Adding new makeup to your current cosmetic collection is a way to spruce up your look and show off your own personality. When you want to shop for some new cosmetics and you want to do so out of a beauty store and instead online, it is important to know how to be wary of imitation makeup before you make a purchase. By understanding the type of products you are purchasing when shopping for a new eye shadow palette or foundation color online, you are more likely to receive a quality product that is to your satisfaction while meeting your needs.
Shop at Official Retailers
Find the cosmetics you are searching for by purchasing them directly from the official company that sells them or from an official retailer that can be verified as authentic. You can often find valid retailers and shops that stock the cosmetics you are interested in from each individual makeup company's own official corporate website.
When you shop for cosmetics online it is also important to check various website's return policies and terms and conditions before you place an order, especially when you are ordering the makeup you want from an unauthorized retailer or online auction website. Each website's return policy may vary, so it is important to understand and know all of your rights before you make a cosmetic purchase on any site.
Before you checkout online and place your cosmetic order, be sure to review the ingredients in all of the makeup you want to buy to ensure you are purchasing an authentic version of any type of cosmetic you want. You should also compare the ingredients from non-official retailers with the official makeup website's ingredient listings. Some ingredients may include harmful chemicals if you are ordering imitation makeup which can have harmful or irritating effects on the skin, including redness, irritation and breakouts. When imitation cosmetics are produced, using cheaper and more dangerous chemicals are often the option to help with creating the product at a much lesser price (ultimately with less quality).
Labels and Branding
Check the labels of makeup and new cosmetics before you make a purchase online. If the logo or label looks slightly different, or if the entire name of the makeup brand has changed by a letter or word, it is more than likely an imitation product. Many manufacturers who produce imitation cosmetics are not legally allowed to create makeup with the same label or logo, as it is considered copyright infringement. In this case, the manufacturers then create 'mock' imitation products that look similar enough to the original product to fool many into purchasing it.
Research Sellers in Auctions
If you plan to use online auction websites or resale sites, be sure to conduct adequate research on the seller who is offering the cosmetics you are interested in purchasing. Check previous sales, reviews left by past customers and even the information listed on the company's official website. If you are unsure about ordering from a retailer due to its authenticity, find another seller that you feel more comfortable with when purchasing your cosmetics.