Have you ever boycotted a beauty brand?

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Mostly in that I refuse to buy from a few brands because their business practices are suspect. One in particular, a well-known indie-ish brand, is pretty well-documented all over the internet for having an owner who has pure contempt for anyone who provides any negative feedback–or even perceived negative feedback–about the brand. I just refuse to support that!

I believe I am also boycotting the very same brand as the rest of you. I don’t like liars, scam artists, high prices for poor performance, or in accurate ingredient listings. I also dislike non-existent customer service, threatening customers, and no refund policies on defective products. I like scruples, not shady businesses.

If this beauty brand rhymes with Dime Slime then we have boycotted the same brand for the same reasons…

Also when The Body Shop was exposed for their animal testing in the early 00s, it put me right off.

I will never buy Ciate because of what they did to the nail bloggers. The only time I even mention them is to tell the “fish egg manicure” story. (Google if you don’t know.)

Limecrime for being bad to the best infuence in my beauty life ! Also, I won’t buy Bite beauty’s lab LE lipsticks. I’m not sure if I am going to ban them altogether or not yet.

Hi Allison. Are you familiar with the LE. Lab releases they have monthly on Sephora’s website. Well, with May’ s release they “accidentally” released it 2 weeks early and allowed some people to buy it and then after I had stalked the site that morning , it was sold out before it was up. Supposedly , some people placed orders and their orders were cancelled. Some got it fine. I know it is a Sephora and Bite issue. But, I feel like it’s bad customer service and I don’t like giving my $ to someone who doesn’t respect my time. So, I’m not sure if I can like Bite at all or if I’m going to just be done with those LE products.

Lime crime for obvious reasons, sigma for trying to sue literally everyone + they’re generally shitty products. benefit for their “yuck to wow” marketing

See I’ve been suspicious of Sigma because every famous YTer ever has been recommending them hardcore, while actual reviews are less than stellar–never a good sign. Knowing that they’re acting like a certain other brand (ahem, LC) and being sue-happy nails that coffin shut.

seriously?! I didn’t know that about Shan. I always never bothered with them the same as Benefit (and lately, Too Faced) because of their PR saturation. LC for obvs reasons and my own personal ones (I do have their eyeshadow primer but I feel horrible using it. And I have Snow White and the Seven Dwarves garden gnomes but even I find their packaging tacky.)

But I’ve also seen identical products from Sigma (as well as Shan’s XO Beauty brushes, Real Techniques and BubzBeauty’s Bubbi brushes) all on ebay unbranded and from China or Hong Kong.

This question is probably targeting the Lime Crime but personally after being disappointed after too many products I no longer try anything by Benefit, I feel they’re insanely over-hyped for their marketing and packaging while the product itself is largely mediocre and overpriced. I also have a personal boycott against TheBalm because I feel they drape their product packaging with cartoon images of white women while (mostly) ignoring people of colour but I guess they don’t think poc belong on their 50’s inspired illustrations, it’s not a big loss as the products I’ve tried thus far by them have been fairly subpar anyway.

YESSS *snaps.* I am 100% in agreement.
–Never bought Limecrime, never will
–I emailed Benefit because I’ve seen their name connected to being “cruelty-free” but according to the PETA website, they’re not…when I reached out to them pointing that out, they were like: oh, that’s weird, we’ll look into that. Never heard anything beyond that.
–TheBalm definitely ignores POC in their packaging. I’ve also seen them called “feminist” but if your packaging ignores POC, then how feminist are you really?

TheBalm seems to have started to make some minor changes. One of the Instain blushes has a WOC. And two POC for the Nude Dude palette. They need to do more though.

Yeah…there are a few brands I refuse to buy from and refuse to recommend for various reasons, but if people still want to use those brands I’m not going to be rude about it. Everyone can make their own decisions.

Well, there’s the most obvious and for obvious reasons: Lime Crime. But I was also about to buy a Stella McCartney perfume, this week as a matter of fact, until I heard about her insensitive and gross human party decorations. Which I’m now super disappointed about because I love how it smells…

While I’ve never done a full “boycott”, there are several brands I buy significantly less from. The primary one is Estee Lauder, as there are far too many brands who seem to actually *want* my money, and don’t play the “exclusivity” game. Because I know this stems from Estee Lauder directly (it was the first brand to do this, and it seems the only other brands who do it are directly linked), I simply overlook nearly everything “offered”. One exception is MAC, as it does seem they are trying, by lowering prices & offering more product; or, they’ve realized the “game” isn’t working…

I don’t let things like artistic vision influence me, unless I know for a *fact* what is being stated, as art in itself is subjective to interpretation. Also, unless I know a designer is a direct donor to a politician I don’t agree with, I don’t let that get in the way. As for animal testing, that has looong been abolished in the West, and brands are absolutely prohibited from doing it; however, as a staunch Libertarian, I’m for a free-market, and if selling products in countries where *that* government requires it, and it’s good for the those invested & the consumer (prices down, profit made), then that’s just something that needs to be taken up with the leaders of those countries.

The cruelty free matter is quite complex and far from abolished in “the West”. It’s rather that companies are required to test new ingredients on animals if there are no other methods of testing, which is often the case.

I boykott quite a few brands by now, though sometimes a product is still interesting enough to buy it … but well, it really needs to be one hell of a product, then. :p Obviously Lime Crime, but also Ciaté (that fish egg manicure story, I can’t believe there are still so many bloggers showcasing their products), and also brands where I don’t like the marketing. Like Maybelline for example who are basically FLOODING like everybody german beautyblogger out there with their nail polishes and of course every blogger shows them. And after the 15th post about the same ugly glitter topper I’m definitely done with a brand…
Another example MAC for the stupid limitation and their pricing (in Germany) – it’s basically ridiculous (nearly 20€ for a single eyeshadow…). Oh, and essie, also for the annoying hype train they created. I don’t click postings about the polishes and I don’t buy them.

