Hello ladies! So recently, I ran out of my black Lakme eyeconic kajal and as I did not have the time to visit a Lakme counter or wait for an online delivery, I got a new one from a local store. Since I have been a regular user of this kajal from the time that it was launched, it took me less than a minute to figure out that I had bought a fake one as soon as I removed the tube from its packet and held it in my hand. To my utter dismay, something about it just didn’t feel right. But instead of sulking over my precious 199 rupees I decided to write this post to help others to spot a fake one.
Now, the packaging of the fake kajal versus the authentic one shows absolutely no difference. It is completely identical. Even the tubes look indistinguishable at first glance. But there are some subtle differences which will help you figure out whether the one you are using is authentic or not. Read on for some helpful tips.
Every Lakme kajal tube comes with the inscription “eyeconic kajal” written on it. On the fake one, the writing starts from the top end of the tube, while on the original one it starts from the base of the tube, in the opposite direction.
At the base of each tube there’s a turquoise band with the word “Lakme” inscribed on it. If you hold the tube straight, with the cap facing upwards, you will notice that the fake one has the word “Lakme” written on it upside down while the original one doesn’t.
After reading the manufacturing and packaging information on both the tubes, I have found a few discrepancies. The one that stands out is the spacing between the words. As you can see, the original one has a considerable spacing between the words “Net Wt”, “B. No” and “Pkd”, while the fake one doesn’t. Also, the fake tube does not come with the batch number and the RC number (found near the turquoise band at the base of the authentic tube).
When the Lakme kajal is uncapped for the first time, the tip is visible without having to twist the tube up. However, in the fake one, this was not the case.
The authentic kajal comes in a twist up tube that is extremely smooth to operate. However, the fake one’s twist-up mechanism felt a little tight and out of place to me.
Lastly, let’s talk about the color and pigmentation of the Lakme eyeconic kajal. The kajal glides very easily onto the skin and gives a jet black shade right at the first swipe. Not to my surprise, although the fake one was almost as smooth to glide over the skin as the original one, it did not give that jet black shade in the first swipe.
So to conclude, I have learnt my lesson and henceforth, I am going to be extra careful about where I buy my cosmetics from and keep a watchful eye for duplicates. I hope this post was helpful as well as a reminder to all you ladies out there and to myself to buy our cosmetics only and only from designated brand counters or from a trusted online store. You never know what harm the duplicates can do to your skin.
Stay gorgeous! J