Sunday, 5 August 2012

Urban Decay NAKED palette and the ebay fake - comparison

Hi everyone,

This post has been highly requested, so I finally got my act together and I am writing it :) the picture quality isn't amazing, I took the photos when I first bought the palettes and my DSLR wasn't working so I used my digital camera. Anyway... Here is the story.

I am a big fan of Urban Decay and own 20 single UD eye shadows and one Book of Shadows, so I was holding off with buying Naked and Naked2. After months of thinking about it I finally ordered Naked off ebay from a seller who seemed genuine and had really good feedback. When the palette finally arrived, I knew that it was fake as soon as I opened it. I was soooo disappointed! The seller argued with me via ebay messages, saying that it is a real UD Naked, so after a couple of days, I gave up and thought... whatever, I will just keep the palette and do a comparison post showing you the fake one and the real one I bought from House Of Fraser. Here are the differences I noticed:

-The difference in the outer packaging is very noticeable. The real thing comes in a purple case with a clear lid and the Primer Potion on the side, the fake one comes in a cardboard box.
-When you take them out of the packaging they look similar, but the colour and the size of the velvet case is slightly different. (On all the pictures the real palette is on the top, the fake one is on the bottom. You will be able to tell the difference anyway).
-The difference in the quality of the palettes is shocking. The real one is well made, all the shadows are the same size and depth. The fake one looks cheap and nasty and the shadows are different sizes, some of them half empty!!!
-The real one is much heavier than the fake one and feels more sturdy.
-On the original Naked palette you will find a serial number on the side and the label at the back is a sticker, the writing on the fake one is embossed and there is no serial number.
-The writing on the front and on the inside of the real one is perfect, on the fake one it looks dodgy and flakes off easily.
-The quality of the eyeshadows in the real palette is amazing, they are creamy and apply beautifully, stay on all day, even without the primer. The fake ones are surprisingly good too, but I haven't used the shadows on my eyes (because I was scared) but on my arm they look very pigmented. There is more fallout though and the difference in the colours is noticeable, especially when you look at shades like Half Baked, Naked or Dark Horse. I was very surprised to see the dark shades from the fake one being much darker and more pigmented than the genuine shades. I must admit, whoever made the fake eye shadows done quite a good job, but we don't know what they used to  make them... Ingredients found in fake makeup are usually toxic, tested on animals. There are no regulations for fake makeup, because it is ILLEGAL to make and sell it!

-The brushes are different too, the real one is a bit longer and feels heavier than the fake one. The writing on the genuine one doesn't rub off, the writing on the fake one started to come off right away.

What are your thoughts on fake makeup or "no name" make up? I absolutely hate fake beauty products and wouldn't use them. Since I got 5 fakes on ebay I stopped buying makeup and skincare from unauthorized sellers. If it looks too good to be true, it will more than likely be a fake. I do not trust ebay anymore and I don't want to put my health at risk by using fake makeup. The fakes I came across are: Benefit, Mac, Urban Decay and Schwarzkopf.

I forgot to mention the prices. The real one was £36 the fake £20.00.

EDIT: The reason why I am writing this post is to warn you about fake makeup available on ebay and to show you how to spot the difference, once you get your palette. I have been getting comments on this post saying that people are happy with their fake makeup, they will use it forever and always buy it, because it is cheaper. WHAT IS THE POINT??? Honestly... If you can't afford  Urban Decay, buy MUA or other cheap brands. Don't risk your health just to save a couple of pounds. You can even end up losing your eyesight! Is it really worth the risk? I personally wouldn't use anything like it near my face. I think it is very irresponsible, silly and childish.

If you don't believe me, read this post written by lovely Sarah from Pretty In Pink.

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55 comments:

  1. I can't believe the seller wouldn't admit to it being a fake, it so obviously is. The half filled pans are ridiculous!
    It's a shame you had to buy it twice but at least you can really enjoy the real deal now :D
    I've always been wary of buying makeup from eBay but this has pretty much cemented my decision to never do it!

