This Beauty Page Throws Shade On PH Social Issues Through Beauty Reviews
by Sherry Tadeja, February 26, 2019 1:30pm
Tackles PH's social issues, one skincare review at a time
When it comes to trying out trendy beauty products, we usually turn to our fave beauty vloggers or bloggers first before making the purchase.
By now, you might be familiar with how beauty reviews go: a detailed product description, initial thoughts, wear test, then a final verdict. The content flow of beauty reviews has already become too predictable, but definitely not for All Skincare Sometimes Shade (AKA A.S.S.S).
A.S.S.S, a Facebook page containing local beauty reviews, became popular not only for recommending you the best shade range for your skin but for the shade it throws on social issues and politics as well—all seamlessly integrated into their beauty reviews. This way, you can care for your skin, while being socially conscious of our nation’s current state, too. Talk about multi-way skincare.
Here are receipts and our favorite reviews to date:
The time we all wished for a ‘Neutral Mocha’
"I immediately bought a lipstick in the shade Neutral Mocha since we all know that's not gonna happen in this administration.[...] These products be serving soft, velvety matte realness. It's hydrating and glides on yo lips like a dream. Like Duterte's infrastructure program, it's Build Build Build-able but without 8 trillion peso cost and the inevitability of falling into a debt trap with China,”
A concealer review that reveals all:
“Unfortunately, some of the things this product cannot conceal includes Sotto's guilt about Pepsi Paloma and NutriAsia's horrible working environment in their factories and the violent dispersal of their workers fighting for their right to regularization, health benefits, among other shit they have to be compensated for,”
Review-turned-lecture to the 2019 senatoriables
“This gel-cream will help enhance your skin tone by exfoliating the outermost layer of dead skin cells. The thing about glycolic acid is that it has the smallest molecules which allow it to penetrate into your skin deeply and easily. Just like how politicians and other government authorities penetrate and demonize news media and use the entertainment sector for campaign purposes (*cough* MMK *cough*). Bato-bato sa langit, Padilla wag magalit chos,”
With the page’s relatable woes and witty remarks both on skin and national concerns, it’s no question the page quickly rose to fame from a good 56 followers in March 2018 to a large 16,000+ (and counting!)
To this day, the witty writer behind the page is anonymous.
Underneath its satirical facade, ASSS’ existence has something to impart to its readers—there is beauty in being socially aware and if we are to invest in caring about how we look, we too should care as much about the state of our country—because it sure still has a lot of beauty to show.
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