So i've been trying to stay out of the whole Lime Crime drama for a long while now. Some of the things people were saying about her were just mean and had nothing to do with her products. But you know what, now i sort of want to join them in childish name calling because of this post of hers:
First things first, i don't think it's a good idea in business to slag off other companies, especially huge ones like Mac who have an enormous fanbase and so on. For goodness sake. There is no conspiracy to keep woman wearing safe, neutral colours.
The reason there are so many 'beige' colours in the make-up industry is because they sell. Women obviously want them and buy them, or they just wouldn't saturate the market. While of course there is a market for blue lipsticks or whatever, it is a niche market, if they were popular enough to warrant it all companies would be making them and every woman on the street would be wearing them.
And of course companies are interested in profit. Everyone, even tiny companies, is interested in profit in some way otherwise they would just give their products away for cost value. And she's one to talk seeing as her mark up from pouring wholesale mica into jars is probably rivalling some of the giants of the cosmetics world.
Once again she is claiming to be on a mission to 'free the rainbow' because noone ever in the entire history of the world has made colours as exciting as hers (she even has a little diagram that she made herself to show how all other makeup industry professionals think. If you look at the diagram though it's interesting to notice that other than 'oh no she didnt', 'airborne unicorn' and 'styletto' all of her lipstick range itself falls into these 'common lipstick shades'. Fuschia, orange, pink, pale orange and lavender are all inside the area she's marked off). Now of course this is just bollocks, if you're looking for bright, unusual eyecolours you can find them pretty much anywhere, but with neutrals mixed in and if you're looking for unusual lipsticks i already made of list, which in itself is just scraping the tip of the iceberg here:
And, even if you ignore companies which specialise in making bright, unusual colours, companies that usually do stick to 'safe' colours do range out into the realms of exciting, unusual colours. How about Chanels recent collection that contained a black, dark red and even blueish purple lipstick. Or the estee Lauder sparkling black lipgloss from a few years ago. Hell even 'No 7' do a lipstick i'm crazy for called 'Gay Geranium' which is a neon coral. Now to me this seems like quite a daring thing to do, to be from a brand that people think of as being safe, everyday makeup and then bring out something like a black lipgloss. To me this seems like even more of a risk than companies like Illamasqua bringing out a silver lipgloss because they risk alienating their regular customers.
I have 2 sisters. One is like me and loves wearing bright, unusual colours, my other sister prefers to wear neutral colours most of the time. Does this mean that unlike me and Lydia, Laura has been brainwashed by those horrible sexist men of the makeup industry who want to turn anyone beige for... some reason i don't understand. Am i a more interesting, unique and creative individual than my sister because i sometimes wear green lipstick and shes wear nudes? What do you think?
As an amazing commenter said in her thread 'people like my sister are not moths'.
Then this post takes a horribly offensive turn, to me at least.
'Everyone knows the story of Wizard of Oz. Dorothy and friends set off to find the amazing Wizard of Oz, who allegedly runs the Emerald City and has the ability to grant them their wish. I always wondered if there was some kind of a Wizard pulling the strings in cosmetics, someone who decides which shades are ok and which too crazy. And then I realized how ridiculous that was. There should be no Wizard! We should be the ones to decide what colors we want to wear! Someone is holding the rainbow hostage – and so I set off to find out who.
What I discovered that there, indeed, was a Wizard. And he happened to be of sexist tendencies. Did you know that MAC, Estee Lauder, Lancome and most major makeup companies are run by men? That’s right: the industry that makes products for women is dominated by men – and not the fabulous gay variety, either! These male CEOs cannot possibly know what women want, so what business do they have to dictate our beauty trends??'
Oh noes! Those awful men are holding the rainbow hostage!
And not gay men either, horrible straight men! They don't even wear makeup! Unlike all those fabulous fairies, every single one of whom flounces around in ruffles and glitter saying 'ooh ducky'. i don't mean to alarm you Doe but not EVERY gay person is Quentin Crisp!
Not only does she manage to be horribly stereotypical to gay men but also horribly sexist towards men. Just because i don't wear mens clothing doesn't mean i have no valid opinions or knowledge about it! And just because men don't wear lipstick (although how does she know? All those top men CEOS might be transvestites and try out their own cosmetics!) doesn't mean they cant listen to women and produce products that women want! Just one instance of this would be Fyrinnae, an absolutely amazing makeup company. It has beautiful lipsticks (in every shade of the rainbow), colour-changing eyeshadows and so on and so forth. And guess what, it's run by men!
Imagine the uproar that would happen if a man working with, let's say aftershave or mens razors for example, something with products aimed solely at males, was to say that women shouldn't be allowed to be in charge of these sort of companies. There would be uproar, and rightly so.
Gender and sexuality have nothing to do with empathy with other people. I can imagine what men want, what might sell to men etc but because i'm in a lesbian relationship does that mean i know about better than a straight woman?? (or maybe it doesn't count with me because i'm bisexual, and thus not 'manly' like a gay man is 'womanly' in her opinion) No, of course not.
Sheer, utter, generalising, sexist, stereotypical nonsense.
So well done Doe. Now not only do i think that you're a big lying scam artist cheating people out of money, but a sexist person with awful ideas about what a gay person is.