In the past I’ve bought a Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick of eBay thinking that it was the real deal, only to be disappointed when it was a fake. I wanted to write this post to make you aware of signs to look for that might indicate that it’s a fake product, so hopefully you don’t make the same mistake I did.
To begin with, the two products I own aren’t in the same shade; even though I can’t do colour comparisons there are a lot of other differences. The real one is the shade Sell Out (nude pink) and the fake is Lady Balls (dark red).
Let’s start off with the packaging. On the real one the ‘Melted matte’ writing on the tube is raised up so you can feel it when you run your finger across, however, the fake one just has the writing printed on. It wasn’t even printed well, some of the letters have faded away/peeled off.
On the top of the lid, there is a ‘TF’ written, standing for Too Faced. On the real one, the writing is embroidered on allowing you to feel it raised above the lid height. On take fake one, it’s been printed on in a slightly lighter gold shade than the lid colour, the letters are also a lot wider.
On the bottom of the tube of the real one, there is 6F2 printed, I’m not sure what this stands for, guessing it might be the batch code? On the fake one, there isn’t anything printed on the bottom meaning the factory that copied it can’t have been aware of this detail.
The back of the tube has a little sticker with states, the shade and the ingredients that are in the lipstick. On the real one, the sticker has been placed at the bottom of the tube, perfectly in the middle. However on the fake one the sticker has been slapped on diagonally, obviously, no time and care have been taken over it. The details on the sticker for Lady Balls have been copied from the real one, the ingredient’s it says it contains is NOT what’s in there. You have NO IDEA what is in these fake products, that’s why personally I would never put it on my lips.
The length of the tube is also different once you have unscrewed the lid. The real once is ….cm and the fake is … cm, making the real one considerably longer. Obviously, this isn’t something you wouldn’t notice when looking on a website, as tube lengths are the same once the lid is on.
Now, moving on the applicator. The wand on the real one is made from clear, see-through plastic which leads down to a small angled nib. However, on the fake, the wand is made from the tackiest white plastic I’ve ever seen and the angled nib at the end is considerably longer.
There is also a weight difference between the two products. I haven’t gone as far as weighting them, however when you hold both of them one is clearly heavier, that’s the real one. I’m guessing that’s because the fake one has been made out of the cheapest plastic they could find, as they’re clearly not trying to make a ‘quality’ product.
We can’t compare the colour of the two here but there are few things I’ve picked out. Hopefully, you can notice from the picture that Lady Balls (the fake one) is NOT even red, it’s a dark pink, so it’s not even the colour it’s claiming to be. Also, Lady Balls is a very watery colour, meaning you need to go over it a couple of times to get full coverage all over, it also takes a lot longer to dry! Whereas Sell Out is more of a creamy colour that’s very mattifying, on average it takes about 15 seconds to dry.
After swatching both of these on my hand I tried to take them off with a makeup wipe. The real one comes off very easily however the fake one hasn’t budged, that really makes we worry that chemicals are in it!!!
I hope this has enlightened you enough to stop you accidently buying a fake.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever had any bad experiences with buying fake products before.