Product Rating System

Starting 2014, We decided to implement a rating system which will help readers understand our rating system. All review products have been tested on the appropriate skin type and tested for 1 – 4 weeks, depending on what the product is intended for. Regardless of how the item was acquired (whether PR sample or purchased) the reviews are 100% honest, unbiased and based on makeup professionals or beauty expertise: such as makeup artist, dermatologist, doctors or beauty lovers that have a lot of experience with makeup and beauty products.

SmashinBeauty makes no guarantee of the effect or quality of any product. Individual user’s experience with each reviewed product may vary. Comment based on users experience are welcome, but please keep them clean and honest.

HOW THIS WORKS?

Makeup Products have been tested between 1 – 2 weeks. They will be tested in a few different categories.

  • Quality – over all impression
  • Texture  – Refers to how the product feels and smells on the skin
  • Application – Refers to how easy it was to apply, has it feathered, been to drying, evenness and ease of removal.
  • Pigmentation – Refers to color intensity in the formula.
  • Coverage – Refers to only foundation and concealers (lipstick, gloss, lip stain…etc) and how well it covers and if it’s buildable.
  • Longevity – Refers to how long the product wears (base on the skin type that is wearing it and with or without primer). Also does it crease, smudge, fade, flake…etc.
  • Packaging – Refers to how practical or not it is and how easy the product is dispensed
  • Company Claim – comparing to the company claim and the reviewer’s experience

Here is an average lasting time for some makeup products, (of course the longevity depends on the ingredient list)

  • Blush: 6 hours
  • Eyeshadow: 12+  hours (with a base), 6 – 8 hours (without base)
  • Eyeliner: 12+ hours
  • Foundation: 4 – 12+ hours (depends on the ingredients)
  • Highlighter: 6 hours
  • Lipgloss: 1 – 3 hours for sheer color; 4 – 6 hours for long lasting formulas
  • Lipstick: 2 – 4 hours for sheer color; 3 – 4 hours average; dark shades 6+ hours
  • Nail Polish: 5 – 6  days (with a base/top coat), 3 days (without a base/top coat)

Beauty Products (such as skin care product) have been tested between 3 – 4 weeks. They will be tested in a few different categories.

Beauty product are only tested on the required skin type which the product is intended for; for example, a cream for dry skin would be tested on dry skin by a beauty expert that has experience with rating products and using a wide range of beauty products, so that they can compare how it behaves on their skin compared to other products and as to what the brand promises that product will offer.

  • Quality – Over all impression
  • Texture  – Refers to how the product feels and smells on the skin
  • Application – Refers to how easy it was to apply and how fast the skin absorbed the product
  • Results – Refers to how visible the results were which the product claimed to do and if it’s within the promised time frame
  • Company Claim – Comparing to the company claim and the reviewer’s experience

Additional ratings can appear based on what the product is for such as

  • Hydrating – Refers to  how well the product hydrated the skin
  • Scent – Refers to some products have noticeable scent
  • Packaging – Refers to practical or not and how easy the product is dispensed
  • Ingredient List – Refers to the quality of the ingredients

At the end of the trial period we use the following scores

5 – Excellent
4 – Very good
3 – Good
2 – Descent
1 – Not good / Disappointing

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