I looove product reviews! I pour over them on Sephora’s website, Nordstrom’s, Neiman’s Makeup Alley and more. I love beauty blogs and skin care junkies on Instagram. These people are from my tribe. Sometimes I will or will not purchase a product based on reviews. Sometimes I purchase without regard for the reviews. I call that ‘purchasing at my own peril’.
Facts… I like facts. I like their style – they don’t care what you think – they just show up and you deal with it. I dig that. Price, texture, fragrance, packaging and ingredients are facts and not debatable.
What is debatable is, can I afford it? Reasonably price for me may seem exorbitant to others. Who is to say what is over priced for me or any one else? For some, a 600.00 bottle of serum is affordable, while for others it is half the rent. Who pays 12.00 for a glass of White Zin? That person trying to get home on a Thursday night after a week on the road and their flight gets delayed for 3 damned hours in Detroit. That’s who!!! Who am I to proclaim judgment? It all boils down to the value that glass of wine holds for you. Double that price and bottoms up!
And texture – jelly, oily, bouncy… What feels comforting to me might be stomach churning for others. Thick oil? Thin oil?
Packaging? I love a big tub of gooey stuff. Others loathe an open jar and the thought of dipping fingers just about sends them over the edge. Get those people some pumps ASAP!
Fragrance? Oh boy! Some question fragrance in products while others say “Holy Hell! Could they not have masked that?” There was that ‘one oil’ that was supposed to smell like lemons…yah – nope. Some people loved it, some were not bothered by it, and others could not abide it. I love citrusy skincare but during pregnancy oranges made me puke. Really???
Even those of us who share similar skin types have different issues to address. I have combination/oily skin but I have to deal with a dry environment, hormonal spots, and chin acne. Not all combination skin people share those issues. Hell, sometimes I must use gel based cleansers because I am producing so much oil the Saudi’s scale back production. It’s all good right? I am originally from the tropics and I can assure you the products I use in Colorado does not work in the tropics – not for one sticking, sweaty, humid, sun soaked minute – that is, if its not pouring down rain. Same me. Same skin. Different environment.
What about personal philosophy? Some of us prefer green products, some greenish, and some don’t care. Does that preference make green products more effective or others less so? My philosophical outlook differs. That’s it – nothing more, nothing less. We can all have allergic reactions to natural or synthetic ingredients. What about how companies source their products? Are they women owned? Some of us care and some of us don’t. We may have other causes that mean more to us. I say bloody fantastic!! We can’t all care about pandas Debbie! What about the freaking polar bears???
My product reviews are mostly opinions based product performance under my trial, on my skin, based on all my factors. Will your experience be the same? Maybe so. Maybe not. I am happy to share my opinions and experiences but keep a grain or ten of salt handy. Who knows? Today I may just be feeling blue or green.