Haulage! Shoppers Drug Mart Spend Your Optimum Points Event (June 26, 2015) — Chanel & Nuxe

I’m lucky because my husband doesn’t really want much “fun” stuff for himself at Shoppers Drug Mart. You can redeem your Shoppers Optimum Points for electronics like laptops, game consoles, and cameras, but he’s pretty much an Apple guy, doesn’t want to upgrade to PS4 (yet), and just got a free camera from work. So for the time being, he’s happy for me to splurge on myself with the points.

Yesterday, Shoppers Drug Mart, a Canadian drugstore chain, held an unusual Spend Your Points Event which gave you 30,000 Points back if you redeemed 95,000 Points for $170 worth of free merchandise.

I just want to note for other Canadians that it is really not hard to rack up those Optimum Points if you sign up for SDM’s emails and get their mobile app! They send out Bonus Points deals, some tailored to your personal shopping habits, and it can really be worth it to take advantage of these coupons.

So, off I went to my nearest SDM with a Chanel makeup counter! I typically only like to redeem for brands that don’t tend to go on sale (as far as I know, the best discount I can get on Chanel in Canada is 10% + eBates at Hudson’s Bay whenever they run a cosmetics sale, which is so not better than 100% off!). I’ve wanted a couple of Chanel nail polishes for a while, so this was the perfect opportunity to get them.

Here’s the haul (all prices are obviously in Canadian dollars), with more photos:

  • Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Expression (635) [$31]
  • Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Lavanda (727) [$31]
  • Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Vibrato (665) [$31]
  • Chanel Brilliant Extrême Glossimer in Bliss (181) [$34]
  • Chanel Chance Eau Vive eau de toilette (2x GWP sample) [$0]
  • Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil (100 mL, Limited Edition opaque black bottle) [$45]
  • Nuxe Prodigieux Le Parfum (GWP sample) [$0]
  • Nuxe Nirvanesque 1st Wrinkles Smoothing Cream (GWP sample) [$0]
  • Nuxe cosmetic bag (GWP sample) [$0]
  • Dove for Men Aftershave Balm (for DH; not pictured) [$9.99]

Subtotal: $181.99 (drat, I guess I didn’t need to buy that aftershave)
Tax (13%): $23.66 (unfortunately, you have to pay tax on the before-discount total)
POINTS REDEEMED: -$170
TOTAL COST: $35.65 + 65,000 Points

And now, for a little story. The SA who helped me was lovely and very sweet lady! She also gave me a Nuxe GWP and Chanel samples, which I didn’t even know were available. She remarked to me, “You really like nail polish, eh?” 😀 Lady, I only got three!

But when I got home, I realized that she’d given me two of the wrong nail polishes. AAARGH. [Note to self: ALWAYS check your purchases before you leave the store! It’d be helpful if Chanel’s boxes had a little window or a color indicator, too.] Later that day, I went back and she was nice enough to let me exchange them for the ones I wanted. I was initially a little worried because SDM has not allowed me to exchange Essie nail polish in the past, even on the same day, for hygiene reasons. I suppose Chanel polish is too expensive for them to not exchange for customers.

Now, I absolutely didn’t open the polishes I returned. But I did quickly take photos of the bottles!

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Beige Rose
Beige Rose (655) is from this Summer 2015’s latest collection, Les Beiges. Beige Rose isn’t for me, but I did like the look of one of the shimmery beiges, Precious Beige (661).

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Vertigo
Vertigo (563), from Fall 2012 is nice and vampy, but I’m not feeling this one for summer! I think I might want it for winter, though. It had some super gorgeous (but possibly too subtle) multi-colored shimmer in it.

OK, so here are the items I did receive!

Chanel Glossimer in Bliss
This morning, I woke up realizing that I think the Chanel Glossimer in Bliss was also not what I wanted. I think I’d picked a non-shimmer, possibly Murmure. Dammit. But it’s too late to exchange now. At least Bliss is pretty! It’s my first ever Glossimer, so I’m keen to give it a try.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Expression
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Lacquer in Expression (635) is from last Fall 2014’s Rouge Allure collection. It’s a vibrant, pinked red cream.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Lavanda
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Lacquer in Lavanda (727) is from this Summer 2015’s Mediterranée collection. It’s a rich, royal purple cream.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Vibrato
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Lacquer in Vibrato (665) is from this Summer 2015’s Blue Notes collection. It’s an intense cobalt blue cream.

