Hey! So for today’s blog I thought I’d show you the differences/similarities between the fake and real Anastasia Beverly Hills: Modern Renaissance Palette.
DISCLAIMER: In no way is this post promoting the use of fake makeup. I found a cheap copy of the palette and thought I’d test out the difference between my real palette and the fake one. This post is simply to show you how to SPOT fakes. If you choose to buy fake makeup, do so at your own risk. Be aware of what you are buying, the ingredients on any fake makeup are identical to the real packaging, but obviously this is not the case otherwise the palettes would be exactly the same.
To begin with, I thought I would talk about the packaging. To be honest, if you don’t have a real one then you’re not going to notice the difference between the colouring. The fake pink packaging is just ever so lighter in comparison to the real, it’s not even showing up on my camera! The back of the packaging, however, is a different story.
In every comparison photo, the top is the real palette and the bottom is the fake. As you can see, the ‘Modern Renaissance’ text and the image of the palette itself is a lot sharper in the real packaging. In the fake packaging, the picture of the palette is pixelated and blurred. Another easy difference to spot is the text of the ingredients in the real packaging is a lot bolder compared to the fake, which is rarely bold at all.
Moving onto the palette itself, Anastasia Beverly Hills made the packaging to look unique and luxurious, using a soft pink suede and engraving their logo using a gorgeous rose gold. The fake palette attempts to copy the soft pink suede, however, it has turned out as a rough suede and is ever so purple in comparison.
As you can see from the photo, the bottom palette (the fake) isn’t as precise as the real. The pink suede effect looks like it has almost leaked into the palette name.
Now we’re going to talk about the important part (in my opinion), the eyeshadows themselves. Looking at the palettes side by side, the real palette’s pans are a LOT bigger than the fake. As well as this, the names of the shadows are also engraved using that gorgeous rose gold colour as previously mentioned in the real palette, but the fake palette has just printed the names on, not engraved them.
Sorry for the horrendous pictures, but you can see what I mean (I hope!). Also as you can see, I have used both brushes to test them against each other and in all honesty, they both did the same job! Can’t complain at that. Something that isn’t pictured is the mirror and magnets in both palettes. The real palette has tiny little magnets in the corners of the lid, however the fake palette has HUGE magnets. Easy to spot.
Now, SWATCHES. The nitty-gritty of it all.
I’m not going to lie, I was pleasantly shocked and surprised by how well the fake palette swatched. The top photo is the top row of the palettes (excluding Cyprus Umber as I had no hand left!) and the bottom photo is the bottom row of the palettes. As always, the top swatch row on both photos are from the real palette and the bottom row from the fake.
I was literally blown away with how well the fake compared to the real. There’s no denying it, it’s a pretty pigmented palette for a fake! However, as well as the fake palette swatched, it was a lot chalkier than the real. The real shadows are so smooth to swatch and use and the fake can’t compare to that. As I said before, even though the fake palette swatched well, we can’t be sure of the ingredients used!
I hope this blog post helped! Just be cautious when buying palettes from non-official sites as some sellers may market the palette as real when it’s clearly not. As the saying goes, ‘If it’s too good to be true, it probably is!’
See you in my next post