As you guys know my last post was on the SKIN79 BB creams; some of you may have noticed that I mentioned I had bought them on eBay together which is a risky business as there is a high possibility that I could’ve received fakes. SKIN79 and other BB brands have tons of sellers, selling you fake items; they may not know it, but you really need to watch out for who you are buying from. To prevent accidently purchasing a fake item, it is best to purchase them from the original brand site; or if you are unable to purchase them because they only deliver to certain countries or you cannot read the site due to language change, then purchase them from trusted websites. Two popular sites I know of for Asian skincare and make-up is Sasa and Yesstyle:
http://www.yesstyle.co.uk/en/home.html (UK version)
I haven’t bought from Sasa as the delivery price is expensive to get shipped to me, but Yesstyle has free express shipping to the UK (and comes quick too, despite that), and the majority of the products found on Sasa can be found on Yesstyle too = much more convenient for me!
However, the products that I have bought on eBay are from a trusted seller; don’t think that everyone on eBay is out to get you with their fake items, this seller sells all genuine products at good prices and products that are harder to find elsewhere! She has 100% feedback and claims to have proof that her products are genuine should you find a problem; I bought my Holika Holika and SKIN79 products from her, and they are all genuine!
Before I start, I will answer the question: Have you ever received a fake item you thought to be genuine? The answer = Yes I have. A few years ago I bought a Laneige Skin Primer from eBay that one of my Youtube Gurus always went on about; I was super excited, and it came in a proper box with the same packaging and everything! Wow, for that price I was so lucky to nab it until… Uh-oh… I’m sure it is not supposed to look like this, surely? This item is supposed to be suited for oily skin, so why is it coming out like blue baby lotion? The more I squeezed, the more lotion that sat in my hand and I couldn’t believe I had been had! I immediately emailed the seller and complained, threatening to open a case until they had refunded my money; their only comment was that it was from Sasa before they refunded me. I was a fool for buying that item for so cheap, and have since then been very cautious about buying products on eBay.
Anyway back to the BB creams! Here is a list of things to look out for when purchasing these items! The fakes look extremely alike but there are a lot of small differences that will help you to spot the fake!
#1 Anti-counterfeit shining effect:
Check the BB and the SKIN79 sticker on the bottle; the original BB cream sticker reflects the light when you look at it from different angles, the fake BB cream has no such thing.
You can see mine reflects the light and shows colours which is what is expected from these stickers; also these stickers fade easily on the fake product.
#2 Instructions in English:
On the original box the instructions on the back are written in English, however the fake box has Chinese written on the back.
As you can see, mine are written in English and not Chinese!
#3 The dotted line:
The original BB cream box has a dotted line on the back so that you can open the box fully to read the instructions inside; the fake BB cream does not have this, since there are no instructions inside it is pointless to have this dotted line huh?
You can see the dotted line on my Hot Pink box here; and in the picture showing the English instructions on the back, you can see it on my VIP Gold box too.
#5 The text inside:
Inside the BB cream box there should be 4 sets of instructions written in 4 different languages; English, Korean, Chinese and Japanese. The fake BB Box just has SKIN79 printed inside; I don’t have any photos for this but I have checked and can confirm that both of mine have the instructions inside in 4 different languages.
There are other signs to look out for when comparing an original to a fake, such as expiry dates, web addresses, incorrect spelling, bottle size, nozzle size, texture in BB cream and more! Important Update – I was recently informed by 2 commenters, Jackie and jeme1959, that from 2013 they have stopped selling BB creams with authenticity stickers; as for the text ‘Wrinkle Improvement’ and ‘Wrinkle Free’, both are deemed authentic and are still being sold. So in case you were wondering, this might be why yours does not have an authenticity sticker if it was manufactured in 2013 but anything prior should have a sticker; I have had many comments of those who have recently bought a BB cream but it has no sticker, even from reputable sellers such as Yesstyle. Hope this helps, and thank you Jackie and jeme1959 for informing me!
I discovered these fake traits from the blogs below; check them out and check your BB cream!
Hope you don’t get caught out by these cheaters; I have and it’s an unpleasant feeling! :( See you on my next blog post! Byeee!!