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Cosmetic Confessions: Calling Out Makeup Companies

By Sheila Arkee

Okay, ladies & gents, it’s time to dish. Pour the coffee, pull out the cheesecake, we’ll be here for awhile.

Megan’s on-point, insightful post about MAC Cosmetics earlier this week struck quite a nerve. We’ve all seen how MAC’s quality has changed through the years, and not for the better. And it’s not just MAC, either.

Stila Cosmetics has changed hands many times through the past few years. I love my Stila Cream Color Base, fiercely, but as far as the rest of the line goes…. The brand has seen better days. Their new, extremely budget friendly shadows aren’t very pigmented and I cannot remember the last time I saw their new stuff and had to have it in my collection. Why, Stila, why?

What about you? What are some practices in the makeup world you’d like to see changed? What are some brands that could be doing a better job?

  • http://www.cosmeticsaficionado.com Cosmetics Aficionado

    Oh yeah, MAC has dropped quality with many products. Oddly enough, some seem to have gotten better. I think they pump out too many collections too damn fast.

    I love Stila, but those budget palettes are total garbage. Big mistake on Stila’s part. They are cheapening the brand. If those are intended to be the gateway product into the brand they are in trouble. No one in their right mind would use one of those budget palettes and be so impressed as to buy their $18 a piece eyeshadows.

    URBAN.DECAY. I love them, but as of late I have been receiving damaged packaging, loose eyeshadow pans, my dual ended brush from Naked 2 broke the first time I used it, and it just seems to keep going. They really need to quit quickly throwing together their palettes and get them right. I shouldn’t have to glue eyeshadow brushes back together or reglue an eyeshadow pan on a brand new palette.

  • Monika

    Stila’s packaging has dissapointed me a lot lately. The convertible cheek color compact broke after 3 times of using it. That’s a $30 purchase! The cardboard eye color containers also get stuck so fast, it makes it hard to get them open! They fall apart, it’s a mess. No more Stila for me. :(

  • breyerchic04

    I don’t know, I bought stila because of a travel pallete and reputation, knowing that the shadows got better, but the convertible color was awesome. So my first Stila purchase was a mini set that had kitten shadow and lip glaze in smaller but nice sizes, for $15. I’ve sense bought a convertible color, a few eyeliners, and tinted moisturizers (love the illuminating one). Planning to buy at least one eyeshadow soon.

  • http://allyourbasenotes.blogspot.com Jessica

    I just generally dislike the reliance on Limited Edition collections as a marketing tactic. I don’t have a collector bent myself, I really want to buy products I can use, and if I love something I want to be able to use it long term. I don’t like feeling pressured into buying stuff RIGHT NOW! HURRY! or it will be gone. While I would never say there should not be any special holiday sparkle or summer sheers or gift sets, I think the cosmetics companies should make smart, well-edited and well-manufactured permanent collections their primary focus.

  • http://jmtolman.etsy.com JMTolman

    This is more of a general statement, but: excessive packaging. I hate, hate, hate it when there is more packaging than product, and it’s just not good for the environment- not everyone recycles! It’s just so wasteful and clunky and BLAH.

  • http://silhouettescreams.blogspot.com SilhouetteScreams

    I don’t own anything from Stila, mostly because I’m so unimpressed everytime I swatch something! From what I’ve seen on blogs, I’ve also not been impressed by those cheapie palettes they’ve put out.

    I think MAC and NARS could definitely be doing better jobs. They get it right a lot of the time, but then with some products it’s as if nobody even tested them! That, or the people testing them are just absolute geniuses and can make products work that us normal people can’t.

    I’d also like to see brands pull their heads in and realise that Aussie consumers have BRAINS and we don’t want to be taken for a ride with these jacked up prices. NARS reduced their prices, but it’s still $50 for a blush or something stupid like that. Essence have managed to keep their insanely low prices in line with the EU, and are obviously staying profitable since they recently rolled out to every single Target in Australia. MAC and NARS and everybody else need to take a page from their book and lower their obscene prices.

  • Wendy

    I own 2 Stila shadows and a Kohl liner. They came in a set together, and I’m not a fan.