Oct 18, 2012

How to Spot Fake OPI Pt.1

My laptop died. It took along all the photos I've edited and also my blogging tools. Blogging is going to be a bitch without my precious laptop, so I've sent it away for repair. Hopefully it will come back alive. And I shall remember to backup all the files from now onwards.


I don't want this blog to sit around and collect dust, so I'm going to copy all the popular beauty posts from my old blog into this blog starting with my tips on how to spot fake OPI's. You all know by now how much I love OPI nail polish.


There are crazy amount of fake OPIs out there. And I almost couldn't believe it that some irresponsible saloon sold them openly in their stores. The other day, Michelle and I were discussing on how to spot a real OPI nail polish, and I think I should post this up to let all of you OPI fans to know. It's kinda sad if you are going to pay a full price for a fake stuff.



The real OPI brush has an embossed logo on the top of the brush. It is quite hard to see it. My advice is to push the paint downwards against the bottle head repeatedly. Because the logo is embossed, you can feel the rough texture.



Original OPI has some code number at the top of each bottle. I'm not really sure what these codes stand for. It is quite hard to see it, but it is there if you take a look properly at the bottle.



At the bottom of each bottle, there is another code printed in black. This code is not the same as the one printed on top. 



You can see the code on the sticker at the bottom is the same as the one printed in black at the bottom of the bottle. There is also color code. Make sure the color code matches the name of the color. You will have to refer to OPI website for the color code.



There is a "peel here" sign on the sticker. If you peel it, there is a list of ingredients. And on the other part of the sticker, the color name and code are printed on it. There is no way you can stick back the "peel here" tab. Once peeled, you will have to live with it. 



OPI also has a lot of mini bottle collections. For the mini ones, there is no sticker stuck to the bottom of the bottle. However, the color code is printed there. Make sure you check the name of the color on the box and compare it with the color code on OPI website. That way you'll know it is original.


To prove my above points, I went to SS2 pasar malam last night to buy some fake OPI with Tzethon. The bigger bottle cost RM10 and the mini ones cost RM2. With a little bit of flirting with the pasar malam guy, we got 2 mini bottles for free.




To my surprise... The brush has the embossed OPI logo too! Talking about real fake...



The top of the bottle has the code too!!!! I must find out what are those codes for.



However, the name and the code of the color is totally wrong. The blue nail polish here called Funny Bunny.




And it's funny how I have the real OPI Funny Bunny which is in white color.



The sticker at the bottom of the bottle is poorly stuck.



As for their mini collection, the bottle has sticker stuck at the bottom, with Korean words... Korean words??? Does it say sarang hae???



The obvious thing that I spotted on the fake OPI is, it doesn't have code printed in black at the bottom of the bottle.



And the color name and code is totally wrong.



The nude color I bought from pasar malam is called Baguette Me Not. When I googled the color, Baguette Me Not is actually red color like this:



To know if your O.P.I. is real or fake, check out the colors on their OPI Nail Studio. It is like an application where you can click on the colors to match your skin color and nail length. It is really fun to try playing with that application. Check to see whether the name of the color matches the color code. If it doesn't match, there is a possibility that the OPI you have is a fake.


Since I've bought so many fake OPIs. I will try on the fake ones and compare with the real OPI. Come back here next week for the result. Let's see if the fake OPI are as good as the real ones.
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