    Mollie xo
    molliemuses.blogspot.com

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  2. How frustrating to have spent good money on a fake? I'd have been so upset! I think this post is excellent and so informative, thank you for taking the time to write it! :D x

    www.ciderwithrosiebee.blogspot.com

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  3. Wow, there is definitely a huge difference between them! There are so many fakes these days that I only buy from trusted places (like House of Fraser) the risk is too high plus you dont know what ingredients they have used in the fake! Sometimes a good deal really is too good to be true, great post :)

    http://helenrambleson.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. This is just shocking o_O x

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  5. Great post! I got a fake bb cream online. (someone pointed it out to me. I don't trust ebay anymore. Can you please tell me the username who sold this so I can avoid them? x

    http://kreamiblush.blogspot.com

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  6. This is really bad that fakes are being sold as the real thing! I'm shocked out how good the fake shades match up to the real ones.

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  7. Did you pay via PayPal? If you did, this article will suffice for them to give you your money back, as they refund you for any fakes you might buy, so if you did, definitely contact PP and they'll five you your money back :)
    Although I hate the fact fakes circulate, this one looks somewhat decent in pigmentation. I wouldn't buy it or use it, seeing as it's fake it's illegal and has therefore probably not gone through very good tests nor has it been made to norms and standards, seeing as it's a fake, so you never know, it might make your eyeballs explode or something, best be on the safe side!
    On the other hand, I'm happy for you that you have the real Naked palette, it's lovely isn't it? I got mine in September from Sephora and love it, I use it almost every day, and I think it's worth every penny :)

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  8. For someone that wouldn't know the difference, you can see that they'd be easily taken in by this....

    Kate x
    http://newgirlonthe-blog.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. I can't believe the seller wouldn't admit to the facts it's a fake, it's pretty obvious from the packaging to the brush. However, i'd have to say the shades are almost spot on. Thanks for this great post and for warning future buyers :)

    http://sophiameola.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

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  10. Oh my gosh the brushes are completely different! My mum ordered the Naked 2 palette off eBay recently and that was a fake :/ I told her to be careful because the shadows may be toxic, but she's tried them and they're fine. She wasn't too fussed as she's not into beauty so much and didn't mind getting something similar to Urban decay but at a cheaper price! Haha. I'm not a fan of fake makeup either, I'd rather spend more and know I'm getting the real thing! xx

    http://belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. I completely stopped buying make up from ebay after several fakes, theres just so many and i dont want to risk it either! even if i really think somethings real if its not directly from an authorized site im always a little bit wary. Its a real shame because even though the palettes look so different to us theirs probably a lot of people out there that wouldn't take any notice x

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  12. Hey!
    This is a fantastic post, because I also once purchased fake make up off ebay. I purchased "Benefit" - Lemon Aid and didn't realise it was fake, but once I got it through the post is was SO obvious!

    Hope you will check my blog!
    www.thejewelbeauty.blogspot.com

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  13. Great post
    I dont trust e-bay either


    www.golden-statement.blogspot.com

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  14. I am so glad you've done this post i REALLY want the naked and naked 2 paletts and i haven't really had £36 just to blow on one so the ebay one's have been getting more and more tempting. I know what you mean with fakes on ebay i got a Benefit bad gal mascara about two years ago and it seemed really great, although to be fair i have never bought the original so cant completly compare. For some reason i went back to just using drug store ones and last christmas i wanted a change so got another bad gal mascara seem as the others had been ok. But when this one came i was disgusted, it was like tar! Since then i haven't got any make up off ebay but have been gotting tempted, i shall certainly be staying away now so thank you for helping me not waste money and putting god knows what on my face :) x

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  15. Wow, this is such a good post!
    You can definitely tell that this is a fake & cant believe that the seller wont admit it!
    Things people would do for money nowadays! xx

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  16. This is a really good post. A couple of years ago, one of my friends bought a bottle of strivectin stretch mark cream on ebay. At the time, strivectin was one of the hottest selling creams and it was eye wateringly expensive in the shops. I think my friend paid around £50. Still a lot, but not compared to what that cream cost at the time. Unfortunately, this cream was a fake.

    My friend had applied it to her chest, tummy and upper legs before going to bed. She woke up in the night and said she felt as if she was on fire.The areas she had applied it to were covered in hives, and her face had completely swelled up. I live very close, so she called me, and as soon as I saw her, I took her to hospital. At the hospital I showed the doctor the bottle and he immediately knew it was fake. Fake creams can contain anything. Many will contain chemicals which are dangerous.

