Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sinful Colors is Stealing Blogger's Photos!!

I will be boycotting Sinful Colors until further notice..

(LOL @ my Photoshop skillz! I still treat Photoshop like it is MS Paint)

The newest nail drama (move over Lynnderella!) is that Sinful Colors released a "how to" nail art pamphlet at Walgreens stores and used at least 2 well known blogger's photos without permission!!! Not only that, but in one of the photos Sinful Colors polish wasn't even used and they claimed you could get the nail art effect by using a toothpick and swirling, when it was actually achieved by stamping! Oh and get this! In the other photo they actually took the time to photoshop out the blogger's watermark!!! Wow if this isn't sketchy, I don't know what is.

What gets me the most is that if Sinful Colors had reached out and asked these bloggers for permission to use their photos, even for free, provided they would credit them, I am almost certain they or any other blogger would gladly say yes. Most bloggers blog as a labor of love and would be happy for the exposure. I am also surprised that Sinful Colors (recently taken over by Revlon?) didn't have the resources to do the manicures themselves and take their own pictures.

So far Sinful Colors, Revlon, or Walgreens hasn't responded to this situation. I heard that Sinful Colors had been deleting outraged comments on their Facebook page. Shame shame shame!

Check out these links for more info directly from the effected bloggers:

the-swatchaholic & swatchandlearn

And while you're at it, go Sinful Colors Facebook Page and leave them a comment letting them know how you feel! :)

Also you can sign this petition!!! 



Oh wow it gets even better!!! I found an interesting picture on Nouveaucheap. THEY PHOTOSHOPPED THE NAILS ONTO THEIR MODELS FOR THE DISPLAY!!!! #FAILFAILFAIL 

This was posted on the Sinful Colors Facebook page where many outraged individuals have expressed their disgust for the company:  
"Sinful Colors is a polish line put out by Mirage Cosmetics. They are then owned by Revlon. But if you would like your voice to be heard, literally, contact them at: Mirage Cosmetics Inc., 10721 Tucker St, Beltsville, MD 20705
(301) 937-6061. Happy dialing."

I am still trying to track down the (possibly) unidentified blogger from the 3rd photo in the pamphlet. I am looking for a better quality photo of that half moon manicure. If someone has one or a link to one, either email it to me or go to Tineye.com and do a reverse image search. And to any bloggers out there, Tineye is a great tool to see if your pictures are being stolen (but only online).
*2nd UPDATE*

Revlon issued this statement on their Facebook page:
"Dear SinfulColors fans --- We are aware of the issue regarding SinfulColors imagery and are taking steps to resolve this unacceptable error. We deeply respect the rights of our blogger friends and are taking the following measures:

1. We have reached out to the bloggers, Jeanette and Mary, to apologize and quickly resolve the issue.
2. We are correcting any materials featuring the bloggers’ images as soon as possible.
3. We are putting additional measures in place to prevent this from happening again.

Please accept our heartfelt apology and know that we are doing everything we can to make things right."


  1. Hey hey my friend! I want to thank you for this post especially... I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about how a whole slew of company's are getting bigger and better in this economy-- by using the work of dedicated bloggers who care, and therefore must be saving millions by slacking back their (own) ads and using other people's (editing, writing, & presentation) work... In the recent and ever rising cases I've seen of Blog reviews being cited in ads, I have not yet seen a URL or actual name/ screen name listed, EVER! it always says "beuaty blogger" or "online review" in what I've seen D-:
    Additionally, I feel disappointed that this company you speak of is run by Revlon because my gram's used to work (for decades) in a Revlon factory after immigrating to North America during WWII... she always upheld the utmost respect for them, as she said they did as well for her... Which is why I'm gonna contact them and tell them to smarten up!! If enough ppl care about being left uncredited, this wont last
    miss megan

  2. I left a comment on there FB page. And signed the petition. I will be boycotting as well.

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  4. Well, I guess they don't call it "sinful" for nothing...

    I'm glad to see that they are reaching out to the bloggers, though--over 60% of my current supply of nail polish is from Sinful Colors.