However, no mainstream commercial brand tests on animals as a policy of the *brand itself*, but because certain *governments* require it. The bottom line, IMO, is that the issue really needs to be taken up with said governments, which L’Oréal is actually doing, as well as putting up the capital to find an agreed upon alternative method. The US & EU, by the way, do not allow animal testing, which is what I meant by it being abolished.

Just some thoughts regarding the ideas of free market/Libertarianism… Free market means no barriers to entry, with prices set by supply and demand. The act of boycotting is actually a part of the free market process–buyers are impacting the demand side of the market by choosing not to support a brand, which would theoretically lower the price/profit margin of the brand, in the hopes that they would change their business practices or exit the market. Similarly, on the supply side, a brand can choose not to participate in a market, whether purely for ethical reasons, or because of the potential loss of profit because of aforementioned boycotting by consumers in other markets. In this case, lower supply would drive up prices, which would lower the quantity demanded, which would potentially lead to changes in the market, for example, removing the animal-testing requirement.

The requirement of animal testing by the Chinese government is actually a barrier to entry, and therefore anti-free market; regulations or laws prohibiting animal testing would technically be as well. The choice of consumers and suppliers to participate in the market or not is the adjustment method of self-regulation that libertarians generally espouse.

Libertarianism does not imply lack of conscience on the part of individuals or businesses; it basically endorses the above methods for a market to regulate, versus government intervention. So whether it’s because of animal testing, perceived misogyny or racism, or because the sky is blue, a consumer’s decision to boycott a brand is the free market at work, as is a business’s decision not to supply their products in China.

Ok, nerd rant done!

Absolutely. Particularly that most infamous of “indie” brands whose initials are LC. Cannot in good conscious support people who support harassing others, using racist imagery, not being truthful about ingredient lists, and mishandling security among other issues. Aside from that, brands can easily put me off by releasing racist, sexist, homophobic, or otherwise hateful product names or statements. There are others that have lost me for such things. Another big issue for me is brands that don’t cater to the beauty audience’s diversity (not big on Almay as they tend not to make products suitable for PoC, for example). Skin is not a range of tan-slightly darker tan and brands that perpetuate a lack of beauty options for diverse beauties lose my money and my recommendation.

(However, I don’t judge those who purchase from brands I personally don’t. To each their own and people can and should support what they want with their wallets. No judgment on anyone else.)

I’ve only ever boycotted one company in its entirety, and that’s Lime Crime. Mostly for their treatment of you, Christine. Not to mention the plethora of other ethical issues. Other than that.. I’m not really a hater of things.

I haven’t bought a bit of Lancome — once my favorite brand — since they fired a 40-year-old Isabella Rossellini for being “too old”!

I stopped buying Lancome for *many* years when that happened! The irony is their “claim-to-fame” is innovative skincare, which is alleged to promote “youthful” skin for more “mature” consumers, and who *better* to represent that…?

After my years-long hiatus, I succumbed and tried a few things, but they had since “reformulated”, and they are no longer a brand I seek out due to performance.

I actually decided to stop buying from MAC a few years ago and have stuck to it. Their limited edition collections pissed me off too many times. I will NOT stalk a website for something that’s going to sell out in minutes, especially when it’s from a company with the resources to produce an appropriate amount of product to meet their demand, but choose not to because they enjoy driving their customers insane, apparently.


Yes! Totally agree!!! In addition to how frustrating the immediate sell-out is, I think their insane focus on a million limited edition launches a year results in lower quality, poorly conceived launches, and a lot of re-promotes. It is clearly a cash grab. It inspires the “gotta get it, it’s limited edition and it’s my only chance!” impulse, and I think that is sleazy.

Yeah I also have big problems with the way MAC handles LE releases. I’ll only buy a product from them if I see a review here first AND it’s super unique and must-have, but even then I won’t go out of my way to stalk the site. If I didn’t love their matte lipsticks so much I’d probably never buy form them.

The last time I gave anything MAC the time of day (incl the permanent line) was the Venomous Villains collection and that was only for Maleficent. Back when I first started to wear makeup (and the YT beauty comm. was still very small) it felt like MAC was the only brand aside from the drugstore or the designer ones like Chanel. About 8 years later and I just don’t bother with them anymore, both because of the limited amount of product released and the uninspired collections. I did ALMOST buy something from The Simpsons one, but that was because I loved the packaging.

Yes, Smashbox. I’ve read far too many blog pieces on how their representatives and employees are cruel and awful to non-thin people or non-white people. I’m sure Smashbox corporate authority would say that this doesn’t represent them, but I know folks personally who have tried to file complaints and gotten nowhere.

That, and I don’t like a single one of their products.

Yes! I’ve hear this about them too a few times, but I’ve never really heard anyone discuss it. Also, I agree, the products don’t excite me at all either.

Limecrime because they’ve been shady since FOREVER.

More recently, Gerard Cosmetics because of their recent behaviours and (as it turns out) shady business practices.

Another Youtube beauty personality made a video that spoke about the sponsorship process with Gerard Cosmetics. I believe the personality’s screen name is “VadisRad.” She mentioned that the company sent her a 7 page contract that if signed, among other things, would require her to only give a positive review of the items that were sent to her.

Benefit – their products are too gimmicky

Too Faced – the same as Benefit. Selfie Powder? NOPE

LimeCrime – blah blah blah you’ve heard it all

Tom Ford/Givenchy/et al – just because they’re too expensive, I’d rather go out to a nice dinner than buy one lipstick, thanks

Yes. I stopped buying Revlon after the CEO made those disgusting comments and I’ll never purchase a thing from Lime Crime. Some people love to say how boycotting makeup isn’t that serious but it is. I will never give my money to companies who I know don’t respect me or share the same values. The power of the dollar is real and money talks. You make a much clearer point when you stop lining companies pockets than just leaving nasty reviews and social media comments.