    My friend had to go on a drip and apply smelly cream, but was fine.However, this episode was enough to scare us both off buying from questionable sources again.

    This post highlights a very real risk with buying from non authorised distributors.

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    1. Wow Jess thats really scary, its worrying to think these people are still getting away with selling these fakes
      Sarah x

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  17. The differences when you look at the two compared are very obvious, but I think the swatches look so, so similar! xo

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  18. I had the same situation with some MAC products that I ordered. I opened a case on ebay and was able to get my money back. I noticed straight away, the smell was even different. The worst thing is the seller had amazing feedback and so many people are buying fake products with dodgy ingredients used. xx

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  19. I don't know how they could even try to pretend that isn't a fake, what does it even say on the back where it's supposed to say 'beauty with an edge'? 'hanly wah anedge'? At least you figured it out before putting it on your eyes though! xx

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  20. Wow, impressive... Imagine how far people go to produce this fake! I'd be so mad if it happened to me...

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  21. Eeeeek, it looks fake through and through if you've ever seen or bought the original. It's so sad how fakes have proliferated the market ... especially as it's being passed off as the real thing and we don't know about the origins of the product, where it's been manufactured and what's in the ingredients. I hope that Ebay seller gets exposed, or at least people are made aware they're purchasing a blatant fake. I think this post would be a really useful reference point :)

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  22. I did this once with some Benefit make up on eBay. I was so angry as I spent £17 on a fake that did nothing, and again the seller wouldn't admit to it being fake.

    Lauren
    WIMMUB.blogspot.com

    xxx

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  23. Oh wow! I wasn't even aware that people are selling fakes on ebay! I always go with the trusted sellers when I'm buying the items, but I'm definitely going to be even more careful from now on.

    Sandra from The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

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  24. I think it’s really hard buying these known brand on ebay now, I’m sure many people wouldn’t have noticed that it was a fake like yourself, it does look quite close but like you said you don’t know if it’s safe to use. I bought a Benefit lip tint last year which was a fake it looked pretty good apart from the fact the label was hanging off, I contacted the seller and they offered me a full refund and to keep the product, since then I don’t bother with ebay which is a shame as I’m sure there is still plenty of bargains to have. Never mind I just wait for offer codes now for the real deal :-)

    Two Christmases ago I received a benefit mascara for Christmas from my friend which I loved so when I went to the benefit counter to purchase a new one once it was finished the lady told me they didn’t sell bad Gal with a plastic brush which is what I had, so another fake which was used by myself without me releasing!

    Great post
    Sarah x
    http://sarahjanesobsessions.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. I have no idea why people make fakes of thinks like the naked palette. Especially when it is blatantly obvious they are fakes! It really annoys me! Having said that, quite often you can get some good unbranded make-up on ebay (the blush palettes for example) so I think it is just a case of shopping around and getting burned a few times! :( Hannah xxx



    www.palindromepoppet.com

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  26. Aside from the fact that you don't know what's in these cosmetics, did you know you can be charged for handling counterfeit goods? Particularly as this is in the public domain. If I were you, I'd get onto Paypal immediately.

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  27. I had no idea that there were fakes of these around! That's shocking. Ebay is a joke xx

    Samantha's Secret

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  28. you are right: fake ones could be toxic!

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  29. How awful! I'm glad you realised as it could have been much worse if there was something toxic in it!


    www.betsyboat.com

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  30. Honestly if I ordered from E-bay I would have never been able to tell its a fake - simply because I don't own the real one! And I don't think I would pick up on the little details that you did the show how much of a different it really makes! This is a really great, informative post that now has me wary of any future purchases I may make off E-Bay.


    http://www.facethiscity.blogspot.com/

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  31. These fakes are getting craftier. You can tell instantly but for someone who isn't sure, your stuffed. You should have demanded a refund and sent complained about them cos they can get banned. Great post. I wasn't actually aware of fake UD. Don't use it as the amount of iron in fake make-up is shocking! xxx

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  32. The packaging is terrible but some of the shadows are pretty close. I hate fakes!!!!

