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How to Spot Fake Black Opal Stick foundation

During a recent trip to the Lagos market to purchase Black Opal foundation I quickly realised the counterfeit version was indeed more common than the real thing!
In a matter of minutes I became a pro at spotting the fake so of course I decide to share them. Here are some tips for spotting the fake.

*It is important to note there are many versions of the fake so differences may differ. My tips are based on my observations on the versions I saw and the sample I purchased for the purpose if this comparison.

At first sight they look identical…
But under lies the true difference
  1. On the label at the bottom there should be 3 figures; 2 letters and 1 number.
  2. There is a thick plastic ring around the sticker.
  3. There is a break in the thick ring and in the break is a dot. This is believe it or not the most consistent difference, none of the fakes I saw had the break AND the dot.Photobucket
  4. The bar code on the side sticker is also in a different font 
    5. The shades are also quite different so if you have one real one you can use that as a guide.
Both swatches are of “Beautiful Bronze”
  6. Rolling up the product on the fake one, I noticed a squeaky sound of plastic grinding against plastic, the real thing does not do this.
  7. If the price is too good to be true, it’s because it’s a fake! In Lagos the sticks retail for N1,300-N1,400 ( I got the fake one for just N800)on their official website it’s $9.50 in Paris €10-12 anything less than this is not the real deal!

There you have it, my tips for spotting fake Black Opal. As you can tell these are very tiny details that can easily be missed. The best tip I can give you is: KNOW YOUR SOURCE
In the US you can order form the official Black Opal website, if you are outside the US check their site for their distributors in your country and in Nigeria look for Kuddy Cosmetics.

When in doubt don’t buy. Hope this helps!



  • B A R B A R A
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 6:38 AM

    my first black opal foundation was a fake and i bought it for way higher than the real one (i bought it 1,800).

    i had sworn not to use it again until we had to use them in makeup school and thats how i discovered Kuddy.

  • Stella
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    It could happen to anyone, trust me. I almost got the fake too, she already had all the shades out for me and everything but I had a gut feeling so I left.

  • Sisi Yemmie
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    enlightening…so many fakes around!

  • Yankeenaijababe
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    OMG!!! Great post girl, now we are aware, thanks for sharing, happy weekend to you girl

  • Stella
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Thank you, and a great week end to you all…x

  • LohiO
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    oh wow! great post! I would never know the difference!

  • Stella
    Posted April 5, 2011 at 5:01 AM

    Always a pleasure to be of service 🙂

  • Anonymous
    Posted May 24, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Thanks so much for this piece. U wont believe that I had this experience a while ago. I bought bronze light eye shadow from Kuddy Cosmetics. Only to get to Abuja, my sis asked for another shade that i didnt have and i decided to help her get it. I bought it alright but discovered that Black Opeal was written at the bottom instead of Black opal. It was very painful cos the container looked exactly the same. B.A

  • Stella
    Posted May 24, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    @ B.A Always a pleasure to be of service 🙂 and judging from what I saw in the market, I can totally believe it!

  • Anonymous
    Posted July 28, 2011 at 1:58 AM

    Ohmygoodness, they sell fake Black Opal over in Nigeria? I would have doubled over in laughter if I saw that in person. Over here in the US, it is like "cheap" drugstore makeup. Honestly it is not a bad line but MAC is queen over here. Personally I am not a fan of certain MAC products (i.e. their foundation since it leaves me with a grayish cast and it breaks me out something awful). I guess I will see it for myself once my mom successfully goads me into seeing fam in Abia State.

  • Stella
    Posted August 2, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    They sure do, and not only in Nigeria. I've been told some retailers in Paris do the same. Have fun in Abia, I was there on a school trip 10 years ago *GoodTimes*

  • Unknown
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 5:37 AM

    please hook me up with the owners of the products am a cop from intellectual property unit zambia police service i want to clean up the counterfeit email me on

  • Unknown
    Posted July 15, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    A friend of mine gave me the key to know the difference btwn the fake and original… I love blackopal,its the best

  • Unknown
    Posted July 15, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    A friend of mine gave me the key to know the difference btwn the fake and original… I love blackopal,its the best

  • Unknown
    Posted December 29, 2016 at 3:49 AM

    Hi .I love black opal products help me with the key to know the fake products.

  • Unknown
    Posted December 29, 2016 at 3:50 AM

    Hi .I love black opal products help me with the key to know the fake products.

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    Posted October 5, 2018 at 1:43 PM

    Some people know they are fakes but the price draws them. A couple of tests revealed mercury and arsenic in some fake brand cosmetics. It will be years before a lot are suffering from mercury poisoning and by then the cost of care will be way higher than the few bucks they are saving now..

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