I just had a minor breakthrough with this migraine inducing program (CS3). As much as I'd like to curse the program and throw wet noodles at my monitor in anger, turns out it was just user error.
See the difference?
So what was I doing wrong you ask? Well, I was running the actions on a resized for web picture. Made for a hideous edit.
I have a photoshoot this afternoon with my gorgeous niece, can't wait!