Ooook. I’m going to talk about something a bit controversial. Fake MAC pigments or fake MAC products in general. I was scoping through Ebay the other week and saw that someone from China was selling some eyeshadow pigments for a VERY affordable price (under $5 each) for what looked like was MAC pigments!! I had never tried any MAC pigments so I was curious to see what it was like. I ordered a few, but this was the first to arrive. Curious enough, something was array! It looked a little cheap?? o.0
The packaging at first was very convincing, but a few things felt a little different. The giant sticker on the top of the box seemed like it was a little larger than the usual sticker size MAC uses on their eyeshadows and in the wrong place, but ok, I’ll let that slide. Also the bottom of the box had the the bar code PRINTED on the box instead of it being a sticker which was a bit weird!!
Here’s the side of the box, everything seemed ok, except for the alignment of the text wasn’t quite centered from top to bottom. Also I didn’t see any batch number printed on this anywhere! It was also missing the list of ingredients that is usually printed on one side of the box.
The pigment itself look pretty real!! The packaging is the SAME, but again there is that weird giant sticker on the bottom of the jar. The logo looked similar, but there was some “dirty” areas where the ink has been misprinted on the jar. The back of the jar has it’s usually writings, but again the alignment was a bit off! Overall, it is very hard to tell the difference!!
The box also came with a paper insert with 6 DIFFERENT sets of ingredients, and a cautionary note. The cautionary note just listed the pigments that should not be used on the lips. The ingredients lists were a bit daunting, but NONE of them had Mica as it’s first ingredient like it should. It listed the fillers first, then the micas and colorants last. It also had Talc (can clog pores and is not good for sensitive skin but is oil absorbing, and gives slip and silky texture to powders) as one of the main ingredients which I know is a filler that is not used in the authentic MAC pigments. (I know a lot of drugstore makeup brands do use Talc as an ingredient in their products as well.) The other ingredients listed are also used in the original MAC pigments.
When opening the cap, there was something that was totally noticeably not supposed to be there!! lol There was a strange lid or cap with a little tube hole in the center, I guess to keep the product in?? The authentic Mac does not have this!!
Swatches: Left is Fake Mac Deep Blue Green pigment with Elf Eyelid Primer, Right is without. Staying power is not that great on it’s own!! Needs primer or a base.
Here is what it looks like on my lids, what do you guys think??? Would you go for fake MAC pigments for the price??
Also should note: I have not experienced any discomfort or irritation on my skin and eyes after using this product! Will probably continue to use it up since I already bought it :p
Here is what the authentic MAC Deep Blue Green pigment should look like!!!!