Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Now Let's Go to CVS then Back to Walgreens

Following up on last week's display post, today I'm taking you to various CVS stores around the Detroit metro area as well as back to Walgreens, which put out a couple more things I just spotted.

First, old business. When I returned to the CVS where I'd seen the nearly empty Spoiled display at the end of January, lots more of the slots were full. The section at the bottom where the remover bottles go wasn't stocked yet, but the shelf tag was there so I feel comfortable saying no more polish colors are coming in this round of this brand.



Last time we saw the four-shade display for the Essie Navigate Her collection at Walgreens. At CVS, I saw all six shades in their own alcove tucked into the core collection display. Left to right: A Crewed Interest, Orange It's Obvious, Olé Caliente, Tour de Finance, To Buy or Not to Buy, and Navigate Her.



In other Essie news, a different CVS had a tower which paired Luxeffects shades with some different colors than I'd seen the last time I saw them matched up. Since most of the new partners were from Go Overboard, I'm wondering if we'll see this sort of this with more upcoming collections from them. Partner here, top to bottom: As Gold As It Gets with Armed and Ready, Set in Stones and Smokin' Hot, A Cut Above and Sand Tropez, Shine of the Times and Go Overboard, Pure Pearlfaction and Play Date, As Gold As It Gets and Sew Psyched, Set in Stones and Merino Cool, Shine of the Times and Eternal Optimist.



You've heard me nattering on about the new Milani glitters for a while now, and now you're going to hear more, because I finally saw a standalone display for them. Well, not all the new ones; this has Jewel FX in Red (new), Gold (not new), and Silver (not new) as well as One Coat in Red Sparkle (old name, new formula), Gold Glitz (not new), and Silver Dazzle (not new, and not really silver). The display says "Award Winning Colors" but doesn't elaborate on which awards these were. I'd like to know—that might be an awards show I'd watch.



There was another new Milani display, too: Color Play. This has six colors: Tip Toe Pink, Orchidia, Mint Candy, Beach Front, Silver Stilettos, and Sail Away. I've seen slots for at four of these in the new core displays at Meijer, so I think those aren't limited edition, but I'm not sure about Mint Candy and Beach Front. Just to be safe, I bought those two, plus Orchidia and Sail Away.



Sally Hansen has some new limited edition Salon Effects designs for spring. Left to right: Not a Peep (cute little chicks), All a Flutter (butterflies in pink, yellow, and lime), Mad for Plaid (madras-esque), Checker Out (lime gingham), and Pink-a-Dot (big pink dots).



At the same store, just a few steps away, I saw the same designs in a freestanding tower, with some of the more spring-y core designs included as well.



Delighted as I was to see the new strips, I was very disappointed to see something else from Sally Hansen at that store. It looks like the Gem Crush line is getting a new handle shape, similar to those on the HD line (which seems to be going away if the clearance prices I'm seeing are any indication). Why, Sally, why? I already have eleventy hundred different styles of bottles from you, why must you change this one? It's not like Gem Crush has been around for ages and is due for a makeover. I think you're just messing with me, Sally.



A few weeks back, I started hearing about CVS-exclusive Nicole by OPI shades, which confused me because I'd never seen any NOPI at my CVS stores. A few of them sometimes have OPI but never NOPI. And then, voila, there they were, popping up at more than one store in a very short span of time. I saw them in a tall section next to the Essie in one CVS. I saw them in a freestanding tower in another. I saw a smaller selection snuggled up next to the Orly in yet another. There appear to be seven CVS-exclusive colors: Paparazzi Don't Preach (peach), Ladies in the Limelight (acid yellow), One Big Happy Fame-ily (lilac), Our Fuchsia's Lookin' Bright (bright plum), Strike a Pose (red), Smile for the Glam-era (deep plum), and Back to Reality TV (perwinkle). I continue to be deeply conflicted about this collection. On the one hand: wonky bottle, celebrities I don't like. One the other: pretty, pretty exclusive purples. I think purple is going to win that battle.







I thought I was done with Walgreens for a little while, but no; yesterday when I stopped in on my way to work (as one does), I saw two things that were not there last week. First, a Revlon display with crackle duos. These pair a base color with coordinating crack shade. There are eight combinations: Steamy Affair (light taupe base with orange crack), Heart Break (rose glitter with orange red), Love Hurts (lime with silver), Cruel Intentions (gold with black), Star Crossed (bright purple with blue), Ice Queen (frosty blue with white), Killer Instincts (orange with copper), Fatal Attraction (rose with red). Much as I love crack and am curious to see how Revlon's compares to other brands, I don't plan to get any of these. First, they're $7.99 for .26 oz./7.7 ml, which I'm pretty sure is the most expensive Revlon per ounce I've ever seen. Second, duos like this bother me because they don't fit neatly in my drawers and no matter what orientation I store them in, I'm risking polish leaking on some of the threads.



