Swatches & Reviews: Let me elaborate

So I want to kind of go into detail and elaborate on my plan for swatches and reviews. So far the feedback has been awesome and I’m excited that people would love to see an indie version of Temptalia. On that note, I won’t be swatching/reviewing foundations due to my illness and sensitive skin. Someone asked me about foundations in a facebook group and I wanted to cover that here.

I want to be able to have a complete swatch/review database if you will, at least as complete as I can. Because of that I intend to swatch/review all indie companies including those with less than stellar products and/or reputations. My question to you is, do you WANT to see swatches and reviews from companies you already know are iffy? I personally want to do it because there are a lot of people out there who know next to nothing about the companies they are buying from and I want to have a place where people can look up pretty much any current indie company and see how their customer service is and products.

Even in our own community people are less likely to give a bad review on a company or their products because so many others like them, or because it’s a new company and they don’t want to hurt them, etc. There are too many reasons. If people don’t share their experiences good AND bad, then no one has the proper information when looking at companies. I want to encourage people to share their experiences with a company when I do a review. Just because I had a good or bad experience doesn’t make it a good or bad company. The more experiences the better. :)

I obviously won’t be buying from places such as glittersniffer, but there are companies out there that may have a bad reputation from glittermobbing fans, or they started out rough, or they legitimately had awful customer service, etc. I want to review those companies and give my honest opinion and SWATCH ALL THE SHINIES. This will also help with the comparison posts I plan on doing. The more things I can swatch the more things I’ll have to be able to do comparisons!

So um. Yes the original intent of this post was to ask how you feel about seeing companies with less than stellar reputations being reviewed and swatched?

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I run this blog! This blog is a personal blog for all things beauty related. I love swatching, reviewing and hosting giveaways. I've been blogging since I was 16 years old... That's uh a long time. I am now 34! Sometimes I like to blog about my life and what is going on, but not often anymore. I hope you enjoy my blog posts!

  • I say go for it, the good and the bad. Swatch ALL the shinies!

  • I like the idea. I think it would be great to get all the info you need to make an informed choice about something you’re thinking of buying.

  • I think every company deserves a review (except of course people who sell unsafe things and rip people off) but if one beauty blogger has a negative review it doesn’t mean every customer experience is going to be bad

  • I think that’s perfectly fine. Obviously, opinions in this community are not always going to be shared. I like companies other people don’t like, and loathe some companies that are cult heroes. Having a place to weigh all the information, good and bad, can help people decide for themselves.

  • Teigh

    I definitely like to read and see the good and the bad!  How else would we know who or where not to purchase if somebody didn’t share such types of reviews?  But I do think it should be done (and I’m sure you will) tactfully and not be derogotory (sp?).

    Go for it and I’m excited to see what you come up with!

  • Awesome. I have read reviews on blogs and bought products because of those reviews and then felt completely burned because the product or customer service was crap. Honest feedback without worry of reproach will be WELCOMED.

  • I think you should do what YOU feel is right. If  you are open to someone saying “I had a bad experience w/ company X” that would be very gracious of you! I had a horrible experience w/ an indie company but because of the rabid fans, I couldn’t leave negative feedback (well, I did, got harrassed, and then the owner removed my feedback). I realize that there may be lots of very happy fans–but when I’m made out to be the one at fault…ugh.

    ANYWAY sorry there….your blog, your rules!You have to do what you feel is right!

    I’m excited for you :)

  • I like that idea! Possibly with a sometimes comparing with TKB mica’s?

  • I like. It’s the only way to educate people who are thinking of buying from X company and can only find reviews from affiliates, and such.

  • I say go for it! I think people should make up their own minds, whether the reviews are good or bad and whether or not the company has a good reputation. Except with cases like Glittersniffer where the seller is a scammer and sells unsafe products, of course.

    Can’t wait for your reviews!

  • I personally give straight-up reviews, and I know I appreciate it when others do the same (even more so when they tell *why* company or a product didn’t work for them.) Seeing swatches from “bad” companies can be a positive, because then people can look around and find offerings from other companies that may offer an excellent substitute.

    One suggestion I would have: find some way to datestamp the swatches, so that if (for example) Fyrinnae changes their Equality eyeshadow in 2011, people don’t buy it expecting it to look like the swatches from 2009 and 2010.

    Not that I’d have personal experience with that or anything…

  • Erin

    I for one would really appreciate that!