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  33. i wonder if you can post the other brand comparisons of the fake ones that you've bought.

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    1. I am planning to post about eh Schwarzkopf Osis Dust because I have a fake and real product.

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  34. I really like that kind of post. I think it's very interesting.
    I never bought makeup on Ebay and I think I will never buy on it.

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  35. Urban Decay eyeshadows are such lovely quality it's a shame to think some people are using the wrong pallet and might not even know! Not everyone know's a lot about makeup, I know a few of my friends would just accept the fake one as the real thing. Thank you for this information, I had no idea about the fakes on ebay! At least you got the right pallet in the end! :)

    http://lexiaa2202.blogspot.co.uk/

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  36. They just make fakes of eveeeerything these days don't they! It's so frustrating, it makes it difficult to ever be able to find and trust a bargain. I now find myself thinking I'd rather just pay full price on items in department stores etc so that at least I know it's real.

    I'm surprised at how good the fake actually looks too, even the colours are almost dead on. It's scary how easy it would be to be fooled.

    Great post hun! I'm pleased to say I got my naked palette from a proper store and not ebay, otherwise I'd be worried now!

    Amelia @ Ducklingtoswan.com! :) xxx

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  37. I actually work for Urban Decay and have done so for the past 6 years. The amount of fakes being brought in to counter by customers who want a refund is shocking! They think we dont know that they're bringing back a fake, and when told that its a fake and asked if its purchased off ebay, they then change the story and say someone gave it to them as a present! On the other hand, some people genuinely do not know and are being ripped off every day. It pays to be wise, save up, and purchase the real thing rather than get stung once by paying for a fake, then having to pay for the real thing later.

    In the beauty sector, I have seen people react to illegal irons and oxides in eyeshadows. Most recently, I saw a young woman who's eyelids had 'cracked', gone pink, dry and extremely raw due to some cheap eyeshadows she bought off ebay (these were not immitation UD, just some nameless brand). I told her to stop using it immediately and seek medical advice. Similarly, I purchased a YSL Babydoll fragrance via ebay a few years back because I couldnt find any in my local stores. That was a mistake I wouldnt repeat again as it became clear the actual fragrance had been removed from the bottle and replaced with a peppery smelling substance that actually broke my skin out in spots. Never again.

    Beware when buying any beauty products that you apply to your skin...some of them can be more harmful than good. Some damage may not show up immediately either...the posions and toxins in eyeshadows can seep in to your skin and do untold damage over time. Its just not worth the risk.

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  38. Yeah I'm pretty gutted that mine turned out to be a fake when I didn't know any better buying it through eBay! :(
    The Half-Baked shade being one of the best colours on the Naked palette wasn't even close to the real deal. Looks so crappy.
    Anyways, won't go through that again!

    http://artisticallycurious.blogspot.com

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  39. I wonder why the real UD Naked has to be printed with sticker on the behind. The printed fake one looks more classy. Well, it's just my opinion.

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  40. I don't know why should the real UD Naked has to be printed with sticker on the back, for me the fake one which printed with gold hotprint looks more classy. How do you think or it's just me?

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    1. I am not really bothered about a sticker. What bothers me is the fake product, fooling people into thinking that they have the real deal.

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  41. Wow, this was really helpful. For my best friend's birthday, I recently bought her a Naked Palette from Ulta for $50, and it fits the 'real' description for everything EXCEPT the back packaging. It didn't come with a sticker, and I'm scared it might be fake. Everything else is fine except for that one thing. What should I do?

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    1. I am afraid that the palette you bought is a fake. The real one comes with a sticker. Have a look at this more detailed comparison here: http://zanetacamuika.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/fake-urban-decay-naked-palette-with_27.html

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    2. This may be coming late, but I bought my Naked palette directly from Urban Decay right after the release (had to wait for an email then buy within like 5 minutes or they sold out again) and received the version with the Zero/Whiskey double-ended eyeliner pencil. Everything matches your "real" descriptions except it has embossing on the back and not a sticker, and from your link, the plastic cover is larger than the mirror. The embossing on mine also says Made in Germany and Made in USA for the products.

      So to Alice, I would not worry about it being a fake, especially since you bought it from Ulta which as a reputable company and an AUTHORIZED SELLER of Urban Decay Products!!!

