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Cosmetics Confessions: Dear Beauty Industry …

By Sheila Arkee

Okay, ladies & gents, it’s time to dish at our weekly open post. Pour the coffee, grab the leftover Halloween candy you’ve snagged from your child, we’ll be here for awhile.

What would you like to say to the beauty industry? It can be to the industry in general, or to a particular brand.

Personally, I’d like to tell the industry as a whole that limited edition marketing is no longer appealing. I understand special holiday collections, but constant LE items are just frustrating when we can’t locate favorite items anymore.

What’s on your mind?

  • http://www.phyrra.net Phyrra

    1. I feel like companies should be cruelty-free. I’m tired of seeing companies lost to animal testing in China.

    2. I’m also sick of the mass churning out of LE collections. I understand the economy has been sucking, but when you release sub-par LE collections, that makes it worse.

  • Monika

    I’d like to see more naturally derived ingredients while also maintaining quality. (I’m not sure this is even possible.)

    Also, less fragrance in everything! i have sensitive skin and most fragrance makes me break out in a rash. This is especially lame with eyeshadow. Puffy eyes aren’t pretty!

  • http://www.hobbylobbyist.com Elizabeth

    I agree with Phyrra- If the industry stuck together, China would reevaluate their requirements. It’s terrible to see companies changing their cruelty-free status just to expand their market.

    I would also love to see more realistic ads. I loved that the British government has cracked down on overly-airbrushed images. Real-life pictures from my favorite beauty blogs have a much bigger impact on my purchasing decisions than fake glossy images of an airbrushed Julia Roberts.

  • Sheila – Painted Ladies

    yes, yes, yes – I totally agree on CF being extremely important, and the need for more realistic ads!

  • http://lolassecretbeautyblog.blogspot.com lola

    I completely agree with Phyrra– All beauty companies should be cruelty free, and I agree with that all of the LE collections are a turn off. Hopefully after the spanking Lancome received companies will think twice about false claims that their products can change DNA at a cellular level to reverse the aging process, and other such nonsense. I also wish more companies would use fewer paragons, silicones etc.

  • Wendy

    I’d like to see drugstore brands come out with more foundation colors. The 5-12 colors that most companies have just don’t work for the lightest or darkest skin tones or any real variation in cool or warm colors. I’d also love pump bottles for foundations, it’s not that much extra packaging, I don’t understand why drugstore brands don’t do them as much.

  • Megan

    Here it is (it is ugly):

    What could you POSSIBLY put in a lipgloss that makes it worth $48.00? Oh, Cleu De Peu, I am looking right at you.

    I also wish that CONSUMERS would worry more about science. There is so much inconsequential B.S. running around the industry AND the internet.

  • JCz

    I agree with so many of the posts – my biggest pet peeve is the ridiculously airbrushed, photoshopped-to-within-an-inch-of-their-lives advertisements. C’mon guys, Julia Roberts hasn’t looked like that in decades – if ever! This has got to stop and I applaud the UK for trying to do something about it.
    The next thing is unrealistic claims by cosmetic companies. Example, BB creams. In theory I like the idea of a true multitasker, but in practice when the ingredients list can’t possibly support the claims made by the manufacturer, there’s a problem.
    Third, Megan – I’m right with you on this one – Cle de Peau, Tom Ford, Serge Lutens, D&G….your makeup is obscenely expensive. There is NOTHING you could add to an eyeshadow (packaging included)that would make it even remotely worth $160.00! I’m convinced that there’s a contest among companies to see how high they can set their makeup/skincare prices and still get consumers to pay.
    OK, rant over.

  • Sheila – Painted Ladies

    Those $48 Tom Ford lipsticks are about $40 of pure profit!