He called Americans “dirty”, said the Jewish community sticks together and that he can smell when a black person has been in a room. I haven’t purchased anything from Revlon since hearing about this. Just disgusting.

Whoa. I’d never heard about this. I don’t use their products as it is but this will definitely stop me from considering trying anything of theirs in the future.

Oh wow! I had no idea. I’m banning them too. I only occasionly buy a lip butter and I can totally do without. Now, I want to hurl just thinking about buying anything to put a penny in a person like that’s pocket. Thanks for sharing.

Wow. I didn’t even hear anything about this, and I visit a fair number of fashion and beauty blogs. I can’t support that, either, which is sad because Revlon is one of my favorite drug store brands. Ah well. :-/

Wow – this is the first I’ve heard of this! And the fact they did not fire him is extremely troubling. I am definitely boycotting them now as a WOC – quite a shame because Revlon is one of my favourite drugstore brands. But like you said, Fancie, money talks and I am not going to support a company who supports a racist CEO.

I was really surprised more people haven’t said Revlon. I’m boycotting them after it wa srevealed that their CEO was such an awful human being. I get the Lime Crime thing. But their products weren’t readily available anyway. Revlon is HUGE. I will never ever buy another thing from them, ever.

And I agree with you. Boycotting a cosmetics company is a big deal. Revlon makes my HG foundation (colorstay whipped). My face looks amazing when I wear it. But an amazing face is not worth supporting that nonsense to me.

If it makes anyone feel better, these comments were ALLEGED to have been said by a former employee who claimed to have been wrongly terminated. As far as I know, after researching the issue when it broke, there hasn’t been any evidence to support these *claims* by the one individual who has an agenda, which we don’t know is legitimate.

Also, these were the alleged comments of one individual, and even if substantiated, doesn’t necessarily reflect the views of other employees, officers, or shareholders. I’m quite certain most, if not all, of us have at some point in our lives been associated with individuals who don’t necessarily hold the same values we do, and I personally wouldn’t want to be held accountable for what one idiot said or did.

I’m sure I have been associated with individuals who didn’t hold the same values I did. I’m also sure that when those values were brought to my attention, I eliminated them, as well.

I don’t judge anyone who still buys their products. I understand that lack of concrete evidence is definitely a factor for some people and that’s totally okay. But for me, I choose not to support them.

Fortunately, you were able to leave a job. With the job market & economy in its current state, how many others have that luxury? Yes, boycotting a brand because of what one allegedly said will hurt the bottom line; however, there are people who have invested retirement funds in stock, people who sweep floors of the factories, people who answer phones, etc…, you know, the “working-class” who may end up out of an income because someone fired from their job decides to make inflammatory accusations that have never been backed up by evidence.

I’ve been fortunate enough to work for small companies whose values were in line with my own, so I’ve never had to choose to leave them. I was speaking to people in my personal life, as personal choices are important to me. But good on you for being so presumptuous to assume that I’m not part of that “working class” you’re so concerned with. I’m pretty sure my paycheck claims otherwise.

Have a great day, though.

That’s quite a fair point, Xamyx. I will definitely have to do some more research on the subject before making my decision. However, I disagree about the “one individual” stance… This is the CEO, not just any employee, and if they did say something as awful as this I would expect them to be removed from their position or penalised in some manner. They effectively run the company. For a company to not punish the CEO means they endorse him, and indirectly, his comments, which is why we’ve seen reporters, managers, hell, even TV personalities get their careers swatted down like a fly when associated with such comments or controversy.

Like I said, unless the comments are substantiated, I take the situation with a grain of salt. It would seem to me, if they were, it would have been an even bigger story, and to keep face, he would have been asked to step down. Revlon is an icon of America, and that comment alone would have been enough for the shareholders to revolt!

Valid point Xamyx. If unsubstantiated, Revlon should make a public statement to its consumers and shareholders refuting the allegations with concrete evidence. To date, Revlon has not publicly commented – at least to my knowledge. As a women of color, their failure to respond to the allegations ticks me off even more. Their silence as a publicly traded company implies consent/acceptance of their CEO, or worse, indifference.

How do you provide “concrete evidence” that someone didn’t say something? I heard this story before, but it felt wrong to me when I heard it. I have no particular love (nor hate) for Revlon — couldn’t care less — but in the current era of just-add-water media disasters, I tend to assume that someone, somewhere, is going to try to use that to their advantage to get revenge. If someone can’t show me a video of it, or repost a tweet by that CEO, I’m forced to be neutral, for the sake of being just. It’s not enough that the words are inflammatory, they need to be proven to be HIS words. You can’t prove innocence in this case — it’s impossible.

Thank you Xamyx, voice of reason in this thread. The remarks were only alleged and never actually proven. It’s easy for a disgruntled ex-employee to paint his former boss as a racist to try and gain some compensation. Until concrete evidence comes out, I’ve taken the allegations with a grain of salt.

Mac because of their ridiculous LE marketing strategy–if they want to make it hard for me to buy a product without having to camp online, I’ll take my money elsewhere. And I’m wavering a little on them because some of their lipsticks really appeal to me. If I hear of a brand that’s incapable of handling a bad review, I tend to write them off. Other than that, there are brands I don’t buy because the product doesn’t wow me or because I simply can’t afford them, but those aren’t out and out boycotts.

I boycotted MAC for a long time for that too, but I decided recently to get some items from their permanent range. MAC doesn’t know I exist, and I’ll never even amount to a drop in their bucket, but I decided I was comfortable with “rewarding” them for having some decent permanent selections. I will never (never AGAIN — I have the LE Outre shadow) support their LE releases.

Guerlain and Lime Crime. I never purchased anything from Lime Crime because of the negative press and how Do Deere went after you when you gave her products poor ratings.

I used to buy Guerlain until the founder made some really racist remarks. Rather than denounce his remarks, the current administration of the company tried to make lame excuses for his racism. Same reason why I don’t buy Tommy Hilfiger.

