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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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Tehahaha. I do get annoyed with some vague reviews, but the best ones are the complaints from people who didn't even bother to use the products. The most amusing ones:


1. It look/smells so bad I didn't even bother trying it. 0/5 stars! (why are you reviewing it?)

2. It's bigger/smaller/different than expected and I hate it, but I'll give it 2 stars since other reviewers seem to like it so much. 2/5 stars! (a review of reviews)

3. It smells/feel so gross the first time that I rinsed it off immediately and dumped the rest in the drain/trash. 0/5 stars! (hello return policy?)


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Ohh, I know, the "went straight in the trash" comments always make me wince, too -- it seems so wasteful. No one you know would take it, really?? Also, return policy...? (Although we're really lucky here -- I feel like in many (if not most) other countries, you can't return cosmetics, period -- you buy it, it's yours.)

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katie and beautytester----I could never just throw away a product either because money is money. Even if I got it for free I couldnt toss it. I've never returned a beauty item in my life. I play with testers, I ask for samples and anything that I dont like goes to my mom. I have friends/aunts/etc but I dont feel comfortable giving used makeup/skincare stuff to anyone but my mom. What doesnt work for me she usually uses up so its all good.

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I admit, I have returned cosmetic and skincare items (and have cringed while doing it, because while I understand the risk and implications of reselling these things, I can't stand the thought of it being thrown away, either). I could never toss anything! I would definitely give it to a friend or relative first Smiley Happy

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Lol, yeah, I don't throw anything away. If the treatment/moisturizer doesn't work for my face, it goes on my neck. My neck never feels anything, and you are suppose to moisturize it just like your face, right? =P


Bad cleanser becomes handwash, bad toner becomes facial spray after exercise (read: does not permanently stay on my face) or hair mist if it's a hydrating toner.

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Yes! And bad lotion / shampoo / conditioner becomes...shave gel. Smiley Happy

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Wow good idea!!!!

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And i agree i dont throw stuff away, only when it was expired.

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I actually usually come to BT instead of sifting through reviews if I'm heavily considering a product. I'll make a post every so often asking opinions on certain products even though I know there are all those reviews out there. I guess I just seem to trust the opinions of my fellow posters more because I've seen them put well thought out critiques that address pros and cons and say things like 'the color didn't compliment my olive skin tone' instead of the reviews you mentioned. I hope no one finds this annoying haha. 

The other type of reviews I'm not crazy about are ones that just adore the product and don't say why >.< 


~We are all beautiful~

Re: Rant: Reviews

I don't find that annoying at all! Certainly some colors really just don't look good on everyone. It only bother me when somone will give a product a poor rating ( 1 or 2 stars), just becuase the color they picked out wasn't complimentary.

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