In Other News….NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil Launches with a “Lady, Look like a Dude” Promo Image

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The promo image is disturbing. Damn, that chick looks like a dude! Oh wait, if I tilt my head a little I can get a little bit of a mannequin vibe going on as well….

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  • 2/2/11 13:36 Heather / Eyeconic:

    Her lips look nude… none of the glosses are that color, lol

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    • 2/2/11 13:38 the Muse:

      exactly heather wth!?

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  • 2/2/11 13:37 Eli:

    Yeah, pretty disturbing, isn’t she? But yet, it’s better than a man looking like a woman, khm…

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    • 2/2/11 13:40 the Muse:

      ha eli some dudes pull off the fem look brilliantly ;-D so def don’t say that ;D!

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    • 2/2/11 16:00 anya:

      Wow, talk about double standards…

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      • 2/2/11 23:33 jamie:

        when i first saw this, i seriously thought it was dude too… and thought it was interesting yet a little disturbing. \it was only after i found it it’s a gal lookin like a dude.

        i think it would’ve been better had she been a dude though, because i would’ve liked the idea that neutral makeup can make someone looking – not more feminine – but more delicate and refined, and it would’ve been wonderfully portrayed in the promo… now knowing that it’s a gal i dont really know what message they are trying to send anymore…

        i dont think anyone means double standard, really.

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  • 2/2/11 13:54 neutralgirl:

    That look doesn’t make me wanna go get their new products. Maybe I’m just a sucker for pretty images, but this is ugly.

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    • 2/3/11 9:56 Nunuiviet:

      Me too, and anyway I hate Nars products

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  • 2/2/11 13:54 Eva:

    I’m kinda loving it!

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  • 2/2/11 14:40 clementine:

    LOL, but it’s so detached from the product. o.O

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    • 2/2/11 18:14 the Muse:

      it kinda is clem! This is there total Spring look for the entire Spring collection but it’s also detached from that as model doesn’t look to wearing anything from the spring collection, like to see a face chart ;D!

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      • 2/3/11 11:08 clementine:

        Ahhh, that explains it, LOL.

        Still, I can’t help but feel this is more fashion editorial than make up ad. I usually really enjoy androgyny in both genders, but this is a little too… contradictory, I guess? Like, I’m guessing that the androgynous look is meant to be edgy, but at the same time, the make up is so uneventful. Something about this particular image just doesn’t make sense to me, and I agree that it’s oddly discomfiting, though I can’t put my finger on why.

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        • 2/3/11 11:19 the Muse:

          mannequin skin clem ;-D that’s what kinda makes it creepy. It’s not a flattering androgyny look, it’s more, harsher I guess and a bit plastic?!

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          • 2/3/11 11:39 clementine:

            It’s less the skin for me and more how her eyes and expression look completely lifeless. Not even mannequin so much as just plain not living, LOLOL. The blank stare is a bit much!

      • 2/3/11 11:33 clementine:

        P. S. Speaking of which, I get how some people might have taken what you wrote the wrong way, but their reactions are kind of hilarious to me… Especially since you posted about a male K-idol working the MAC Peacocky look, like, the day before, LOLOLOL.

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        • 2/8/11 15:12 the Muse:

          exactly clem ;-D

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  • 2/2/11 15:31 Asuka:

    Make-up is so common among men, nowadays. Lip colors are quite popular in gay men. I guess they would prefer a lip pencil, instead of the traditional image of a “woman’s” lipstick or gloss. Although gay men prefer gloss. That’ s why this pencil has shine.

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  • 2/2/11 15:32 graziaplena:

    It’s just plain wrong to censure or express disgust when one sees an image of a person whose gender expression lies beyond mainstream ideas of what “a woman should look like” or “a man should look like.” Even if it’s just an ad meant to move lip pencils, at the very *least* you’re contributing to the crowded pool of negative comments that people who identify outside accepted gender norms have to deal with every damn day. Eli’s and your calling this ‘disturbing’ rubs me wayyy the wrong way.

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    • 2/2/11 15:44 the Muse:

      hi graziaplena I think you’re taking it to a whole other level here. Personally my view of the image is she looks surreal. Kinda like a mannequin and a bit creepy. I’m not disturbed by her androgynous appearance as if you read my blog you know I have a slight obsession with girlish looking Korean boys.

