I’m not makeup junkie. When I see something that I like, I do loads of research first by reading blogs and watching vloggers rant or rave about it. I try not to be impulsive when it comes to buying makeup because I don’t wear it all the time and I don’t want it to be put to waste.

A lot of US brands are now becoming accessible in the Philippines, both online and in-store during bazaars. But my recent trip to one that was held in World Trade Center, made me really realize how there are a lot of fakes in the market.

Kylie Lip Kits, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Colourpop, etc. You name it, and pretty sure there will be fake counterparts and they call it Singapore Authentic.

Get that perfect nude shade with this #anastasiabeverlyhills lipstick from @shopaeglam

A photo posted by Chel I (@chelinumerable) on

Luckily, I found an online seller who sells US authentic and guaranteed real on Instagram (@shopaeglam). The owner, Alyssa Espiritu, has the biggest patience that I know and is very helpful. Here are her very helpful tips on How to SPOT FAKE US Brand Lipsticks.

  • There’s something off with the packaging.
  • If the price is too good to be true, then it’s fake.
  • If the price only has a small difference from the srp’s original, then it’s fake.
  • “Research is the key” know your brand. Go to authentic makeup stores and test their products. Feel it’s textures. From the packaging and the content itself. By now, you should tell it’s differences.

  • Fakes have a certain smell. They smell like lead.
  • AGAIN. If it’s cheap, then it’s FAKE.

If you are wondering, I have an Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in the shade Crush (Soft beige and a lighter version of Dusty Rose). Official product description: An intensely pigmented, cult-favorite liquid formula that delivers a rich, long-wearing matte look to lips. Use the flat sponge-tip applicator to apply Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick with precision for an unforgettable look that lasts for hours.