A WARNING has been issued to netizens not to fall for online cosmetics sales which claim to be linked to the Public Health Ministry because this ministry it does not have a policy to sell makeup on the Internet, New)108 free tabloid said today.
Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai, the ministry’s deputy permanent secretary said the ministry found out after checking that cosmetics are being sold through Facebook’s suggested posts stating that they have been sponsored by the office of public health with a logo also emblazoned with this leading to public misunderstanding that these products are from the ministry.
The ministry has moved to warn the public to not believe and further share such advertisements online.
Meanwhile an article posted at Instyle.com warns that people who buy fake makeup expose themselves to some serious health risks. Rather than a healing blend of aloe and vitamin E, many knockoff goods contain beyond-harmful ingredients like cyanide, arsenic, rat poison, urine, and lead that definitely shouldn’t be in their makeup
Below are a few tips on spotting knockoff products which are often sold in bulk:
Note the Pricing
Of course, you should always buy your products from one of the brand’s licensed retailers, but we admit—a good sale is pretty hard for us to resist. If the sale is a little too good to be true, however, it probably is. Most brands will regulate pricing on their products, meaning that $5 Chanel mascara likely isn’t the real deal. Also, knockoff products are often sold in bulk, so be wary before buying a massive case of Dior foundations at a drugstore price
Check the Label
Counterfeit products will often have uneven fonts, misspelled words, inconsistent patterns, and incorrect shade names printed on the label and leaflets, so make sure to cross-check the item with the one on the brand’s official website. If your product features a “peel-to-reveal” stickers, which can be peeled back to show the full ingredient list, that’s a sign it’s genuine.
Pay Attention to the Packaging
If you previously purchased a lipstick or eyeliner from the brand in question, line the items up side-by-side to compare their exteriors. Fake products are housed in lower-quality plastic or metal casings, often paired with ill-fitting mirrors and sponge-tipped applicators. The name of the shade should be printed on a sticker as opposed to the box. Products that don’t quite fit into the box as they should, as well as boxes with exposed pieces of cardboard, are other indicators that you may have picked up a phony.
Swatch the Color Before Using
Just like low-quality packaging, a seemingly cheaper formula is a telltale sign of a counterfeit cosmetic. Fake eye shadows, blushes, lipsticks, and powders typically have a chalkier or thinner consistency than the real counterparts. Then, take a whiff of the product. Unless they’re unscented, many genuine products will have a signature fragrance—for example, the pleasing vanilla aroma of MAC’s lipsticks. At the very least, the makeup should smell like makeup, so toss any items that have overly-chemical notes, as well as perfumes with off-color liquid or medicinal-scented elements.
TOP: A woman applying lipstick which is a product that has been around ancient times. Photo: Greta Ceresini, CC-By-2.0
Source: New)108 free newsapaper and Instyle.com
By Thai Residents reporters