:
REAL comes in a regular sized palette box similar to the Naked 3
FAKE comes in a larger box with a mini lipgloss
REAL has a serial number printed on the back of the outer packaging
FAKE has no serial number
REAL Urban Decay logo is facing up
FAKE Urban Decay logo is upside down
REAL palette is more gold with gold writing
FAKE palette is more beige with grey writing
REAL Urban Decay logo is facing towards the front of the palette
FAKE Urban Decay logo is upside down facing away from the front of the palette
REAL has a serial number printed on the back of the palette
FAKE has no serial number printed on the back of the palette
REAL shades are deeper and more vibrant
FAKE shades are muted and look drier
REAL fluffy side on left, flat side on right
FAKE flat side on left, fluffy side on right
REAL serial number on the back of the brush
FAKE no serial number on the back of the brush
REAL has 2 holes on hinge and pans are quite full
FAKE has 3 holes on hinge and pans are half full
REAL shade descriptions are dead centre
FAKE shade descriptions are off to the right
REAL workmanship is immaculate and neat
FAKE workmanship is shoddy and inferior
REAL trademark symbol R enclosed with circle
FAKE trademarked with TM
REAL mirror spans entire inner lid
FAKE mirror has gaps on the edges
REAL swatches are more true to pan and more pigmented
FAKE swatches are less pigmented and chalkier
So as you can see once you know what to look for it’s quite easy to see which one is fake. I think part of the reason why I didn’t also realize off the bat was because the palette is just as heavy as the original. I hope this guide helps you if you ever stumble across a fake Naked palette even though there might be more or less differences for the Naked 1 and Naked 3.
Always make sure you buy from a reputable seller and don’t be afraid to question it’s authenticity. You’d rather pay a little bit extra to get the right thing than having to pay doctor’s bills for eye infections and rashes from using these chemically replicated counterparts.
So now on a lighter note, if you’d like to WIN YOURSELF AN URBAN DECAY NAKED 2 PALETTE, Rubybox is giving them away to two lucky winners. You can enter here and Good Luck!
Have you ever come across a fake Naked palette? What differences did you find?