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      • 2/2/11 15:50 Eva:

        um, liking girlish boys doesn’t mean one can’t be prejudiced against masculine looking girls. :/

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        • 2/2/11 15:55 the Muse:

          def not prejudice against anyone eva be it girlish looking boys or boyish looking girls

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      • 2/2/11 15:55 graziaplena:

        You put “Lady, look like a dude” in the title and only mention the mannequin aspect as an afterthought, though, with “oh wait!” *after* “The promo image is disturbing. Damn, that chick looks like a dude!” That really sounds like it’s the androgyny that’s getting the reaction more than the glazed/plastic-like effect of the skin.

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        • 2/2/11 15:59 the Muse:

          hi again graziaplena I’m def not trying to intentionally offend you or anyone else, was a random post to share the news of the lippies plus discuss the promo image as it is interesting. She does indeed look like a man which I stated and proceeded to follow up with the mannequin part. if I offended you I do apologize.

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  • 2/2/11 15:44 Dar:

    Think the point is it could be a Man or a Woman looks beautiful to me the fact that it could be either gender and still look amazing shows how beautiful they are. Nothing disturbing about it.

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  • 2/2/11 15:45 jenna:

    I think it’s more disturbing you would call an ad disturbing just because the model is androgynous. Your and “elis” comment both rubbed me the wrong way.

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    • 2/2/11 15:47 the Muse:

      Hi Jenna, def nothing to do with her androgynous appearance more how surreal she looks and mannequin looking. It’s a strange image and a tad creepy to me.

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      • 2/2/11 15:50 jenna:

        In my opinion you might want to rethink your wording. “Damn, that chick looks like a dude” does not make it sound like you found it “surreal”. It sounds like you find it disturbing that she looks like a man.

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        • 2/2/11 15:54 the Muse:

          Hi Jenna I added soon after about the mannequin part hun. I’m not sure how often you read my Musings but you def know I’m not here to intentionally hurt or offend anyone.

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  • 2/2/11 15:48 MaryB:

    It is strange that she is made up to look like a male mannequin…what that has to to with lip gloss, I don’t know. I’d rather see the product instead of the model.

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  • 2/2/11 16:05 katrosado5:

    I like the makeup application on her. I do not like the photoshop job and I’m unsure of the subliminal message that is being sent in this advert. I do want to see her face straight on though, the ad did accomplish that.

    I find an androgynous appearance in either gender to be quite attractive. It does capture my attention and holds it. It doesn’t matter if the model (or actor or whatever) is male or female I appreciate androgyny.

    Whoa, somebody got their “I’m special and I get to tell others exactly what I think about them even to include calling them names on the internet button” Jebus. Calling someone prejudiced for one sentence is a bit above and over the top. It’s called a social filter—google it—it will serve you well one day.

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  • 2/2/11 16:41 erica:

    The only thing “disturbing” about this is you policing gender.

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    • 2/2/11 16:42 the Muse:

      erica I’m not policing gender at all. Please read through prior comments so you can get a gist for the discussion going on here.

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  • 2/2/11 17:35 Anne:

    “Chick looks like a dude?” Really!? I won’t be visiting your blog again. Bye forever.

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    • 2/2/11 17:54 the Muse:

      sorry to hear that Anne. perhaps look over the other comments I posted so you can get a gist for the discussion.

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  • 2/2/11 17:54 Shannon:

    I agree with some of the comments muse. You seem a little insensitive in your wording…

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    • 2/2/11 18:14 the Muse:

      def was not intentionally being insensitive Shannon! Apologies if you felt that way. :/

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  • 2/2/11 23:48 Ellie:

    Muse,
    I’m sorry people are so over the top PC that they have to take offense at you simply pointing out that NARS made a man look like a woman for an ad. You’re simply saying what is. No reason to attack you for that. As for the ad itself, it’s kind of a shallow attention-getter, cause I’m not seeing any relation between the photo and the product.

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    • 2/2/11 23:51 Ellie:

      I meant “a woman look like a man”. See, I’m already confused. (watch somebody take a shot at that one, lol)

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    • 2/10/11 14:09 the Muse:

      aw thanks Ellie ;-D I think folks took it out of context completely ;D!

