Hey guys *waves*. I know, it’s been a while, but I hope you are all doing great. I cannot believe we are almost at the end of April. Time indeed does fly. Anyway, today I am doing another real vs fake post.
I was at the Chinese store not too long ago and while looking at the cute little knick knacks they had, I came across the makeup aisle and it was packed to the brim with fake products. I’m talking Kylie Cosmetics mascara and foundations (!?) Huda Beauty concealers, Urban Decay Naked 8 palettes (all of which does not exist), fake LA Girl Pro concealers and even fake Avon perfumes. There were some ladies in the aisle filling their baskets with products and it made me realize how many people are still unaware of fakes and how harmful they actually are. I then decided to purchase a few fake products to compare them to the originals I owned. Hopefully this way I can help educate fellow makeup junkies on how to tell the difference between a real and fake product. If you guys haven’t yet, you can check out my post on Real VS Fake Morphe palettes here and Real VS Fake Kylie Koko Kollection here.
Seeing that liquid highlighters are becoming quite popular these days, I decided to buy a bottle of fake CoverFX custom enhancer drops to compare to my original. By the way, you can find my review on the original product here.
Before we get started, I just have to mention that the store I bought this from only had 2 shades available. They had Celestial (which is nowhere near the shade I have) and Rose Gold. Rose Gold was closest to the shade I have – Sunlight, so I went with that one. I went through the entire aisle but couldn’t find the exact shade, so Rose Gold would have to do.
The real box is more gold, while the fake is more rosey gold. The real box is bigger than the fake, and the little silver drop is more reflective on the fake box. The writing on the real box is bolder than the writing on the fake, even though the fonts look identical.
The barcode on the original is printed on a white sticker, while the barcode on the fake is printed directly on the box. The barcodes differ in size and the digits differ too. All other information on this side of the 2 boxes are identical, besides the fond of the original being darker and more bold.
The information on this side of the box is identical too, even though the fake is the shade Rose Gold and on the box states Sunlight, Sunset Ingredients.
Again, the information on this side of both boxes are identical, but (again) the font on the original is bolder and more black.
The original box has a sticker with the name Sunlight printed on it, while the fake has the name Rose Gold directly printed on the box.
The inside of the original box is a cream color, while the fake is stark white. The original box’s “flaps” folds over each other while the fake’s “flaps” does not. The original’s writing on the “flaps” is printed horizontally while the fake’s writing is printed vertically.
Right off the bat you can see the original is bigger than the fake. The black dropper is matte black on the original and glossy black on the fakeYou can also kind of see the craftsmanship on the fake is poor. All other wording on the bottles are the same besides the wording on the original being a bit more spaced out.
The original has a lot number at the bottom and the fake does not. Also the original feels heavy and sturdy while the fake feels light and cheap.
The label on the original starts a bit higher than the label on the fake.
The label on the original doesn’t stop at the end of the bottle, like that of the fake. You can see a piece of the glass bottle on the original whereas the fake bottle is covered completely till the end. All other information is the same.
The applicator of the original has a tear drop pointed shape while the fake is round. The original drop applicator is easy to work with while the fake has to be pressed quite hard to get the product to deposit.
The original is extremely pigmented and reflective while the fake less so
The original doesn’t loose its opacity even when blended, while the fakes blends into nothing, leaving behind patchy chunks of glitter.
The original smells a little bit like foundation, while the fake smells like medicine. No joke. The fake smells like antibiotic capsules – ewww.
I have since seen bigger bottles of these fakes – 30ml. That’s a complete giveaway that it is fake, because the original CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops biggest bottle is the 15ml. There are mini’s as well, but there’s never been a 30ml. At least not yet.
The fake costed me – wait for iiiiit – R30! Yes, you read that right, R30! I don’t even want to think about what they put in here to mass produce it online. It grosses me out so badly. The price is a dead giveaway yet some people still don’t know any better. So, if you didn’t know (which is okay, we’re here to learn) the original CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops retails for R850 – R1000 per 30ml.
I was really shocked when I did this comparison because it looks like the folks who make these fake products are getting better at it. They’re printing all the same information and starting to even duplicate barcodes. Please be carful where you guys purchase your international branded makeup. A fake is not worth it. If you cannot afford a liquid highlighter, there are some great options available at the drugstore! Catrice recently launched some highlighting drops, L.O.V Cosmetics has some highlighting drops as well (the packaging on those is beautiful, by the way) and Maybelline and NYX has some liquid highlighters too. So you see, there are loads of products from the drugstore that is great quality and affordable plus they’re safe to use.
If you guys have any questions please feel free to comment or email me via my contact page.
I hope you found this comparison post helpful. I’m using the fake product to paint an old pen holder (hopefully it will work and I’ll have a pretty rose gold holder).
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What other products would you guys like me to compare? Let me know in the comments.