Shu Uemura is known to make the best eyelash curler on the face of the earth (at least I think so – look for a review on it shortly!). However, as with most great items (MAC included), it isn’t long before someone figures out how to make a complete fake and try to pawn it off on unsuspecting consumers as the real thing. I happened to buy one on eBay myself recently before finding out there are a lot of frauds going around. So, I bought one from Shu Uemura directly and thought I’d help others learn how to spot the fake!
First off, you notice that the two eyelash curlers look very similar, right?
Upon closer inspection, the differences become crystal clear!
You may need to enlarge the below photos to see the differences here. On the fake Shu Uemura (top) there is a ‘W’ stamped right next to the name across the bridge. However, on the real Shu Uemura (bottom), there is a small cursive ‘s’ stamped next to the name.
The difference is even noticeable in the eyelash curler’s replacement pads. On the fake (top), you see a plain pad with no imprint. On the real Shu Uemura (bottom), the name of the company is stamped into the pad.
Now, if you examine the packaging, the differences are also very clear.
And a closer look at the text at the bottom of the package:
The wording on the top of the package is also slightly different. Notice how the real Shu Uemura packaging does not use their name in front of ‘eyelash curler’ like the fake one does. Also note on the real package, the subtext in French.
Finally, when you look at the back of the packaging, the fake Shu Uemura is written completely in Japanese and does not have any images or directions for use. The real Shu Uemura has images on how to use the eyelash curler and it also has a paragraph with ‘features’ where it mentions being the preferred eyelash curler for makeup artists and celebrities worldwide. On the fake, the ‘Features’ and ‘Directions for Use’ are instead on one of the side panels, but there are no images on how to use it.
Hopefully this will help you in being able to spot the real Shu Uemura from the fake one and save a lot of time, money and frustration. As with MAC products, there are some real ones on eBay, but they are few and far between. Just be smart, do your research and you will be a happy beauty shopper! 🙂