It has come to my attention recently, whilst browsing eBay that there appears to be an influx of Benefit Cosmetics – fakes to be exact, cluttering up my screen.
eBay has cleaned up a lot, in regards to fakes over the years. When I first joined, it was easy peasy to buy a Bucci Handbag or Abbibas trainers.
These days, due to eBay’s strict Vero policies, obvious fakes do not last too long. Supposedly.
I used to report these fake palettes but I don’t have time. A quick search for Nars Palettes shows up these beauties:
Nars does not make palettes in this long, curved shape. Note that Nars shadows are either the solos (rectangular), duos, the large palettes where shadows are combined with lip and blush products and there are the square sized special edition palettes too.
Bleh. Do you think Nars would make eyeshadow with a plastic cut window and supply a hideous sponge applicator?
eBay and Nars, sort it out because it wholly unfair that an unsuspecting person should end up with this crap.
Anyway, back to Benefit….I have been trying to find Benefit’s Powderflage for cheap but I am highly suspicious of the ones on ebay listed at £9.50 + £1.50 shipping. Brand New and Boxed? The discount almost seems to big.
When I emailed one of these sellers asking if it was genuine, she didn’t reply, surprise surprise!
Now – there are some sellers who obtain Benefit from warehouses and the product is genuine (but not necessarily legal), but I have also seen some amazing factory dupes – HARD to spot the difference unless you have the real thing and the fake in hand.
To me buying fake make up is completely, utterly pointless. Make up isn’t pranced about in public, its something you use in private, on your face every day, so getting something that comes in the same packaging but is a different formula is a waste of time.
Also, the ingredients in fake products cannot be verified.
I would suggest – unless you can be positive you are buying from a reputable seller on eBay I would avoid buying Benefit from there for now. Some brands are much easier (I find) to verify for authenticity (I buy Guerlain and YSL with no problems from eBay). The Benefit stuff is problematic because its so hard to spot the difference between the real and the fakes.
Unfortunately I don’t see the point of spending £11 on a possibly fake Powderflage – may as well pay an extra £8.50 in Boots and know for a fact its the real thing.
You can buy real, slightly discounted Benefit from:
Cheapsmells.com and Strawberrynet.com
Or just get it from Boots and get the points!
I am writing an eBay shopping guide as we speak! Come back tomorrow to read it!
Let me know if you have had any other fake cosmetic experiences!