Dear polish-makers, dear bloggers,
I’ve wanted to get this off my chest for quite a while now, and today is the day.
It’s a well known fact that indie-makers and bloggers go together hand in hand. The indie-makers make pretty polishes and us bloggers display them on our blogs. Sometimes we get the polishes for free in return for a review, most of the time we buy them ourselves. Fact is that our blogs are a huge display of pretties, just wanting their ten minutes of fame.
There’s nothing wrong with that.
What really bugs me is that so few want to show the true colours of the polishes, so to speak. Many are the times where I’ve fallen in love with a polish on a blog, bought it, only to find out that it doesn’t at all look like the pictures I’ve just seen on my monitor. Photoshop and similar enhancers, ladies, are not really your friends, but sneaky tricksters who want to blow your cover and show you up as a visual teller of untruths. Then people who read your blogs stop liking you so much, and treat what you say, and show, with a well earned measure of distrust and disbelief. Catch me once, sure, go ahead - but you won’t do it twice. Credibility is fairly hard to achieve, so easy to lose.
It’s not just enhancing of colours and changing of colour depth and god knows what else tricks some girls use to make the polish prettier. It’s also the fact that so many girls chose not to show what a polish looks like in natural lighting. Everybody knows that a holo looks great in the sun and I obviously want to see that too. But I spend way more time indoors than I do in the sun, so I want at least one picture of what the polish looks like in indoor environment. Is that too much to ask?
I saw a beautiful polish in a Facebook group. It looked fantastic, and the holo flame was adorable. I asked if anybody had a photo of it in lower lights and the girls snorted! Why would I want to see that? There were already beautiful pictures of the polish! And there were. I bought the polish, and it looks adorable in the sunshine. It doesn’t look good on me at all in lower lights, it turns out that it’s not my colour. What a waste of $11 plus postage!
So: Dear indie-makers, dear bloggers. Please don’t let your egos come in the way. Please show us what the polishes really look like, not how they should look in your head. That would be honest advertising!