New Fake Skin79 Hot Pink Is Almost Identical

Date Mon, November 5 2012

When I first bought my Skin79 BB Cream I made sure to read all the reviews and “how to spot a fake” posts on the Internet. Mine was real, and I loved it. There was no doubt that I would replace it once I ran out, which just happened. I happened to stumble across a seller on the Sears marketplace that offered it for a good price, and I decided to bite because I’d just won a gift card to Sears/Shop Your Way. If you guessed where this is going, I’m sad to say that you’re right: it was fake Skin79 BB Cream. Not only did my BB Cream not ship from Korea, but it got here almost eerily quick. I immediately compared it with my old bottle that is absolutely real, but it was difficult to come to a conclusion. It would seem that the fakers have really upped their game. The results were that the fake Skin79 bottle looks a lot more like the real ones than they previously did, which means that all the tutorials won’t help people who are buying the altered fake Skin79 products.

Previously, you could identify fake Skin79 BB Cream with the following:

  1. The words “BB Cream” and “Skin79” were flat, not reflective
  2. “BB Cream” was in much wider print on the front
  3. The fake Skin79 bottle was taller
  4. There were typos and spacing errors on the fake bottle
  5. The back of the fake bottle included the website “Skin79.com” instead of just “Skin79” at the bottom
  6. The pump on the fake Skin79 bottle was sometimes white instead of silver
Real BB Cream (Top) and Fake Skin79  BB Cream

Real BB Cream (Top) and Fake Skin79 BB Cream

To the side is a photo of the real, used BB Cream (top) and fake Skin79 Hot Pink bottle.

Unfortunately, my fake Skin79 BB Cream bottle doesn’t do any of these things. The font is slimmed and looks pretty crisp. There are no typos. The only difference on the front is that the fake says “Wrinkle Free,” but a quick search will show that Skin79 actually has used both terms. I don’t recall which one is newer, but my real bottle says “Wrinkle Improvement,” while Skin79’s website says “Wrinkle Free” on the product shots.

Some people say that the letters only rub off on the fake Skin79 bottle, but my real bottle has letters rubbed completely off from daily usage for several months.

The only differences between my fake and real bottle are the sheen, lack of authenticity label and placement of text on the back. The fake one seems shinier in some way and lacks the sticker. The back has all the same text, but the “Made in Korea” blurb is in a different position, but it appears that Skin79 has also used that placement. If I didn’t know better, I’d simply think that Skin 79 has changed it’s bottle. I worry people that haven’t had my experience would think the same.

One other thing: you can pop the inner bottle out of the outer, red shell. My real Skin79 BB Cream has a much smaller “pot” containing the product. It’s nowhere near the entire size of the entire bottle. The inner pot of the fake is the same size. Ultimately, the fake Skin79 BB Cream would last much longer, then. Kind of odd.

If I didn’t have the box, I wouldn’t know for sure that it’s a fake Skin79 product, but I do. It only has the Skin79 logo on the inside and it’s not perforated on the back. There’s a tiny scratch over “Functions” on the front, which I’d bet my life is covering up the fact that it actually says “Fungtions.” Of course, faking the box is pretty easy, and once they improve both the box and bottle, it’ll be much harder to tell. The bottom of the box lacks the manufacturing date, but it does not have the real UPC. The red circle on the top also matches the real box. Mine also came with a seal sticker on the top edge.

Real Skin79 (left) cream is thicker than the fake

Real Skin79 (left) cream is thicker than the fake

The awful smell of the fake is pretty hard to miss. The first pump was especially bad. It then smelled very strongly like lotion/cosmetics. The texture is much thinner than real BB Cream. It seemed to slide all over my face. I did use the fake for a couple days while I awaited a real bottle in the mail. The appearance of the two is not all that different. Many consumers report breakouts from using the fake Hot Pink BB Cream, but I didn’t have any. I simply may not have used it long enough for that to happen, however.

In case you were wondering, this is the fake listing from seller Kaiden’s. I contacted the seller and she was happy to refund my money. She admitted that she wasn’t familiar with the product, and I think she should pull them but doubt it will happen. My review is waiting to go up so other shoppers won’t run into the same issue.

