People Are Divided Over Gucci's Latest Lipstick Campaign | Clozette


Over the weekend, Gucci launched what they call an 'experimental' campaign in line with the relaunch of their beauty line. The makeup range stars more than 50 lipstick shades in three categories — namely Rouge à Lèvres Satin, Rouge à Lèvres Voile, and Baume à Lèvres — with punk artist Dani Miller as the face of the campaign. While many were beyond excited for this release, others were astounded at the campaign's choice of aesthetic. 


Netizens were quick to share their opinions on the series of images Gucci used on both their website and social media platforms, one of which featuring a gap-toothed model. As expressed by Gucci's creative director Alessandro Michele in an interview,  the main goal of this campaign is to "create a humanised point of view, however strange," showing imperfections as a part of what should be celebrated as beautiful. But the message seemed to have been lost to some, with comments that they initially thought Gucci has been hacked, trolled, or meme-d because of how 'horrendous' the image was. 




On the flip side, others came to the defence of the campaign, claiming that people who are against it are the very reason why we are moving so slowly towards a totally inclusive industry. Some are even quoting the campaign's face, Dani Miller, saying that the campaign proudly suggests that now women can leave their makeup insecurities and simply "wear any colour with whatever features you have and just have a blast with it." 


But if you think that's the tricky end to it all, there is a third camp sharing their opinions on the matter. While the first half aim to bash and the second aim to defend, others say that their concern lies on the idea that the campaign was done in bad taste, passing poor hygiene for diversity and inclusivity.


This third half of the conversation raised parallelisms with promoting body dysmorphia, anorexia, or obesity as self-love even when one's health is on the line. They also shared how they think the campaign is justifying toxic behaviour for unwillingness to change or improve because of today's 'accept me for who I am' maxim. People who agree with this say that while there is nothing wrong with the campaign's goals, its exclusion of context upon execution made it questionable. Whether the last part was intentional, one thing's for sure: it got people buzzing. 


This is not the first time people on the internet were divided on such issues. Many brands have also gone through many trials before getting their inclusivity campaigns right, most of whom created campaigns that also focus on embracing one's imperfections while still critiqued as having a low bar for what is considered as 'progressive'. 


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Just recently, Nike also got a handful of highs and lows on their Instagram's comments section after posting a model showing unshaved armpit hair. And who can forget Victoria's Secret's Barbara Palvin being tagged in controversy for being dubbed as a plus-sized model? Even Fenty Beauty — a brand widely celebrated for being body positive, inclusive, and diverse — was subject to backlash after calling one of their products 'Geisha Chic'.


Looking at all these examples, it is plain as day that our quest for inclusivity and diversity also intersects with appropriation, acceptance, and maybe even over-reaction. This makes it hard to know for both brands and consumers which route to take. Which makes us ask: how do we really get it right? 



Given that there's still a lot to learn from the industry's past shortcomings and today's misgivings, the key is accepting that we are still a long way to go from an absolutely open-minded perception of beauty. Apart from this, we also still have to learn how to be vigilant in recognising the difference between accepting one's imperfections and being apathetic towards self-improvement and health. Both brands and beauty enthusiasts should work together to discern between the two before we move forward. It's not until we settle these lines that we really know how to be truly welcoming to everyone's type of beauty. 


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Today, we've got some fabulous news to share. From a celebrity couple's 'secret' wedding to a collaboration between two big streetwear brands, here's some news that will kickstart your weekend on a good note. Keep reading to get updated, stat!


Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas are now married



The lovebirds finally walked down the aisle. After attending the Billboard Music Awards, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner got hitched at a Las Vegas chapel with an Elvis Presley impersonator as the officiator no less. Oh, and instead of the traditional wedding rings, the couple exchange ring pops. Adding to the low-key vibe is that the videographer is none other than DJ Diplo, who live-streamed the wedding on Instagram. Well, that's definitely a plot twist we didn't expect.


Taylor Swift accused of copying Beyoncé



Speaking of the Billboard Music Awards, controversy sparked after Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie's performance at the awards show. Viewers remarked that the marching band incorporated into the duo's live number bears a striking similarity to Beyoncé's performance last year at Coachella. Indeed, it's similar but the Beychella performance isn't really the first ever to have marching bands. Think about Gwen Stefani's Hollaback Girl, which was released way back in '04. What's your take?


