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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?

Re: Rant: Reviews

well, sadly, for antiaging stuff i'm afraid we'll always be stuck with poorly written reviews no matter what.  i think the majority of people who use these creams never look at the list of ingredients and don't dig very much into the research done on certain ingredients by the medical community, etc.  Also, hardly anyone will ever be objective enough to look at her wrinkles before trying the cream, then 4 weeks later be able to say "my wrinkles have been reduced by 80%".


But for makeup, including colors, textures, feel, staying power, etc, I do find the reviews very helpful.

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lol, basically I look for the reviews that saids they saw a significant decrease in wrinkles from the 50+ age group. I don't want research, I just want to know if it worked for *your* wrinkle.


In general Sephora reviews are all pretty helpful, but I wish the reviews would state the shade (from either the reviewer or label from Sephora) because when somebody say "omg! This shade look so good on me." or "too much glitter" I don't actually know which one they are referring to.


My other pet peeve (I have, like, 999 pet peeves) is when people say product X is a perfect dupe for Y without mentioning staying power. It may have the same color/texture, but the main difference between some luxe product and good drugstore product are staying/lasting power, which is almost never mentioned.

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I just started doing that recently!!  Sometimes when I get annoyed with the reviews I filter it and only read the reviews from certain age groups, hahaha

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I had these age spots on my forehead that I hated.  It looked like an island chain charted up there, and made me feel so old looking.  I tried Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement, and in only one bottle, they're gone.  Totally gone.  

Re: Rant: Reviews

Thank you so much for posting about this! I am very new to this site, high end beauty and review writing and I have written only a few reviews but I try to be helpful as possible. After reading this I now know to wait longer to write something and what other things I should include. Hopefully more people see this and follow everyones advice. 

Re: Rant: Reviews

Thanks for posting your "rant,"  I'm glad to know that other people are irritated by some of the reviews that are left.  I read one recently where someone with dry skin left a bad review on an oil-free foundation!  It was almost funny.  It's too bad most of the people we're complaining about will never get it.  I do appreciate the few helpful reviews and conversation in the Lounge.  It would be nice to have a check list of items left in a review to filter through some of the reasons for liking or not liking a product and also listing the specific shade they purchased for their specific skin tone.


Re: Rant: Reviews

Hahaha, I saw this on a product page. It's an answer to the question about whether the eye make up remover can be used for face. It made me laugh and I had to share:



Now, I'm sure she's not saying you should try it out like that (or is she? o.O), but given what some people do and the silly lawsuits that US sometimes have...

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I certainly hope if I ever need a deep cleansing eye rinse it won't have to be at the cost of a pricey make up remover.



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haha so funny.

Re: Rant: Reviews

This is a review I just saw on a Hourglass powder....this person gave the product a 1 star review because of *UPS*


*scratches head*


1out of5

UPS is racist


Quick Take: i don't know

UPS refused to leave the package even when I signed saying I would accept responsibility if it went missing. I called Sephora customer service. UPS told them it was because of the neighborhood I live in. This is the first time UPS has refused to leave a package. It is also the first time I have lived in a mostly black neighborhood. The products were returned to sender. Sephora said there was nothing they could do so they lost a sale. I had more than one item.

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