After reading your comment, I made some research about Tommy Hilfiger to find out if this was true and came across this video of him on the Oprah show and they both said this was a “big fat lie.” The rumor was that he went on Oprah before and said some very racist comments but they both said in this video that this was the first time ever he was on the show and he never said those things. Maybe you just heard the rumor and believed it but I don’t think it’s true.

Yes, Tom Ford, as I explained a few days ago here on Temptalia, for using extremely offensive, misogynistic imagery in their ads for men’s fragrances. As a woman I cannot support a brand that feels good about depicting women as blow up dolls in ad campaigns.
I always put my money where my mouth is. In this world money is power, yes, even these 20 bucks in your pocket, and by making an enlightened decision about where you spend it, you influence the future of brands and businesses. Let’s keep that in mind.

I would agree with the Tom Ford issue, if there weren’t so many ads depicting men in a similar manner. Personally, I think it’s gratuitous, but I don’t find it misogynistic or offensive.

Even a year ago, my opinion would have matched yours–in fact, I would even have found his ads funny. Although I can still see the humor even now, I can’t stomach the idea of having anything to do with Tom Ford after seeing those ads. Sexual objectification is linked with domestic and sexual violence. Domestic violence is quite a problem in my locale so after seeing those ads–I can no longer associate Tom Ford products as things I can personally feel good about owning.

It doesn’t matter to me that he objectified both sexes rather than merely focusing on one because it is the impact the ads have on his audience I’m concerned about. Bottomline, sexual objectification is blatantly perpetuated and encouraged in his ads–and the damage is done whether or not the man or the brand itself is misogynistic.

Their ads are very offputting to me at times. I’ll give them that they objectify men a fair bit in the campaigns, but something about the way the women are often shot that feels degrading to me.

Hahaha is this because if the Tom Ford thread?
I’m definitely boycotting and choosy.
I have to agree with a brand’s ethics and marketing or no sale no matter how raved about the product is.

The only company I’ve really ever boycotted was Lime Crime after that drama years ago with Christine’s review on their lipstick. Doe Deere also called customers stupid for paying for a tiny jar of glitter in reference to a customer complaint about one of her products – if you think people are stupid for buying your products, then… ’nuff said. Even with the most recent security issues, they handled themselves soo unprofessionally, so no way, ever.

The continued success of Lime Crime is an embarrassing reflection on the makeup community as consumers. Besides them, while I don’t know if I’d say I’m boycotting these brands, I know I don’t personally feel comfortable buying from them:
-Besides poor customer service, Pretty Zombie Cosmetics seem to have a very obvious preference for pale skin based off their social media, which I find very off-putting.
-LA Splash has that gross sexual harassment lawsuit with the harasser still employed at their company.
-I’ve heard Gerard Cosmetics pays popular bloggers to give them positive reviews. I can believe it, based off of how many people seem to offer special discount codes. If you have to pay someone to give you a good review, you must not have a very good product. Makes me question the bloggers as well.
-Kat Von D: First she’s accused of giving her boss an anti-Semitic note. THEN she dates a known anti Semite. AND THEN she names one of her new lipsticks “Selektion”, a word with heavy connotations to the holocaust? Looks like a duck, quacks like a duck…It’s an anti-Semite.

Woo, that was long! Glad to get that off my chest. I disapprove of so many things!

Wow, she named a lipstick that?! I don’t buy anything from her just because I hate her style, but as a Jew, naming a lipstick after a process that killed my family, there is definitely no way….

I live in the German-speaking regions of Europe and no one would think of Hitler or the Holocaust if you’d just mention the word “Selektion” (provided that you’re not a Nazi anyway). It’s simply a word most people learn in school and forget afterwards. Really.

Die Selektion is the name of a band. Kat von D names a lot of products after musical influences.

The autographed photo to Ami James could have been a forgery.

She is no longer dating Jesse James or Nikki Sixx (I don’t know which you are specifically referencing), so obviously there were some differences of viewpoints along the line.

I vaguely recall Kat von D making reference to her German grandmother being Jewish, but I could be mistaken…

Yes, that makes sense, but in the context of Kat Von D’s history of rumored anti-semitism it’s at the very least a really poor business decision to name a lipstick that.

Exactly-*rumored*. With todays technology, things can easily be altered or forged. Having been the subject of rumors, I don’t judge unless credible evidence is presented.

Lime Crime, because of customer’s info being stolen and they didn’t even get an apology; it’s documented all across the internet that the owner harasses and encourages harassment of anyone giving bad reviews; suspicions of repackaging makeup.

Shiro and Detrivore, as I’ve read about several bloggers having been harassed for poor reviews. Gerard for harassing a reviewer and calling her “ugly” on social media.

A few on Etsy for poor customer service and repackaging, but they’re all out of business now.

In short, if I see or experience compelling evidence of bad customer service, harassment or shady business practices I ban them.

Really just lime crime thanks to their proven crappy treatment of their customers. I had no idea how terrible they were until it happened to me. Besides that any and all Mac limited edition collections. They never make enough of the products on purpose so everything sells out in minutes or less. If I want something that can’t be made permanent I let it go or find another brand that won’t play with my money and emotions. Nobody has time for those head games.

Also I won’t be buying any Jeffree Starr products because of his bruise-color lipstick called “Abused” and his reaction to people criticizing the name.

Lime Crime, Illamasqua for that blackface fiasco
I try not to support animal testing and IDF funding companies, though they’re harder to avoid.

I can see why you hate them and I do too. I do love several brands that hopped on that bandwagon but refused to buy any of the LE products from the series itself.

Lime Crime for the obvious reasons, and if I learn of similar behaviors, I would boycott other companies. Lately, I’ve been more conscious of animal testing, and I’m trying to cut back on purchasing from beauty labels that still conduct animal testing as standard practice (and not just those under a major conglomerate that allows it, or that sell outside of the U.S.). It’s a new endeavor and my resolve is shaky at times, but I’m working on it!

