There seems to be quite a market for fake cosmetics, which is something I really don’t get. Well I do…some make up is terribly expensive, so perhaps that need to own a certain ‘it’ product (like say a Kylie lip product which isn’t easy to get in the UK) makes people buy a ‘close’ alternative. Sometimes the fakes are dupes that are designed to fool people in to thinking they are buying the real thing (Benefit and MAC fakes are everywhere – I would never buy these brands from anywhere but an official retailer).
But essentially, knowingly buying a fake product seems like a royal waste of time to me. The formula, which is the key thing for me personally, is not the same. You don’t know what is in the fake. The colour won’t be exact. The packaging is sketchy. Cheaper affordable make up can be just as good as expensive. I’ve also seem some really poor fakes out there that people tout as being ‘close’ to the real thing (hardly).
With that in mind, I purchased a Huda Beauty liquid lipstick out of curiosity from Cult Beauty, then spotted a ‘fake’ – I thought I’d do a comparison for people who want to AVOID buying fake make up online. I got exactly the same shade to test.
Note: Fakes can vary obviously. This is just the one I spotted selling for £3, when the real thing is more around the £18 mark.
The real ting comes in a slightly bigger box. Unless comparing side to side it’s hard to tell.
Small details are different:
But it’s a fairly good copy:
Very similar. The text on the real one is slightly brighter.
So the exterior is similar although when you compare a real and fake, you can tell.
How about the actual product? Well they are SUPER close. They might even be made in the same factory.
Now I always felt the container for the real liquid lipstick and applicator are poor for the price charged. It’s lightweight and cheap feeling – just frosted plastic. The applicator is a doe foot but it’s quite hard – I would prefer it to be softer.
That said, the fake feels exactly the same as the real one.
Then comes the key thing…the colour.
The match is in the same family I guess but they are NOT the same as you can clearly see.
The fake is a more purple toned lip colour and the real one is more muted.
As you can see from the swatches, the fake is brighter and more dramatic. It’s more of a purple grape shade. It is not an ugly colour it is just different to the real Trophy Wife shade.
The real one is more of a mauve plum.
The real ones dries off to that matte finish which I find ok, a little drying. The fake one also dries but takes a bit longer.
I don’t know what the hell the put in the fake but it would NOT rub off my hand. Literally was there for 2 days (yes i wash) but it would not come off! Frustrating.
Honestly, what do they put in it to make it cling to your skin like that?
Overall by the way, I wouldn’t bother with the fake product – the shade is all wrong so I don’t see the point. After using this product, I think the original lip colour is fine but because there are SO many liquid lipsticks out there, I don’t think this is the best formula (it’s a little dry) and the packaging feels super cheap for the price. Unless I saw a to die for shade I wouldn’t buy another one, although I would certainly check out some of her other products.
Real Huda Beauty products are sold at which is where I bought this lip colour. I don’t recommend you buy the £3 stuff from eBay, it is going to be fake unless that’s your bag.
Would you knowingly buy a fake product?