Positive and negative reviews
Being a reader of many blogs that review products regularly – and occasianally reviewing products myself – I noticed that the vast majority of reviews is positive. Why, though?
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that there’s no negative reviews around – gosh no. I’m just trying to say that the amount of positive reviews is notably larger than the negative. Wether this is due to the fact that some reviews might be ‘bribed’ by sponsors is not something I’m going to discuss in this post.
Looking at my own reviews, I noticed that I’m also guilty – almost all of them are positive (none of them have been sponsored, just so you know). Yesterday I uploaded the very first negative review on this blog, the product was actually reviewed by a friend of mine who convinced me to upload it here, to let the world know how she experienced this product that is apparently not worthy of the hype. I felt kind of bad for uploading it, since I don’t want to insult the company or the people that do like the product. But still – this blog is for sharing my own honest experiences (or in this case – my friend’s).
It’s true. Apart from my friend’s review mentioned above, all of my reviews have been positive. I was asking myself ‘why?’, and I think I know the answer. It’s not that hard actually. The products I have reviewed so far are all very popular, used and praised by many. Take my MAC Faux lipstick review for example, I think everyone in the beauty world has at least one MAC lipstick in their collection or on their wish list. They’re just known to be good products, so the chances of disliking the product are so teeny-tiny. The only product I have reviewed that I had no prior expectations for is the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara, but I happened to genuinely enjoy this product (still using it on a daily basis!).
Also, this blog is not really a beauty blog. I just like to upload beauty products that I really like to use, because it’s part of who I am. I am in no way an expert on cosmetics and other beauty-related matters, so this blog is definitely not made for judging all kinds of beauty products! I like doing it from time to time when I feel like it, but it’s just not my main goal.
It still got me thinking. Would I even be able to write a negative review on my own? I think I would rather just not mention the product at all and only upload reviews of products that I enjoy. For me, that is the easy way out.. Because when a product doesn’t work on me I usually don’t put the blame on the product – I always look for the fault in myself. Oh, this mascara doesn’t do what the packaging says? ”Must be because my eyelashes are too thin”. This lipcolor doesn’t look good on me? ”My skin is probably too pale so it doesn’t look good”. This eyebrow pencil doesn’t flatter me? “My eyebrows just have an ugly shape”. This foundation doesn’t blend well? “Must be because my skin is too dry.”
Yeah – you get the point, right? I always tend to blame my own body for products that simply don’t work well. It’s always the shape of my face or the size of whatever that’s at fault. Never the product. I really need to get over that and work on my self-image. It’s okay if a product doesn’t work well. Every company makes mistakes.
I need to learn to be more of a critic and to not feel bad for it. My opinion is worth just as much as any other person’s. A great life lesson (that I’m still working on!) that I have learned from blogging so far.
How do you feel about negative reviews?