I have received several emails, DMs and messages on our website questions why I chosen to end the Review Program.
There are several reasons why I finally decided to end this option for reviewers. And since I have gotten so many inquiries I decided to answer publicly.
As you know, Spectrum Cosmetics is a small business working itself up to become larger in the industry. We just do not have the resources to send out products that are not used for the legally agreed purpose.
The main reason that I decided to end the review programs is that several applicants have not followed through with the process. I am currently in the middle of taking 3 "gurus" to court over $1600 in total of retail cosmetics that we sent to them believing they were legit MUAs. And there are so many more than that, that I've taken as a lose. I trusted, in the attempt to build a working business relationship with them and all they did was take advantage of our company and plainly committed fraud.
I've also noticed that a lot, definitely not all, but of some of these YouTube gurus, Makeup Up Bloggers, etc have a sense of entitlement. They feel that small makeup cosmetics should just send them free products because we are some business and "need their help." I see this extremely disrespectful and ungrateful. I'm sorry to tell you, we don't necessarily need you. And it saddens me that I don't get the same respect for my hard work as a company that you can go to Ulta or Sephora and buy at a counter. And many don't know this but I was a Professional Makeup Artist 7 years because I started Spectrum, and I know quite well that with my experience and license there are VERY few leading industry cosmetic companies that I can send an email to asking to "Try" their products and they just send me products for free. Sorry, it just doesn't happen. The most you will get is referred to a store where you can "try" products on store display. You won't be sent anything and will not able to review those products in the comfort of your own home AND be able to keep products after the review is over.. which helps build their business as a MUA...
And some people don't take into consideration the hard work, research and physical labor it takes to run a small business alone or with only a few workers. They nitpick, berate, and even steal from small businesses any time they can, just because they are small businesses. The honestly ruin it for everyone. Its almost like they want to destroy your work just because you're not a large company yet. I have NEVER seen any of the reviews that I speak of take so negatively about products they HAD to purchase themselves. We get treated like second rate and I refuse to continue that to happen. I feel that it should be an equal exchange but unfortunately its not, and I can and will no longer hold the financial burden.
**** I do want to add that there are SEVERAL YouTube Gurus, Reviews, Magazines, Bloggers, etc that I absolutely love and have a great working relationship with. Honest, honorable, and business ethnical individuals that I am glad that I have met and worked with. I will NOT let this set back stop Spectrum Cosmetics from continuing to work with those companies and individuals. You know who you are and we TRULY appreciate you. ****