Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Great Makeup Query

You could consider this blog post totally unplanned and done out of the sheer momentum of my situation. Despite the fact that I promised myself that I will refrain from pigging out on the internet (if you could call it that), I simply could not ignore my inner self telling me that this issue is something worth blogging about despite my previous vow of temporary internet fasting.

I was cleaning my makeup kit this morning for lack of nothinganything better to do. After all, the extremely unwelcoming weather prevented people from even stepping an inch out of their houses. As I was stacking my eyeshadow palettes, I came across my BAXI eyeshadow in shade 009* (which I absolutely adore), and a thought crossed my mind. Does BAXI have a website like other makeup brands? Thus begun my search on the internet.

I knew for a fact that BAXI is a brand manufactured by Siloran Cosmetics in China, so I skipped the part where I would pretend to be ignorant and went straight to googling the manufacturer name and not the brand itself. True enough, they have a website, which by the way looks absolutely cute and legit. As I was browsing through their product page, I was greeted by the list of the brands they manufacture. For the sake of this blog post, my lovelies, allow me to enumerate Siloran's brands:

  • BOB
  • VOV
  • BAXI
  • MengDu
  • RUI
  • Color Park
  • 688
  • USV
Yes, you have read it right. VOV.

I could say I went through the Kübler-Ross model when I saw it. I was in denial, thinking that maybe it was just some weird coincidence. I checked the pictures provided in the site and felt a pang of anger as I saw that the pictures were the same as those sold by VOV Korea. I fumed for a while and still not convinced, bargained in my mind for some sort of explanation for this uncanny makeup phenomenon. But as I searched for legit VOV makeup pictures, the depressing truth seemed to be staring at me. I had no choice but to accept the truth, what I think is the truth based on my observations. The brand VOV which I know is from Korea is manufactured by Siloran.

I am posting this not because I am a victim of this weird mentality that everything that comes from China sucks. Not at all. If I was, I wouldn't have a BAXI eyeshadow in my possession and I'd probably resent the fact that every new acquaintance I make asks if I'm Chinese, and I probably would dream of getting plastic surgery to look like a Caucasian, blah blah blah. My point is that the prices of VOV cosmetics in our malls are waaaaaaaaaaaay up high compared to BAXI, MengDu, and other Siloran brands we could purchase at our friendly neighborhood tiangges.

I am not 100% sure about this blog post. There could be other means to explain this confusion I had. But for now, I judge this case with the evidence I have in my reach and draw my verdict from there. If you have information or whatever which could clarify, support, or disprove this theory of mine, please do tell. I would love to be enlightened.

This is my theory, my fabulous gals. I would love it if you would not quote me on this. i am merely sharing my thoughts with you and asking you to think about it as well. Maybe you could do your own research on the brands, perhaps? As for me, I probably should geet some rest now as I plan to go BAXI and MengDu shopping ASAP.

Siloran's site: http://www.siloran.com/index.htm
* BAXI shade 009 is a lovely silvery-white
**My VOV information did not come from the VOV site for my browser warned me that the page probably has a virus. I based my VOV information on pictures and reviews found in non-virus infested reliable makeup sites.

66 comments:

Sush said...

That is very likely, since everything is outsourced to China now. Boo :/ I havent tried baxi though..where exactly do you get them? I havent seen any thing from Baxi yet hehe. Though they say china made cosmetics contain a high amount of lead, I wish there was a way to test it hmm

Juuya said...

you could get them at Chinese drugstores or tiangges. I agree, but I've read somewhere that the gelato eyeshadow thingy that G-lish sells are repackaged BAXIs. I've seen pictures and it's the same packaging an all, just with different text labels. It said that it was tested and was found safe, so they went ahead and outsourced from Siloran cosmetics. I lost the link to the page, though. I hope the testing's legit.

seventeen said...

I have the same stereotype on Chinese products... recently, I buy one of the Siloran product, the 688... and I'm really doubtful if it is safe or not... But I do hope it is... The product is nice in itself but I'm really bothered about the safety-ness... And yes, their product is very cheap...

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Sonia said...

Hey I recently bought a MengDu stick foundation at a local shop and I was trying to research the brand and came across your website.Since it cost me peanuts I was expecting it to be Chinese spin off but you've got to hand it to them.They are damn ingenious.They come up with dupes of everything and that too cheap though the quality is definitively compromised.I love VoV nail paints and even I was under the impression that they were Korean.If you could pass on any information regarding MengDu and their products.I'd be really greatful.You have a really nice blog.If you have a sec do drop by my blog.
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