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  • 2/3/11 0:09 Kitty:

    Hmmm my thoughts: I actually think the model would look a lot less masculine if her hair was let down and worn loose. I think her facial features don’t look exceptionally masculine, only her hair (which plays a huge role in someone’s appearance sometimes).

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  • 2/3/11 3:59 Selenite:

    This androgynous look rocks! Don’t like that people of all genders enjoy makeup? That’s your problem, Muse. Some of us makeup lovers aren’t het, femme women. And some of use who are don’t squeal in dismay when faced with that.

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    • 2/3/11 8:06 the Muse:

      hi selenite I’m not sure how it turned into I don’t like androgynous women or I’m knocking them. as that was not what I was trying to say at all. I was first person who posted about both agyness deyn and emma watson when they cut their hair and proceeded to gush over how amazing they both look.

      http://www.musingsofamuse.com/2010/04/yay-or-nay-agyness-deyn-super-short-hair.html
      http://www.musingsofamuse.com/2010/08/emma-watsons-new-pixie-cut-emma-watsons-new-hair-cut-yay-or-nay.html
      I think maybe you took what I was saying completely out of context. where in the world did I mention that I hated any one gender!? I merely started she looked like a man and a mannequin, both of which are true statements and neither of which was hateful or spiteful.

      Jesus my best friend is gay and wears makeup and never have I belittled him for it or hated on him about it. I think he pulls it off better than any women. Please don’t assume I have prejudices.

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    • 2/3/11 8:08 the Muse:

      on a side note you read here, commented in the past, and talked to me. I think by now you have a feel for my personality and that personality isn’t a hateful one. Come on….seriously?

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  • 2/3/11 5:30 GFree:

    Reminds me of the photo shoot Linda Evangelista did dressed in a men’s suit with her hair slicked back like a guy – I think it was done back in the 80′s. She’s on a street, looking like she’s telling someone off – sort of retro 1940′s style. I have a postcard of it somewhere in my art studio. She’s gorgeous no matter what you do with her. Usually they would just change her hair color, but she was even gorgeous as a guy in that shot. With all the retro 80s looks coming back – you can’t be surprised the androgyny look would creep back in. That started what?, probably with Bowie and the glam bands in the 70s. Shocker is woman to man looks. Can only think of Linda pulling that off well. [Love your blog BTW!]

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    • 2/3/11 8:30 the Muse:

      hi gfree, thanks for adding your comment in! I am def discussing how the model looks in the photo and not a specific gender. I honestly am not sure now the conversation got into the realms of I’m being prejudice against a certain gender or group of people phew! I have since apologized as well to the poster who felt offended by my comment. The androgyny look is extremely flattering but it depends on how it is done, nars version, well I find it creepy, she looks like a mannequin….!

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      • 2/3/11 12:02 rose:

        80′s is back for sure. & yeah bowie, runaways, glam rock, punk

        all of which I think rocks because 80s was totally lacking of the quality and color in MU available today. when I think 80s I always think where was UD when we needed it! so… Back to the Past and pass the Gary Glitter lol

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        • 2/3/11 15:39 the Muse:

          god…I long for the 80′s rose ;-D!

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          • 2/3/11 16:00 rose:

            yes, can we get a back to the future where a girl gets zapped to 80s? oh wait, no because there’d be no plot if she stayed :-)

          • 2/3/11 16:46 the Muse:

            lol she’d miss the internetz rose!

          • 2/3/11 16:50 rose:

            totally depends on the day muse lmao

  • 2/3/11 5:46 GFree:

    BTW realized you and I are talking about a fashion photograph and the look of the photograph and model. I am not commenting about anything else. I’m from San Francisco (Pot. Hill, or Goat Hill for old timers) and I love my friends who are of all walks and genders – and there are more than two genders in my book. Also there is more sexual orientations than just straight, gay and bi too. And, yes gender and sexual orientation are two different things as well. I have a lot of transgender friends and wasn’t even thinking of them when I made the comment above. [I am a volunteer with a non-profit SF transgender youth group.] I could see them calling me a dork – but I was just thinking fashion photography and someone posing as someone else–something that they are not. If I saw my friends in a picture, and I have as some of them do model, I don’t not think androgyny–I just see them as they are, beautiful and strong.

