Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Bootleg Makeup?

I attended a Juneteenth festival this past Saturday and some of the vendors were selling "MAC" makeup. The reason I placed the word MAC in quotations is because I soon discovered that all the makeup on display wasn't in fact authentic MAC. Now, I've heard of knock off Louis Vuitton and Coach purses, but bootleg makeup?

Apparently, the best way to spot a fake is to look on the bottom of the packaging. One of the vendors busted out another vendor for selling the imitation, while she claimed to carry the real McCoy. So, here's how to spot fake MAC from the real MAC:

If you look on the bottom of any MAC product, you will see the name of the color like so:

Yet, if you look on the bottom of a fake MAC product, you will most likely see a product number:

MAC doesn't categorize their colors by number, so if you're only interested in getting the real deal, be sure to check the bottom of the packaging the next time someone tries to sell you some MAC makeup at a festival, Flea Market, or any other event. I for one am not a label junkie, so I could really care less. As long as it looks good and is affordable, I'll buy it!


Avillacorta said...

Thanks for the heads up. I'm like you, I will buy anything that looks good on me, but if I am paying for MAC I would like it to be authentic. Good looking out.

DPrincess28 said...

Yeah, I hear you about not wanting to pay for MAC prices if it's not real MAC, but my understanding is that when folks sell it at places such as festivals & flea markets, they're selling it to you at discount prices.

bluebonnet67 said...

Wow! I have never heard of such a thing! Thanks for letting us know!

nicole123 said...

I never get brand makeup anyway but thanks for telling us because they're charging you for the price that the original makeup would be... basically getting ripped off.

EbonyCPrincess said...

LMBO!!! girl if i can't afford the real mccoy (most of the time i can't!) then i'll head to walgreens to the $1.99 - no need to front on it! b4 i could afford name brand handbags, nine west & liz claiborne were my best friends! this is toooooo funny, vendors know ladies be on that name-brand kick and try to take advantage!

$!3RR@ said...

I'm extra late, but there are so many videos and blog posts on how to spot fake MAC products, especially on EBay. If a deal seems to good to be true, it probably is.

Rai said...

lmao. If a vendor is selling Brand Names, of course it's fake!!

Never purchase or USE fake makeup. Who knows what is in it, a lot of times there may be lead in it.
There are tons of makeup brands being reproduced.