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Can anyone tell if my MAC lipstick is fake?

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BettyBlueToo Sat 12-Dec-15 21:40:38

I bought a MAC lipstick on eBay (yes I know) and comparing it to my old one I think it might be fake. The base sticker is different and the new one only says MAC on on side of the barrel. I'm not going to be able to get to a MAC shop for a few weeks. Anyone hazard a guess? Thank you.

Real is on the left, fake on right in photo.

andsoimback Sat 12-Dec-15 21:43:57

If it was really cheap, I would sau fake.

BettyBlueToo Sat 12-Dec-15 21:46:14

It was £15ish. I'm really not sure. It's a good fake if it is.

Whatdoidohelp Sat 12-Dec-15 21:46:17

If you got a bargain, you bought a fake.

Kbear Sat 12-Dec-15 21:53:45

Just looked at DD's MAC lipsticks - they look like the one with smaller print

BettyBlueToo Sat 12-Dec-15 21:56:52

Yep, I have a few proper Mac lipsticks and the print isn't like the possible fake sticker. Just wanted a few more opinions before I contact the seller.

WhyDoesGastonBark Sat 12-Dec-15 23:31:03

Swap the lids... Do they fit on each other?

MrsGradyOldLady Sat 12-Dec-15 23:33:39

I bought a mac lipstick last week in selfridges and it does say mac in red on the side.

southeastastra Sat 12-Dec-15 23:36:31

Whats the quality like smell etc

LoadsaBlusher Sun 13-Dec-15 00:11:26

Was also going to say swap the lids
Fake lids don't fit on genuine lipstick bases.

Dreamgirls234 Sun 13-Dec-15 09:31:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BettyBlueToo Sun 13-Dec-15 12:42:54

Swapped the lids and they do fit each other. Hmmmm.

ObsidianBlackbirdMcNight Sun 13-Dec-15 12:45:32

Pretty much all makeup on eBay is Chinese fakes

BettyBlueToo Sun 13-Dec-15 12:48:14

I have had genuine Mac off eBay before. And sold it too. I'm really not sure with this one. Will just have to get to a MAC counter at some point.

FundraisingPTABitch Sun 13-Dec-15 12:59:08

If the lids fit each other it's it's not fake. The lipstick containers are designed with a specific mould that isn't easily reproduced.

I have dozens and dozens of mac lipsticks, some of them have different labels and I only buy from Mac stores; I travel a lot and buy most of my mac makeup at airports and different malls across the globe.

The lipsticks with mac written in red are either special edition lipsticks, viva glam or christmas specials.

I'm happy to post pictures as support. hth.

WhyDoesGastonBark Sun 13-Dec-15 17:00:53

If the lids fit that is a good sign. I have at least 24 mac lipsticks, all bought instore from mac or online from mac the labels so vary on the bottom.
£15 is only 50p cheaper than if you bought instore so it would be a very expensive fake!

If the tubes are the same colour its a good sign too as fakes apparently are a slightly different colour!

yas212 Mon 14-Dec-15 20:48:17

These brands change their packaging all the time. I ordered Laura mercier tinted moisturiser from the house of Fraser website recently and I thought it was fake because it wasn't as good as the old one I had and the packaging was different. Also the use by date has changed from 18 months to 12. Obviously it just turned out that they changed what was a good product into a crappy version, so I won't be buying it again sad

Whatsername24 Mon 14-Dec-15 21:01:10

In future, if you're prepared to pay £15 on Ebay you might as well just pay the extra 50p and order from Mac online - and if I remember correctly you can get free delivery if you select click and collect.

BettyBlueToo Mon 14-Dec-15 23:01:33

I know, I just wanted to use my PayPal balance and it's so easy and clicky quick on eBay smile I tried it today and I do think it may be genuine. It has that nice Mac smell. I'll still take it and get it checked when I can but won't be for a while yet.

MarmaladeBasedProtectionRacket Mon 14-Dec-15 23:57:16

I have 2 MAC lipsticks bought in the last year from the MAC store - the labels are more like the one on the left with the name of the colour in small print - same size and font as the number but different to the print round the edges of the circle. The one on the right looks like somebody stamped the name on a blank label and I can't see the shade number properly - not just different size print but a bit smudged looking. Mine have MAC on both sides of the lid in silver and the texture is different , not just printed on, you feel an indent in the surface where the silver is if you rub your finger nail over it. MAC is printed in black on both sides of the silver barrel under the lid.
Mine aren't diva though so maybe packaging is different for diva? Otherwise I'd say fake, sorry.

WhyDoesGastonBark Tue 15-Dec-15 09:47:33

Some examples of the differences in labels...
Top two were from the same House of Fraser store - fonts are different.
Bottom left was sent to me by MAC customer services following a complaint and has no code on it.
Bottom right was from John Lewis online ... Again a different font.

All the rest of mine are the same style as the ones here.

WhyDoesGastonBark Tue 15-Dec-15 09:49:55

In fact your "fake" is in the same style as my Sin which was sent direct from MAC about 6 months ago so maybe it is a newer style label

WhyDoesGastonBark Tue 15-Dec-15 09:51:08

But just checked and all mine say MAC on both sides

rubyflipper Tue 15-Dec-15 10:59:39

You can use PayPal on purchases on the Mac website.

BettyBlueToo Tue 15-Dec-15 13:49:57

Gaston, that does look like my "fake" label. The only thing I'm unsure about is why it only says Mac on one side of the cap. I will get it checked but won't be able to for a while.

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