The comments have been quite the educational read. I had no idea about the issues surrounding Limecrime, Ciate and the Revlon CEO. I just bought Revlon’s Fire & Ice not too long ago and want to take it back.

I personally don’t touch anything made by Kat Von D or Bare Minerals/Buxom.

I don’t like Kat because she is sleazy. Bare Mineral’s foundation (regular formula) is horrible and sent me running to the dermatologist.

I was never really interested in LC products, so there’s no love loss there, but Revlon is definitely one that I refuse to purchase. The CEO of Revlon made a comment stating that he “could smell a black person when he entered a room.” So now he can smell our money walking over to other brands that respect all races.

I had never heard that about Revlon before, that’s so disgusting. I’ll definitely not buy from them anymore.

Again, those are allegations made by a former employee, and were listed in a lawsuit filed by said former employee, who is claiming wrongful termination. There have been no facts that support these allegations. Anyone can say anything, but it doesn’t mean it’s true, and I’m personally suspect of anyone who has their own grudge and/or agenda.

Seriously, I totally understand why you’d be upset, but there’s no proof he said it. My family is mixed race and I’m American, so I have every reason to be personally upset if the rumors are true, but my instincts when I first heard this were that it’s probably not true. It’s too easy in this day and age to publicly lash out at someone you have a grudge against, and by now we all know the triggers for making something go viral. It’s just … I don’t know. I’m not saying it’s definite that he didn’t say it, but it’s not definite that he did, and I’m personally reluctant to add nitro to the already too-powerful social media attacks we see all the time anymore. Not meaning to invalidate your feelings, I just … [shrug]. I don’t know.

Personally I think it’s stupid to boycott a major brand (like Revlon) because of something a CEO said because once you go down that path, you won’t be able to buy anything, anywhere. I don’t care if a CEO is a horrible person so long as a company’s customer service and product work for me.

The one company I can think of that I walked past in Ulta and wouldn’t look at their products is Kardashian Beauty. In general I don’t trust celebrity-named products, but if I don’t like the celebrity, I’m definitely not interested.

The CEO and the board make the top “bread and butter” within the company. I personally, won’t support a company that’s CEO in 2015 has the nerve to call Americans dirty, that he can smell a particular racial group among other atrocious statements. If a person decides that boycotting a company based on whatever reason that’s their individual choice. Yes, people say racist, sexist and homophobic things but don’t advertise your hatred as though it’s normal.

I’m not saying those comments weren’t made, nor am I saying the man accusing the CEO of making them is lying, but one has to wonder about allegations “uncovered” in paperwork filed in a wrongful termination lawsuit… Has anyone backed up the former employees accusations…?

I wonder how much money Revlon had to shell out to ensure that no one backed up the former employee. These companies are masters of the gag order and non-disclosure agreements.

Great point Lisa and right on! To say that you will continue to buy from a company whose CEO makes a blatant racist remark in this day and age is a sad commentary. But I suppose if someone has not personally experienced any form of discrimination because of the color of their skin, gender, or sexual preference than either they don’t understand or just don’t get it. We live in a free country so to each his own. As for me I will not give up my hard earned to dollar to any company who is insensitive or disrespectful. There are WAY TO MANY companies that I can buy a tube of lipstick from that have integrity and have demonstrated compassion to its consumers.

Yes, but there are those who have been judged based on lies. We have legal remedies in the courts for slander, libel, and defamation. If these were such rare instances, a lot of people would be out of a job.

Having been the subject of rumors & speculation, I can attest how fast & easy it is to get people to believe anything-and this was in the days before the Internet & Social Media.

If you think it’s stupid, then that’s your personal opinion. I think that it’s stupid to make racial comments. Now everyone can just be stupid…just wait until it’s something that you care about…#YoullBeSingingADifferentTune

Lime Crime. That one is obvious. Gerard Cosmetics is a recent one since the owner and Manny were unprofessional on snapchat. Ciate, China Glaze, Bite Beauty for posting things without credit on their Instagram or other places. Some brands like Revlon, Michael Kors, for flat out publicly saying racist things, etc. And I’m transitioning back into cruelty free stuff, so there’s that.

Yes, a couple come to mind. I haven’t purchased anything by NARS since the whole Guy Bourdin collection ordeal. And, Tom Ford is seemingly going down a similar path. Beauty companies and those directing their marketing efforts should be aware that most women (and men, for that matter) do not want to be objectified. They are free to call it art and I am free to spend my money elsewhere.

I used to work for Benefit and I already didn´t like a lot of products before, but after working there and trying out more things (because it was given to me for free), I started to dislike it even more. It´s too much marketing, hype and the products themselves are mostly mediocore while trying to hide it with a lot of gimmicky features. I wouldn´t say that I totally boycott it but I´m pretty aware of the lack of quality.

I briefly boycotted BITE when they issued their January Limited edition – was so mad because I don’t do Instagram, so no way of knowing it was coming, then it sold out within like minutes, AND it was a dud formula. But after they fixed the formula and increased the supply a little more, I stopped the boycott, but I have yet to find a color I want to buy for $ 36. IMO, their regular lippies are just as good, if not better, and a lot cheaper. And Lime Crime – if half the stories are true, they are a shady company

I’ve never done it like a full boycott but Lime Crime because the story we all know and Gerard Cosmetics, the packaging feels extremely cheap considering the price you’re paying… and because the treatment that their costumers recieve, i mean ??? call a client ugly, c’mon you can do better.

Lime crime

Sigma and Morphe just because I’m annoyed at the obvious Youtuber payoff. Plus Sigma numbering their brushes the exact same as MAC in the begging really irritated me.

Estee Lauder because they choose a K to represent them. I don’t support that family.

MAC le collections. They need to make more le stuff. Too competitive for makeup.

It stands for Kardashian. Estee Lauder recently chose Kendall to be a brand spokesmodel… although she is technically a Jenner.

