We got the following email from one of our favourite ladies, SugarPuss
The meet up was awesome! I've been going on about it to all my friends, making them green, next time they all say. Loved the theme, Nairobi truly has some gorgeous women.
The make-up demos were good though there was something Wacuka said about some make-up products being fake. There are reputable stores that sell genuine MAC products i.e Lyntons Pharmacy, Lyntons at junction....ofcourse Mac don't have distribution networks in Kenya which to them translates to, they must be selling fake mac. What Lyntons do is actually ship them themselves kind of like how Kenyans from diaspora buy mac from abroad and bring them here, which makes them real expensive (ksh. 6,500 for studio fix powder) but not fake.
Also, recently, there has been an influx of MAC products in the market...they look exactly like the real deal, down to the packaging, only a real pro would tell them apart. They are fake but not harmful, infact they have a range of lipsticks which are amazing, pastels and corals, together with their lipgloss...lasts for hours and are not drying. Their blushes are good too, makes you look like a carribean princess. And I'm sorry to say, their studio finish powders set better then actual mac so you don't need to use a primer. They look better than the real deal and so much cheaper yoh it's a crime. I'm in contact with lots of suppliers in my line of work and the word is, these products are made by former mac employees, kinda like our Suzy Beauty, and instead of marketing their own brand, decided to ride on a known brand, very unethical and illegal.
Personally, I don't have any guilt buying the "fake" Mac, because these product companies have not made any efforts to avail their products to the dark continent and don't care. Why should I care for their business, clearly am not their intended market.
I have very sensitive skin that requires me to have monthly facials, have a face product artillery that would shame cleopatra's yet I have used the powder, lippy and blush for 2 months now without complaint or breaking my bank ( 1k for everything...shit just got real)...I'm done importing, decided to look local. At least the fakers appreciate the market here and avail a whole bunch or great products and contrary to popular belief, these suppliers know their market and are honestly making an effort to fill the gap with quality and affordable stuff. They are not river road gap-toothed salesmen with dollar signs in their eyes - although they are located on river road:) - they ask for consumer feedbacks from clients and local stores so they can bring in quality and relevant.
Same way the natural hair movement made the big companies start providing for their needs, us Africans need to make noise and have the local and international manufacturers provide for us!!
I once wrote to a Mary Kay rep complaining that there was mary kay fakes in the market which are seriously harming people - zits that make u look like u shave. Do u know she replied back and said, we don't have a distribution network in Africa and yes there are reports that expired products are finding their way down there (read-they dump their expired goods here) so just find a way to buy from U.S....how treasured did I feel *sarcasm*
Sorry for the long rant, got a little carried away :) anyway, not to discredit Wacuka coz she's right and sh**, but y'all need to know.
We think that Sugarpuss has made some rather valid points (see bolded). We must admit that we have never ventured into the fake MAC products but have done what the thousands of Kenyan women do, send relatives into various duty free and MAC stores abroad. Do any of you use any of the fake MAC products (no shame in saying so)? If you do, how have they worked for you and would you recommend them?
Enjoy the week Ladies!
Enjoy the week Ladies!