Tuesday, 19 July 2016

EL SCANDALO | KYLIE COSMETICS JEFFREE STAR AND BECCA COSMETICS



So as of late certain brands have been called out for cutting corners or just not living up to their ethos. We all remember the social media circus that happened when eager customers opened their Kylie lip glosses (in Like, Literally, So Cute) to reveal a splayed, distorted, and let’s face it shitty, wand. In addition and more recently many customers had received empty lipstick tubes when ordering her latest launches. Don’t worry Kylie is not the only culprit and with her company being relatively new one can almost forgive the teething issues (operative word: almost), but Jeffree Star who called Kylie out on her crappy wand had a similar horror story. His new Skin Frosts were released at Drag Con and the people who selected King Tut, the golden highlight, received shattered compacts as boxes of King Tut had fallen on the floor during transport. Jeffree states on Snapchat that he didn’t know about this until it was too late and he was doing what he could to remedy it i.e. offering refunds or a replacement. Then, and this is what shocked me most of all, Becca Cosmetics extended their collaboration with Jaclyn Hill and each item received rave reviews except the eyeshadow palette. It seemed their customers know their shit and they called Becca out on using a different formula to their regular eyeshadows. Becca then admitted that in order to release the eyeshadow palette on time they needed to rush the order and had a different lab make some of the eyeshadow palettes hence the inconsistency. Since this news was released Jaclyn Hill and Becca decided to scrap the eyeshadow palette altogether as it wasn’t up to their usual standards. 
Why am I talking about this? Because it is greed, pure and simple. I believe that Jeffree’s reasons are completely justified, regardless of what you think of him as a person there is nothing he could have done to have stopped the King Tut fiasco from happening. Although, one could argue he should have checked the batches before selling them at Drag Con, but these are busy people and no-one is perfect. On the other hand, Kylie Cosmetics and Becca just wanted to profit from the hype as much as possible before it died down. It seems to me that with the increasing popularity of social media stars and brand collaborations, more focus is shifting to speed and selling out and limited edition everything. They have found a foolproof formula that empties their shelves in minutes and creates a demand like no other, it’s smart and it is the way business works but your reputation should be the most important thing. 
I have heard a lot of people say they respect Becca more for “owning up to it”. Have I gone mad? They didn’t own up to it. They were happy for everyone to think that these eyeshadow palettes were no different from the last, it is because the customer pointed out the flaws and discrepancies that they were backed into a corner and forced to tell the truth. It honestly makes me sick. I know that is harsh and I have no personal vendetta against Becca as a brand, I have tried many of their products and they have all been of sublime quality, but it’s my personal opinion. It is disgusting to try and cheat your customer, to make excuses and justify your actions after the fact. If you care more about money than your actual product then you are in the wrong business. I feel the same about Kylie Cosmetics, they are a newer company and so their reputation isn't as fully formed as Becca's, but again there are no excuses that will make sending a subpar product to your consumers okay. 
Other brands like Charlotte Tilbury work on one product for years, tweaking and perfecting the formula until it is ready to hit the shelves. That is why you pay more money for high end products, because literally years of research and the finest quality ingredients go into it. Not to mention the packaging. Becca have a similar price range so for me there is no excuse, your customer should get what they pay for and yes they did apologise after the fact and scrapped the product, but it’s a little too late in my opinion. 
The reason I am sharing my thoughts with you on this is because I feel very strongly about this. I hate it when innocent people are cheated, I know it is just makeup and it’s not that big of a deal but to me it is. I urge you all to consider this when you are buying a product, don’t get suckered into purchasing something because of the social media hype or “get it while stocks last”. They are all just marketing ploys, do your own research, read as many reviews as you can and if you have the patience wait for the hype to die down a little to minimise disappointment and wasted pennies. The Becca ordeal has left a sour taste in my mouth and this is the reason I haven’t been able to touch the Champagne Face Palette despite the many positive reviews. I just don’t want to support a company that would do something so underhanded. Let me know your thoughts in the comment.  I hope you are well, it is hot as balls where I live right now. So keep hydrated and take care. 

Opinions on the Becca controversy? Do you think the beauty industry is changing?

