Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Beauty Discussion - It's all Subjective

Make-Up Discussion It's all Subjective

Beauty blogs are brilliant - not only do they offer up all the goss on the latest products but a real person's perspective. I've lost count on how many products I have bought purely based on a fellow bloggers review and have no doubt in my mind this will not be ending any time soon.

One thing we can be a little guilty of overlooking (myself included) is that a review is just an opinion - we can all only state how and why it worked for us, or of course why it was a wash out. Sometimes I take reviews as the gospel and become a little deflated, when the wonders of the product in question don't work out for me. Is it the bloggers fault?

No! Far from it - every product within the cosmetic industry is subjective, meaning what works for one person may not work for you. It is a trial and error game, one that oddly only seems to become more difficult with age. Maybe my skin has become more fickle or armed with more beauty knowledge I am simply more selective? Who knows.

So we know where to not place the blame, how can we be a little more savvy in our purchasing habits? Well if you know for a fact you are allergic to certain ingredients, a quick Google of the ingredient list will be more than helpful. In the same vain in the reviewer in question has oily skin and you have a dry complexion - chances is it may not garner the same results for you. If the product you so desperately want offers a sampling scheme (most counters offer them), by all means make the most of it, don't be shy to ask for a sample there is a reason they are there. If all else fails I guess you just have to take the chance, cross your fingers and hope you can make it work for you.

The most hyped up product that did nothing for me was Benefit They're Real Mascara, I realise this launched quite some while ago but it still sticks out to this day. It flakes, smudges and weights down my flimsy eyelashes yet on others it looks nothing but fabulous.

What about you? Where do stand on the subjective stance and what product do you wish you could return for a full refund?

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  1. Thanks for sharing. As a blogger I can relate to everything you said.

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  2. I'd return the By Terry Concealer which was so awful (and expensive) no coverage at all! And as much as I love the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm I've found the Elemis Balm took off more of my makeup so I would probably stick to that

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  3. Great thought provoking post! I am naturally cynical but sometimes for for the hype and end up bitterly disappointed - The Body Shop's Vitamin E Serum in Oil was touted by many as a wonder product for all skin types. I tried it when it was first released and hello cystic acne! To this day I still cannot work out which ingredient caused my problem! I'm also not a fan of Revlon lip crayons - some people love the scent, it makes me gag haha x

    1. The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum in Oil was rubbish for my skin too - which is really weird since I take to oils really well! I'm not a fan of Revlon Colourstay Foundation as well, not my cup of tea!

      xo Jia from

  4. I totally agree, I think that for a lot of things it each depends on a person. Personally, I do not like some nip and fab products as after all the hype they just don't work for me!
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  5. The Benefit They're Real stuff was a huge let down for me. I hate the mascara, and the eyeliner was even worse - I'm a massive BadGal fan, so felt really disappointed. I was also let down by the garnier BB cream, so much hype, and it did nothing for me. I was also initially let down by UD Naked2 palette but after discovering primers its redeemed itself (although I am still a bit sour at spending nearly £40 on a palette and then having to buy another product to make it stay all day)

  6. I'm pretty sure every bronzing product I bought. I am too pale for most of them so I look orange. Also I don't really understand why a lot of people contour with warm colors, they make me look orange too. I wish I learned the trick of contouring with cool tones. Brown almost grey tones.

    Even though you didn't like They're Real I used it religiously for years, but now I want something that gives a bit more volume.

  7. I always try to read a range of detailed reviews if I can find them. It is easy to get sucked in by just one good one though!

  8. I have a benefit gimme brow in the med/dark colour even though I'm a dirty blonde.. don't know what I was thinking :s wish I could return it as it definitely doesn't work for me! I also can't make tinted brow gels work because I have no shape to my brows as it is so I need a pencil or pomade to define them.

  9. All the Naked palettes (except Naked Basics 1), Benefit They're Real mascara, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, Sigma brushes....
    None of those products worked for me; but if I ever state it, everybody looks at me like I'm stupid...

    1. Ah that's not fair! You are completely entitled to your opinion - it would be so boring if we all agreed on every product all of the time! Weirdly I was just thinking about how Sigma brushes have fallen off of the face of the earth!

  10. The Benefit They're Real liner and mascara... Bad Gal was so good, they these were just a huuuuge flop for me. (then Benefit came out with Rollerlash... Be a my beating heart!).

    The other one would be the Emma Hardie cleansing balm. So much hype and all I can say about it is... meh.

  11. I take all reviews with a grain of salt and consider how it would suit me (the colour, the formula, my skin type, all of it).

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  12. Good product! No longer afraid of dry skin.
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