I bought a MAC lipstick from eBay recently…not the cleverest thing because eBay is littered with fakes of the most popular brands (such as MAC, Nars and Benefit) but the seller had good feedback and I presumed it would be ok. But now I am seeing little things that makes me wonder if it is a fake. Readers, what do you think?I am no MAC expert but perhaps some of you are….
I pulled out 3 MAC lipsticks I bought from the MAC counter to compare.
First off, the barrel. Can you spot which one may be dodgy?
No. 3. In person, the lipsticks are roughly the same height, but the new lipstick has a thinner silver band around the middle. It is noticeably thinner than the other 3 in person.
Next up, the labels. Can you spot the odd one out?
Yep it’s Peachstock. Can you see how it’s a brighter silver colour? None of my other MAC lipsticks are that colour, they are a much duller silver shade. Hmm.
Then the lids. You may not be able to tell but where the new lipstick has the words MAC grooved in, it feels quite deep and you can make out the bevelled edges with your finger. With the others, the MAC lettering feels very smooth.
Finally a few more things I noticed.
The lipstick from eBay (peachstock) is a very glossy looking – almost like it’s oozing oil which I’ve never seen on my other MAC lipsticks before.
Also there is absolutely no scent in it. All my other MAC lipsticks have a light vanilla scent. I was thinking that maybe it’s quite old but the seller says it’s fresh stock. Hmmm.
To be honest I can’t figure out if this is an amazing fake, just really really old, or a different batch completely. The seller swears to me it is the real thing and it was sourced in the US hence the differences. I honestly don’t know.
Also if you own Peachstock – does my lipstick look like the right hue? The texture of the lipstick is super soft and the colour is quite opaque too.
Come on MAC experts – did I buy a fake or the real thing?!