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  • 2/3/11 9:55 Claudenka:

    reminds me of andrej pejic, who’s on marc jacobs ads
    i like the androgyny :P

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    • 2/3/11 9:58 the Muse:

      ahh claudenka love andrej pejic but hate when they do her brows so harsh in some photos :/ It takes away from the angle of her face, she does some fab ads ;D!

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  • 2/3/11 10:13 fwtw:

    androgyny is pretty trendy lately, andrej is an interesting look IMO, usually see more women who blur the lines than feminized men hitting the glossies but I’m kinda liking it because I think it’s being done in a much more aethetically pleasing way lately. def like andrej pejic’s look for one. lady gaga has really impacted beyond self.

    that said, I think this is an odd photo for a lipgloss since it looks like bare lips. maybe it’s the new androgynous Karbie head where you apply the lipcolors to the mannequin for all of us MU collectors who really need spare lips to use up all their collections?

    More power to people who don’t fall into traditional gender lines or sexual lines. In a perfect world we’d accept people based on the contents of their heart not their shirt and love them based on their heart not the contents of their undies.

    (I reserve the right to critique makeup based on how good or bad it looks, not the gender of the person wearing it.)

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  • 2/3/11 11:29 LorraineER:

    I love androgeny- it’s beautiful! We go to drag shows sometimes, queens AND kings- it’s really fun to see! I like the promo image.

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  • 2/3/11 13:01 Darijo:

    I think the point is that this clean cut “woman in a suit” look is a very cold and early 90′s look. It’s reminescent of madonna in her “open your heart” video. This doesn’t scream “new for spring” at all. Also, the larger market for makeup is women who want to look prettier or more feminine. This kind of image will appeal to a much smaller demographic. Her lips also have a “bumpy” wrinkly look to them like as though she has chronic dry lips. An image with smooth lips is more appealing to those buying lip products. This image would be more appropriate for advertising a sculpting powder or a smoky eye kit.

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  • 2/3/11 13:58 Kristina:

    Good grief! Some people really like to create bias where there is none. Get your panties out of a bunch.

    I think the pic is ugly. That’s my opinion – and Muse you’re certainly entitled to yours as well. Some people just enjoy getting into a huff. I hope you don’t stress over it!

    That aside, I’m really looking forward to trying out the pencils!

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  • 2/3/11 14:28 jenna:

    hi muse,
    do our email addresses show up for you when we comment? i sure hope so because i read your blog daily and adore it and i comment under this nickname. just read through this gender drama and realized someone under the nickname “jenna” was leaving some nasty comments up there ^^ and i want to clarify that that is a different person!
    as a frequent reader of your blog, i know you’re an extremely intelligent and well-rounded person and lover of all things male, female, masculin, feminine, androgenous, foreign, geeky.. you name it!! and that is what makes it so fun and fascinating to read your take on the subject of beauty and cosmetics!
    i think your comment was harmless and i think people should at least take a moment to commend you for all the positive things you say if they must attack you for one little comment that they clearly misunderstood anyhow.
    might i also say you handled this silly negativity with the highest level of grace!
    TONS of love for musingsofamuse.com and the Muse herself!
    *hugs!*

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    • 2/3/11 14:30 the Muse:

      jenna I’ll be emailing you directly to thank you :) I appreciate your support. I def think if you read Musings daily and you interact with me you totally read this post and thought oh yes I know what she means and didn’t take it as me hating on any specific gender or group of people, that’s SO not me and I’m happy you know it’s not me! Big Hugs!!!!!!!

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      • 2/3/11 14:39 rose:

        Muse, I think most people would have gotten the pun on the song “dude looks like a lady” but it’s simply a reminder to all of us that a cultural reference can so easily be misread esp on a touchy issue. I know you would never intentionally offend. Maybe embed a link to the mp3/lyrics/youtube on anything like it next time? or a still from the video? Poor kid catching it on that one but readers know you’re cool. :-)

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        • 2/3/11 15:38 the Muse:

          hi rose. Indeed I should hope so. And indeed, it can be, which is always saddening particularly for those who aren’t nearly as touchy. ;-D yes maybe the youtube video would have helped it along haha!

