Danielson said she hasn’t worn the knockoff lipstick out of the house even once since it came in the mail. At first glance, it can be hard to tell the real MAC lipstick from the fake; both have the same shimmery black packaging and iconic silver writing along the cap. However, when taking a deeper look, Danielson said the quality of the product is what gives it away.
NOT THE ONLY ONE
With a quick Google search, you can find tons of horror stories: Girls getting their lips glued together from counterfeit Kylie Lip Kits, major rashes from fake foundation, and eyes shut together after using knockoff Dior eyeshadow.
Lucky for Alexis, the worst takeaway from her knockoff MAC lipstick was a disappointing product. She said she feels lucky that she didn’t experience any irritation or other skin-related issues when taking a chance on the knockoff lipstick.
“Personally, I didn’t have any issues. It just felt kinda waxy on my lips and wasn’t that great of a feeling. Also, since it was close to my mouth, I knew it wasn’t that great of ingredients and I wouldn’t want to ingest any of that.” – Alexis Danielson, Makeup Consumer
Others have had similar experiences to Danielson’s, where they said they didn’t necessarily have any noticeable irritation or damage.
“I used to buy knockoff makeup in like 2016/2017 (before it was discussed openly by YouTube influencers and shown to be hazardous. Despite some things being high quality it’s really not worth the risk so I don’t buy fakes anymore- however, I still use the ones I bought back in the day because I figure if I were gonna have a bad reaction to them in would’ve happened already!”
“The truth is the quality was terrible and it’s actually really dangerous to use those products on your skin. I still have the palette but I don’t use it at all. I didn’t buy it but my friend gifted it to me from a market in Thailand. I would not do it again or recommend anyone to do it due to safety concerns. Regardless of the cheap price, it’s not worth risking your skin or in worst case, your vision!!”
It seems when it’s bad, it’s really bad. So why take the risk at all?
Another thing to note is how quickly makeup can add up. First you start with a layer of foundation, contour your cheekbones, add under-eye concealer, primer, eyeshadow in the creases, a coat of mascara, top it off with some highlighter and of course, a spritz of setting spray. Before you know it, you’ve used about a dozen products. Even a “natural” makeup look would most likely require multiple products. Below you can see a quick comparison of how quick high-end makeup prices can add up, especially compared to the knockoff versions.
Therefore, Massey made a point to emphasize the importance of not compromising the quality of one’s makeup.
“Whenever I talk to a client, I say makeup is like skin care. It is a nutrition plan for your face. It is a food we are feeding our skin. So whatever we are putting on, we want to make sure it is clean and free.” – Amanda Massey, Skin Care Specialist