**So, while this is not an ordinary make up related post, this does pertain to makeup somehow. And it may get pretty text heavy.**
So, I know it's quite common nowadays for companies to repackage makeup. In fact, so many companies do it, and generally, I feel like I can keep up with finding out who is fake and who is full of well, bull shit.
However, I feel like I am losing more and more faith with the mineral makeup community, which is a shame. I know that one does not have to really dig deep to find out who is actually making their own products (thank god for Bloggers), but really, it seems more trouble than it's worth. I hate being a beauty snob, only buying from high end brands, but at this point in time, I almost feel like high end brands, brands that I have always had good results with, are the only ones I can trust.
I don't know about you, but I am not loaded with money. Not only that, but as I've mentioned multiple times throughout my posts, I don't work, nor do I own a credit card, thus it takes an arm and a leg to actually BUY something makeup related, let alone something online. So, needless to say I want my money's worth. I do not take being cheated out of my money with repackaged products or terrible customer service lightly.
Luckily I can say I haven't really been into the mineral makeup craze; I have only bought from one company, Heavenly Natural Beauty, and my results were more than satisfactory; the products arrived quickly, and with the package was a nice little note, nothing fancy, but it made it seem like whoever handled that package actually gave a damn about their customer.
I think that's what it all boils down to; the customer. I write this mostly because of the whole Lime Crime debacle. I don't know if it is new, but I did start my research today, and I can't help but be disappointed. I mean, I can't say I liked Doe Deere since I never knew her personally, but what I saw of her I liked, a lot, and I had hoped she was really, truly that happy, genuine person she seemed to be.
And I can't help but feel a bit betrayed.
I guess it's taught me to be a little less naive, but I still can't help but feel let down. I think I may have forgiven her, if she actually admitted to repackaging items, but the fact that she tries so hard to market this facade to her customers, AND so obviously does not care about them is really disappointing. It's really just a whole slew of hypocrisy.
And, for the icing on the cake, I came across this blog post:
Again, I have not purchased that much mineral makeup, but this is a little unsettling, because a few of these companies I have contemplated purchasing from.
Granted, I know I can't so easily believe this, considering that they do not mention if the "companies to avoid" actually make their own products. Also, though there are multiple times where someone has had a problem, one has to take into consideration the ratio terrible customer service experiences to those with satisfactory, if not great customer service experiences. Still, it does make me a bit wary of these brands.
All in all, sometimes I wonder if I should even try to buy mineral makeup or independent makeup lines. I really want to support them, but sometimes it just seems easier to buy some loose shadow from Sephora then spend $934 on a gram of a repackaged eyeshadow.