There have been a few ‘scandals’ rolling around the interwebs lately and they have me scratching my head.
Recently, You had me at Hello was released by Colourpop, and a redditor had noticed that the front of the packaging had “lights” on it, and for some reason that triggered them to try and peel the “You had me at Hello” sticker off the front of it. Low and behold, the palettes original name was “Lumina” and was a collab with Kathleen Lights.
Photo credit goes to original poster on reddit.com/makeupaddiction. Here is the original thread if you are interested in the general makeup mind’s thoughts.
There are now videos being released, saying that ColourPop ‘dropped” Kathleen off the collab, but that doesn’t add up in my opinion. People may be making something of nothing. There is still a KL/CP collaboration out, under the name Dream St, and it’s doing incredibly well.
Not to mention it’s been wildly successful. So I am going to chalk this one up to a repackage. There is something to be said for a collaboration not working out or the timing not being right. Perhaps there was a contractual obligation for the palette to be released at a certain time, and “Lumina” was not ready. Either way I love Dream Street as it is now, and perhaps we will still see a Lumina in future. This is not a witch hunt it’s just makeup.
Scandal #2 released yesterday, and exploded all over Twitter. I have to hand it to Urban Decay because their PR team was ON IT.
Tati Westbrook got wind that the Velvetizer by Urban Decay had been repackaged using the Naked Skin High Definition Powder container. The kicker with this one? Both of these products are still for sale. Consumers were tweeting furiously about owning both products and having paid more for one while it being the same thing. Both product weights are the same, and it definitely looks like similar packaging.
However hours after this scandal breaks, Urban Decay released the statement seen below. I can appreciate the message, and I certainly agree. I do believe there are ways to have had better due diligence in business than to have consumers find out about these repackaging foibles. There is nothing wrong with what either company has done, but best to not leave us to our own devices on deciding what has really happened. It really shows how we feel as the product purchasers, that we immediately assume we have been duped, and that the products are the same. Let’s just look at the ingredient lists people. Let’s do a comparison first before we assume the worst!
What are your thoughts on these two issues? Are you bothered by the repackaging, or do you agree that it’s a good business practice with a lower environmental impact?
Thanks so much for reading!