To be airbrushed or not to be...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Julia Roberts l'oreal ad

So the UK has fought to ban overly airbrushed ads that give unrealistic images of perfect skin.  So what do you think?  I was actually thinking of giving Julia Roberts props to not letting them airbrush her freckle near her eye out entirely.  Should the US jump on this ban wagon?  

I personally don't see it as unrealistic images to live up to.  I just see it as false advertisement.  Let's face it the products they are advertising are expensive and you knee jerk to this really works but then the airbrushing makes you wonder...does it really?  Should I really spend all this money to find out that it doesn't?

My tip ~ if you see a commercial and you wonder...does it really work?  Instead of running out and buying it ~ look it up online.  You can find reviews at Ulta, Sephora and even the product's actual website at times (I know Clinque has reviews) and if LOTS of people say it doesn't work ~ it doesn't work and NO you are not the exception to the rule.

What do you think?


  1. I ask around and go by what I -see- working for/on my friends. I definitely agree with looking up reviews on line as well.

  2. very good advice. I have gotten punked many times in the past, actually nothing works on fine lines except hereidity, unless you have surgery... my grandma died at 94 no lines on her face, I didnt take after her... oh well. And she used Ivory soap thats it .

  3. My new job at a photography studio lends me to a lot of behind the scenes work. When he took my business card headshots the other day, I watched him as he photoshopped everything.
    I was totally cool with him attacking the breakouts, but then he started to take off a mole on my shoulder. I was actually kind of offended! haha I like my little imperfections. I told him he wasn't allowed to change anything else, and he said that is one of the first times someone has asked him to do that.

  4. I think it's odd when they show Jessica Simpson and she has a smooth chin...she obviously has a dimple, so why airbrush that out?!

  5. I agree - why airbrush everything? Good make up should do the trick and if not, it's just reality!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  6. Wendy - so true..find out what your friends use...or just ask Shia...chances are I have tried it =)

    Claudia - that is amazing...good old Ivory soap!

    Andrea - good for you sticking up for your mole...why do they get such a bad rap? I love all my moles...okay that sounded weird...but I do!!

    Tanyabell - so true! It's like anytime I look at a cover of a magazine I think...hmmmm...she sure doesn't look like that in person or even on tv.

    Chic & Cheap - exactly GOOD MAKEUP should do the trick anything that it doesn't cover just NATURAL beauty!!

    Love all the comments and thank you so much for reading!!

    ♥ Shia

  7. I think airbrushing is such a shame. It's false advertising, it gives us all a false sense of reality. The only thing that should be airbrushed is if a shadow, hair, leaf, twig, bug was in the shot.

  8. I'm so cheap that I google it before buying. I just have to! I hate wasting money.

  9. I always do that
    when i hear or see a new product
    i google it .. i read the reviews
    before and after pictures ..
    the whole deal .. specially when
    they are expensive products!

    :) i don't want to waste
    money on something that it's
    not going to do anything for me


  10. Andrea - I totally agree! When you start changing the shape of the face, body, etc...too much!! Thanks for checking out my blog and commenting!

    Elle - so wise! I used to just buy up tons of stuff ... hate it and then give it sisters and friends loved it - freebies for them - but I have now stopped supplying my friends/family with beauty products...LOL

    Melu - check out Sephora ... they give out samples!!

    Thank you all for reading and commenting!

    ♥ Shia

  11. Airbrushing should be used as a "touch-up" it shouldn't be a full scale manipulation. That's the way I see it. If you're changing something that lighting or makeup can't (dark circle under the eye, or hiding a blemish) then you're going too far I feel.

  12. Nope, I haven't tried out the V05 yet, but it smells divine! I keep playing with the little pipette thing too :P
    I'm going to try it out tomorrow

  13. I always check reviews online.:D

    ***** Marie *****

  14. Shia I always love your posts! This one is something we spoke about heaps in our office when the controversary started. I think they are always going to airbrush (well not if its banned haha) but they just need to not take it so far. I remember actually thinking god maybe I should go buy that product when I saw this exact advert, but when I heard just how much it was airbrushed I completley lost faith in the product .. end of the day its up to the individual consumer and your advice on reading reviews first is a great one.

    Anna xo

  15. Sorcha - I totally agree..touch ups only!!

    Marie - =)

    Anna - you're too sweet..thank you! Why even have models? Just use computer animation for everything because that's basically what they are doing now.

    Thank you all for your comments!

    ♥ Shia

  16. I think the US should def jump on this...the ads just don't show a realistic result of the products. All they do is paste on a pretty face and call it effective marketing. Lame!

    Thanks for the comment :) love your blog!

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