LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask: How to Tell the Difference Between Fakes and the Genuine Article
An Allure Magazine Best of Beauty 2019 winner, LANEIGE’s Lip Sleeping Mask is one of the most popular K Beauty products on the market. It’s easy to understand why; with its tasty berry flavor and its enriched formula chock full of vitamins and antioxidants, it leaves lips smooth and supple while you sleep. However, as is the case for many popular products, its success has made it a target for knock offs and counterfeits.
While most online vendors—like us at K-Beauty UK and LANEIGE’s own website—guarantee the quality and authenticity of the products you buy, platforms that allow for third-party vendors to sell—like Amazon and eBay—have seen a serious uptick in the number of fake products being advertised. Not only does this deliver subpar products into the hands of eager consumers, it tarnishes the reputation of the real deal in the process.
If you do accidentally buy a counterfeit lip mask, don’t be discouraged by disappointing effects! With an incredible 7,000+ five star reviews on Sephora.com, the authentic LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask is a fantastic product and you should see results with its use. Of course, it’s always better to not be caught out by fakes in the first place, which is why we’ve put together this guide. See below for tips to avoid counterfeiters and make sure the product you’re investing in is the product you want.
Check the packaging: For a long time, LANEIGE’s Lip Sleeping Mask came in a distinctive pink box with a blue line running along the bottom. However, forgers started to copy their packaging, so in late 2019, they switched it up. Now the box is all pink. If you see a new LANEIGE box with the blue line, it’s probably coming from a faker that hasn’t caught up to the new design yet.
Rub it on white paper: The purity of the Lip Sleeping Mask means that, when rubbed on a sheet of white paper, it dries clear every time. Many knock offs do not. Although counterfeiters have gotten better at making their products dry clear as well, any mask that fails this test you can be sure is fake.
Check the consistency: The real LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask has a slippery, slick consistency to it—like oil. Knock offs tend to be thicker and more solid, like Vaseline. The genuine product should slide on perfectly smoothly.
Look at the positioning of the product in the jar: Because of their high quality standards, LANEIGE packs their product in such a way that promises it will arrive flat, in the jar, no matter what happens to it in transport. If you open your jar to see the product not flat or spilling out, you have a counterfeit.
Smell it: One of the biggest appeals to the Lip Sleeping Mask is its natural berry flavoring. While it does smell like a delightful mix of fresh berries, the scent is subtle, as you might expect from natural products. Fake versions of the lip mask come with scents that are much stronger and obviously artificial.
Examine the instruction leaflet: LANEIGE’s instruction leaflets are impeccably neat; they’re folded with crisp corners and pressed to perfect flatness. Counterfeiters don’t care to put that kind of effort into their forgeries, and their instruction leaflets tend to come hastily and messily folded.
Look at the applicator packaging: The pouch that holds the product applicator can be a great indicator of authenticity. With the real LANEIGE product, the pouch always arrives neatly tucked shut. More often than not with counterfeit products, their pouches open in transit and arrive with the top flap folded back.
With these tips and tricks in mind, hopefully you’ll now be able to spot the difference between a real LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask and a fake. Of course, the best way to make sure you’re getting an authentic product is always to buy it through a trusted vendor.