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Thu May 15, 2008 3:39 pm      Reply with quote
I wonder why some of the threads in this section aren't actually reviews of a product but just a question about a product. Don't people understand what products reviews mean?
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Sat Jun 14, 2008 4:13 am      Reply with quote
to the "facts" section about the product
- ingredients from the package
- the number of month within the product should be used
(info is also on the package, a number next to a jar picture)

to me is very helpful, what product the reviewer used before and how long they did... and maybe why they felt a need for a change in skincare...
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Thu Jun 26, 2008 9:16 am      Reply with quote
I agree.
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Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:13 am      Reply with quote
I agree,Excellent guideline,very good! Wink
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Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:27 am      Reply with quote
I know that there has been an overwhelming positive response to the comments about packaging and cost which are rightly deserved and we all need a reminder now and then. However, I, like many others, do not pick a product on the packaging and like a lot of savvy consumers these days, look at the ingredients first.

The comment about acne products bares further discussion to discriminate between the occasional pimple outbreak that most people experience and the real skin problem that is usually long standing during the adolescent and young adult stage. There is a plethora of information about possible causes of acne and most skin conditions diagnosed as "acne" by a doctor/skin specialist results from hormonal influences which can not be treated by topical applications to the skin. So if you have real acne, you may be wasting money on purchasing products that promise you improvement in 1 week. Confused

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Sun Sep 07, 2008 10:06 pm      Reply with quote
I purchase stuff only if 5 or more people have reviewed a product... but recently i got caught cuz i heard good reviews about jane iredale pressed powder and went ahead and bought it but ended up tossing it ... so even reviews can be confusing
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Wed Nov 19, 2008 4:19 am      Reply with quote
I can't agree with you any more!!! Laughing
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Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:31 am      Reply with quote
Great post.Great job.
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Tue Nov 25, 2008 9:12 pm      Reply with quote
Great points mentioned.

I was thinking about the half-face test for awhile. Does anyone even do that on here? Haha it seems like we'd be too excited to cover just half a face with a claimed "miracle- product". I think I'm going to start using the half-face test to clarify if the products actually work on my skin from now on Laughing

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Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:09 am      Reply with quote
Yeah, I totally agree with your advice especially the first point.
Few years ago, I was quite enjoying buying those cosmetics with beautiful packages like Anna Sui. I remebered I bought a super mascara dx long lash from Anna Sui,which was a limited edition for Christmas. The tube looked cute. But I felt it was terrible shortly after I applied on my eyelash. The black pieces started to drop down all over my eye area. I would never buy mascara from this brand any more.
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Sun Jun 21, 2009 7:57 am      Reply with quote
thank you for this great post
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Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:45 am      Reply with quote
Great job. good post. Thanks!
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Fri Sep 18, 2009 11:12 am      Reply with quote
This is the kind of reminder I need right now. thanks for this, wish I discovered this forum earlier!
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Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:00 pm      Reply with quote
Great job, thanks dollbird Smile
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Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:26 pm      Reply with quote
I havent read this post before... could have saved me some money if I had Laughing

Nicely done dollbird Smile
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Wed Dec 16, 2009 2:00 pm      Reply with quote
Great post and forum! dollbird's insights can be applied to just about anything we're considering purchasing. Don't be blinded by the glitz. Go to the heart of the matter: what is the company claiming its product can do, and what evidence does it present to back up its claim? No reason to get duped. Lots of information out there on the Web.
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Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:10 pm      Reply with quote
just read today, great post of dollbird,knocked me out of la mer,I also refer this paragraph to a friend
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Sun Jan 17, 2010 6:35 am      Reply with quote
Great thread, thanks! Very Happy

Sometimes I just want to hear a person's experience of a product. They may not know about all the scientific studies or the science behind the product or even the ingredients.

I think provided they give us a clear picture ie used for 6 weeks, noticed improvements in the following areas etc. Pros and cons and so forth.

Anything more is a bonus!