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          • 2/3/11 15:58 rose:

            perhaps the people so outraged by your insensitivity should note their own in assuming that “lady, look like a dude” is insulting. it could also be considered fashion advice: hey ladies– look like a dude!

            the trouble may have been that it wasn’t separated enough from the criticism on the ad really not looking like it had anything to do with glossy lips & the model looking rather plastic-y. but why is “look like a dude” assumed that looking like a dude is bad? I think you’re probably getting reactions mainly because people have a low tolerance for those assumptions because so often they are rude. I do think a familiarity with aerosmith was probably a necessity– maybe with a pic of the twisted sister men in heavy liner world we elderly chicks come from.

            poor kids don’t know we set the path in motion. dude looks like a lady, twisted sister, bowie, gary glitter, joan jett, pat benetar,

            never judge a book by it’s cover, or who you’re making up by your blogger :-)

          • 2/3/11 16:06 the Muse:

            lol rose you made me laugh. I have one thing to say to you, DEE SNIDER! rock on sister! he’s look fab in his old age but man he looked WAY better with his long twisted hair and makeup! YUM!
            I think alot of this was taken out of context and just assumed without really reading here often or understanding my personality maybe?! I dunno but I def wasn’t thinking it would cause this much mayhem ;D!

          • 2/3/11 16:38 rose:

            For you Muse:
            http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Dee-Snider-120×119.jpg

            I’m sure it’s been a tough day for you. I kinda feel bad for everyone. I do get that it’s important not to perpetuate hate even unintentionally but I also think it’s important for people commenting to understand that a rude comment by some doesn’t mean your intent with the headline was anything more than connecting the 80′s androgyny with current androgyny which unfortunately in this case happened to occur on a really crappy ad. It’s not wrong to hate an ad just because it also happens to be androgynous, that would be reverse discrimination, but I think maybe important to have people understand your distaste was for the ad not for gender bending. Goodness knows you’ll watch for that possible misreading in future though!!

          • 2/3/11 16:45 the Muse:

            I do think I mistakenly thing of everyone as a buncha friends who get my writing Rose ;-D that’s def one of my mistakes sometimes I guess as I just assume as a “friend” they are understanding what I get at ;-D but yes, def have to be WAY clearer in the future what I am referencing and how ;-D

    • 2/3/11 22:16 Etta J:

      Hear hear!! I second that, Jenna.

      Muse,
      Perhaps to some, out of the context of your other posts, this one might seem judgmental in some way. However, I must say that I’ve been visiting Musings of a Muse regularly for over a year now. I have always found your reviews and your sense of humor above reproach. The gracious handling of the intense comments regarding your post only increases my respect for you and your blog.

      Please keep up the great work!

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      • 2/4/11 8:11 the Muse:

        etta I think I automatically assume that you’ve all been around here for ages and know me. I’m thankful for readers like you everyday that get me ;-D and I sometimes forget that alot of folks haven’t been as long around here and can def take my words and completely misunderstand what I am getting at plus my fondness for referencing old songs, geekery, and other babblings prob goes over many a person’s head sometimes ;-D but it feels great when someone hops in to say, “Hey, I totally get you muse…” ;-D I wish everyone got my particularly brand of crazy but damn not everyone is as nuts as we are eh? haha ;D!

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  • 2/3/11 15:22 Selenite:

    I’m just going to point out what others have: your header for the post was “lady, look like a dude”. Before you started with the model looking like a mannequin, that was your first complaint. The lady looking like a dude.

    Frankly, I don’t care about some celebrity’s short haircut. I don’t really remember anyone complaining “Ewwww, it makes them look like men!”

    You do realize that “I have a gay friend and he wears it better than most women” sounds a great deal like “but my friends are black and they’re so articulate!”, right?

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    • 2/3/11 15:37 the Muse:

      hi selenite. I’m not here to insult any one person or group of person(s) I’m merely pointing out instances where I’ve done similar posts in the past. I may a reference to Jai for the fact that I’m not creating blog posts to belittle, make fun of, or be prejudice against any group or persons. Things were simply taken completely of context here. The model features does indeed like like a guy why is stating that such an issue.

      Either way, I’ve said a few times in comments how and what I was trying to say and it def wasn’t in the realms of being hateful.

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      • 2/3/11 23:50 graziaplena:

        Muse, *even if you didn’t intend to* and *even though you didn’t mean to hurt anybody,* the way that some of the post was phrased the post clearly HAS made some people unhappy. Perhaps instead of continuing to insist upon/work towards proving your innocent intent & lack of prejudice, you could consider that the wording is still up there and still might continue to hurt people, *even if that wasn’t what you meant the wording to do or thought it would do.*

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        • 2/4/11 8:06 the Muse:

          Hi again graziaplena.