Lime Crime- Because of how they handled the security breach. I still can’t believe they swept it under the rug until people started getting mad about their identities getting stolen. The whole thing was handled so poorly and Doe looked like such a liar. I also really disliked how she would delete comments and concerns on Instagram and Facebook. As much as I love the Velvetine formula, I will never buy from them again.
Benefit- Overpriced makeup with cute packaging. There’s not one Benefit product that I’ve fallen head over heels for. Each time that I’ve purchased something I’ve been disappointed.
Gerard Cosmetics- I’ve never purchased from them and I don’t plan to. Recently a video surfaced of the owner calling a customer ugly on Snapchat. I don’t know why the owner of a brand would do that in a public social media platform where someone was going to record the Snapchat story and post it online. If they don’t like hearing negative reviews, then take that as constructive criticism! Don’t go off calling your customers ugly in social media. I also don’t like how they pay bloggers for positive reviews, it seems very shady.

When I was about 13, my friend and I decided we were going to be grown-ups and buy foundation. We couldn’t find anything pale enough for me or dark enough for her, and we searched the whole mall, top to bottom (hey it was the nineties, and we were in middle school, k?).

18 years later, she’s still my best friend, and I still refuse to buy foundation from companies that don’t make shades for women of color. It’s unfortunately very much still a common mindset that high end / luxury are concepts exclusive to white women (mayyyyybe Asian).

Uncool in the extreme!

I know exactly how your friend felt. I’m a woc and I can tell you for a fact I never found a foundation shade to suit me or my undertones until I found out about Sephora and matched myself with all the shades I could get my hands on. Before that I never found a single makeup artist was able able to match me to anything that wasn’t too dark or too ashy. Even now it can be so hard just to find eyeshadows too that don’t make me look like I’m severely ashy or clownish. But yeah sometimes it’s pretty uncool when a brand you have interest in blatantly leaves your skin tone out. That’s part of why I skipped wearing foundation for a really long time. It was really nice of you to think of your friend’s feelings about that. You’re a really nice person.

Ha! I can tell you for a fact that she’s the nicer one of the two of us. I’m lucky she still keeps me around. 🙂 But yeah, sucks that you’d still have such a hard time with finding appropriately pigmented makeup. It’s 2015! Have we still not figured this out? I don’t know if it’s that these high end companies don’t know how to formulate deeper shades (unlikely) or wilfully ignore those consumers (gross). Either way, count me out.

I figured the majority of the comments would be about Lime Crime (which I only learned about recently), but it’s been really enlightening seeing all these other brands listed. Wow!

I’ve never “boycotted” a brand, I don’t have the time to research each one of them to find out which CEOs are saints and which are like cartoon villains. And I don’t care to be honest. I try each particular product and only then I decide whether it’s worth buying or not depending on how much I like it. If I’m going to boycott all the shady and questionable businesses in the world, I may as well move to the Tibet and become a monk, never shop again.
I do think all makeup should be cruelty free, but I’m not an activist of any kind, so the only thing I can do is hope things will change for the better eventually.
One brand I think is 100% worth supporting is Sugarpill. I’ve bought most of my eyeshadows from them.

Nah, I don’t think Lime Crime and Sugarpill have a serious rivalry. Doe did try to sabotage Amy in the beginning, but that was ages ago. Doe may not be a nice person, but she isn’t duping Sugarpill’s products or anything like that, so I don’t see how she might be trying to undermine Amy in any way.

Tibetans are normal people just like you – this idea that they are all “monks” who “never shop” is a racist stereotype. They are also persecuted and their culture destroyed and many of them have been driven out of their land. They don’t exist to be your rhetorical point.

Nobody is saying you have to boycott a brand but there is no need to mock those who try to stop supporting oppressive companies.

Also, as I said in my comment below, a company is really not “cruelty free” if they are racist and oppressive towards human beings. I hate this euphemism and wish it would go away.

Funny you say that because I pretty much own everything now that Sugarpill makes (other than all those lashes!!!! *_*)

I’m also an affiliate, I don’t make a cent on it, but I want pimp their brand for a reason. 😉

They are a slow growth company as well. Love to see them expand to more product lines (I think nail polish is on the horizon)

Lime crime and Gerard…bad owners.

Mufe-I don’t support a brand that made $$ off of 50 shades of gray. (sorry, but he’s a stalker and a creep-not a role model to drool over).

And on the indie side: Victorian disco for bad business practices and notoriously morbid-they ranted about how they received an email that was bullying them and they let the post continue, liking several peoples remarks about how that person was a whiny b, etc.

Off the top of my head, I can readily say that I have never supported Lime Crime. After the controversy with the China Doll palette and seeing the comments that were left when you reviewed some of lipsticks, the company’s cosmetics never appealed to me. My feelings still stand strong especially in light of the significant security breach that compromised a lot of customers personal information and how Lime Crime handled the situation.
Tom Ford’s cosmetics line also comes to mind with it’s misogynistic advertising, which was actually brought to my attention by Lulle whose blog, BeauMiroir, I found through Temptalia.
Besides those two companies, I tend to avoid brands that are featured frequently within the Youtube beauty community. Gerard Cosmetics, Benefit, and Sigma come directly to mind. Those brands, among others, are talked about almost nonstop. To be frank, after the recent requirement of a FTC disclosure, I don’t trust a majority of the more well known Youtube Beauty personalities.
I also have problems supporting cosmetic brands that do not have a varied shade range for foundations and concealers. As a consumer with a deeper complexion, I have a big problem supporting brands that have have over 10 “nuanced” shades of beige but nothing deeper in tone that a tan shade. When I began to venture into wearing more than mascara 11-12 years ago, finding an affordable drugstore foundation was like finding a needle in a haystack and, due to in-store availability, still is a problem. I haven’t purchased anything from Rimmel, Neutrogena, Physicians Formula, and Wet n Wild partially because they still lack a varied range of foundations and concealers. Even if the formulations might not work for my skin type, I find it insulting that deeper complexions are being purposefully ignored.