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    3. This may be coming late, but I bought my Naked palette directly from Urban Decay right after the release (had to wait for an email then buy within like 5 minutes or they sold out again) and received the version with the Zero/Whiskey double-ended eyeliner pencil. Everything matches your "real" descriptions except it has embossing on the back and not a sticker, and from your link, the plastic cover is larger than the mirror. The embossing on mine also says Made in Germany and Made in USA for the products.

      So to Alice, I would not worry about it being a fake, especially since you bought it from Ulta which as a reputable company and an AUTHORIZED SELLER of Urban Decay Products!!!

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  42. great review! I am planning to buy this palette which doesn´t exist in my country therefore I have to buy it online so i will be with wide eyes now.
    I am following you. You can visit my blog, i will be doing reviews in english too.
    Take care =)

    dennmakeup.blogspot.com.ar

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  43. Reading this post and other bloggers replies, I didn't realise just how many fakes were about. I have a fake MAC kabuki brush, but I guessed it was because the price was ridiculously cheap compared to the real thing, and like you and others said, as soon as you open it you can tell.

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  44. If not for this blog I would not be able to tell if I bought a fake or not, sadly where I live there is no ud store, and I had to buy the palette in Ebay, mine was not discounted, had to pay around 40$ US, fortunately the seller I stumbled across sold real ones. Ebay is still such a blessing if you are a careful buyer. :)

    It is true though that once you have it in your hands you can tell right away if its authentic, the feel is different, the packaging is very very nice, the shadows itself are really very buttery - like some stila palettes and the balm (this is the only shadows i can compare it to when it comes to texture)

    Thank you again for this post! Extremely informative!

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  45. If not for this blog I would not be able to tell if I bought a fake or not, sadly where I live there is no ud store, and I had to buy the palette in Ebay, mine was not discounted, had to pay around 40$ US, fortunately the seller I stumbled across sold real ones. Ebay is still such a blessing if you are a careful buyer. :)

    It is true though that once you have it in your hands you can tell right away if its authentic, the feel is different, the packaging is very very nice, the shadows itself are really very buttery - like some stila palettes and the balm (this is the only shadows i can compare it to when it comes to texture)

    Thank you again for this post! Extremely informative!

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  46. If not for this blog I would not be able to tell if I bought a fake or not, sadly where I live there is no ud store, and I had to buy the palette in Ebay, mine was not discounted, had to pay around 40$ US, fortunately the seller I stumbled across sold real ones. Ebay is still such a blessing if you are a careful buyer. :)

    It is true though that once you have it in your hands you can tell right away if its authentic, the feel is different, the packaging is very very nice, the shadows itself are really very buttery - like some stila palettes and the balm (this is the only shadows i can compare it to when it comes to texture)

    Thank you again for this post! Extremely informative!

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  47. Thank you for this post, I was hesitant to buy from Ebay as well but i had no choice because we dont have any UD stores in the Philippines. I bought mine on Ebay for 55$ (converted) and fortunately it was authentic.

    I had doubts when it arrived, but when I opened the box, I knew right away it was not a fake. Everything is well made and the quality is superb- shadows itself were soooo buttery in texture and really pigmented. The only shadow I can compare this to in terms of texture is stila or the balm palette shadows. I now know why everyone is raving about this product.

    Thank you again!


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  48. Bought mine yesterday from Sephora, yay. It came with the primer and a the velvet casing is really smooth. I accidentally bought the Naked2 via eBay but wasnt sure with the authenticity, I paid like the full price of AUD65 but after reading about so many counterfeit UD palettes, I got really paranoid so I asked the seller abt the authenticity since I paid more than the actual price. I have no idea why she refunded back my money right away so I guess its a fake, afterall. Now I am just waiting for the refund process from paypal. Whats funnier, after my transaction being canceled, the seller put the fake Naked2 up for sale again at only AUD45.. Wth? This fake palette even come with the lipgloss as well.. I am so lucky now that we have 4 branches of Sephora and one of the store is near to mall at where I live. Currently in waiting list for Naked2 and Naked3. Ohyeahh! :D

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  49. There were SO many of these in Thailand, great post Sandra!

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