          What are your suggestions? I’ve apologized to you directly and as you mentioned clearly stated in many comments what my intention was and what I mean by the post so short of deleting this post entirely which I won’t do considering you and others have taken time out to discuss it, what are your suggestions?

          When people reply telling me how they feel about the post or making accusations because of the post, shall I not defend the post and what I wrote and simply ignore them? Shall I close comments on the post? Make a small note on the post explaining the situation? Honestly the note within the post is prob unnecessary considering the comments here about what it meant can be easily read.

          What are your recommendations/suggestions for the issue? I’d sincerely like to hear your thoughts since you were one of the first people to comment on the post about it being hurtful so I value your thoughts on the topic.

          Do let me know.

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      • 2/4/11 0:30 Brittany:

        What?! I can’t even comprehend the drama here! Muse girl, you are such a nice, funny, genuine person and if anyone disagrees, they should just take note of the fact that you’ve defended yourself in reply comments to the extreme to make sure no ones feelings are hurt/ offensed. You DONT need to defend yourself :(- anyone who reads this blog will know how loving and open minded you are about everything and every subject- and when you share personal tidbits about your life like about your best friend being gay and then people have the nerve to use that against you somehow saying you’re just using that as a kind of front is ridiculous!!!! Everyone is entitled to their own opinion! be it about makeup, fashion, politics you name it. So if someone enjoys the pic- so be it! And if someone is disturbed by it! Then that’s that. It becomes a sad case when someone can’t be honest about their opinion about something and gets ridiculed and accused of being prejudiced just because they don’t agree with a certain consensus. Anyway, longgg hug Muse :)

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        • 2/4/11 9:20 the Muse:

          aw thanks brittany! I think alot of stuff was taken out of context but I’m glad we all got the chance to sit down and talk about it ;-D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I do think alot of folks that read here daily know who I am and know enough about my life to know that I tolerate anything and everyone ;D I’m a lover not a hater! :D big hug back chica!

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    • 2/3/11 17:19 mon:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf0oXY4nDxE

      It’s Aerosmith’s “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)”. This would explain the title.

      You are most likely not a regular reader. I’ve been reading every weekday (no new posts on weekends) for the past several months and take everything written with a grain of salt. I continue to come back and read because this blog is fun and the blogger sounds like a kind and open-minded person, not one to try to post negativity on the interwebs. If you actually read her posts, you too can get this impression very well.

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      • 2/4/11 9:04 the Muse:

        thanks mon ;-D cheers hun! Happy to have readers that know me and get me ;D!

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    • 2/3/11 23:48 clementine:

      1. The title is a play on a very famous Aerosmith song called, “Dude (Looks Like A Lady).” I’m going to take a wild stab in the dark and say that the people who got it found it cute, and the people who didn’t got offended, LOL.

      But yes, that’s where the title’s from. It’s not a commentary on anything; it’s just a pun.

      2. That said, for someone who’s trying to make a point about how important it is to ~be accepting~ and ~love rainbows~, the tone of your comment is pretty damn rude.

      3. You do realize that “I have a gay friend and he wears it better than most women” sounds a great deal like “but my friends are black and they’re so articulate!”, right?

      LOL, this is terrible, incredibly offensive, and completely faulty logic on your part. It is so bad that I can’t even find the words to explain why it’s such an awful analogy, both in a linguistic sense and a general where-the-hell-did-you-even-come-up-with-that sense.

      Let me just put it this way: You are trying to equate make up application skills with natural intelligence. Not learning or scholastic achievement but natural intelligence.

      Just sit on that for a minute, okay. I mean, seriously.

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  • 2/3/11 16:52 rose:

    Dear Nars: We’re Not Gonna Take It! This is how real men look! Please correct your model’s make up.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6GzD92P3X8

    >:-)

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    • 2/4/11 9:05 the Muse:

      LOL rose!!!!!!!!! \m/ rock on sis, rock on!

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      • 2/4/11 9:09 the Muse:

        rose this is a REAL man http://www.shiroitsubasa.com/shiroitsubasa/gackt.jpg SWOON! he’s so girlishly beautiful! <3 Gackt!!!!!!!!!!!

