I am clawing my way through the holiday shopping. Gordon spent the day sending corporate gifts. After much shopping, I bought this yarn kit for the one gift I was responsible for. I think the recipient liked it. 🙂
Now it’s gifts for the family. When the kids were little, it was toys. When they were teenagers, it was clothes and makeup. Now they mostly want money, but wrapping money and putting it under the tree is silly. I need to buy some cosmetics and clothes and… hell if I know what to buy.
At least Gordon is easy. I buy him action figures.
Speaking of cosmetics, there is a really good series on Netflix called Broken and one of the episodes examines the bootleg cosmetics. There is this vicious cycle between the influencers, people who promote make up through tutorials, on social media and the cosmetics industry. The cosmetic companies purposefully create a limited run of their products, knowing that the demand will be much higher. The influencers promote the product, everyone goes to look for it, and it sells out in a record time, which creates a bit of a hysteria. Then they get the product back in stock, but again in a limited quantity and again it sells out at record speed, because if you don’t hurry, you might miss it. This is great for the cosmetics companies’ bottom line, but it’s a blatant manipulation of the consumer.
So suppose you want Charlotte Tilbury eye shadow palette, but it’s sold out. You look on Amazon and you find it at a discount from a third party seller. You get it, put it on your eyelids, and then your face blisters. You bought a knock off masquerading as the real product. Most of the knockoffs are produced in China in unsanitary conditions, and when they were tested, people found surprising ingredients. Carcinogens, superglue, and my favorite, horse urine.
Horse urine. Like how would you even do that?
Amazon doesn’t care about this because they get commission off each sale. Other places to never buy brand cosmetics: Ebay, Wish, Etsy, and Alibaba. A lot of Etsy sellers buy product on Wish or Alibaba and then resell it at a profit.
So here are some listings for fake products. Do not buy these, or horse urine on your face might be the least of your worries.
Jenner birthday collection launched in 2016 and it had a very limited run. A single lip tube from Kylie retails for $29.00, and this person is selling the entire 6 item kit for $28.99. There is one review, and in the answers, where someone asked a question about the authenticity of the product, a consumer straight out warns, “NO it is not! I ordered this a few weeks ago.”
Here is the listing for the fake Polo Black cologne.
Looks good. Says Ralph Lauren on it. But why is it so discounted? Scrolling down, there is a slew of 1 star reviews, which all say that the cologne doesn’t last. Here is the best review of the bunch.
Do not buy this! I checked the batch information with Ralph Lauren. The bottle I received was manufactured in 2012. Cologne has a 36-month shelf life. Pay the extra and get the real, unexpired stuff from Ralph Lauren. The scent lasts all of ten minutes with this old bottle because the cologn deteriorates over time.
There you go. Someone bought an expired batch of cologne from Ralph Lauren and is merrily selling it online for a profit.
Prominent cosmetics companies have a vested interest in making their products as safe as possible. Some people still get rashes, because one can’t account for every skin type, but there is a world of difference between manufacturing standards of a legitimate company and some person who is cooking it up for pennies. If you get a chance, I highly recommend watching the episode on Netflix.
So if you are like me and you are shopping for cosmetics or perfume, or really anything else that goes on your skin or skin of your loved ones, I would recommend purchasing at respected cosmetics retailers, like Ulta or Sephora, or buying online directly from the manufacturer, such as Doll 10 website or Kylie Cosmetics. Please consider not buying a bottle of Channel from some weirdo on Ebay, because nobody knows what’s in it and the last thing anyone needs this holiday is a pile of medical bills.
Be safe. And that’s your PSA for today.
A gentle reminder: this is a post about counterfeit cosmetics and scams, not an invitation to critique other people’s choice of Christmas gifts. 🙂 Please remember that everyone’s family is different before offering opinion on other commenter’s gift strategies.