Haulage! Shoppers Drug Mart / beautyBOUTIQUE (September 2018), Joe Fresh clearance

Haulage! Joe Fresh clearance at Shoppers Drug Mart (September 2018)

Over the last few months, Loblaw, a Canadian grocery and pharmacy retailing giant, has been making a lot of changes to their online luxury beauty store, beautyBOUTIQUE.

For one, they changed their website from beautyboutique.ca to keep it under their Shoppers Drug Mart umbrella at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca. This redirects to beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca/beauty-boutique, which seems a little redundant to me.

Anyway, secondly, they added a regular Beauty section to the Luxury Beauty section! This means that Canadians can now purchase a wide variety (though not a full selection) of drugstore beauty products online via Shoppers. This is great news for me—I’ve been sending messages about this to Shoppers whenever they ask for suggestions—since I hate having to hit up a few different locations just to find the all products I want.

I’ve noticed that there are still some growing pains. For example, not all brands are available online (L’Occitane and quite a few perfume brands in the luxury section). The weekly sales are not always posted at the right time. The database is a bit wonky: Mid- and lower-priced brands (Calgon, J.R. Watkins, Marcelle, Pixi, Cake Beauty, all lower-end fragrances) show up in the Luxury section. There are some other oddities: Vasanti is under Luxury, but similarly-priced Nude by Nature and Consonant Skincare are slotted into regular Beauty; Strivectin is Luxury but Fekkai and Redken are filed under regular Beauty.

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Essence Winter 2018 collection, Winter Dreamin'

New Release: Essence — Winter Dreamin’ (Winter 2018)

Collection: Essence 2018 Winter, Winter Dreamin’

 

Germany-based Essence Cosmetics has just released a new collection, Winter Dreamin’, to kick off 2018. The online exclusive, limited edition collection consists of four new nail colors (US$1.99), a snow ball top coat ($3.99), and nail stickers ($1.49), as well as an eyeshadow palette ($9.99), sheer lipsticks ($3.99), inner rim eye pencil ($1.99), 2in1 highlighter & blush powder ($5.99), and fluffy snow touch hand cream ($4.99).

Cozy Mountain Mornings (01)

Hot Cocoa & Fuzzy Socks (02)

Sleigh Rides & Snowball Fights (03)

Girlstalk at the Fireplace (04)

Ready Set Snow
Snow Ball Top Coat

Sprinkle Me With Snowflakes
Nail Stickers
(01)

These are marked as online exclusives on the US site. They are not (yet?) available on the Canadian site.

Happy Shopping!

[Images via essencemakeup.com]

Essence Nail Polish in Outta Space Is the Place, swatch

Essence — Outta Space Is the Place (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

 

Brand: Essence 2017 Fall, Out of Space Stories

Essence recently released a collection of outer space-inspired nail colors, and over the course of several trips to Shoppers Drug Mart, I couldn’t help picking up, well…all of them:

Essence Out of Space Stories Nail Polishes

  • Outta Space Is the Place (01)
  • Across the Universe (02)
  • Space Glam (03)
  • Beam Me Up! (04)
  • Intergalactic Adventure (05)
  • We Will Spock You! (06)
  • 1000 Light Years Away (07)

The packaging is very sleek and feels a bit fancier than their usual product packaging, with squared glass bottles and mirror-shine caps. All the shades are also various types of iridescent shimmers and glitters. The price reflects these details, and the 9 mL polishes retail for CA$3.99 instead of the usual $2.99 for the 8 mL Gel Nail Polishes.

Today, I’m reviewing Outta Space Is the Place (01), a pearly iridescent white that is—very happily—opaque!

Essence Out of Space Stories Nail Polish in Outta Space Is the Place

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SinfulColors makeup launch with Vanessa Hudgens (Winter 2017)

New Release: SinfulColors Launches Color Cosmetics

SinfulColors ALL NEW Color Cosmetics Collection
with Global Color Collaborator, Vanessa Hudgens

From SinfulColors:

Introducing SinfulColors Trend Preview Collection of color cosmetics featuring all new mascara, eyeliner, cream eye shadow, brow and highlighter products.

This first-ever beauty launch is available exclusively on Amazon, and created with globally acclaimed actress and singer, Vanessa Hudgens!

For beauty lovers who live for vibrant color as a means of self-expression, SinfulColors has all the outrageous, innovative, on trend & eye catching color you crave, so you can create looks as unique as you are.

Prepare to be excited and inspired by these insanely awesome makeup must-haves that will take your makeup routine to the next level (and the next level after that level)!

This is pretty big news, too—despite it not being nail polish-related!

SinfulColors (previously a nail polish-only brand) has just released their first makeup products! I imagine they will be similar to Revlon products, since Revlon acquired SinfulColors back in 2011.

The new products are all for eyes and face (no lipcolors): Shade Babe Duo Cream Shadow, Bold Brow Intense Effects, Stop & Stare Gel Eyeliner, Diva Lash Color Mascara, and Face Forward Allover Highlighter Stick.

Here are the new lovelies (prices in US$):

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L'Oréal x Balmain Colour Riche Matte Lipstick, Winter 2017

New Release: L’Oréal × Balmain (Colour Riche Matte Lipstick)

I don’t usually post new releases that are unrelated to nail polish, but I do make the occasional exception when my interest is piqued.

