In Vivi Ennui’s mind, a negative or even slightly less than glowing written review of one of her designer dupes apparently means one of two things: 1) The reviewer didn’t know how to use the product, 2) The reviewer was just looking for attention. It can never be because the person had a legitimate experience that is contrary to what Vivi claims to sell.
Mon Ennui Cosmetics’ “Type O Negative Lip Stain” was reviewed recently by beauty blog Brightest Bulb in the Box. To summarize, the reviewer thought the product’s packaging was some of the best she has ever seen and was surprised to have received free samples from an indie makeup company. Brightest Bulb in the Box described Type O Negative Lip Stain as being “pretty bold even when you only use a single coat.” This was despite the product being advertised as being able to “be worn very sheer for a delicate look.” The reviewer did a swatch and a few photos showing how the stain looks after one coat, two coats, and then after four hours. The reviewer described the stain as “patchy” and “more drying” than the lip stains she usually uses. The reviewer then compared the per ounce price Mon Ennui’s lip stains to Urban Decay’s Lip Envy and found that Mon Ennui’s is $52.63 per oz, just approximately $6.00 less. Considering the relatively low savings, consumers might as well buy Urban Decay. Brightest Bulb in the Box also described the Mon Ennui Cosmetics website as a little bit too “Hot Topic” for her taste.
To read the full review, look here.
Vivi Ennui wasn’t very pleased with being compared to Hot Topic. First in an earlier initial comment on Facebook, Vivi gave her usual sarcastic response, which is really calm considering how Vivi usually opens.
Then Vivi began her regularly scheduled bipolar tailspin after learning that yet another person wasn’t as impressed with Vivi as she expected them to be.
Vivi claimed that she wasn’t mad, admitting that the reviewer didn’t really say anything negative, and that Vivi was taken by surprise by the reference to Hot Topic. Then, in the same comment, Vivi in her classy style, passively aggressively suggested that the reviewer lacked the skills to use Vivi’s pigments. And then, Vivi Ennui reduced the entire review and reviewer experience to a seemingly “nice girl” that was just trying to get blog exposure. So, just as quickly as Vivi calmly accepted the review, she desperately attempted to invalidate it as being essentially, a fake review, a ploy to get readers.
Make no mistake, Mon Ennui Cosmetics is an unknown brand, and the cartoon character behind the brand, Vivi Ennui is even more unknown. If a beauty blogger wanted hits, she or he would review Lime Crime.
After a few response from Vivi’s small fan base, who also felt offended by the review, Vivi added this last comment:
NON-STOP pack-and-ship mode (and I’m NOT done with the pile of orders)
The line implies that Vivi was busy during the holidays fulfilling orders. Vivi offers this as a kind of proof that Type O Negative is an extremely successful product, which again somehow invalidates the review. No doubt true Vivi was busy and hasn’t finished fulfilling orders, but Vivi wants to people to believe that she’s been swamped with orders, and so is very successful. In fact, she was not, and is not. Vivi only had a small number of orders, but since she’s left to fulfill the orders herself at every stage, it’s taking her a while.
Finally, Vivi outright says that Brightest Bulb in the Box just wants attention:
“I think that this girl just wants attention. Otherwise… why would she have decided to send me a link to the blog?”
A good reviewer does this as a courtesy to give the company a chance to comment, correct errors, make amends, etc.. That is what happened here. Vivi’s being mystified by this shows just how incapable she is at managing her business. Then again, Vivi felt a need to send ViviEnnuiFails a link to an interview of herself, which for once was actually written by another human being and not Vivi herself. So, Vivi Ennui would know about begging for attention. After all, it’s what this entire endeavor into the makeup business after failing as an artist has been about.
Anonymous asked: I just laughed so hard! First off, I would even take LC over Mon Ennui and that's saying a lot, but that she doesn't want to be compared to those companies when she specifically said she was duping Sugarpill is just hilarious. And I don't understand how she can talk about the way other people dress and then say she doesn't discriminate against anyone. I don't understand how anyone could take her or her company seriously.
Hm I wonder who she could mean here. Though it’s weird, it was only a few weeks ago she was talking about how she admires Doe (Lime Crime) and standing up for her over the pregnancy rumors, now she’s insulting her.
She gets ‘flack’ because she brought herself to everyone’s attention - in a bad way. She does shitty things and gets called out on it.
But she doesn’t get compared to Lime Crime or Sugarpill. Mon Ennui will never be as big as either of them. She was compared to Doe because they’re both shady, and on here you said she wants to be Sugarpill because she’s duping their colors. If that’s not trying to copy another company, I don’t know what is.
Also, Vivi has created a Tumblr. She uses tags like ‘Mon Ennui drama’ and ‘Mon Ennui scam’ so that if people search for those terms will find her Tumblr and not the ones that are talking about her.
How desperate is this? Also, if you’re going to make dupes, it’s not just the color you need to replicate. Even the most generous attempt at swatching done by a friend shows that the texture still sucks. Good try!
Anonymous asked: How classless is she asking her customers to buy her birthday gifts on facebook? I don't know what's worse: her actually asking or her ass-kissing fans buying them.
Yeah, that definitely seems a little off. I know most small business owners like to build personal relationships with their customers, but I feel like soliciting gifts from people saying “If you send me birthday presents, I’ll send you free stuff” is just sad. I wonder how many people would have sent Vivi gifts if she had not promised them something in return.
Anonymous asked: for a blog dedicated to ripping on someone for blocking and censoring content, you sure don't let comments thru. hyprocrite much?
The only comments I have not approved either released someone’s personal information, or were rape apologist. Try again.
Mod Note: Red #40 is safe for eyes according to the FDA. It should be noted that its use in cosmetics and as a food additive has been contested in many countries, due to reports of potential negative health effects.
"Apparently Vivi Ennui thinks that washing your face with the wrong soap is comparable to violent sexual assault.
I am a former customer of Mon Ennui. I was trying to avoid participating in all the drama but I went to the DoeDeereLies page and submitted a comment defending Vivi because I really liked her product and I thought people were just blowing stuff out of proportion & looking for any little thing to get mad over. But when I saw this, I got really upset. I’m staying anonymous because I know Vivi has my personal info since I have ordered from her more than once, I’ve seen what she does to people who say anything negative about her.
When you use the word “rape” to describe anything but actual sexual assault, you are trivializing rape and contributing to a harmful rape culture. I’m a rape survivor, and it fills me with anger to see somebody I respected throwing that word around like it’s nothing. The horrifying assault that I went through, the emotional and physical trauma I had to deal with, is infinitely more terrible than the mere inconvenience of soap burning your face. I thought you were better and smarter than that, Vivi. I will not give any more of my money to someone who makes light of what I went through.”
Lots of screenshots under the cut.