Jorja Smith for Dior Makeup


Jorja Smith for Dior

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British artist Jorja Smith is the latest ambassador of Dior Makeup. The young talent is expected to appear in the luxury beauty brand's future editorial and digital projects in partnership with Dior Makeup Creative and Image Director Peter Philips. We're so excited for what's in store for this collaboration. Is it a perfume, a makeup collection, skincare line or all of the above?


ReFa introduces their latest facial roller


ReFa Facial Roller


From cleansing devices to facial rollers, there's no denying that ReFa beauty tools are some of the most innovative in the market. If you're one of those who loves ReFa products then here's a sweet surprise: they're about to launch a new gadget called RHYTHM roller. It's the first-ever shiatsu massager designed to loosen stiffness in the neglected facial muscles and promote circulation for beautiful skin. It's safe to say that we need to give this a try. 



adidas Originals partners up with Billionaire Boys Club


adidas Originals Billionaire Boys Club


We know what you're thinking, and no, not with the movie starring Ansel Elgort. The Billionaire Boys Club we're talking about is the one founded by Pharrell Williams and Nigo (who also founded A Bathing Ape). The up-and-coming streetwear line partners up with iconic sports brand adidas for a special collection featuring the exclusive elevated editions of shoes designed by Williams. Get ready to add these pieces to your collection.


(Cover photo from: @sophiet)


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Philippine beauty retailer Beauty Bar has recently launched its newest line-up of brands at a summer-themed house party. Showcasing the latest developments in body care, makeup, and skincare, these brands centre on being smart and sexy. From a clear and effective ingredient list to Instagram-worthy packaging, here are the fresh names to look out for on your next shopping session.


BOD (Body On Demand)


body on demand tanner


Focusing on achieving and reinforcing body confidence, BOD developed their cruelty-free “Anti-Spanx” regimen underscored by research on the causes of bloatedness. Their 20-Minute Bath Salts help your body detox and sweat out the toxins. Followed it with their Hydrating Glitter Body Scrub that makes use of sugar and biodegradable glitter to lift away dead skin cells. Meanwhile, their Body Sorbet smooths and tightens skin, leaving behind a lovely iridescent shimmer, while their multi-tasking vegan tanners deliver glowing and sculpting benefits.


Fancy Handy


fancy handy mask


Fun packaging is the strength of this Barcelona brand with designs mirroring their products’ key ingredients. Noteworthy mentions from Fancy Handy are the banana-shaped Banana Hand Cream from their Mini Fruits range and Clay Face Mask in an ice cream-like tub. Ease of use is also a priority with the brand with travel-friendly innovations like the Face Moisturising Stick which comes in Refreshing and Anti-Pollution variants.


Lily Lolo


lily lolo mineral blush


Since 2005, this British brand has been advocating for clean, responsible beauty. Bringing the best in natural makeup, Lily Lolo’s range of mineral cosmetics are cruelty-free and made without parabens, fragrances, synthetic fillers or dyes. Their BB Cream boasts of a rare silicone-free formula, their Mineral Foundation SPF 15 features a stunning four-ingredient list, while their Mineral Eyeshadow and Blush are made of highly pigmented, skin-friendly mineral ingredients.



Patchology


patchology sheet masks


Patchology’s lineup presents targeted treatments based on what you need. Their Flash Patch collection of eye gels and lip gels are perfect on the go, delivering quick results in as fast as five minutes. For days when you get to take a break and have more time on your hands, their Intensive Special Treatments are a great option you can use to unwind. Finally, you can maintain your skin condition at its peak by using their Multi-Tasking Daily Essentials range.


The Inkey List


inkey rosehip oil


Straightforward skincare is at the heart of The Inkey List. Touted as your “beauty translator”, everything you need to know about what the product does, how the ingredients work, as well as how to pronounce them are all on the packaging. With friendly prices and a friendlier approach to skincare education, The Inkey List is sure to be a new staple in your beauty arsenal. Must-tries are the Retinol serum, Rosehip Oil, and Caffeine eye cream.


Check out these brands at Beauty Bar stores and the Beauty Bar website.

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