As someone on the fairer end of the spectrum, I also have a hard time finding a foundation that isn’t too pink, peach, or yellow, or simply too dark… However, if I “boycotted” every brand that didn’t have a foundation match for me, I’d have virtually no makeup… Of the brands you listed, Rimmel is the only one that has a match, but only in one formula.

I totally agree with the whole shade range bit. Most companies try and sometimes I may have buy two and mix them to get my perfect shade. I’m fine with that. My issue is when we’re not part of the conversation at all! I prefer to stick with brands where we are well represented…CoverGirl (Queen Collection), Sacha Cosmetics, and my personal fave, Lancome!

I refuse to use Limecrime, obviously. For every single reason listed above. I also refuse to use L’oreal due to some of their above-and-beyond animal cruelty practices in europe and plan on boycotting Revlon because of the posts on here. I’m trying to go cruelty free slowly but surely.

I do boycott a lot of brands. With some of them I really do not buy anything anymore, even if I am tempted.
Them being:

– Lime Crime, shady business practice, overpriced for being quite new
– Gerard Cosmetics, shady business practice, cheap products & overpriced
– Morphe Brushes, worst costumer service ever, products being sold out for months and months…
– NYX Switzerland, prices are incredibly overpriced (in the MAC/B. Brown “class”)..40$ for foundation etc
– China Glaze, same reasons as for NYX

Then there are some brands I’m not very keen to buy, but do buy (very rarely but still):

– L’Oreal, waay too expensive for a drugstore brand, I do not like their marketing and especially not the owner

– MAC LE, too many LE, have been disappointed with the quality too many times, you won’t get anything if you are employed and can’t be 24/7 on your computer/phone

Tom Ford, but not for the reasons I see listed here. In fact, I’ve hardly seen anyone complain about this, so I guess I’m in the minority. Right before Christmas, Tom Ford released a penis-cross necklace. Yes, it was a necklace that looked like a cross, only it was marketed as a penis necklace. I feel it was done for shock value which, imo, shows a lack of creativity. If you Google it, you’ll find a couple of articles about it. Tom Ford never commented. Prior to this, I was a big fan and invested in eyeshadow quads, lipsticks, etc. I haven’t bought a thing since.

Actually Tom Ford did comment! It was in an interview with CNBC International. Type in Tom Ford Penis Controvsersy on YouTube and you’ll find it.

There are a lot of brands I won’t buy from because I fully believe that you vote with your dollar. There are brands that I regret buying from based off of their questionable business practices. And because I’m cruelty free, I won’t buy from brands that test on animals.

Kat von D’s made too many anti-Semitic remarks to be simply ignorant (not that that’s ever an acceptable excuse). I’d go bare-faced before I wore any product with her name on it. The Revlon CEO’s comments about Jews, African American and Americans in general were also reprehensible and while I never bought their products, it made me never want to. Seriously, if you’re going to insult the same people you want as customers, you’ve got the oddest business sense.

I’d never buy anything by Paula’s Choice since she hasn’t had a kind word to say about any competitor’s product. Even the great products. Seriously, that act got old real fast.

I am going to have to think long and hard before I buy Estee Lauder again… they have gone back to animal testing. No they don’t do it here in the States but they pay fees to allow the testing to be able to sell to China. I think they need to get their priorities straight. Money is not more important than torturing animals. ANY animals.

No. If I get gyped out of money then I just don’t buy from the company again, but if I didn’t buy a particular product because the owner / ceo/ president of the company was crazy, then I wouldn’t have anything.
Plenty of items that people buy every day whether they be necessities or indulgences are usually run by a company with at least one person high up in the food chain who isn’t all there in the head so inevitably you end up being unintentionally hypocritical if you buy from one because you haven’t done your homework on the people who run the company, and yet you won’t buy from another because some shady business actually got made public.

I have read the remarks above about the various brands that readers of this blog would boycott. Many of them are brands that we can’t easily access here, lucky for us.
I wouldn’t not buy a product because of the behaviour of the CEO – simply because he/she is one person and their company employs a lot of people – who need their jobs. Often those people who reach the top have one or two (or more) personality flaws and a warped sense of their own importance. I just feel sorry for the employees that have to put up with them.
The brands I boycott are Revlon – just don’t like their products any more – their quality is just not there.
I prefer cruelty free brands too.


– Lime Crime, obviously.
– I won’t buy Chantecaille because they don’t make foundation dark enough for me, so I will not use any of their products at all.
– Revlon, because of racist remarks made by CEO.
– I avoid Gerard and Morphe because of all the hype on YouTube.
– Similarly, I’ve fallen out of love with Sigma brushes and as a company – I like the Sephora Collection brushes a lot better.
– I won’t buy OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) because I think it’s tacky to use an illness that I and many others live with as a brand name or marketing strategy.
– I am wary of the Jeffree Star lipsticks because…seriously…a dark blue lipstick called “Abused”? Horrific.

Yes, I no longer will use anything by Benefit. I used a lot of their products in the past but I had a lipgloss go bad in a couple of months and they would not exchange it and in general had horrible customer service from them which does not seem unusual from looking at their Facebook page. Their loss.

Absolutely. I support brands that want my money aka have foundation/concealer shades in my shade range. I believe you choose how you want to spend your money, and I do not want to support companies that a ) dont really want my money – hello Black women wear makeup too b) have shady policies c) do not provide good customer service
So currently , I am boycotting the following:
Rimmel( wouldnt say its a boycott, just that the only thing that I liked was a now discontinued mascara)
MAC ( just tired of their foolishness)

If the brand was really out spoken against something that I cared about or believed in, then probably. I’m not strict about boycotting though. Some stores that I live by tends to have salty workers there so sometimes I’ll just order what i want online to avoid them. That isnt really the brands fault though.

