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Rant: Reviews

Sorry, I had to get this out...


But it bothers me when people write reviews for products based on what they thought or believed the product would do, not necassarily based on what the product actually does. For example when people write about a foundation, BB cream etc, with very little coverage and give it a bad rating although the company claims it is lightweight and sheer. Or on the other hand complaining about the heaviness or such of a full coverage foundation.


Or when people have unrealisitic expectations for a product. For example the tradeoff between between non-sticky or long-lasting lip gloss. Generally a longer lasting gloss will be a little thicker for the shine to last longer.


Or people who give a bad review for something just because the shade doesn't look as great on them. Just because the color isn't flattering doesn't necessarily mean the product itself is bad and deserves a very low rating.


I always take reviews and such with a grain of salt, since how a product works can depend on skin type, application, etc, and place more value on reviews that give an explanation for their review. But it still drives me a teeny bit bonkers when people do that.


Sorry for my little rant. Anyone else agree? Or not?

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I know it annoys me to see ratings and reviews for a product somebody used for a couple days. I also feel like "Really?"

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Yes! Exactly Smiley Happy (re: all of the above)


I forgot to mention, too, that I love when someone complains that an eye cream failed because it didn't erase wrinkles...then the reviewer's age is like 13-18(!).  I think s/he must assume that the natural folds in the skin around the eye area (which even babies have) are "wrinkles." Smiley Tongue

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so true !!!!!

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AMEN!  That particular criticism by that demographic group really sets my teeth on edge!  I simply can't stand it when people who are certain ages are reviewing products that weren't intended for them in the first place.

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Haha yes!

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Kenny, I agree with most of your post but there are a few grey areas. I agree 100% that giving a product rating because the person didn't like the color, it was not flattering on them, or a product does come in their shade match/a tone that will flatter them is unfair and a dis-service to other consumers reading reviews. Also, when a product description lets the consumer know the texture might be heavy or light, or the coverage will be sheer then docking points on it also seems unfair.


As for complaints about texture or feel of a product, I think that is where it gets kind of hairy. For example, my favorite lip gloss is very long lasting but it's also super light weight and quite viscous. So, for me the way I rate other lip glosses will vary because I've actually used a product that delivers in that manner. Same with foundation etc, I think what people use and have discovered in other products could influence how they view another product I know it's like that for me. Though I really do try to explain why I'm giving a product a good or bad rating.

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I agree, there is always som gray area. As you mentioned as long as you give an explanation for your rating, I'm happySmiley Happy 

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I have to admit that my jaw has fallen to the floor and my eyes crossed every time I read a negative review for a particular foundation because it does not provide full coverage and is "too lightweight."  Never mind that the foundation's description says as plain as day that it is water based, gel-like and LIGHTWEIGHT.  It's not meant to provide full coverage!


Yet, people buy it and then are disappointed because the product doesn't perform a miracle that it was never created to perform. I honestly don't know what people expected, and it seems that applying several layers of such a foundation defeats the purpose.



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One one in particular comes to mind when reading you comments, Urban Decay's new Beauty Balm, if you read the description, it just diffuses light to improve the look of skin. So it won't provide really provide coverage, just "improves you skin", so if you have acne or uneven skin, this won't work for you if you want to look completely flawless.

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Yes, I just purchased UD's new BB on a whim.  I'm a work-at-home mom.  I'm not dressing up (full makeup) to run to the grocery store or sit in the school pick-up line!  I have yet to try it, but I have a full understanding of what it is and what it will or will not do.  I will also wait several weeks before making an accessment and posting a review.  It willbe fun (hint: sarcasm) to read the reviews on this product!

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I read a review lately where someone complained that their eye primer didnt work and he's what they said (or basically said, I cant find the review now so I cant quote it exactly).


"I put it on, waited until it dried, put on my shadow and I didnt see a difference."


Now, I'm new to shadow primer and I've only been using it for a few weeks but even *I* know that you dont wait until it completely dries!!! And because it goes on clear, you really cant see much of a difference until the *end* of the day. Some some research folks before you buy a product because if you dont know how to use it correctly, then you're throwing money down the drain.

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yes i was reading a review of an eyeshadow palette the other day where the poster gave a poor review because the colors didn't suit her!  no mention of the pigmentation or quality of the shadows themselves.  

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Hi kenny,


I know exactly what you mean Smiley Happy. It is kind of disappointing to see a product get a bad review just because it didn't have full coverage or wasn't the preferred texture. I really do love helping people find products that cater more to their needs; it’s a good time to not only help them out, but also gives me a bit of time to educate on certain products.

Whimsically yours,
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