This is a message for all you makeup junkies out there. DO NOT purchase high end makeup products (or any makeup for that matter) from eBay. Just don’t do it! Don’t ever consider it, and certainly don’t tell yourself it will work out fine, because it won’t! It doesn’t matter how excited you are to have found a real bargain on something you’ve been coveting for what feels like an eternity, in most cases you’re just going to get ripped off.
Let me tell you a little story. About 2 years ago I started watching makeup and beauty videos on youtube and came across dozens of youtube beauty gurus banging on about Urban Decay products, in particular eyeshadow. I’m relatively late to the makeup party (and I mean late – I’m almost 25), so I hadn’t ever heard of the brand. It wasn’t long until I was completely hooked on the idea of getting the Naked2 palette. I considered the original Naked palette, but decided that as I have fair skin and blue eyes, the Naked2 would suit me more. By this point I knew that I couldn’t buy UD products in Australia, so I took myself straight off to eBay.
It wasn’t hard to find what I wanted, I even managed to find a seller based in Australia. I had assumed this seller purchased in bulk direct from UD (oh how naive I was). Let me just say the palette wasn’t cheap either, I paid full price in AUS dollars, plus postage, so never considered that the product wasn’t genuine.
When I received the palette I was so happy! I used it all the time, never really thinking much about it other than I was pleased with my purchase. In hindsight I did think that the shadows weren’t all that great and didn’t exactly live up to the hype on youtube, but I didn’t have anything to compare to so just continued to happily use the palette.
Of course I wanted more UD products, 1 palette just isn’t enough is it? By this stage the Vice palette was on the market. I actually purchased the Vice palette from eBay as well, and I’m happy to report that this was the real thing. It was only after getting the Vice palette that I noticed something was off with the quality of the shadows from the Naked2. Even though I had these little niggling thoughts about the quality of the Naked2 palette, I continued to use it and be relatively happy with it for a long time. I now own the Vice 2 palette as well, which I purchased direct from UD using myus.com. Once again the thoughts about the quality of the shadow in my Naked2 palette reared their ugly head.
Months later I finally decided to do a little research on UD products. By this stage my Naked2 looks a little worse for wear, the tin case has started to go rusty, which I was pretty peeved about considering how much I had paid for it. Turns out my Naked2 palette is a FAKE! I was devastated. I still am. This epiphany that I had been scammed only occurred 3 days ago. So lesson learnt, I will never be purchasing makeup from eBay again. It’s too hard to verify authenticity.
Moral of the story? I wasted a good $70 on a fake product all because I got swept up in the excitement of it all. I have since placed an order with UD for a real Naked2 palette, and a few other goodies as well.
Keep your eyes peeled for a real vs fake Naked2 post soon.