On Saturday, Shoppers Drug Mart ran a Spend Your Points event. I skipped the last such event, so this time, with wishlist in hand, I headed out to the largest beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart near me to redeem 95,000 Optimum points for $200 worth of loot.
My wishlist went something like this:
- ANNA SUI nail polish
- CHANEL nail polish
- GUERLAIN nail polish, particularly Black Perfecto
- PAUL & JOE BEAUTÉ nail polish (are you noticing a trend, here?)
- GUERLAIN Météorites
- SOAP & GLORY body scrub
Basically, I wanted those fancy Météorites, a new body scrub, and, well, I always want new nail polish! I had decided to avoid getting any lip products, eyeshadow, and skincare, since I really-really-really don’t need more at the moment.
I didn’t do too badly in the end, as this is what I came home with (the location I went to didn’t have any Paul & Joe and Soap & Glory—bah!):
- CHANEL Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Gitane (510), $32
- CHANEL Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Roubachka (514), $32
- GUERLAIN Météorites Light-Revealing Pearls of Powder in Medium (03), $75
- GUERLAIN La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Lip Colour in Black Perfecto (007), $37
- GUERLAIN La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour in Black Perfecto (007), $27
- SHISEIDO Facial Cotton, $11
All prices are in Canadian dollars, by the way, so don’t be shocked if you’re used to US prices! And, yes, we still have to pay sales tax (13% HST in Ontario) on the $200 redemption.
The main thing I wanted was the Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour, which I did get in Black Perfecto (007). The bottle design is based on a classic Guerlain fragrance bottle style, which is used to house some of their perfumes like L’Heure Bleue, Mitsouko, and the much newer La Petite Robe Noire (not personally a fan, though I am in love with the other two). The cap looks like an upside-down heart!
I initially went to the counter with a speckly turquoise Anna Sui nail polish (one of the darling bird-topped bottles, $15), but ended up swapping it for the new Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Lip Colour (007), since I hadn’t quite reached the $200 mark. The shade is Black Perfecto, same as the nail polish, and it swatches like a shimmery version of Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. I hope like hell that the nail polish isn’t as sheer as that, though!
And, I know I said I didn’t want to get more lipstick, but the Guerlain was too gorgeous! I was weak. Plus, the only other Guerlain nail color that spoke to me was a red-orange, which I thought was a little too close to the Chanel Gitane that I was also getting, and I couldn’t be sure I would like the Guerlain nail polish formula.
Also, I noticed that the Chanel prices have gone up by a dollar, and I seem to recall the Météorites being a bit cheaper last year, as well—at Sephora, anyway. Still, when it’s “free”, you can’t really complain too much, so I finally caved and got my very first Guerlain Météorites Light-Revealing Pearls of Powder in Medium (3). It bugs me a little that “Light-Revealing” is hyphenated on the box, but not on the sticker on the bottom of the Météorites tin. Hmmph.
However, the balls—sorry, pearls!—look so pretty in the beautiful little tin, and they smell like freakin’ violet candies. Yaaas! I showed it to DH, as it was the most expensive of my redemption acquisitions.
Mr. FZ picks up the tin and shakes it.
FZ has mini heart-attack and snatches the tin away from Mr. FZ.
FZ: Nooooo they’re little balls of powder!
Mr. FZ: Oh, I thought they were suspended in gel or liquid, or something.
FZ opens the tin, removes the powder puff, and reveals the Guerlain balls.
Mr. FZ is confused and not particularly impressed.
Mr. FZ: What are they for?
FZ: To make you pretty!
Mr. FZ: No, really.
FZ: You can use this puff, or a brush, and pick up face powder from the balls.
Mr. FZ: Oh, I see. And all the colors mix together? What if you just want to use one color?
FZ: SMELL IT.
Like the Guerlain lipstick and nail polish, the two Chanel polishes I picked up are also from a new line, Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour! (I’m a little disappointed that the shade number and name are no longer displayed on the front of the bottle; it’s smaller and on the back, now. The front now looks like it’s missing something, with “Le Vernis” on top and “Chanel” way down on the bottom.) The previous formula still seems to be available, though I noticed that the new line includes some of the older, classic shades like Ballerina, Pirate, Rouge Noir, and Vamp. The two shades I selected were Gitane (510), a vibrant tomato red cream, and Roubachka (514), an intensely vampy purple cream. Yes, I realize it just looks black in my photo. I’ll have to do better for the swatch and review!
The Shiseido Facial Cotton wasn’t actually on my list, but there was loads of it on display at Shoppers, both in the regular cosmetic aisle and in the Shiseido display in the beautyBOUTIQUE section, so I picked one up. It’s raved about by many, including by Stash Matters, so I’m sure I’m going to love it (especially since I usually just get whatever cheap cotton pads are on sale—I’m using the organic cotton round pads by from KIT by Rexall, at the moment). I suppose, however, that you could argue that the Shiseido pads aren’t part of the redemption haul, since I was more than $11 over the $200 redemption.
I love that there are instructions for the cotton pads on the back of the bag:
I also picked up a bag of the new President’s Choice (the Loblaw store brand, and Loblaw owns Shoppers now) The Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookies, Soft Baked (on sale for $2.49, though they’re often on sale for $1.99 at No Frills grocery stores), when I had to go back to pick up DH’s dental floss that I forgot. I’ve tried half a cookie, and while it’s not bad, it’s not as good as the crunchier original—very unusual for me, since I typically prefer chewy cookies to crunchy ones.
For good measure, I’ll just add one other item I bought from Shoppers last week, a 30 mL bottle of Roberto Cavalli Nero Assoluto perfume for $19.99! I prefer the original, but this is headier, with notes of orchid, vanilla and wood. I love that it actually smells dark and black, unlike some pretenders. Maybe Nero Assoluto isn’t the best for the upcoming spring and summer seasons, but hey, it’s still pretty darn cold up here!
Finally, I saw a display of L’Oréal’s spring collection, Bohemian Beauty, but the nail polishes were going for $8.49 even though the core colors were on sale for $5 or $6. Harrumph. I hate when stores do that. And, I’m not paying/redeeming $8.49 for L’Oréal nail polish, sorry.
Isn’t that display a bit odd? Why is there so much less room for the pale shell and bright blue shades? Also, that model looks impossibly bored…and overly Photoshopped!
One of these days, I’ll probably have to redeem my Shoppers Optimum Points for a massive haul of regular drugstore-priced items (for $200 I could have nearly 20 Essie nail polishes, depending on the sale). It’s always so tempting to get the more expensive products, though, which rarely go on sale and that are hard to justify splurging on.
Did you redeem your Shoppers Optimum Points over the weekend?
For additional reading, here are links to some of my past Optimum Points hauls: