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Monday, November 9, 2009

Beware of Fake Beauty Diary Masks!

Can you tell which one's the fake?

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!

38 comments:

Sherry said...

wow.. thanks for the review, I couldnt tell until you blogged it.

Slowbrogal said...

I've saw the fake one from pasar malam too..The fake mask is more yellowish than the original one. But good information Connie..

Askmewhats said...

Hey Connie, you saved me from spending money!!! I had the My Beauty Diary mask on my wishlist on ebay! I just cannot press the BUY NOW button, thanks for letting me know, I have to be super careful! :)

Becks said...

wow.....thanks!!

Blovet Beauty said...

oh wow.. ppl are making fake mask! I did not suspect anything wrong with the fake, till u pointed it out!

Becky (everyday makeup) said...

hey girl, thanks for visiting and stopping by. Im glad you like my blog. I browsed through your post and I'm liking your blog as well. Im definitely following you.

Im not familiar with this brand but im guessing the fake one is on the right side. Its crazy how they look so much a like.

oh and i can't believe you like tarantulas lol. i cant even look at those yiiihh..

Daituf said...

Yikes!!!

cushycottage said...

wow...fake masks. i just purchased some from ebay. i hope they're not fake.

jojoba (My Makeup Reviews) said...

isn't this a cheap product? why anyone would do this? gosh, i can't tell the difference. so dumb and thank you!

Lulu said...

yikes! thanks for sharing this! I didn't know people would make fakes for a MASK!!!

Beauty Basics said...

Thank you so much for sharing. This news is scaring. I quickly looked for my masks at once, luckily, mine is not fake.

Jenn said...

This is a really useful post!! I was concerned earlier when Plue told me about the fake masks, but when i went home and check, i think the ones i bought were genuine! Phew!!

That being said, i don't think i'll be purchasing any more MBD masks online just to be safe, which is quite a shame because i've heard so many wonderful things about them!

LyNn said...

thanks for posting this up :D

Paris B said...

Waaah even inexpensive masks like these also they wanna have fakes?! Terrible! *shudder* Thanks for highlighting this!

su-pah said...

thanks!
funnily enough i tried my first beautydiary mask yesterday, the hudrating one with blue snowflakes on the packet, it was the only one i have in my stash. i thought it was rubbish and left my skin feeling parched and irritable!
then now i read your post. need to dig the packet out of the bin now to see if it was fake! haha!

Anonymous said...

i bought from her too :D so i guess mine one is genuine !!! whoppy

plue said...

sellers can mark up the fake's price so ppl won't suspect. i honestly think i want to stay away already. too many fakes, seller might even got cheated by their supplier we wouldn't know :(

sigh. and guardian is so damn expensive :(

babysaffron said...

Hi...
thanks for the heads up regarding the face mask. Although i haven't tried it, but wanting so much to try it.... Actually, the reason for not trying out yet is its not available here in our country (Philippines). I've been looking at ebay and some resellers also. And some are quite costly. The online stores that carries it are all in chinese character....
Thanks for the cautioning us.

Amanda Christine Wong said...

holy crap! i think i just bought fake ones from an online store, www.miaomiao.com.my. it costs RM2 each, it's sealed badly, and they don't have those raised figures. however,the kink is still at 1cm. and i have three masks left! should i just use them? since i've used two of em already...there weren't any bad effects on my skin so far though...and i can't tell if any masks work...but thanks for this post, u just saved me from buying ten pieces more!

xin said...

great post connie! if buy directly frm taiwan, can we assume they are all real?

Shawn said...

Haha.. Shawn is selling mask..
since u all known how to differenciate it.
I'm selling with rm3.5/piece
msn/email me for further details:
dreamsky2002@hotmail.com
beautydiary2u.blogspot.com

Shawn said...

Thx u have done it.
so tht i need not to write again^^
I'm ur supporter ya.
Gambate with ur blogging!!

Toothfairy said...

wow... thanks I didn't know they had fakies of these! wth!

I've compared mine to the fakies in your post, and I think I have the genuine ones! I bought them in China, and not even in a beauty or drugstore, but I never thought they could be fake! I'm glad they aren't...

Thanks for sharing this! I've been having a no-blog/internet weekend. So far, I've only been reading your post and commenting on it!

loves

Asa said...

thanks for that:~)

Canely@Singapore said...

hello, i do see fake masks before and also have met some selling fake masks. It is illegal !! SO sickening. I swear i will never sell fake products to client. Never try to spoil my reputation :)

Anyway, my blogshop is Modern beauty markey @ http://modernbeautymarket.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Hi Connie,

Fabulous blog and I am grateful to you for sharing about the fake My Beauty Diary masks. If not for you, I did not realise this at all.

I dont believe in fake anything especially in skincare since our skin is suppose to absorb the nutrients to enjoy the true benefits!!!

Thank you so much for this enlightening information for my family & I are huge fans of these MBD masks since we tried some maska when we bougfht them from Cosmed stores in Taipei years ago.

Going forward, I will buy them from the authorised stores such as Guardian stores in Singapore & Malaysia or Manning in HK or Cosmed in Taiwan.

If it is risking your own skin or your family's skin's safety, the risk of saving 50cents a mask between on-line stores and pharmacy chains is really not worth it.

God only knows what ingredients are used and worse, imagine the cheap chemicals that are being absorbed into the skin!!! Reminds me of those fake eggs & milk-powder from China.
These fakers should be taken to court and put in jail for not just this type of fraud but physical harm to the body.

I am SO SO ANGRY at these greedy fakers!!!!

Connie, once again, THANK YOU
DG

Anonymous said...

Is sasa.com a reputable website? Thanks for the awesome info!

xkizoku said...

Thanks for the info, it's super useful.

After seeing this I went and did a search about fake My Beauty Diary masks and I also found another link that shows you how to tell. I hope others can find it useful too. =)
http://www.facebook.com/notes/babyvonbaby/how-to-differentiate-authentic-my-beauty-diary-mask/247435393512

Anonymous said...

Thank you SO much for your VERY helpful post!!! But unfortunately, I have just 2 My Beauty Diary masks from 1 type of essence that are fake...or am I lucky? Haha...I don't know! But luckily, the other 6 My Beauty Diary masks from 3 types of essence that I have, are authentic! They are REALLY hard to tell apart! Good thing I noticed that 1 of the My Beauty Diary masks had a darker color print on the front of the mask for the title of the essence, in which I decided to not buy them in the end, or else I would have bought SO MUCH of the imitations without knowing it! But MOST or the rest of them weren't like that, but were like what you said, that the seal is blurry! Good thing I'm still a VERY smart girl la! Ha!

Anonymous said...

Actually, I just realized that 2 more of My Beauty Diary from 1 other essence is fake! Grr...fucking fake people these days...! But at least I didn't buy that much before and I saved SO MUCH money today! Yay!

kiku said...

hmm..that is odd..mmy choco mask has the imprinted prints, but the slit for opening is lower than the others...I wonder..

Anonymous said...

omg! thank you for this post :O was gonna buy it!

Anonymous said...

Where can I buy authentic face mask online?

Jennifer said...

Are all masks meant to have raised expiry dates?
Only my mixed berry masks have them on the front and the other ones line up perfectly and the sealing looks fine.. i can't tell T_T help?

Anonymous said...

fuck all these ppl , i wish they swallow all these fake masks n become a worm.

anyone know where we can buy these genuine masks at a gd price in big quantity? thanks

Anonymous said...

I bought my masks a year or two ago... Used one and kept the rest safe in a box. If only I read this then! As it turns out mine are the real deal, but if I had read this I definitely wouldn't have purchased any! Thank you very much for this, hope this helps many people. They're great masks when they're real... Its scary to think that some people have used the fakes, ruin their skin and mbd's reputation. Mbd sure as hell better fix this.
The seller.i ordered from was on ebay, and luckily I ordered from the right store. Ill try and find her, and post her (hopefully she is still selling genuine)
P.S.: always do a patch test somewhere like your armpit or back of knee. would you rather have a rash on your armpit or face? (trust me- I once was a little girl who decided to put coriander powder or her face.. Face turned bright yellow and took an hour to get off, resulting in terrible rashy patches!

Jen said...

Also, look for the website on the side of the box. The official website is http://www.beautydiary.com.tw/

Some of the fake ones have a different website.

Anonymous said...

Just bought mine today from an oriental shop (i'm living in Australia and they dun have Guardian shop here). It cost me AUD$2.50 each. Never heard of this brand before.. but the packaging sure stole my heart (my money to be exact) ^__^. I was a bit worried after reading this fake review on my Blackberry (since I didnt bought it from a beauty store or Guardian or pharmacist) and quickly went to my room to check mine. Luckily they're GENUINE! Thx for posting this! It would be pretty disappointing if they're selling fake products >__<. Ah well.. Going to try it tonite.. hopefully it's good.

ItsSpringinAustralia xoxo

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