Ben Nye Banana Powder. We all love it, to the point where it’s basically a permanent fixture in our kits and solidified in make-up history as a must-have. But when a product becomes as popular as our beloved Banana Powder, counterfeits (a.k.a. fakes) can, unfortunately, find there way into consumers hands (and yes, this includes make-up artists). Know one is safe!
To make sure you’re not caught out, Ben Nye has put together a handy checklist of things that make you go hmmm, to help us all spot a fake before it has a chance to cause some harm.
How to spot a Ben Nye counterfeit:
- Beware of buying from third-party platforms such as Amazon, eBay or Alibaba. Authorised Ben Nye dealers are not able to sell via these websites, which means they are likely to not be the real deal. Avoid this by buying from an authorised Australian retailer (we’re one of those).
- Look for the ‘Genuine Ben Nye’ label. As of September this year, all Ben Nye Banana Powder will include a ‘GENUWINE’ label. More packing improvements to prevent counterfeits are being made at Ben Nye HQ as we speak, so spotting fakes will be come easier.
- Packaging Abnormalities. This may sound obvious, but fakes can be surprising hard to spot before the product is opened. Take a good look at the product before you break the protective seal (and if there isn’t a protective seal, return it ASAP!). Is the lettering inconsistent? Does the cap look smaller than it should? Is there an ‘open jar’ symbol on the back of the bottle and if so, does it look distorted?
- Product Abnormalities. As we all know, genuine Ben Nye powder is very fine, has a uniform consistency and a unique banana colour, as well as an all-round amazing effect. Counterfeits are often cakey, clumpy or fragranced. So it looks or smells different in any way, return it.
Counterfeits not only have the ability to under perform, they usually riddled with bacteria and filled with unknown ingredients, which can cause no end of health problems, some of which could be serious. So if you suspect that something isn’t right, don’t test it, just look for the above. And to stay clear of counterfeits as best you can, only shop at legitimate stores and authorised retailers (like you’re favourite Scotty’s Make-up & Beauty store :) ).