The obvious fakes.... Spotting Fake MAC on eBay


You have to agree. We all love MAC, but if we can get £5 off a MAC Eyeshadow why not buy it off ebay? Because it is most likely to have poisonous ingredients inside.

Fee from Makeupsavvy has recently brought this matter up and is currently writing an eBook on the matter but I thought I would share with you the obvious fakes on eBay that I have noticed so you can avoid the conning sellers!

The Fakes

 Above are just a selection of some fakes that are to offer on ebay. Don't think you could spot them for yourself? I was researching into this topic and found some useful tips that I thought were incredibly useful to share - found here


Authentic MAC brushes come in a clear plastic sleeves with a bar code printed on the sleeve. Many fake brushes I have seen come in clear plastic sleeves without the bar code. In addition, many fake face brushes come with additional hard plastic protectors for the hairs. Real MAC face brushes do not have this additional plastic protector. They come in the simple clear plastic sleeves with bar code.


Real MAC brushes come with black wooden handles and the neck (the part that connects the handle to the hair) is silver. 

Authentic MAC brushes are labeled "MAC ###". ### being the number of the brush. On real brushes, the lettering is printed on the handle and easily rubes off with your nail. On most FAKE brushes, the lettering is engraved into the handle and very hard to rub off.


Keep in mind that MAC has never offered a set of full sized makeup brushes except until November 2006 called the Pret-a-Porter brush set and the 2008 Holiday Set for Nordstrom only. The Pret-aPorter set includes 8 full size brushes (187, 190, 129, 213, 224, 266, etc). The set comes with a black satin brush roll. So if you see a full size MAC brush set on Ebay but it doesn't have the 187 skunk brush, it's FAKE. For Christmas 2008 MAC released a full set for Nordstrom only. It came with 4 full size brushes (187, 168, 222 and 208).
Therefore, 99% of the brand new full size MAC brush sets on are FAKE.


MAC does make many travel size brush sets with brush numbers ending in SE. Authentic travel brush sets usually come in sets of 5 brushes with a cute brush case, the brush handles are usually some unique color, not black.


Never buy MAC products from a seller you don't trust. Sellers to watch out for are a) Newly registered sellers with no or little feedback, b) sellers in other countries such as in Asia, Australia and Canada, c) sellers selling a lot of other MAC brush sets (you have to wonder where they are getting the endless supply of brush sets). Don't let 100% feedback fool you. Look at the seller's completed listing and see if week after week they list full size MAC brush sets. That's a sign the brushes are fake!

Please do yourself a favor and click on the "View Sellers's Other Items" link on the right hand over below the sellers info. If the seller is selling other MAC or designer makeup products that week, ask yourself how this person gets their hands on cheap makeup products. 99.99% of the time everything that person is selling are FAKES.


Plenty of people buy fake MAC brushes on Ebay without realizing it. They leave positive feedback for the seller and in turn convince more victims to buy. There are plenty of sellers with 99% or higher ratings who are selling fake MAC brushes. Bottom line - don't trust feedback. Do your research instead or buy from a store. Don't try to save money but end up paying for a fake brush set.


The best way to avoid buying fake brushes on Ebay is to buy brushes one at a time, instead of in a set. I am noticing more and more fake 187 brushes on Ebay. They look very similar to the real thing except the seller seems to have an endless supply of them and happily sells them for 50% off of retail. This is a sure sign they are fake.
If you want to read more please press the link at the top!

I decided that it might be useful to share some sellers of fakes (that I have spotted) to raise more awareness and to help prevent you from buying these in the future. I do realise that I cannot list every seller as there are hundreds upon hundreds, but here are a selection.

Have you spotted these FAKES before?

LilleyMay xx

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  1. The 'MAC falsh lash effect' gave me a little giggle, such an obvious fake, don't know why someone would buy that haha!
    Thankyou for this though, i've always been tempted to buy MAC stuff off ebay, i'll know to avoid it now :)

  2. I know, the sad thing is I've seen Make up collections on youtube where the person has unknowingly bought it, not knowing it was a fake.

  3. thank you so much for these tips :) xox


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