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So No To Fake Makeup

Wednesday, 4 November 2015
This is something I feel so passionately about and I am genuinely worried whenever I see girls and women willingly purchasing and using makeup they know to be fake, which seems to be happening more and more. Maybe I am just seeing more of it now I am blogging, I don't know. In any case, my objections to it have nothing to do with protection of brand and their right to profits from the products they create and market and I promise I am not trying to be preachy or start an argument. This is all about people who are using fake makeup and my genuine concern I have for them. It is truly unsafe and here's why.

You have no idea where it is coming from...
When you purchase a brand name item, drugstore or high end, there is a company and a documented, regulated production process behind it. If you have any issues with the product you know that you can call up a company and level complaints. In the albeit unlikely but nevertheless terrifying scenario that you have a serious medical issue from using makeup that was faulty (it happens!) you have legal recourse to contact that company and even get compensation from them if you issue was the result of negligence or illegal business practice. You simply do not have that when you are buying fake makeup because you have no idea who made it! None at all.

No safety standards...
Following on from my last point, registered businesses that create and sell makeup have to adhere to strict safety and hygiene laws and regulations. The production lines have to be clean and safe so that the products they produce pose no reasonable threat to consumes - of course there will always be a few reactions due to allergies and sensitivities but that is entirely different. Those who produce fake makeup do it for absolutely minimum cost to maximise profits without any care about their eventual consumer who they aren't accountable to at all. They can do what they like and the makeup you buy could be produced in a dirty, vermin infested factory (trust me this is the norm for fake makeup, look up the many pictures on the net) without any safety precautions at all. This results in horribly unhygienic counterfeit makeup but also dangerous inclusions in the product that are even visible to the naked eye and could literally be anything! Are you willing to take that chance with something you put on your eyes, lips or face?

You have no idea what is in a product...
Turn over the packaging of any product in our collection. You will find a list of ingredients and even if you don't understand all of them, you can still look things up and know exactly what you are getting. When you buy fake makeup they just lift the ingredients list from the source packaging but I can guarantee you that it is not what is in the fake product at all. You simply do not know what it is in it! There have been actual cases of fake makeup being discovered to contain dangerous things like cyanide, lead, arsenic, copper and cadmium. Seriously, there are recorded cases, look them up. This is frankly terrifying and yes, you may have used counterfeit makeup in the past without a problem but a sane person doesn't willingly continue to participate in a game of Russian Roulette just because they don't get shot the first time!

It is illegal and funds other illegal activity...
This is more of a moral objection but counterfeit is the result of organised crime, pure and simple. It needs to be produced in massive quantities and smuggled around the world, usually into Western countries where the consumer market overwhelms common sense. These crime organisations also rarely specialize in just makeup. They are in it to make money however they can and they do it via any opportunity that presents itself. It might sound dramatic but buying that fake Urban Decay Naked Palette may be funding absolutely horrible criminals that engage in other illegal activities that genuinely hurt humanity (drugs, human trafficking, illegal sex trade) and no makeup is worth that. Think about the big picture.

It honestly just isn't the same!
This is the part that makes the least sense to me because fake makeup is just not the same! When products make cult status and everyone wants them, it is because they are beautiful products. The formula, colours or application is what sets them apart, not the packaging! When you buy fake products all you are buying are is a cheap reproduction of the packaging. The product itself is usually horrible and not at all like the thing you go out trying to find a cheap alternative for. You only have to look at comparison swatches and reviews online to see that the fakes are never going to give you what you are looking for out of that $80 palette you have been lusting for. I'm not saying at all that you have to go out and buy the real high end product if you can't afford it but please, just go to the drugstore and pick up something similar. There are great affordable dupes out there that are made by companies with safety standards, accountability and legal operating practices. 

I am really sorry if this comes off ranty but honestly I just need to get this message out there and talked about. A quick amount of your own research will tell you that using fake products presents a serious risk to your health; you don't have to take my word for it! I also want to make it exceptionally clear that this is not sponsored and I have no interest in preserving big company profits! This is about the risk that fake makeup poses to you, the consumer. I see people all the time excited about finding a cheap fake for a product they want and it just doesn't make sense to me. It also makes it clear that there are still a lot of people who don't understand the dangers and that really scares me. 

I know there are still those who will unwittingly buy and use fake makeup and that is a conversation for another day (let me know if you want a similar post on spotting fakes) but this post is just really aimed at highlighting the dangers people willingly risk when they use fake makeup. I have always wanted to write this but I knew that I would face some criticism for it. Honestly though, if I save just one person from a horrible, painful reaction that lands them in hospital, potentially with permanent damage (again, this stuff actually happens), then it will all have been worth it.

Stay Rosy.
5 comments on "So No To Fake Makeup"
  1. Hi, I appreciate your concern and this post. I'm just a little confused as to what you consider "fake makeup." Are drug store brands ok? I would love another post about spotting them.

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    1. Hi Charlene! I mean counterfeit makeup that is made to copy high end brands like Mac, Urban Decay,etc. I am certainly not being a snob and telling you to only purchase high end. Drugstore brands are great because they are created under a company that can be held accountable for their quality and hygiene and are often fantastic quality products too. In fact, I am saying go and buy drugstore products that are similar instead of buying counterfiet versions of high end products that are made god knows where with who knows what. I'm sorry if that wasn't clear and I think I will definitely be following up with posts about how to avoid and spot fakes.

      Thanks for your feedback :)

      Emma

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  3. Wow I could not agree more! I am SOOOOOOOOOOO AGAINST IT. Fake make up, fake brushes, everything. I also think that by the time people buy fake stuff and a whole bunch of it, that falls apart, isn't what they were expecting etc, they could have honestly just saved up for the real deal haha

    Katina | www.katinalindaa.com

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    1. I totally agree! They aren't actually saving money, just wasting it on crappy and dangerous fakes.

      Emma

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