There's a discount cosmetics store near where I work, called Cosmo Cosmetics, that I like to pop into occasionally. Ok, a lot. I noticed over the last couple of months that they've started stocking a brand called C-II which was very reasonably priced, I'm talking around $6.00 for each item. But what caught my eye the most was the lipstick shade names.
Look at the names on the bottom of the lipsticks. Sound familiar?
Yep, Shy Girl, Lady Danger and Pink Nouveau are all shade names of MAC Cosmetics lipsticks! And what do you know, the shades are also very similar to the actual MAC lipsticks. I don't have Shy Girl and Lady Danger, but I'd say from online swatches they're pretty close. I do own the original MAC Pink Nouveau and while they're not exact dupes they're definitely similar. I have a comparison swatch towards the end of the post. It wasn't just those lippies that had MAC names, there were maybe 20-30 colours in the range, and every-single-one-was-a-MAC-name.
I also ended up getting a concealer ($4.95) and the shade was called, wait for it, NC25! Can they get any more MAC on me here?
Now, I highly doubt it's a pure coincidence that these shades all happen to have exactly the same names as MAC shades. So whoever has created this brand is clearly trying to cash in on the MAC name, but not really labelling themselves as MAC therefore potentially not getting into trouble.
Which brings me back to the fact I could find absolutely no information about the brand. Nope, zilch, nada. Nothing online. And the packaging just says made in Thailand, nothing else that I can use to do my research on. The only reference I found was an ebay listing but even then there was no brand information.
That said, the quality of the products isn't actually bad. The lipsticks are quite creamy and very pigmented. They last around 3hrs on me, which is fairly standard and not bad for a lipstick that costs $5.95. And the concealer is pretty good at concealing dark under eye circles.
My only issue here is that I'm finding it hard to recommend this. Not because of the quality, but because of the shade names. I feel like they're fakes, but not really. I think if they'd used any old name I'd be ok with it, but the fact they're obviously trying to cash in on the MAC brand I feel lied to.
What do you think of this brand? Would you buy it? What do you think about the fact they're using MAC names?