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        • 2/5/11 2:08 Rose:

          noooo… Cillian Murphy! (or watch the trailer for Peacock– amazing)

          He’s a really beautiful guy.

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          • 2/8/11 11:06 the Muse:

            oh yes he is rose ;D I love him! disco pigs fav movie everz!

          • 2/8/11 11:09 Rose:

            He’s incredibly talented, I’m working through everything he’s done.

            Disco pigs was nuts– he loves the real mind-fucks.

          • 2/10/11 12:52 the Muse:

            def! totally my kinda movie Rose ;-D trippy as hell!

  • 2/3/11 17:02 Cj:

    Wow… Ok first of all, Can everyone please take like a xanax or a drink and just calm down okay? The Muse obviously didn’t mean anything offensive. This is all just a misunderstanding.

    Now onto the promo picture, It doesn’t make sense at all to me, their advertising ‘Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils’ and the woman has chapped nude lips? Doesn’t make any sense at all lol. And I’m definately getting a mannequin vibe lol

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    • 2/4/11 9:05 the Muse:

      ;-D hey CJ!

      ha I think everyone is this post should come out and have a drink, I’m buying ;D and we can all argue, talk, and hug about it after we downed some good hard liquor and cupcakes too!

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      • 2/4/11 9:49 Cj:

        Wait wait wait… Liquor AND CUPCAKES?!?!

        I am so in! Lol :P

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        • 2/4/11 9:51 the Muse:

          I’m COMING to Florida my friend ;-D hold the fort down until I get there. I’ll bring cupcakes from Crumbs http://www.crumbs.com massive ones the size of your head! ;D

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  • 2/3/11 17:26 mon:

    For the record, I saw this post and just ignored it because the quotation marks were quoting something. That is what quotation marks do, they indicate that something is quoted.

    I also think the promo doesn’t work too well. Her lips don’t look that glossy and that ad would never make me want to buy that product. If say, it was promoting an eyeshadow with a glossy finish, then I would buy it (if I had the cash) and not find the promo disturbing. Marketing fail.

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  • 2/3/11 18:22 Mary the Muse Militant:

    Hey, wait ladies !
    What if that is a dude that looks like a woman :) !!

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    • 2/8/11 13:05 Rose:

      Anything that plastic looking would only qualify as sexy in an ad for Energizer.

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  • 2/4/11 0:36 Bertie:

    I’m an FTM tranny and offended that I’m supposed to be offended. :P just teasing ya Musey.

    If the picture was in Vogue as part of an editorial, I’d dig it, but as a spring collection promo, it sure doesn’t make me want to run out and buy lipgloss.

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    • 2/4/11 9:02 the Muse:

      Bertie are you really an FTM?! Hell good on you if you are ;-D

      Mmm even as a vogue editorial I’d prob hate, she just looks like a corpse, it’s not flattering in the least :( It’s the makeup I guess?! she looks plastic :( heck if I was an androgynous woman I’d be insulted by it ;D

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  • 2/6/11 20:32 kharanya:

    Hey Muse, seems I’m late to the dance, but guess I get your puns lols. I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now, totally love your posts and have never once seen anything offensive on your blog. Just dropping in to lend some support *hugs*. I can’t help but think you just got stomped on by a bunch of net trolls. Btw that pic is so plastic, I’d never want to try the product, but then I’ve never been partial to the dead mannequin look. Cheers.

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    • 2/8/11 10:53 the Muse:

      hi kharanya sorry delayed reply hun! *hugs* aw thanks! I do believe some of the readers who commented are quite new to my blog and took things out of context :( sigh but I’m just glad some of this was cleared up! :) ha…agreed neither am I. the photo is extremely unflattering, she just has a living dead girl look going on :/

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  • 2/10/11 14:03 Kirstie:

    I tried these on at Sephora before seeing this ad… and it is a good thing! The product is perfect for gloss lovers like me who want a little more color (the red Baroque color for example) yet don’t like how drying lip sticks can be. I bought the Baroque and will be buying the other more pigmented shades after I finish up some other products! ;)

    But this ad does not scream shinny lip gloss to me. It almost seems like an ad for matte powder or a bronzer to sculpt your cheekbones with. WAY off the mark here, Nars!

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