Chanel Chance Eau Vive eau de toilette, carded sampleChanel Chance Eau Vive eau de toilette, carded sample
Carded samples of Chanel’s new Chance flanker, Chance Eau Vive. I don’t love the original Chance, but it’ll be fun to try the flanker. “Eau Vive” makes it sound like it’ll be lighter and fruitier or more citrusy.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, Limited Edition Spring 2015 Opaque Black Bottle, 100 mL, GWP Prodigieux Le ParfumNuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, Limited Edition Spring 2015 Opaque Black Bottle, 100 mL, back
I’ve wanted to try Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse for a long time, and it currently comes in a limited edition opaque black bottle! (Only the 100 mL size.) Plus it came with a sample of their Prodigieux Le Parfum, which I believe smells just like the oil.

The SA added a GWP of a Nuxe cosmetic pouch and a sample of Nirvanesque 1st Wrinkles Smoothing Cream:
Nuxe GWP cosmetic bag, June 2015Nuxe Nirvanesque 1st Wrinkles Smoothing Cream GWP, June 2015

I am super excited to try the dry oil, try my first Glossimer, and swatch up the nail polishes!

What great stuff have you gotten with your Optimum Points?

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11 thoughts on “Haulage! Shoppers Drug Mart Spend Your Optimum Points Event (June 26, 2015) — Chanel & Nuxe

  1. Nice, you took advantage of the Optimum points event! I had to stay away… haven’t been in Shoppers in a week – eeps! I’m at around 70,000 points but I really want to hit the 95,000 level to redeem.
    I hate it when I spend too much during spend $75 or $50 promos – it’s like, dang, they got me!

    Hahahaaa oh if only that SA KNEW about your nail polish collection!!! I like Beige Rose. 🙂 Glad she let you exchange those – it’s THEIR mistake, I would have thrown a hissy fit if they didn’t! That’s only ever happened to me at MAC when they gave me the wrong colour. But they exchanged no problem.

    Ooooh Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil in a LE bottle? Neat!

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    • I usually use my calculator to tally up the amount before I check out, but I got distracted by the SAs cooing over the peanut! Dammit, he is gonna cost me a lot of money. :p

      Beige Rose looked pretty. I think you ought to check out that whole Les Beiges collection!

      Haha, that isn’t the first time I’ve gotten a “you must love nail polish” kinda comment. It won’t be the last, either. I should just get a business card done up. “I am Fivezero and I LOVE NAIL POLISH, OK?”

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      • OH Peanut, don’t you know you’re supposed to HELP mommy? Maybe the SA gave you more samples b/c of him? 😛
        In your opinion, would you say Chanel polishes are worth it? I have this thing against Chanel, Dior, Armani – all the luxury FASHION designer brands that have makeup lines. I just feel like they aren’t cosmetic brands and are just parlaying their brands to sucker us! 😛
        Oh, I thought of you last week when I was at Winners, they had a t-shirt with bottles of nail polishes all over it in a graphic print, it was actually quite cute and I contemplated buying it but decided against it. 😛

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        • Haha, I didn’t think of it, but maybe he did get me more samples! LOL. I know that when I was at Winners last week, the cashier gave me a Pride flag for him. I didn’t think they were just giving them out, but I thought that was fun.

          Y’know I have exactly the same feeling about those bandwagonning fashion brands! When I saw Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors polish, I rolled my eyes. (That said, if it was a designer I really liked, I’d probably have gone SQUEE! Silly me.) The Chanel polishes are definitely overpriced. That’s not to say the quality isn’t there (though I was displeased with Blue Boy), but you can easily get a polish of equivalent quality from salon brands that run about $10. That said, I feel like some of the colors are gorgeous and aren’t replicated in other lines, so I’m willing to splurge for those. I did really love the Dior polish I got recently, though. I read that they revamped the formula (it’s some Gel -whatever now). I’d pony up for more of those.

          In the end I guess it’s all marketing! I roll my eyes at MJ, MK and Louboutin nail polish, but I get weak-in-the-knees for Chanel, Dior and Burberry. What would tick me off, though, is if the designer brands didn’t put out quality products.

          LOL thank you for thinking of me! I am totally going to look out for that tee at Winners!

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          • I agree – if the quality is sucky, it’s DOUBLE shame for a high end brand. I guess the other aspect is also their luxurious packaging. I always laugh when I see come chick whip out her Chanel compact in a food court, ok hun, we get it. EYE ROLL.

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          • Hahahaha….I personally hate getting flashy looking compacts for that reason 😀 Apart from their nail polishes and perfumes, I never thought Chanel’s cosmetic packaging was that luxurious. I mean, it’s plastic. Sleek and all, but…plastic. Guess it’s them fancy double-Cs!

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