Product Review Integrity | RougeRating System
VR uses a product rating system for articles categorized “Product Review”. This rating system will be used on cosmetic and other beauty items. As review posts do take more time, I may not include a review rating for every post I do on this site, in which case the products may be featured in “Daily Vanity”, “Vanity Picks”, “Must-See”, and will not include this rating system. If you ever have a question on my thoughts on a product that I do not feature in full product review on this site, I welcome any questions and I will respond and let you know what I think!
Please Note: Your experience with a particular product may differ from the view and experiences expressed on this blog.
VR’s Product Review Integrity
The editor of this blog strives to provide accurate and informative content for the benefit of consumers as well as companies. My main objective is to represent the product for what it is and what it does. I will accept products for purposes of a review or showcase on this blog, but I also purchase products to feature on this blog as well. How I obtained a product will be clearly listed in the disclaimer portion of the post (please read my Terms & Conditions page for more information). I provide high quality photos to showcase a product no matter the “high” or “low” cost of a particular product. I love to be artistic in my representation of products (the artist in me has to get out sometimes!) but I also want to provide accurate and true-to-life photos to assist the consumer with a purchase. I hold a very high standard in how I communicate in my review posts and will honestly review a product based upon the criteria outlined below. I give honest reviews based upon product performance and how it worked for me. I also strive to be professional in all of my reviews, and as such will not restate my product integrity in each post and/or video, but will link this page so consumers and companies alike can be aware of VR’s Product Review Integrity.
If you came over from my previous blog, you know I am a very verbose blogger! While I am going to be trying to curb my wordiness for this blog, I will be listing what I consider to be imperative information inside the review commentary portion of the post. I encourage you to always read the commentary to get a full understanding for why I choose to rate the product in the way I did. The commentary will always include:
- Manufacturer/Company Claims
- My impressions & results using this product
- General commentary on the product (how it feels, performs, functions, etc.)
After reading through the commentary, you can take a look at the additional information I include in my product review:
Letter Grading (a.k.a., RougeRating)
I have decided to utilize a letter grading system in the cosmetic and other beauty products I review (please read below for the exclusion of skincare). This is currently what you will see at the bottom of my review posts:
- Product – 9/10
- Formula – 10/10
- Pigmentation – 8/10
- Longevity – 10/10
- Application – 10/10
The categories will include:
Product - This will consider in general the type of product I am reviewing in comparison to other similar products across the market. 10 possible points
Formula - This will consider the makeup of the product itself. 10 possible points
Pigmentation - This will be used in all cosmetic products and will consider pigment based upon intensity of color. 10 possible points
Longevity - This will consider how long the product lasts in comparison to other products in the same classification, and will also take into consideration of that specific products claims of length of wear. If any claims are made by that particular product/brand, these will be clearly stated in the review. 10 possible points
Application - This will consider how easy the product is to work with and apply. 10 possible points
I tally the total score, divide by 50 (which is the total possible points) and then apply the following letter grade to the product based upon this guide:
- 99-100% A+
- 93-98% A
- 90-92 A-
- 87-89% B+
- 83-86% B
- 80-82% B-
- 77-79% C+
- 73-76% C
- 70-72% C-
- 67-69% D+
- 63-66% D
- 60-62% D-
- 59 or below = F
In general, a product that is rated with an A is excellent, B is still acceptable, C could use improvement (or there is something better out there). A “D” rating means it did not impress me and I would not purchase. An “F” rating, well is not good, and means I would avoid it.
What About Skincare Reviews?
I have thought long and hard about implementing a rating system for skincare products, but in the end I feel that skincare is too personalized to give it a rating system. I realize that we all vary in what makeup products will work for us, but because skincare varies so much from person to person, it is for this reason I am not going to give it a rating. However, you can expect the following in my skincare review posts:
- Manufacturers/Companies Product Claims
- Consistency of product (formula) and ease of use
- How the product worked for me, and my results
Please note that I may or may not choose to use before and after photos. This is not because I am trying to hide anything (if you are a regular here, you know I am not shy about baring my naked face for the world to see!) Sometimes it may be that I did not remember to snap a “before” photo. Or maybe I didn’t think I would see significant results from a product that didn’t claim anything wondrous (and in a sense it surprised me!). I will certainly post before and after photos of products when I can, however because I find this type of post more informative.
This review policy is effective from 15 November 2012 and may be modified without prior notification at the editor’s discretion.