A few months ago, I fell off my chair when I read Stashy’s (Stash Matters) anticipated review of Becca’s Ombre Rouge eyeshadow palette. Truth be told, I kept telling poor Stashy over and over again that she would 100% love this palette, that the shades were unique, the packaging was sleek, etc… In summary, she just needed it, “period”!!! My passion for this palette made me shout my love from rooftops, telling the world repeatedly about this perfect product and then, there it was, her critique! Maybe I rather should say « Judgement Day », because in her own word, this perfect palette is a mere 4/10 !!! Say what???
Note: You can read my review on the Ombre Rouge palette HERE
This post is not about Becca’s Ombre Rouge but more on different points of views in the makeup world and how to interpret reviews on a specific product. I was telling Stashy that someone who is interested in buying this specific palette would be really confused after only reading our two evaluations, and with good reasons… To make matters worse, I think that we are both very credible and honest in our criticism since we are NOT sponsored (something, I wish I would though after my last post!) and we did buy this particular item with our own money … so we speak the truth, with no hidden agenda. Furthermore, Stash and I have about the same substantial collection and we like to think that we know our stuff (in the beauty department, anyway!).
So, this discrepancy got me thinking: what should I add to my reviews so girls (or boys) all over the world would better interpret my assessments. Maybe by adding other palettes that I love to compare would be a good start! For example, if you hate KVD Shade + Light palette while I praised this palette, you would know that we may have different tastes! In each review, I always try to define my skin type or add other informations that could be really important to give my readers every possible reasons to love/hate the featured product; maybe I should add more… I could add what am I looking for in a specific product? When do I use it?
Another point that got me thinking was, should I write about products that didn’t work for me? When I first started blogging, I was really harsh towards some products, and I remembered someone telling me that the product I crushed was her Holy Grail concealer. I felt really bad about my critique and tried to find some positive about it. The reality is that I don’t like everything! Even though it’s always heartbreaking to write bad reviews, maybe I should write about these too! Sometimes you learn more from bad experiences… For example, last year I bought Too Faced Born This Way foundation, raved by everyone and their mothers, and for me, it’s by far the worst foundation I ever used. It would have been a 1/10, 1 being for the shade alone!!!
So again, what about the reviews that we read? How much are they crucial in our decision to buy a product or not? I would like to say that I’m not influenced by them, but I’m guilty of wanting a lot of products that my fav Blogger/YouTuber are reviewing and loving! To be honest, when I really want a product, I tend to read only good reviews!!! So, it’s the chicken or the egg dilemma….
I want to hear your thoughts on this one
Note: Stashy and I, are really good friends… This was not towards her in anyway!!!
DISCLAIMER: This is not sponsored. Although some items may have been sent as pr, I am under no obligation to review them. Most items I discuss are purchased by me. All opinions expressed are my own and not edited by any companies mentioned.