Love ❤
Kiran


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  1. It's definitely changing as the marketing strategy changes too. Nowadays, people rely on what's going on instagram to know next product to buy, it works really well! Too well, even, and now marketing people rely on it to sell their product, make it as if it's the next best thing. I'm not saying it's a bad thing, it's business after-all, but, I agree with you, at least if they want their products to be known, let them be known with good reputation, not a bad one. You're more likely to be remembered for your bad than good-deeds anyways :(

    Selene Addicted

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  2. No matter what, I'm so in love with Kylie cosmetics <3
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  3. I was disappointed that Becca came out with the splits after releasing the palette - had I known they were going to be released, I would have waited & bought one of those instead of the whole palette! I wouldn't buy anything from Jeffree Star after reading about his racist comments xx

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    1. I know a lot of people feel the same, I would too if I had already purchased Champagne Pop x

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  4. I felt so bad for Jaclyn when she spoke about this on her Snapchat, she was so genuinely upset over it all. I am really disappointed in Becca, its all just so sad to see a company trying to cut corners like that! With KC you can tell she is all about making the money, it isn't about the make up for her, its about the money - hell she doesn't even do her own make up half the time lol!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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    1. I still love Jaclyn Hill, it is Becca I am disappointed in like you said. Honestly, with Kylie Jenner I think time will tell what kind of person she is. At the moment I can't blame her for wanting to make money off her name. Thank you for commenting Erin x

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    2. I still love Jaclyn Hill, it is Becca I am disappointed in like you said. Honestly, with Kylie Jenner I think time will tell what kind of person she is. At the moment I can't blame her for wanting to make money off her name. Thank you for commenting Erin x

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  5. I feel like the King Tut thing was a genuine accident, though I heard somewhere Jeffree Star was rude to a person who made a YouTube video about it or something :/ the entire Becca thing has me raging and I think they've done their brand real damage. I never have and never will buy any Kylie Cosmetics products - they seem a total scam! I'm glad the internet police are out there watching our backs and making sure we don't waste our money

    Jasmine xx

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    1. Same, the King Tut fiasco felt legit and you can tell Jeffree really cares about his brand but that doesn't excuse his behaviour. Becca really let themselves down and I don't see why anyone would buy a $18 lipstick when you can get the same for $6 from ColourPop. Thanks for commenting Jasmine x

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  6. This was interesting to read because I didnt actually know about these scandles. I guess Ive been out of the loop. Ive never used anything from those 3 brands before

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    1. YouTube is rife with drama right now, Becca! Xx

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  7. Interesting read. Becca really should've worked on that collection a little longer.

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  8. To be honest after the Becca scandal I wasn't tempted to get the palette although it does look beautiful! I'm far from buying anything from Kylie Cosmetics or Jeffree Star as I don't like them and don't want to support them. Honestly there are too many online 'celebrities' trying to get as much money as they can while they're still popular. x
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    1. Very true Dagmara, it is a shame I just wish there was more integrity. Xx

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  9. There's so much drama in the beauty/blogging world. It kind of disappoints me when beauty gurus let their fans down x

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  10. I;ve found any time a brand takes a full size product and makes it into a palette, it's never as good, or even the same color, as the original. You're playing for packaging and a lesser-quality product. I think it's ridiculous. Also, there are ppl not doing their jobs, like quality control, shipping managers, etc.

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  11. Oh wow... I had no idea about that becca story! I totally agree.. if becca was 'owning up to it' then they surely would have told people before they purchased the palette!
    Aleeha xXx
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  12. Some brands can be shady, I agree with you! That's why there's more respect for higher end brands and brands with a long history!

    XoXo,

    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

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    1. Definitely, I am now suddenly a lot more tolerant of stupidly expensive brands hello Chanel xxxx

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  13. What a shame regarding all of these! I do want the Kylie but I worry lol!
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    1. I am sure they would refund you if it came to you unsatisfactory xxx

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  14. The problem with Jeffery Star is how he lashed out at the small YouTuber who made the video about how upset he is at receiving a broken highlighter. Yes, the YouTuber used a click bait title but the way Jeffery lashed out at him without watching the video is crazy and it's not the first time he came after smaller companies, YouTubers, bloggers. His apology to the small YouTuber was half arse, sorry. And now Kat Von D called him out for his behaviour.

