I recently ordered some Essie products on Ebay from one of the top-rated sellers in there and was surprised to figure out it took only a week for those to get delivered to my place (lucky I am here today since I’ve been over at my mom’s lately). I went on to give them my feedback and felt curious that they had like 60 negative feedbacks so I went to check those out. I was surprised to see someone saying they were sent a fake product and proceeded to Google the heck out of it to make sure I ordered the real deal. I came across a lot of posts on this matter and after 2h of thorough searching, I finally figured the whole “realistic fakes” thing out. Thought I’d make a post on it in case any of you have the same doubts or suspicions.
So basically the whole “fake Essie” thing started because people buying Essie nail polishes from the USA drugstores also bought these off of Ebay, Amazon and such. When they compared both products (the Ebay one and the drugstore one) they realized there were two different kinds of bottles, so the majority of them jumped to the conclusion one of the two versions was a fake. Obviously, the “fake” one was the one they bought online. Lets see the differences between the two bottles, and I’m organizing the topics on drugstore bottle first, online buy second:
- The first one has a sticker with “essie” in white writing, whereas the second one has “essie” engraved on the bottle itself;
- One has a sticker with pink writing on the cap with the name of the color, the other one has an “e” engraved on the top of the cap;
- If you turn the bottle upside down, one has a sticker written in blue ink whereas the other is written in black ink;
- The first one provides a phone number somewhere in the bottle or the box (not sure where exactly) and the second one doesn’t;
- One has 15ml of product and the other has only 13,5ml of product.
These were all the differences I was able to find and people were basically saying the second version of the bottle was the fake version of the nail polish. After much searching, I came to the conclusion NEITHER of the versions is fake. After being contacted, Essie confirmed both bottles are the real deal. They manufacture two different types of bottles because the first bottle is the drugstore, “public” selling version of the product, and the second bottle is the version you will find on saloons, professional places, etc. Most often, the products you buy online are the professional, saloon version, which does not mean they are fake, they’re just not aimed to be sold on drugstores, which is why you see a clear difference between both versions. Here goes a picture of the two:
This is all for this post and if you ever have the same questions I did or think that you got a fake, I hope this helps you.
Thank you for reading! =)