I haven’t boycotted entire brands (yet), but I have done it to collections whose themes ran parallel to my own ethical principles, i.e. NARS x Guy Bourdin. There are brands that I avoid, however, based on previous behavior that makes their practices shady or potentially unsafe to me.

I suppose technically Lime Crime, most of their shades aren’t my thing anyway, so I was unlikely to buy from them even if I didn’t know they were shady. But knowing how they are, I would never buy from them.

I’ve boycotted Everyday Minerals for several years now. They started out as really customer friendly and then had a big shift. They had a great forum that gave a lot of tips and advice on the products, but that was gotten rid of. So many of the products that were fan favorites have been discontinued. There were several formula changes that reduced the quality of the products. There were also a lot of questions about whether they were just repackaging.

I’m slowly switching all my makeup to cruelty free – this includes all the well known brands like MAC and Tom Ford etc.. It’s been hard, but I’ve decided I don’t want to harm animals simply for my vanity!

Wow, I learned a lot from these comments. I’m quite a boycotting person, so here we go.

– Every brand that is not cruelty free, simply. So Revlon, Tom Ford, Guerlain etc. will never get my money anyway.
– Slime dime, need no explaination.
– Gerard Cosmetics. I have 1 of their lipsticks and it is ‘okay’, but getting so tired of it being hyped up when the quality is so poor and the owner is such an unprofessional brat… yeah, thanks but no thanks.
– GiveMeGlow on Etsy. She sells a LC Cashmere dupe but she is so stuck up and unprofessional that I’m not even considering it anymore.
– Shiro Cosmetics, as I’ve heard that they were unprofessional and bullying their customers, but I’m not too sure if that is actually true.

Long story short: if it is tested on animals and if the owners are unprofessional I will not buy from them.

Does refusing to buy from them count as boycotting? If so, I’ve considered it, but because I couldn’t get the products anywhere else I still went back to them in the end, despite the really shitty customer service…

Lime Crime obviously! And the older I’ve become, the less I like Benefit. I have a few products and I do wear Benetint all the time but their new releases do not interest me anymore.

I know we’re thinking of the same brand, and I won’t even look at their products. If a genie told me that using that brand would make me irresistible, increase my income twofold, and turn me into the World’s Most Interesting Woman, I still wouldn’t consider it. I’d better stop here or I’ll violate Christine’s posting policies.

1. I’ve never bought a MAC product and never will because of their despicable collaboration with Rodarte, where they used the murders of women in Juarez, Mexico, as a marketing gimmick.

2. Chanel because Coco Chanel was a Nazi and she is still glorified without people discussing this. I really don’t know how the brand is still considered a luxury high-status brand when this is a well-documented fact.

3. Ahava, Yes To, and other Israeli brands (almost all of the companies that use Dead Sea minerals) which profit from stealing Palestinian resources and which are targets of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. One of the things that really annoys me is that some of these companies promote themselves as “vegan” “organic” “cruelty-free” and all those nice terms. How is it cruelty-free when they’re cruelly participating in the oppression of human beings? They shouldn’t be allowed to use those labels, and more importantly, people who are concerned with animal rights should care about human rights as well.

I tend to boycott most luxury brands because they promote an aspirational/consumerist lifestyle which makes me nauseous and charge extortionate prices. I also boycott any brand that indulges in cultural appropriation, whitewashing or racism/colourism. A lot of the big Western skincare brands sell fairness creams in India – Garnier, Nivea, Ponds, etc. Almost every single one you can name.

I prefer to buy drugstore brands and particularly brands which cater exclusively or primarily to women of colour (IMAN and Sleek, for example).

Yes, the infamous Lime Crime for their extremely unethical business practices as well as Doe Deere’s ugly attack on Christine and others who dared to expose the truth. Also not a huge fan of Kat Von D because of her links to Nazism and white supremacy idealism. I have NOT expressly boycotted her, but have yet to buy any KVD products even when tempting. Not a fan, and so far, not a regular buyer of any brand that excludes us WOC, I as a woman of Latina heritage sometimes do feel uncomfortable when brands cater primarily or worse still, exclusively to just fair skinned woman.

A lot of people are talking about LC, and I’m in agreement. There’s a lot of designer beauty brands (Dior, YSL, etc.) that seem to charge exorbitant prices for “meh” to downright awful products (looking at you, YSL full metal shadows!) . And I just don’t think that’s fair- if you’re gonna charge more, you better make sure your stuff is good. I’m not gonna buy something just because of the name. I think Benefit’s marketing is annoying, so I won’t buy from them. And I try not to buy MAC because they’re starting to value quantity over quality.
Edit: wow, I sound so whiny! I promise there’s a ton of brands that I love! LOL

Everyday Minerals! I know there are worst brands for crazy stunts out there, but EDM really did fuck around with their customer on every level. It’s not as well documented online, but to their loyal fans, they know what they did. Re-formaulated all there products, cut out their social media, DC’d favorite produtcs for new and “exciting” ones (where the quality is lacking). Chasing celebrity endorsements. This in a matter of one year. They really tanked a good thing to sell less quality products. I am crying on the inside whenever I see vloggers endorse them now.

Ojon as well, loved their hydration products. They went mainstream and cut the potence of the formula in half. 🙁

I can forgive stupidity, but I can’t forgive cutting cost in quality.

Lime Crime I like to see brand get their shit together though. I love their shadows, but I hate feeling guilty using them …. Does anyone know who the manufacturer is?

For the longest time, I boycotted Lancome/L’Oreal/Maybelline due to their stance on animal testing. Now, I’m not buying Estee Lauder products, for the same reason – if a brand sells in China, the Chinese gov’t (from what I understand) requires ongoing animal based testing of cosmetic products. (Feel free to correct me – I would welcome the correction. Seriously.)

I also refuse to buy anything from Lime Crime because the press on them is just too shady for my taste.

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