Thursday, January 17, 2013

Some Bullshit: Self-Adjusting/Mood Makeup

You know this stuff is bullshit, right? I mean think about it for a minute. Just try to imagine how it might work.

There are lots of products out there that claim to adjust to your own personal body chemistry or some nonsense in order to create the most flattering possible shade for your complexion. There are BB creams, foundations, lipsticks, glosses, blushes, etc. I'm not going to link to any in particular; you know how to use Google.

Sounds nice, but once you think about it for a second or two, it doesn't make sense. Right? How does the makeup know what shade is most flattering for you? Are there nano-computers in there with tiny cameras on them? No. It's adjusting the same way no matter who wears it. Here's an explanation of the science behind these things. Some of them might change color more or less depending on how moist you are or whatever, but does it stand to reason that moister people have skin tones that are more flattered by deeper shades? Or vice versa? Fuck no. I think that the way these products get away with fooling people a little is by being a fairly universally flattering shade, and also being a bit sheer, so that they look okay either way. And by blinding you with science. Ooooooohh, it's transforming before my eyes!

Anyway, if they're affordable, they can be fun as a novelty. And they might work perfectly well. But they don't have brains, and they can't judge what's going to suit you best. You, on the other hand, do.

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