What does everyone think of Paula Begoun, the "Cosmetics Cop"? She's definitely a holdover from the olden days where reviews of beauty products (or any consumer product, for that matter) were not in abundance and had to be purchased from "expert sources." Now that reviews are everywhere, from blogs to shopping web sites to Facebook and Twitter, the need to pay for reviews of anything has all but vanished. Paula obviously figured this out recently, as her Beautypedia site went from being a pay site to a free-but-you-need-a-username-and-password to a completely open source and free site.
I do think that she has some great insights and a refreshingly skeptical perspective on some of the outlandish claims made by skin care and cosmetics manufacturers. On the other hand, her harshness towards anything with jar packaging, so-called "irritating ingredients" or anything with glitter or shimmer gets oppressive after a while. She clearly has her own image of what constitutes a good makeup look -- including "neutral foundation" and matte eyeshadow. In years past, she would downgrade any products that didn't jive with her perfect look, although recently, she has softened up and now merely points out that certain colors are shimmery or "loud."
What do you think of her? And have any of you tried anything from her Paula's Choice line?