For many beauty lovers like me, we enjoy the simple moments of looking like our best selves every day, the excitement of trying out new makeup products, and the satisfaction of drawing the perfect winged liner. But, if you’re familiar with the beauty community, you’ve probably heard or seen some drama within the makeup world over the years. Whether you’re a beauty queen or just a curious kitty, we have curated a list of the most controversial makeup moments that you might or might not have come across in recent years! So grab a cup because we are about to be serve some HOT TEA today!
Beauty Blender’s Foundation Shade Range
Known for its pink makeup sponge, which is a beauty staple for every makeup lover, Beauty Blender made its debut into makeup with the launch of its Bounce Liquid Whip Long Wear Foundation. However, when people saw its shade range, they were NOT impressed. Many people pointed out how the colour range showed a majority of light to medium shades and only a few darker shades. Though it had 32 shades in total, it seemed like 25 of them only catered to light and medium skin tones!
Jaclyn Cosmetics’ Fuzzy Lipsticks
Who can forget about the debut of Jaclyn Cosmetics? When people got their hands on the infamous Jaclyn Cosmetics So Rich lipstick line, many found tiny hairs, holes and round particles attached to the lipstick! Some even claimed that the products contained mold! As a result, many people alleged that the lipsticks were unsafe to use and unsanitary. Jaclyn Hill did respond to these allegations in several YouTube videos, claiming that they did not have a big enough quality control team, and that she was overly confident in the launching of her brand.
Kylie Skin’s Walnut Face Scrub
Though there was a bit of online drama surrounding the launch of Kylie Skin, most of the controversy was focused on their walnut face scrub. When people found out that the scrub had fine walnut powder, they were upset that the reality star would produce a product that could potentially harm their skin! According to experts, walnut shell powders have fallen out of favour due to reports they cause microscopic tears to the outer skin layer.
ColourPop Sculpting Stix’s Problematic Shade Names
When ColourPop released the shade names for their Sculpting Stix contouring and highlighting products, many people were not pleased with the names of the darker shades, calling them racist and distasteful. They pointed out that the lighter shades had more favourable names like Venice, Dove, and Castle, while the darker shades were named Yikes, Dume, and Typo, which alluded to defects or mistakes. ColourPop promptly apologised and changed each of the shade names; from “Typo” to “Platonic, “Yikes” to “Bloom”, and “Dume” to “Point Dume”.
Lime Crime’s “China Doll” Palette
Speaking of offensive names of beauty products, one of Lime Crime’s first palettes ever, ‘China Doll’, received a ton of backlash when it was released. The campaign featured a white model in garments from different Asian cultures, leading many people to accuse them of cultural appropriation. But that’s not all – instead of apologizing, the brand founder wrote an entire blog in which she questioned why people were so offended by cultural appropriation.
KKW Beauty’s Concealer Shade Range
It seems that some brands still don’t get that inclusivity in makeup is ESSENTIAL! When Kim Kardashian announced her new line of concealers and powders, people were not happy with the range of the darker shades. Several Twitter users pointed out that the four darker shades have an orange-red tinge to them, which is not representative of the different undertones of darker complexions.
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