No nails in this post – I wanted to address something I stumbled upon the other day while browsing Femme Fatale eyeshadow swatches. The post in question had quite a long rant about Australian bloggers only reviewing free samples from Australian brands and then never mentioning them again/purchasing from the brand. Because of this they saw the reviews as inferior and possibly not genuine.
I shouldn’t feel I need to defend my integrity but reading that post really bothered me so I wanted to put this down on paper for all my readers.
Now this post was about a year old and I’m not going to link to it because I’m not wanting to stir up shit. But it did get me thinking – there are A LOT of Australian Indie nail polish brands out there now and its true that they tend to favour Australian bloggers for their reviews (have you seen how expensive shipping is here?!). I just wanted to take a moment to say that when I review a product, it is always an honest review. I don’t accept every offer I get of review samples, I generally accept based on the reputation of the brand and their products. If I suspect a product isn’t going to be that great I generally don’t accept the request to do a review. This means generally my reviews are positive, but I will share if something is less than spectacular too.
When I’m done reviewing products, I often give them away within my circle of nail polish friends here in Sydney so the love is shared around which means they don’t get featured in future posts.
As to the rant about bloggers then never buying from brands they review and only being there for the free stuff – if I had to buy everything I showed to you on my blog, I wouldn’t have that much to share. I don’t have a big budget for purchasing products so generally I will buy based on three criteria:
1. It’s a product I want – generally I rarely buy outside of Australia these days, shipping is too expensive from the US now and we have a great variety right here in Australia. Even so I can’t afford to support every brand we have here in Australia so some brands do only get shown through reviews.
2. It’s a brand I would like to showcase on my blog – I don’t take it for granted that I should be entitled to “free stuff”, so if I see something I think is great and I want to show to you all, then I will go buy it.
3. Is it unique? I have over 700 polishes these days and have easily given away another 200 – it’s rare to find something unique enough to set itself apart in my collection. If I have something similar then I’m not buying.
So there you have it, hopefully my readers don’t feel this way to start with, but if you do then I’m hoping this puts your mind at rest.