Another known faker is SeoulGlamour on Amazon. However, seller Pink Gelee sells real products, and my real bottle of Skin79 BB Cream came from that seller. Pink Gelee sells a few options. The ones with “free” samples are a little more expensive than those without, but they all have free shipping. If you’re going to get it from Amazon, use that seller. She (I assume!) currently lists a sample-free bottle for $13.38, which is about half what you’d pay from Skin79 North America directly.

25 Responses

  1. amanda November 7 2012 @ 10:16 am

    wow this is real cool!

  2. GemiM November 10 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    How come the BB letters on your real one looks scratched off? :/ I heard the letters werent supposed to scratch off on the real one. Also, are you 100% positive pinkgelee sells authentic bb creams? Because I really want to buy this one and the oriental one cheaper but I want to make sure im not getting a fake. Thanks and sorry for the longish post!

  3. Cole November 11 2012 @ 4:07 am

    No worries about length. Your comment was actually pretty short. The letters are long rubbed off on my real one from every day use over the summer. I hold the bottle EXACTLY over the letters when I pump. In my experience, the same thing happens with all kinds of cosmetics because I’m sort of messy (I had to clean up the bottles to photograph them). I’ve hear the argument about the letters coming off in the past, but I don’t think it’s accurate. Both real bottles scratch off kind of easily to be honest. The kicker? I can’t get the fake to scratch off at all so that argument may once have applied but these new fakes need different detection (that focuses on the box, I’d say). I’m certain that my bottle is real and the scratching issue shouldn’t “count.” My bottle has the tamper-proof seal and both the box and bottle are exactly as they should be!

  4. Sara McManaway November 11 2012 @ 1:04 pm

    There was just a bust on a lot of fake products here in town. The counterfeiters are truly becoming a master of their craft. I heard the the real companies usually don’t REALLY mind all that much because they can just look at the situation as “testing” as it sends customers seeking the real thing…

  5. GemiM November 11 2012 @ 3:10 pm

    Thanks so much! I didn’t really understand people saying that with the fake the letters come off easily, I thought it sounded ridiculous, but you can never be too sure, there are so many fakes out there :/. Lol, that’s kind of funny how the fake one’s letters won’t even scratch off. Now I’ll definetely order from pinkgelee!

  6. Cole November 13 2012 @ 12:35 am

    I hope you enjoy your BB cream.

  7. christi November 14 2012 @ 4:17 am

    Hi! Thank u for this post! I actually justnorderednfrom Pink Gelee b4 I read this, I am really glad. I also ordered from Seoulglamour b4 I read this too, becuz this seller actually does have a good reputation on many blogs I have read, people swear they receive real bb cream from them. I have since read that others have received fakes however. I will be requesting a refund from this seller if I get a fake one. I ordered the orange from seoulglamour and the gold from pink gelee. We shall see! Due to the hurricane, our mail is backed up right now, so I still haven’t received them. I have placed an order from sasa.com for the orange label as well, and they sell real products, so I will be comparing that one to Seoul glamour’s if I ever get it.

  8. christi November 14 2012 @ 4:57 am

    Oh and I meant to ask u, did u tamper with the sticker in that one photograph? It didn’t come like that, did it?

  9. Cole November 14 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    I did tamper with it! I wanted to see what it did. LOL

  10. Cole November 14 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    It’ll be interesting to compare. I’ve heard that seoulglamour isn’t real, but others swear it is. I figured I’d go with the seller who has no fake issues, you know?

  11. christi November 14 2012 @ 5:11 pm

    Yes, I would”ve gone with the seller with no fake issues too, but of course I didn’t find the blog saying seoulglamour has fakes until after I had ordered it of course, I had only read a ton of good things about them. I figured u had tampered w/the sticker, I just wanted 2 make sure lol. I would want to see what it does too! I will let u know when I compare the one from Seoul glamour to the definite authentic one from sasa ( if I ever get either lol).

  12. Cole November 16 2012 @ 6:32 am

    A couple of the amazon reviews discuss it being fake, if I recall correctly. Maybe you’ll get a real one. Who knows anymore?

