Are Your MAC Brushes Authentic?

Ever been duped by a seller on eBay claiming to sell a set of 30 “MAC” Brushes for as low as $30, and when it arrives you realize that you bought cheap knockoffs? I have, recently. So after doing some research, I found a number of ways you can tell whether or not the supposed MAC brushes you’re looking at online are authentic.

1. The Seller

Just because the seller has 99% positive feedback, doesn’t mean that they are selling authentic products. Most of the good feedback is based on delivery time or made by buyers that don’t know the difference between real brushes and fake ones. Pay more attention to any bad feedback they have gotten – even if the seller only has 3 bad reviews, they are usually the most truthful.

2. Look at the handles.

Most people, if they’re smart, won’t buy anything that isn’t accompanied by a picture of what the actual product looks like. So the first thing you want to look at is the handle of the brush.

4YSBkvwbj7i0O5MAuthentic MAC brushes have silver necks on the handles and are made of black wood. The ones I bought recently, and many that I’ve seen online have black plastic necks.

To the left are fake brushes similar to what I recently received. As you can see, the necks are black plastic, and there are no numbers next to the MAC logo. Also, the logo seems a bit off if you look closely.

I have also seen fake handles that are glittery and made of cheap plastic, and ones that are unmarked and don’t even say “MAC” on them.

3. The Label

Real MAC brushes are labeled with the tiny MAC logo followed by the number of the brush (ie “205” for the Mascara Fan Brush). Many fake brushes do not include the number of the brush, or there is something wrong with the logo. You may not be able to see this in a product picture, but this is something you could easily look out for once you’ve received the brushes.

4. Origin

Okay, let’s face it. Most knockoffs, whether it’s purses, shoes, or makeup, are made out of countries like China or Taiwan. It’s a bit sad, but don’t trust anyone that doesn’t appear to be fluent in English. You can tell by their product description, or any correspondence you’ve had with them.

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  • Tarzanna77

    July 19, 2009 at 1:57 pm
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    I just bid on a MAC 182 on Ebay, due to it's high recommendations... after the fact, I got to thinking it may be a […] Read MoreI just bid on a MAC 182 on Ebay, due to it's high recommendations... after the fact, I got to thinking it may be a fake... Personally I wouldn't care if it is, as long as the quality is good. We'll see if I win it. :-) It appears the fakes are getting harder & harder to spot. If I do win this one, I plan on taking it to a store that sells MAC to have them confirm that it's real or fake. My current Kabuki Brush that came with my Mineral Makeup is getting pretty rough, and I need a good quality replacement. Other than the MAC 182, do you have any recommendations? I think I'm going to try the $10 Flat Kabuki brush that Everyday Minerals offers, I hear it gets good reviews too. For $10 bucks, it can't hurt to give it a shot... Read Less

  • YANETTE

    July 20, 2009 at 3:52 pm
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    I LOVE MAKE UP !!!!!

  • shootystar

    July 24, 2009 at 6:15 pm
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    Thanks for the tips, I'd hate to get ripped off!

  • tarja

    August 11, 2009 at 1:18 am
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    um the whole glitter thing is wrong because some authentic mac ones ive ordered from the site have that glittery look. but other than that youre […] Read Moreum the whole glitter thing is wrong because some authentic mac ones ive ordered from the site have that glittery look. but other than that youre spot on Read Less

  • Chrissy

    August 11, 2009 at 1:32 am
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    As far as I know, the regular MAC brushes don't usually have glittery handles. Some of the special edition brushes do, however, come in different […] Read MoreAs far as I know, the regular MAC brushes don't usually have glittery handles. Some of the special edition brushes do, however, come in different styles. Some are glittery, some are different colors. My SE holiday brushes are red. Read Less

  • cecile

    August 30, 2009 at 11:23 am
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    Aw I just bought a Mac brush from one of those carnival fairs for $5 and after reading this post haha its fake. Its still […] Read MoreAw I just bought a Mac brush from one of those carnival fairs for $5 and after reading this post haha its fake. Its still pretty good though. Read Less

  • Adoring Carmine

    January 26, 2010 at 11:41 am
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    So great and useful advises about makeup brushes, love it!!! I have so many of them already :) thanks for your article.

  • Farrahfawcett

    March 8, 2010 at 6:07 am
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    It appears the fakes are getting harder & harder to spot. If I do win this one, I plan on taking it to a store […] Read MoreIt appears the fakes are getting harder & harder to spot. If I do win this one, I plan on taking it to a store that sells MAC to have them confirm that it’s real or fake. Read Less

  • Angie

    June 16, 2010 at 4:37 am
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    regarding #4 -- where do you think coach and bobbi brown are made? AUTHENTIC or knockoff, it's from china.

  • mzcjcj

    August 18, 2010 at 5:21 am
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    save me time and money thanks

  • like mac

    August 27, 2010 at 8:27 pm
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    i think most authentic mac brushes are silver handle. right?

  • MAC makeup wholesale

    October 7, 2010 at 10:05 am
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    Have a nice day for you!

  • Ivelisse

    January 28, 2011 at 10:47 am
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    I just recently bought the travel pack mac brushes on ebay do those have to have the numbers ingraved on them as well to confirm […] Read MoreI just recently bought the travel pack mac brushes on ebay do those have to have the numbers ingraved on them as well to confirm the authenticity? Read Less

    • Chrissy
      to Ivelisse

      January 28, 2011 at 10:59 am
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      Yes, all authentic MAC brushes have the numbers engraved at the ends.

  • Erika

    February 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm
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    Hahah! Very nice info! Nowadays it's very common to see "30 M.A.C. brushes set" and they are just a bluff. ;) Thanks for posting this! […] Read MoreHahah! Very nice info! Nowadays it's very common to see "30 M.A.C. brushes set" and they are just a bluff. ;) Thanks for posting this! Now, we'll ALL save ourselfs $30 dlls. hahahah! Read Less

  • Janeen Stroffolino

    March 15, 2011 at 5:25 am
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    I have not checked in here for some time since I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are great quality so […] Read MoreI have not checked in here for some time since I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are great quality so I guess I’ll add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it friend :) Read Less

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