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Last month I went on a rant about Sinful Colors and Revlon stealing Bloggers images for their own promotional and commercial gain. My rant consisted of people that couldn't understand why stealing blogger's images was a bad thing and the fact that a company had the gall to steal images in the first place.
Let me explain. Originally Sinful Colors had:
a) stolen images from at least 2 different nail bloggers for use in a promotional pamphlet to go along with a Sinful Colors Nail Lacquer display at Walgreens stores. They photoshopped out the watermarks that were clear and present on the photos they used AND they didn't even steal pictures of nails that had Sinful Colors Nail Lacquer on them. Instead they stole images of nails with Color Club and OPI nail Lacquer on them
b) stolen an image from Jeanette of The Swatchaholic. This image had The Swatchaholic's watermarked photoshopped out of the picture and then the individual nails from the image were photoshopped directly onto a model's hand for the display that holds the Sinful Colors Nail Lacquers.
c) provided misleading and false information in the pamphlet on how to achieve the looks from the stolen images. For example, Mary from Swatch and Learn had her image stolen. Mary used a stamping technique from a Konad stamp to achieve the look in the image that Sinful Colors stole. Instead of informing consumers that a stamp was used to make the design, the pamphlet told customers that they could re-create the look by using a toothpick. (By the way. There is no way you could recreate that look with a toothpick.)
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d) not responded at all to consumer's complaints and concerns on Facebook. As a result, Revlon, Sinful Color's parent company, issued an apology on Facebook about the issue. This was done after being called on it by consumers and bloggers. Revlon made the claim that they were working with the bloggers for The Swatchaholic and Swatch and Learn to resolve the issue at hand.
To read even more about the Sinful Colors/Revlon photo stealing debacle, I refer you to my original post or a well written post on Nailed It, a popular nail polish and nail polish art blog
So why the rant?
Allow me to explain:
While shopping at my local Walgreens this past weekend I saw the Sinful Colors display and I was shocked that it was still up AND that it was still displaying the fake and misleading pamphlet to consumers.
But what really shocked me was that noticed that someone had taped a new picture of the model originally sporting a manicure from The Swatchaholic stolen image with a NEW picture of the same model with a brand new photoshopped manicure using an image from an unknown source.
If you look closely you can see that this cover up looked like it had been folded (maybe because it was sent in the mail to the store?) and simply tacked up over the original photo. The model in the new photo is the same as the old photo display. The nails are clearly photoshopped onto the model's hand. Looking at them, they do not have the same light and shadows as the original pilfered and photoshopped manicure.
This does not rule out the possibility that they simply kept the same stolen, photoshopped manicure and adjusted the colors/hue/and lighting. It is also possible that they took an entirely different photo of a manicure and photoshopped THAT onto the model's hands. Again. You have to wonder, since Sinful Colors stole images the first time....where did they get this new image?
In my opinion Revlon and Sinful Colors are NOT "making things right" With these two bloggers. They are still distributing material containing stolen images and still making money off of these stolen images. Now a new manicure has been plastered over the old stolen manicure. Have they just repeated the same mistake again?
What are your thoughts?
Please forgive the poor quality of some of the images used in this post. I tried to take pictures of the display but the Walgreens Sales Associate was unhappy in me doing so. These were the only images I was able to get before she called the manager over to speak with me.