So there were a couple of posts about this out there – I hadn’t really internalized that this could be potentially offensive to some, but it seems that it was. For some, naming the product “Instant Confidence Stick” was not only not expected from Bobbi Brown (generally known to embrace our natural beauty – aging and otherwise), but also because it suggested that we need a product to give us confidence (focusing primarily on our superficial appearance, as it were.)
I didn’t take anything negative, nor controversial, from it so much – they way it reads to me is that if I am having a day that I feel I look as though I need a pick me up (my personal opinion about myself) then this might offer some help. It doesn’t suggest to me that I am lacking in some way, no beautiful enough, or that without a product(s), I’m somehow sub-par.
I understand – and agree – with the notion that we should love ourselves the way we are. We should – we are fabulous, damnit! But that doesn’t mean that if we want to pull ourselves together and present a cleaned-up version of ourselves – all the time, or occasionally – that there is anything wrong with that!
Per Bobbi’s UK site (where it is available):
Bobbi’s magic eraser—instantly blurs the look of fine lines and wrinkles for a smoother, more lineless look. The colourless, breathable and ultra-lightweight formula glides on easily and feels weightless, making it comfortable for all-day wear. Use it to prep skin for seamless makeup application, or to touch up and control shine throughout the day.
Infused with a powerful peptide, the formula helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as soon as you apply. A unique triple suspension complex creates an effective yet breathable blurring layer that helps to smooth and perfect skin’s texture. Plus, it works over time to absorb excess oil and control shine.
So it smooths out those pesky lines I sometimes focus too much on (yes, I’m sure they ONLY bother ME.) AND it helps over time to tame shine…which also sometimes aggravates me. I rather appreciate that there’s a lil’ easy-to-use stick out there that might assist me in achieving those things since – let’s be honest – I DON’T always wake up flawless.
In my opinion it is totally okay to recruit a little help because it will make me feel a bit better on the days something to perk me up. And trust me, my confidence hasn’t taken a dive, nor my spirt been wounded, by the name…or the offering.