It’s been hectic as of late I’ll give it that. You wouldn’t think I’ve just came back from a week in Spain. Literally all I did there was eat, drink and with the exception of a jaunt to Barcelona one day, pretty much remained horizontal with a fag/Gin in one hand and my Kindle in the other (Yeah I’m smoking again). The weather was glorious and it’s good to know that my GCSE in Spanish, along with any swear words I’ve picked up on on the way still serve me well.
On the way home I hammered the Duty Free and bought the Naked palette by Urban Decay. I’ve had it nearly 2 weeks now and in that time I haven’t even looked at any of my other eyeshadows. This is how pleased I am with it. What’s also good to note is that my eye makeup has never looked the same in all of those days too. The brush is ace and the shadows themselves have A LOT of pigment in them and so last all day and blend into each other beautifully. All in all I’m over the moon with it which is just in time considering my long time love affair with M.A.C. is now officially over.
I’ve used M.A.C. for pretty much all of my adult life purely because I a) was (well still am) a massive goth and the colour shades available were like nothing else I’d ever seen at the time, b) I knew that M.A.C. never tested on animals and c) their customer service was always great. Most things however must come to an end it would seem. The last few times I’ve visited their counters have been sub standard in terms of customer service. Friends have said the same with one friend even emailing a complaint to M.A.C. only to receive a generic standard reply back.
Where once their stance on animal testing was a solid “we do not test on animals” it is now “The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. is committed to the elimination of animal testing. We are equally committed to consumer health and safety and bringing to market products that comply with applicable regulations in every country in which are products are sold”, which is a total sell out in my eyes. The main reason behind this change of heart? Well it seems that M.A.C. are now trading in China which require, under some arcane law that every single ingredient/product must be tested on animals before it goes on sale. I feel betrayed if im honest, and angry. It’s ridiculous to think that in this day and age companies, who once prided themselves on being against animal testing are now going back on this just to make a bit of extra cash and are quite happy to piss off a lot of their regular customers in doing so. Therefore it’s time for other companies such as Urban Decay and E.L.F. (who are cheap as chips and vegan friendly to boot) to fill the M.A.C. shaped void left in my make up box. I’ve also been intrigued by Illamasqua for a while too so I highly doubt I’ll be missing out.
This all came about around the same time that Lush (who I work for and who have a very strong anti animal testing policy and have no shops in China for the very same reasons I’ve mentioned above) launched their Against Animal Testing campaign. If you haven’t already signed the petition then I urge you to do so here.