  13. christi November 24 2012 @ 8:36 pm

    Well I did get a real one from Seoul glamour, but @ first I thought it was fake because after using it for only a few days the letters BB on the front of the bottle, and the skin79 logo rubbed off almost completely! But my real one from sasa.com that I received a few days after the seoulglamour one also had the letters rub off in a matter of days! I was going over the reviews in amazon and some blogs and the only reason people say seoulglamour sells fakes is because of this issue with the letter rubbing off. I actually had left them negative feedback and everything, but I since deleted it because it is in fact real I realized, and the letters DO rub off quite easily on authentic skin79 bb creams. Obviously it’s a skin79 issue. I think seoulglamour has an unfair bad rap, and I actually feel kind of bad for them now because they really are selling legit products. Everything about the bb cream I got from them is exactly as it should be, right down to the smell and the consistency. Rubyruby76 on eBay also sells authentic skin79, I got a real one from her, as well as Pink Gelee. I now have a lot of different skin79 bb creams! Lol. Oh and the QR code on all the boxes I have (from seoulglamour, pink gelee, sasa.com, and rubyruby76)as well as the bar codes, took me to the skin79 site when scanned with my brother’s ipad. That is one thing that confused me about ur pics, because the real ones DO have QR codes and u said urs didn’t and just the fake one did. OK, sorry so long, but this was important info! Lol :-)

  14. Cole November 26 2012 @ 12:03 am

    The QR code might be something that’s new-ish (Pink Gelee might have older stock, for example), but it’s also SUPER easy to fake. I can make a QR code in a matter of seconds from any generator and print it on a fake box. I’d be curious if your real and fake use the exact same QR code. That would be dedication!

    I wasn’t for sure if Seoul Glamour was 100% fake, but I definitely wanted to avoid them just in case. Either way, I hope you enjoy your tons of BB Cream!

  15. christi November 26 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    Well I don’t have any fake ones, so I don’t know if they use the same qr codes, but ur right, that would be pure dedication!…I found out all mine were real, maybe I wasn’t clear about that :-) . anyway, I scanned the UPC codes and the qr codes on all the boxes and they all took me to the skin79 site. But I didn’t base my realization that they were all authentic on the codes, that was just a last minute thing I did out of curiosity. The main thing was comparing the bottles and the formula of the bb creams and their scents, and they were all the exact same. The letters rub off on all of them too lol, the one from sasa, and the ones from amazon & eBay, so apparently skin79 needs to work on their quality control!

  16. christi November 26 2012 @ 1:30 pm

    Oh and I wanted to ask u, don’t u find it hard to believe that the authenticity sticker supposedly can’t be duplicated? According to skin79 it can’t. I don’t believe that for a second!

  17. Bree April 5 2013 @ 12:01 am

    Hello! This was amazingly helpful. However, i do have an important question.
    You say that the fake has a QR code. My box and product bottle look exactly the same as your real one EXCEPT that mine also has a QR code on the side.

  18. Cole April 6 2013 @ 12:41 pm

    It could be something new. I’m not expert. I’m curious where the QR code takes you. That might help answer your question.

  19. Sandi D Jensen April 23 2013 @ 7:13 am

    Thanks. I bought fake one off of ebay and your site showed me that. They are getting good.

  20. Cole April 24 2013 @ 9:51 am

    They sure are!

  21. L August 9 2013 @ 3:24 am

    BEST TUTORIAL ARTICLE!

  22. Mukta November 13 2013 @ 12:37 am

    Hi,
    Does anyone know if the Skin79 North America website is an authentic site? I ordered from them 2-3 days back (I didnt want to risk putting a fake cream on my face). Although I got a confirmation mail, my order has not yet been shipped. Also, there is no contact phone number on the website, just 2 email ids ( I have already written 3-4 emails on these ids with no response). Now I am worried :( Please let me know if anyone has purchased from them before.

  23. Cole November 13 2013 @ 8:04 pm

    As far as I know, yes it is.

  24. Kelly May 29 2017 @ 3:31 pm

    Hello, I just bought my skin79 pink bb cream yesterday at a Korean cosmetic store and everything seemed fine, the bottle and everything seemed legit and the consistency too. But when I scanned the QR code it didn’t send me to the website! It said the website was not found! The URL had something like naver in it but I said the website wasn’t found! So does that mean it’s a fake?? Please help/respond!!! I don’t wanna get ripped off :(((

  25. Cole May 29 2017 @ 6:41 pm

    I’m not sure. I wrote this post a couple years ago, and i haven’t used the product in a while. I am sure there are new dupes. I’ve never scanned the QR code so I’m not sure what it’s supposed to do but QR codes are easy to make/fake. With that said, some of the pages on the http://www.skin79northamerica.com/ site come up as 404s so there could be a chance that this is what is happening to you? If you scan the QR code again, you could see what the URL is.

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