I first heard about this collaboration between L’Oréal and Balmain via Austria-based Dandygal back in October. She picked up quite a few of these in the more unique shades, so you can visit her blog for swatches and reviews!

At the time, I remarked that we rarely get the cool collections in Canada.

But lo and behold, they have arrived! Not only that, but you can order them online in Canada, directly from L’Oréal. They are C$18 each, and shipping is free on orders of $50+. (Personally, I think I’ll wait to see if these turn up in stores.)

L'Oréal × Balmain Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Balmain Instinct

The new, limited edition collection consists of twelve high-fashion shades of matte lipstick. The casing is also slightly different, with colors and patterns reminiscent of semi-precious stones: to my mind, lapis lazuli, onyx, and malachite.

L'Oréal × Balmain Colour Riche Matte Lipsticks

From L’Oréal:

Introducing 12 new edgy, matte shades encased within an exclusive pack, designed by Olivier Rousteing. 12 lip colours designed to embody 3 femininities: Glamazone, Rock & Couture. Shades for every woman, no matter her origin, no matter her tribe. The formula is infused with pure pigments and camellia oil, to give our richest colour and most moisturizing matte finish.

“No matter your origin, no matter your tribe come together, be seen,
be heard, united, we are all invincible, because we are all worth it”
—Olivier Rousteing, Creative Director, Balmain

(That’s Olivier Rousteing in the middle of the banner at the top, by the way.)

The twelve shades are divided equally into four “femininities” or “tribes”: GlamazoneRock, and Couture:

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Milani Baked Blushes in Bella Bellini & Rosa Romantica

Milani — Bella Bellini & Rosa Romantica (Baked Blush) Swatch & Review, Plus NARS Orgasm & Deep Throat

Earlier this year (or possibly late last year), Milani introduced two new shades of their highly popular Baked Blushes: Bella Bellini and Rosa Romantica.

I noticed them in a Rexall last month (Canada often gets new drugstore releases fairly late) and have been stalking the weekly sales ever since. Last week, they finally had Milani products on Buy One, Get One 50% off so they came to $6.29 each—yeah, Rexall’s sales can be pretty meh—and I had to run to a larger Rexall to snag both shades. Ideally, I’d have waited for a sale at Well.ca where Baked Blushes are a smidge cheaper, but they didn’t have the new shades at all.

But anyway, I am so happy I got them because they’re utterly gorgeous!

They have the same lovely, soft, highly-pigmented texture of all the other Baked Blushes (see my Megapost here! I think I have all of them except for Red Vino, which I can never find and may have to purchase in the US).

Bella Bellini (12) is a stunner. Milani calls it a “rose gold”, though I think it’s a lot more intense pink than rose gold usually inspires. It’s an azalea pink loaded with golden shimmer: very NARS Orgasm, except with even more shimmer.

Below, I have a swatch comparison of the following blushes:

  • Milani Baked Blush in Bella Bellini (12)
  • Milani Baked Blush in Corallina (08)
  • Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso (05)
  • NARS Blush in Deep Throat
  • NARS Blush in Orgasm

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Marcelle Face Powder, Translucent

Throwback Thursday! Marcelle — Face Powder (Translucent) Review, Plus a Massive Loose Powder Cost Comparison Chart

For non-Canadians, Marcelle is a Canadian cosmetic brand that has been around for a very, very long time.

Marcelle and Annabelle are the mass market cosmetic lines owned by Québec-based Groupe Marcelle, and they are practically ubiquitous in Canadian drugstores. Groupe Marcelle, also very recently acquired Lise Watier, a luxury Canadian cosmetic brand, to add to their drugstore lineup.

While Annabelle is better known for makeup (I even remember their squat little oval nail polish bottles from the ’90s, though sadly, I never purchased any), Marcelle is probably best known for skincare and the product I’m reviewing today: their Translucent Face Powder, which has been around for ages.

Marcelle as a brand never appealed much to me—probably because they don’t sell nail polish, ha! Jokes aside, their face products always seemed a little too pink-toned for my warm-toned skin, and while their popular eye makeup remover works well and is well-priced, I’d rather pony up a little bit more for something better. Their makeup packaging is also decidedly ho-hum and a bit lost in the ’90s, and reminiscent of Almay’s stodgier sister.

However, at the end of 2014, I was in the market for a new loose face powder and I picked up Marcelle’s Face Powder in Translucent. It was a total whim, since I didn’t even wait for it to go on sale. Of course, I paid CA$14.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart, and then it went on sale the week after.

I can’t say it wasn’t worth full price, though. The tub is gargantuan.

It holds 2.4 oz / 70 g. Do you know how much loose face powder that is?!

Loose Powder Cost Comparison Chart

Because I have insomnia, I compiled a table of loose powder prices by weight. Note that this Marcelle powder can be found at Well.ca and some drugstores for $14.99, though Marcelle’s website lists it at $15.95. I’m using the cheaper price since that’s what I see in drugstores, where one is more likely to buy it. (But even at $15.99, it still ranks as the best value on this list.)

Then, this morning, I went and scoped out a couple others in-store (Joe Fresh, Quo, and Iman).

All of the following 85 (yep) loose powders are available in Canada, and prices are listed in $CA. [2017-10-28 EDIT: This chart is now being updated on the Product Value: Loose Powder page.]

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