Today I’m going to be revisiting a very touchy subject. FAKE MAKEUP. If you read my last post here you’ll know I received a lot of hostility and antagonism when the subject was approached. Instead of it deterring me though, I am now more adamant and determined to make people aware of this issue regardless of its controversy. Something the market is rife with right now are the famed Kylie Lip Kits. I purchased a few original shades for myself from Pink Cosmetics and I will be doing a full review in future. Pink Cosmetics only stocks 100% authentic products and they were kind enough to approach me to donate a lip kit for comparison. I declined based on the fact that I feel people’s perceptions are skewed when bloggers receive items for free. So I got a discount and paid for the item so I can review it on my terms and give my honest and true opinions on it. This post though is solely focused on how to spot a fake Kylie Lip Kit. This is going to be split into parts as the differences I found between the Mary Jo K real and fake kits are different to those between the Dolce K kits I own. So without any further ado, let’s get on to it.
First off let me say, I can completely see why people would be easily duped into buying a fake Kylie Lip Kit. The differences are so minuscule, it’s scary. And not like same font, same size kind of scary, it’s the little details. Let me show you.
Side by side the packaging is identical to the naked eye. Apart from the colours being slightly different (the real packaging is a brighter shade of red), the drops of liquid have the same type of clotting and shadowing on the left side. The lips have the same detail on them but the real packaging image seems a bit sharper.
The font at the bottom of the packaging is exactly the same down to size, spacing and weight. The only difference is the fake packaging font is more dark grey/charcoal as opposed to the deep black of the original packaging.
Side by side these are identical as well.
The font of the Kylie signature is exactly the same on both of them. The text on the real packaging is a deeper black than the fake kit.
The font seems a bit different in terms of height but I’m not sure since the placement on both is identical.
Here you can also see the colour difference where the real packaging shade of red is much brighter than the fake kit. The font weight and spacing is exactly the same.
Lip Liner Front
The real lip liner is a deep shade of red on the end whereas the fake lip liner is a bright orangey-red. The original lip pencil is longer in length as well as the cap.
The text on the fake lip pencil is larger than the real one. There is also no apostrophe above the word ‘levres’ on the fake lip pencil. Real lip pencil has a serial number on it whereas the fake lip pencil has none.
Lip Liner Back
Font is larger on the fake lip pencil. Size of the PAO (Period-after-opening) symbol (12M in a container) is much larger than the real lip pencil.
Lip Liner Swatches
The fake lip liner is very dry and takes a lot of pressing and hard swipes to get the coral-pink pigment to show up. The real lip liner is creamy and very pigmented and is a bright cherry red.
Liquid Lipstick Front
The real Mary Jo K is a bright red lipstick which can be seen through the clear tube. The fake one is a lighter pink-coral shade. The fake tube is also slightly longer than the real one. The black drips around the opening are the same.
The font of the Kylie signature is the same.
The font on the bottom of the fake tube is less bold than the real one.
Liquid Lipstick Back
The most obvious way to tell if the lip kit is fake is by checking the back of the tube. There are two drops on the back of the fake lipstick of the same length next to one another whereas the real lipstick has drops of different lengths.
Liquid Lipstick Swatches
The fake liquid lipstick is a coral-pink which is runny and not as pigmented. It felt like applying kiddies face paint, you know the one you mix with water. The real liquid lipstick is much creamier and very pigmented and you get full opacity in on swipe.
Liquid Lipstick Bottom
The bottom sticker is almost the same except for the difference in the amount of product.
So here’s a shocker. Guess where I purchased the fake Kylie Lip Kits from? If you’re thinking Instagram or third party reseller, you’re wrong. I purchased it at the Pro Beauty Expo at Gallagher last month. I was absolutely appalled that they had allowed this to happen since all the other brands are legit there. It’s supposed to be a place where authenticity should not be questioned because the best of the best go to exhibit there. I’ve tried calling and sending numerous emails to their contacts and no one ever responds. It’s disgusting and I haven’t a cooking clue why they would tolerate this.
The stand I brought from was called Funky Fairy. They were the same exhibitors that sold fake makeup at the Eid Festival a few months back. Everybody at the stand says the items are original but they had Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits for R350 and the Kylie Lip Kits I purchased for R250. Oh and let’s not forget the Naked 3 brush set.
I played dumb while I was purchasing and even got her to give me one of the larger Kylie boxes they had on display. If you’ve ever seen the original boxes, they open up like a jewellery box/treasure chest instead of a weetbix box like this one.
So as you can see it’s pretty hard to spot a fake Kylie Lip Kit but if you follow these guidelines then they can help you even just a little bit. Don’t forget to share this with your friends, family and fellow makeup junkies so they don’t get caught out either.
Let me know if you’ve noticed anything different as well.
Thanks for reading!