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Fri Jan 22, 2010 2:16 am      Reply with quote
great post! I agree!
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Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:02 pm      Reply with quote
Oh, wow! Great job! Very Happy Thank you
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Sun Jul 25, 2010 11:40 pm      Reply with quote
Great post! I agree! Very Happy
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Tue Jul 27, 2010 1:19 am      Reply with quote
Great thread, thanks!
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Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:00 am      Reply with quote
Whenever you purchase any product before that you have to do some survey of that product like how much famous that product how much people using that product what are the contains of the Product it suites on your skin or not.
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Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:35 am      Reply with quote
Very helpful thread. I especially enjoyed the point made about not being swayed by the marketing or packaging. The skin care industry is so massive and it raises questions as to the legitimacy of a lot of the products out there...
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Mon Jan 17, 2011 1:51 am      Reply with quote
dollbird wrote:
While there are so many great and detailed reviews here that have been helpful in deciding on my next purchases, I think some reviews warrant a raised eyebrow. I hope the following tips will help in maintaining our objectivity whenever we review. Please feel free to disagree/add to the thread and happy reviewing!!

1) Don’t be swayed by marketing/packaging. I guess this is a no-brainer, but many of us still fall for it. For example, Amore Pacific (www.amorepacific.com). I’m not disputing the efficacy of their products, I haven’t even tried them, but their packaging is so gorgeous, I just want to buy them to decorate my vanity. Another example is Benefit cosmetics, another line known for beautiful packaging. Not a lot of people are crazy about their Ooh La Lift eye treatment, or their Dr.Feelgood foundation primer (see MUA). My aunt chucked her Ooh La Lift after 2 days, which IMHO, is enough time to give a product that claims to give instantaneous results. On the other hand, PSF’s packaging is very plain, and yet their O2 serum, Green Tea Cleanser, Phyto-lift Cranberry Eye Gel, among others, are heavyweights in this forum. The take-home point: If a product is known for packaging first, and actual product second, that’s a red flag.
2) Myth: if it costs a lot, it works great. I was lured into this trap. Many of us try to justify spending so much on something that we will it to work. We expect something spectacular from the price. Crème de la Mer was such a huge let-down for me. For awhile there I tricked myself into believing that clogged pores and breakouts were just part and parcel of the purging process. Yeah sure. It was painful to admit that 1) it was money down the drain, and 2) Crème de la Mer (petroleum jelly + mineral oil) is merely very expensive Vaseline.
3) Passage of time. This point is very important especially when it comes to reviewing acne products. Whenever I read “I applied it and my skin cleared up in a week!”, an eyebrow goes up. It is common for pimples to resolve by themselves in about a week, so maybe it could be because of the passage of time, rather than the product, that skin improves. This point also pertains to scars. As our skin naturally sheds and renews itself over time, the reason you’re seeing an improvement may be because of the passage of time, not because of the masque/peel/scrub/exfoliator you’re using. It’s hard to be objective about this one, but this is a valid point when you’re surprised about why a product has stopped working for you (cos’ it never worked in the first place).
4) Confounding variables. I recently added a Vit. C serum to my routine, and lo and behold my skin glows! Then again, it could be due to the fact that I’ve also upped my intake of Omega-3-6-9 and other supplements, and started exercising more. We should think twice before attributing the improvement to the product. That’s why I think a review is more credible when the reviewer says she has not changed anything else in her routine.
5) The miracle ingredient. How exciting it is to read about a new revolutionary product, one that carries this potent ingredient, harvested from Planet Wrinkle-Free. Oooh even better when it says it has been clinically tested. But wait, tested where? A lot of products claim to be clinically tested, but most tests are done and validated in the company’s own lab (hence experimenter bias), or a research team paid by the company. I always exercise extra caution when faced with these products.
6) The placebo effect. This is where we have a pre-conceived bias about a product, created when we are aware of the expected results. We are all susceptible to this in this forum, as we read about so many people raving about product X, that we buy product X expecting it to work just as well for us. Product X arrives, you try it, and you just don’t see any difference. You’re dumbfounded, and you attribute it to getting the bad batch, or the postman exposed it to sunlight on route to delivery. No. It simply did not work for you. Especially when the thread is full of raves about product X, it is pretty intimidating to go on there and say it didn’t work. Well, to each her own. We all want to be part of the Product X party, but don’t let the placebo effect get you.

It's a great post, very instructive to me, I will purchase until I read the objective reviews!

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