The highly popular Beauty Diary Masks from Taiwan have been raved about by girls everywhere. At about RM3 per piece from online sellers, they were affordable too. A close friend who used to bring in these masks from Taiwan told me that the cost price was around RM2.40 a piece. So, you can imagine my surprise when the boy's sisters came back from the night market and bought a box of 10 at RM20, meaning that the masks were sold below cost. How can that be? As it turns out, they had unknowingly bought imitations. By the way, the fake one smelled like berry too.
I've put both fake and genuine masks side by side to see if I could spot any distinct differences. This post reveals them...
The comparisons were made not only with the same Mixed Berry mask but also other flavors
Incomplete dot on key: This may not be a sure indication but the dot on the key should be at least more than half completed. Left is fake
Blurred and uneven seal: The fake mask is messily sealed compared to the genuine one. The seal imprint of the genuine one also looks clearer. Left is fake
Blurred and uneven seal: Similar to the front, the seal imprint on the back is also unclear
Raised expiry date figures: The fake mask doesn't have while the genuine one does. However, this doesn't apply to the Apple mask. From what I've read, the Apple mask doesn't have raised figures on the packet. Left is fake
Kink more than 1cm from top: The fake mask's kink was 1.5 from the top edge of the packet. I've compared all 12 genuine masks that I have in my possession and all of their kinks are situated at 1cm from the top edge. Middle is fake
All three are genuine and as you can see, all of them have kinks in the correct position, have raised figures and are all neatly sealed. The differences that I've observed are not sure fire ways to tell a fake mask from a genuine one. Imitation packaging can and will be further improved to look more genuine.
Unless you're buying the masks at a higher retail price from Guardian Pharmacy, it's quite difficult to to tell if you've bought a genuine mask or not until you have the fake one side-by-side. I'd highly discourage purchasing masks from night markets and unauthorized stalls. Purchasing online is still relatively safe as long as you're purchasing from reputable sellers such as beauty_zone33 of Lowyat.net. Basically if you're getting the masks at less than RM2.50 a piece, it's very likely that they're fake.
Please do not attempt to use fake masks. You don't know what's in them and you'll be at risk of serious skin problems and allergies.
Have you encountered any fake Beauty Diary Masks? Do share your experience!