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Are beauty products from Amazon the real thing? Episode 164

Today, we bring you a special Beauty Brains episode featuring Sarah Bellum.  Randy is on vacation.

We answer a few question.

About beauty products on Amazon

cejxn19 asks – Hi Guys, I’ve heard some horror stories of people buying expired or knock off beauty products on amazon. Is there any good way to tell if a product is legit other than trial and error?

About the K-Beauty product craze

shar037 says – Hi! I am fascinated with the whole K Beauty craze. With ingredients like Snail Mucen (goo), bee venom, sheep placenta…my curiosity is peaked. Not to mention the fact that most K Beauty routines consists of at least 10 steps! Is there any validity to the use of ingredients like these? Are 10 steps better than 3?

About diluting shampoos

Dash says – I’ve read quite a few times now about people diluting their shampoo with water before using it. The ratio varies, but it’s roughly 1 part shampoo to 5 parts water. Does this seem like a good, hair-protective idea? Or would it simply not clean as well?

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  • Sim Tours September 29, 2017, 4:24 pm

    I have to disagree with your host on the fenty beauty. I think it is revolutionary for a company to launch with 40 shades that cater to all skin tones. The fact that the formula seems to be a standard formula tells me that other companies should have and could have done the same but they didn’t. I am personally sick of only have to choose between Mac and Lancome for foundation because everyone else’s foundation run incredibly red in the one maybe two deep tones they carry. Other than that, love the shows.

    • j October 2, 2017, 9:29 am

      Estee DW foundation has 50 shades. Fenty brings nothing new to the table

      • yuki October 3, 2017, 4:12 pm

        but did they launch with 50 shades though? because fenty is apparently going to add even more shades. and even though the range of shades is nothing new it is quite rare to have that many shades for POC instead of 30 shades of beige out of 40. also I feel like many brands might have many shades but with the wrong undertones and can still look super unflattering on the skin.

        • Miki October 13, 2017, 1:21 pm

          I have to agree. What a pita for ladies of darker skin colors! I have light skin so I consider myself lucky to not have to to fight to find shades. But I always notice how limited the shades are in the darker range! I honestly don’t know why companies act as if dark skin tones don’t exist. Why is that … is it that they’re ignorant, or is it tough to formulate dark pigments??
          Also, Clinique has a good range of colors, and quality formulas. But I don’t really know how dark their shades go.

          • admin October 18, 2017, 9:04 am

            It is not a technology problem. Formulating dark pigments is not especially difficult.

            The most likely reason that companies don’t make more tone colors is because they don’t sell as well. Companies strive to make as few products as possible for the most number of people. When manufacturing you have to create a minimum number of products of anything you make. This costs money. It makes less economical sense to make lots of shades. You can make 1 product that meets the needs of 70% of the market or you can make 5 products that meet the needs of 100% of the market. It costs less for you to launch with less products. It’s also less risky. This is why you don’t see a lot of different shades available from new companies. Fenty has enough money up front so they can take a risk with a lot of shades. Time will tell if their strategy works.

  • Maritsabel September 29, 2017, 10:41 pm

    I felt Ms. Bellum was rather tone deaf about the Fenty beauty line. I know you take a scientific approach to reviewing products, but one of the main reasons the foundation has made a big stir is the 40 shades that takes into account pigment undertones, particularly for darker women. Bellum’s dismissive tone was a real turn off, had me skipping the rest of the podcast.

    • admin October 18, 2017, 8:49 am

      People who have been working in the cosmetic industry for a long time have seen launches like this so they have a different perspective on it than consumers.

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