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I’m not really a fan of it, because someone’s putting their name on someone else’s hard work. If you put your name on something, you need to have developed it.

The one example that I know of is Queen on Blending on youtube (a makeup guru). She uses “her” Queen of Blending e/s in almost every look along with e/s’s from other brands

I think as long as the products are of a good quality and of a reasonable price then its something that I think we can all appreciate!! =D

I don’t like it either. I find it dishonest. Someone should be there, at least looking over the processes of developing the products and colours. I don’t expect everyone who wants to start their own line to be a chemist.

A very similar example that comes to mind is when celebrities develop fashion lines. Like honestly? They are not REAL fashion designers, they have some creative say but they can’t actually sew or draw complete designs.

I view fashion and makeup as art, and as an artist, I find it extremely distasteful to use someones ideas and products and slap your name on it, even if it is consensual because it takes away of the meaning of being an artist – expressing originality through yourself. Otherwise, it’s just about money.

What a good discussion topic.
My first impression is to shudder and say I hate it, but upon further consideration I can’t see it as bad unless the cosmetic brand is selling it as if they personally were involved in the development process from beginning to end (falsely advertising).
Otherwise I think that branding is a huge part of retail and cosmetics. Building an image and designing appealing packaging takes time, creativity, and money so to a degree they are entitled to marking their own prices for the same product. It’s up to us as consumers to decide how we value these products and whether we are willing to pay for them (no one is forcing us!).
Now if you buy the same product from a more expensive brand and decide you like it more than it’s cheaper (but duplicate) alternative, that just reflects on how fickle we are as consumers and how we may not always base our taste on actual product quality but what we perceive that quality to be.
Generally, I think this should just encourage us to educate really ourselves about what we buy.

What a good discussion topic.
My first impression is to shudder and say I hate it, but upon further consideration I can’t see it as bad unless the cosmetic brand is selling it as if they personally were involved in the development process from beginning to end (falsely advertising).
Otherwise I think that branding is a huge part of retail and cosmetics. Building an image and designing appealing packaging takes time, creativity, and money so to a degree they are entitled to marking their own prices for the same product. It’s up to us as consumers to decide how we value these products and whether we are willing to pay for them (no one is forcing us!).
Now if you buy the same product from a more expensive brand and decide you like it more than it’s cheaper (but duplicate) alternative, that just reflects on how fickle we are as consumers and how we may not always base our taste on actual product quality but what we perceive that quality to be.
Generally, I think this should just encourage us to really educate ourselves about what we buy.

I’m okay with it as long as they make the rest of the cosmetics or if it’s like the starting point of the business. I hate it if it’s all they sell.

Business should be about being innovative and doing something no one else has done or improving on something someone else has done. What’s the point in slapping a sticker on something when I could easily get it from hundreds of other people?

But isn’t it an issue of many many brands? Not only celebs? I suppose lot of smaller and quite affordable products are not made by the brands themselves. As far as I know all German drugstore brands are made by private label system. It might be a difference, because they select which product shall come from which factory and the celeb collections might be limited to one.

For example the STARS MAKEUP HAVEN – COASTAL SCENTS shadows are not made by them or Medusa / B*tchslap / Manic Panic – it’s all the same.

I’m not really surprised. I’ve read in other places that most of the celebrities will team up with certain companies and have other people ghost write books, design perfumes, design handbags, fashion lines, etc. without any input from the celebrities themselves except the celebrities names.

Celebrities don’t talk about this but IF its true then I don’t think this makes them bad people, they and the companies involved both benefit from this business, but that’s why I don’t usually buy from celebrity lines. I don’t think this makes celebrities & the companies unethical. Clearly this is a business decision.

However I appreciate artists (famous and non-famous) who are creative and involved in their work. I appreciate writers who write their own books, designers who make their own sketches and design their clothes (they don’t have to sew it, but at least sketch and design). I usually like to support artists who are involved in their own creative work.

Is buying Heidi Klum’s makeup line any different from buying Cover Girl makeup? Probably not, they’re both huge companies and they both care about money. Either way you’re buying a brand name product from a corporation. I think if people want to buy from their lines that’s fine, but I’m not going to buy something just because it belongs to a celebrity brand.

I have to like the product, its all about the product and how its going to benefit me. When I was working in retail, I worked the cosmetic counter and we had a sample of Britney Spears’s perfumes, I tried one of the sample bottles and I didn’t like it.

I tried a Paris Hilton perfume and it actually smelled good but I didn’t buy it. I do wish celebrities were more involved with the creative end of their products, and I do appreciate the artists who are involved creatively with their lines, but at the same time no I don’t think celebrities are bad for attaching their names to company products.

Bottom line I will only buy a product if I like it no matter who makes it.

I forgot to mention, the reason I didn’t buy a bottle of Paris Hilton’s perfume is at the time I had debt and was paying it off so I didn’t have the money to buy her perfume even though I loved it. I’m debt free these days and I wouldn’t hesitate to buy her perfume but I mostly prefer to wear Amazing Grace by Sephora.

i totally agree with you. similarly, i don’t normally wear a lot of celebrity lines period. usually it seems more to me like a side project or just another way to make money. i want to buy make up from a technician.

I don’t really care for it—it feels a little bit deceptive, since no one would actually BUY it if Celeb A actually said “I took the easy way out on this. I didn’t design any of these, but they’re all colors I like and would wear myself”. I mean, I’d appreciate the honesty, but I don’t think most people would want to spend money on it after that. Regardless of the quality of the generic product, most people want to believe that they are getting something unique, for their money.

That said, I don’t care for the celebrity obsession in general, so I don’t particularly find a level of appeal in wanting to buy the various merchandising things that have taken off as ways for celebrities to expand their name recognition. For the most part, I find celebrity fragrances, makeup lines, fashion collections to be bland.

not my cup of tea! As most of the times the cosmetics can’t comped with the brands I normally use. with privat label cosmetics i mean the things like the 88 palettes.

if you really want cosmetics with your name on it, then work for it like the girl from suggarpill

Absolutely not like. Makeup is a form of artistry whether your walking a runway, dressing up for haloween or wearing neutrals at a bank job. Private labels do not respect this and their products always reflect it. It’s like putting a picture up on the feature wall in your house. First it doesn’t look anything like the real thing, disrespecting the great artist that created it (a poor replica print). Why would we treat our faces the same way. Our most precious canvas.

If I were given the opportunity to create a line, I would want to completely customize it. Its misleading when celebs put their name to something not 100% theirs. I understand they may not have the time to completely immerse themselves in the products, but its about honesty.

It does nothing for me! I have no LOVE for some Celeb picking out stuff from a catalog, sticking their logo on it and making a buck off it.. what’s the point? I guess I am not star struck enough to get sucked in marketing. I also do not really care if they do work in the trenches on a prouct line, because I know they do not really know anything about product technology, once again their name is helping to sell something, just not important to me. I would rather leave the dollars in my pocket than paying the celeb!

If all they’re doing is monopolizing on their name, then that’s just crap. It’s most likely something obvious that I would just pass up. In your opinion, do you think the Josie Maran cosmetics are an example of this? I’ve been eyeballing some of the products. She seems to be hands on, but who knows, right?

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