    Becca fucked up big time, yes but at least they don't bully and come after their fans. Hopefully they learnt their lessons and don't try to pull off the same shameful stunt again. I seriously believe Becca and Kylie problem was trying to fill in the market way too quick so the quality control went down the drain. Kylie and Becca didn't go ape shit on anyone who called out them out for the lousy products, they pulled the products back....Jeffery on the other hand? He lashes out at anyone who dare speak up against him. Jeffery has made racist comments and bullies so many and if you think Becca is worst than him then I respect your opinion but it's not one that I share.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Not at all, to be honest I am looking at this purely from what happened with their products. I do not condone or respect any of Jeffree's behaviour, I think it was horrible and inexcusable. I just think Becca slipping up on their palettes is worse than Jeffree's shipping truck dropping a box without his knowledge. I hope that makes sense, maybe I should have reworded it but God no, it makes me quite angry when people make excuses for him too like "that's just his personality". No, absolutely not! No one should ever be spoken to like that. Thank you for your comment Shireen xxx

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  15. God, I had no idea about the whole Jaclyn/Becca scandal! I can't believe the amount of controversies going on with makeup brands lately, there's the whole Kat Von D vs Jeffree thing now too... I think I'll stick to Urban Decay haha xx
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    1. I know, Urban Decay forever haha! Xx

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  16. I completely agree with you. I think Jeffree Star can be forgotten about purely because the product WAS up to standard and WAS in a sellable condition, unlike Becca and Kylie x
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    1. Yes completely although I don't think that excuses his behaviour xxx

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  17. When it is all about making money, those relatively new companies don't seem to care about their customers but the profit that they would be making! I don't have and will never buy Kylie products, after reading about inconsistent products, I don't want to waste my money on it.
    I bet Jeffree Star knew about it and thought nothing probably happened so it wasn't checked. Makeup products are easily broken so there's something wrong with this story.
    I hope companies will stop seeing the customers as fools and stop bringing up unworthy products!

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. I hope so too, I hope the backlash each of them got achieves something xxx

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  18. It's so disappointing to hear this about Becca as they're such a gorgeous brand usually. I've always been so impressed with the quality so this makes me really sad. Sad for Jaclyn too!

    Elle
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    1. At least now they are taking steps to rectify it xxx

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  19. I never heard about the Becca cosmetics drama! That's kinda horrible. It makes me feel like they think their costumers are simply a herd of sheep that will buy anything just for the jaclyn hill mention and they won't "notice" the change in formula. So sad \:

    Have you also known about the fact that Kylie makes her lip kits in literally the same factory that is owned by the Colourpop company and where colourpop products are made?
    After research, you can see that colourpop and kylie lippies have 95% of the same ingredients. Meaning, it's basically the same lipstick, but sold for 5 times the price of the actual cost! just because it hase the kylie name on it!

    Pretty enraging huh? I feel strongly about these kind of topics too!

    Anyway, amazing post dear! Great depth and content! Loved reading it <33333

    Life in Pastel

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    1. Yeah, I think I mentioned the CP and KJ similarities in the post, thank you for reading! Glad you share the same passion xxx

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  20. Jaclyn said that the lab told them it would be the exact same formula and they believed them, but I think regardless of that, they should have checked if the products were okay before launching them, I'm also a little tired of the 'Champagne Pop' trend, ok, it's a beautiful product, but Becca seems to have lost all their creativity and they are just launching it in different packaging hoping everyone will buy it again. Personally, I will never buy something that has a Kardashian's name on it, I don't like all the hype and admiration they are getting just for being beautiful and the fact that people look up to them even if they are dumb and fake bothers me a little, and all this Kylie issue has been reinforcing that, I feel like the only thing they are good at is at making money out of their appearence and I don't think any girl should look up to that, I don't have a real problem with them, but more with the people that think they are nothing less than goddesses, I feel like they are tearing up everything women have fought for. I am sorry for the extremely long and dramatic rant, haha. All these brands seem to think that they already have us, that doesn't matter what they launch we are going to buy it and I am glad that people have been speaking their minds, now they will put some REAL effort in what they are doing.

    Cy | Dulce de Mango

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    1. Amen, AMEN! The highlighter phenomenon is just about making me sick to my stomach, all of a sudden everyone LOVES highlighting and wants their cheeks to be reflective stripes of stardust. It's just all such bullshit and I am honestly sick of it. I am sick of Champagne Pop and I haven't even tried it yet, I really need to calm down so I can give the face palette a fair chance, but it really does infuriate me. Honestly, I really like their makeup and I see why they are so popular, but there is more to life than the Kardashians. Important to remember xxx

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  21. All the things that's happening in the beauty industry lately is craaaaay!


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  23. Ah such a scandal - sometimes it's weird to see what happens in the world of beauty, sometimes the prettiest things are not entirely pretty!

    Layla xx

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