Monday, 12 August 2013

Fake products on eBay - my experience with bareMinerals


This post is basically a warning to all you beauty lovers about purchasing cosmetics on eBay. We've all been there - an expensive product catching your eye and then immediately logging onto eBay to see if you can get it for a much cheaper price. 

After finally finishing my first ever pot of bareMinerals foundation bought from a beauty counter in Debenhams, I really didn't want to part with that much money. So I had a look on eBay. I was told that as long as they have lots of positive feedback, they can be trusted. 

I ended up purchasing an 8g pot of bareMinerals Original Foundation in Medium Beige. I paid £11.95 for it. What a bargain.... or so I thought.

The funny thing is, I never even tried to question how genuine the product was when it arrived. I just used it. I think I just assumed that if they were selling fakes then surely they would no longer be allowed to trade. 

Needless to say, it was fake. And it took me over half a year to realise! I even switched over to Lily Lolo foundation because I thought that bareMinerals wasn't doing anything for me anymore. AND I wrote a blog post about bareMinerals Original Foundation a few months ago, which I have now removed as it was a fake product which does not reflect the brand at all. I did do a blog post on the bareMinerals Matte Foundation though, which is a 100% genuine product. 

So what made me realise it was fake? Well I decided to get myself a new bareMinerals product, but thought I'd go for the Matte version instead to see if it was any better. Despite not questioning the eBay bareMinerals product at all, I still didn't feel too comfortable purchasing make up from eBay (which makes me question why I felt comfortable doing so back in September). Anyway, I purchased the foundation from Feelunique.com, a trusted discount cosmetics retailer. As soon as it arrived, I felt stunned. The colour was completely different to the one I got from eBay. I knew there would be a slight colour difference due to the fact that one was Original and one was Matte, but it's not supposed to be that much different. The texture was also different - the fake foundation was a lot more powdery, almost like talcum powder. 


I immediately started to panic. I'd always thought that my foundation had a weird red tint to it but I brushed it off and assumed that it was just that shade of foundation. Then the biggest tell tale signs were when I flipped the foundations over and looked at the bottom of the pots. The fake pot of foundation (which actually had a weird stash of paper covering it that I had to rip off) was missing several things including a bar code, a list of ingredients, and also the little jar symbol that tells you how long a beauty product can be kept for. 



I'm normally quite a vigilant person but I let my guard down at that time. I was a student in need of a new foundation and thought I'd found a bargain.

It shocks me that I've been using that on my face for over half a year. I'm just happy that it wasn't a harmful product because the results could have been much worse. 

I would personally advise against making cosmetic purchases on eBay. Yes, there are some genuine sellers on there selling genuine products. The issue is, how will you know? 

If you're looking for affordable cosmetics, my strongest recommendation is Feelunique. They're not dirt cheap, but cheaper than if you bought it directly from the brand and you'll also know it's the real thing.

From my experience, I would say that it is worth spending that extra money to guarantee that you have a genuine product. Skin is delicate and who knows what you could be putting onto it with a fake product.

Lastly, some of you may want to know who this eBay seller is that sold me the fake bareMinerals product. Well, I don't know what the policies and laws are on naming eBay seller's but I will edit this post with the sellers eBay name if I manage to find confirmation that it is okay to do so. What I will say is that they are definitely still trading on eBay and, surprisingly, have a 99% positive feedback score. The majority of this seller's negative feedback revolves around buyers claiming that the bareMinerals products are all fake. 

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope this has been of some use to you. 

26 comments:

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  2. i would never buy makeup or skincare from ebay, but i cant deny i have been tempted tons of times
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    1. I have definitely learnt not to buy cosmetics/skincare products from eBay ever again haha.
      Thanks for the comment :)

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  4. Considering i was going to buy some makeup from ebay a few weeks back, this has definitely convinced me not too! you can never be too sure with sites like that, thanks for the great post:)
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    1. I'm glad this post has helped you! Buying from eBay is definitely risky and not worth it.
      Thank you for the lovely comment :)

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  6. The good thing is that you didn't ruin your skin. That's why I'm so reserved about online shopping.

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  7. Wow, this was very helpful!
    Didn't think that they would sell fake make up products on eBay!!

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  8. Thanks for this post! I've considered getting some makeup off eBay before, but I won't after seeing this.


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    1. Glad it's helped you! It's definitely risky to purchase make-up from eBay :)

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  9. This was such a useful and informative post! Thanks so much for posting it!! The bottom of the fake looks so completely different, they haven't even tried to make it like the original! Thank god it didn't contain anything dangerous. I bought a Benefit High Brow pencil off eBay and it turned out to be fake, that's the first and last time I buy make up from eBay! x

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    1. Ah so many fake products on eBay - best to stay away from it!
      Thank you for your lovely comment :)

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  10. I get so scared when buying products on ebay, unfortunately there are terrible people in this world!
    Jennifer
    Nature With Nurture

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    1. I know! Some people will try to make money from tricking others.

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  11. Did you read my post about this? These things are full of heavy metals, just bin them.

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    1. Yes I did, it was very interesting :)

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  12. What a great and informative post! Thanks so much for sharing chick, I'll defs be more careful when buying in future xox

    The Style Khaleesi

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  13. This blog post was really handy, never really thought about fake products being on eBay! Thank you making my aware!

    Jess xo
    jessicacottonxo.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's best to be cautious when shopping for cosmetics on eBay :)

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  14. I'm a bit late jumping on this topic but I too have bought dodgy skincare products on Ebay. They looked like the real thing but once I used it I found out different. I usually buy the product from my local chemist and love it. The Ebay product burnt my skin badly leaving it red and feeling like sandpaper for over a week. I would never buy skincare or makeup from Ebay again.

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  15. omg , omg i was going to buy some makeup from ebay a few weeks ago , this post convinced me not to do this

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  16. kaya_jewels
    Fake jewelry

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  17. my mom and I each bought bare minerals from ebay. 3 pots, 3 different sellers. ALL FAKE. The actual store confirmed it. As did your blog. The bottom of the pots tells it all. Never again. Only purchasing at the actual store.

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