I've received lots of emails and comments on the blog in the past 48 hours regarding the Sinful Colors/blogger issue and, until now, I've chosen not to write a blog post about this and I also have been moderating comments regarding the matter (sorry if you posted comments and they were not approved). I wrote my last Sinful Colors post on this blog BEFORE the controversy was made public (or at least before I personally was made aware of it).
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, click here for more details.
The reason why I haven't wanted to discuss this until now is because I wanted to await a public response from Revlon/Sinful Colors/Mirage Cosmetics. Since Revlon addressed the issue on their Facebook page today, I now feel like I can write about this more fairly and in a calmer way than I would have been able to write about it two days ago.
The work that bloggers do behind the scenes to create just ONE photograph worthy of publication is immense. To have a photograph used in a brand's marketing materials without the consent of a blogger is absolutely inexcusable. It happens to me quite often (ebay, amazon, blogs, splogs) and sometimes it's so overwhelming that all I can do is curl up in a ball and cry over the thought of my hard work being used to line the pockets of a stranger who did nothing but a simple copy and paste.
So when a reputable brand that we all know and love uses and manipulates photos without a blogger's permission for their own marketing materials, it's enough to leave me speechless. I hope with all of the love and support in my heart that the two bloggers in question can reach an amicable agreement with Sinful Colors that works and feels right for them. I sincerely hope that they both settle for nothing less than what they feel they deserve.
As for a boycott of Sinful Colors, I think it's premature at this point because I don't know what Sinful Colors is ultimately going to do to make things right with the bloggers. If they can come to an agreement and the BLOGGERS are happy (that's all the really matters), then I think a boycott would be deemed unnecessary. But for me personally, it's too early to tell.
However, YOU, the consumer, are ultimately the judge here. If you feel passionately enough, based on the facts to date, to no longer purchase Sinful Colors products, by all means do what feels right to you. I would never cast judgement either way, and I respect every single person's opinion who is reading this post right now.
As for a boycott of Revlon, I feel that with the knowledge I have thus far, this is unjustified. As someone who worked for a small company that was purchased by a larger company, I can tell you that, for many years after an acquisition, the smaller company can, and often does, still function as an independent entity with the only real difference being who signs the paychecks. Therefore, it's extremely plausible that Revlon did not know about these marketing materials until the issue was brought to light in the public arena. I think the important question moving forward is: will Revlon demand more oversight in their future marketing materials? I think the obvious answer is yes (and they stated as much in their Facebook message).
If you'd like to leave a comment here, please keep your tone civil and respectful. Comments that attack what I've said, or what other readers say will NEVER be approved, so please do not even attempt that. I think it's important to discuss our feelings though, especially when it's about a brand many of us have been loyal to for a long time. So I encourage meaningful discussion if you'd like to express your feelings here.
Thanks for taking the time to read this,