The other new thing was a Sinful Colors display called Cast Away. Colors here, left to right: Zeus, Be Happy, Olympia, Greek Isles, Pandora, Grecian Sun, Neptune, and Athens. I don't recognize these names (though Be Happy doesn't seem to fit the Greek theme of the other ones) so figured they might be new colors. Some might be old colors with new names; a couple of the greens remind me of ones from the pirate-themed OPI ripoff/homage collection from last summer. I know for sure that trying to keep track of what Sinful is up makes my brain hurt.



Another new Sinful display (with old colors, but plussed with beaded rings on the bottles) is out, but I haven't seen that one yet. Nouveau Cheap has a photo of that one. What I haven't seen in ages is anything new from Borghese; I wonder what's up with that.

25 comments:

  1. Your stores have way better displays than mine, lol! I agree with you regarding SH!! They're just trying to mess with our heads. It makes no sense to make all of those changes.

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  2. Omg!! Why can't we get stuff like that over here?! Our stores dont sell Essie right there on the display or anything like that! I can't wait to go on holidays to the states again and take a massive empty suitcase with me :)

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  3. I agree, why keep changes the bottles? Oh well, nice to see so many display pictures :)

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  4. Wow those Revlon duos are expensive!!! I noticed that their colorstay line retails around $8 too! I don't have a problem paying $8 for an OPI, but it's too much for a drug store brand. The colorstay shades are really pretty and I saw your review about the one your wore for a long time, but I just may wait until they go on sale. I haven't caved in on purchasing the Kardashian shades yet.. I'm still fighting it hahah

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  5. Aah it's like nail-polish heaven. And everything seems to me less expensive compared to what we have in here. :D

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  6. Need to go to CVS ASAP! I bet I won't find even half of it in my store though:(
    I think Revlon is a little late with crackle, especially for this price.

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  7. The Milani glitter look so so nice.

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  8. The Sally Hansen gingham strips look really cute!

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  9. I don't have CVS here, and I've never been. So sad! The Sally Thing is sooo true, LMBO!

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  10. I really want the glitters from the new Wet N Wild Spoiled collection! The display at my CVS was empty weeks ago, but it's fully stocked now. Everything you shared with us looks great, but I'll be passing on the Revlon crackles. They don't excite me.

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  11. All I have to say is this: Enough with the danged crackle and the Kardashians already! Next thing you know, they'll be releasing a Kardashian crackle collection. *shudder*

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  12. Oh dear God, I want to come there to buy nail polishes :D

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  13. I love to read the posts you have about the displays! I always drool so much about those you can't even imagine! :P By the way, I have a question: the prices we see on the displays have already any tax included?

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    1. The prices are before tax. Here in Michigan, sales tax is 6%; it varies by state.

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  14. I was wondering about Borghese as well - the entire core collection has 75% off stickers on them at my local Rite Aid - I hope that means we are getting new shades and not that the brand going away.

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  15. Awesomeness!!!!
    Thanks for posting!!

    I don't get Spoiled here but I have read a lot are dupes of SC, so I am not too worried.

    :D

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  16. Navigate Her! I'm super excited for that one!

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  17. The SH salon effects in Not a Peep? How excruciatingly adorable. I can barely stand it. It will be mine!

    Thank you so much for all your hard work and keeping us up to date on new collections! I appreciate it.

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  18. Karen... you know how much I heart these posts!! Thank you so much for showing us the goodies. What on Earth is this Pretty Woman brand? Why haven't I heard anything about it...???
    Um... I like the look of the Gem Crush polishes too... too bad Sally Hansen range is so lacking in Oz!

    Many thanks
    BV

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  19. So cool to see everything so stocked up! My local CVS and Walgreens and even Target are almost never stocked up on items...Maybe I go there after everyone shops :/

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  20. So many displays! We have nothing like this over here.

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  21. will it be the day that i'll see something like this in my local store ;-D

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  22. I haven't even found Gem Crush here yet! I saw it in the ad for Shoppers Drug Mart last week, but no display or bottles could be found! :(

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  23. The Sally Hansen HD polishes were 3 for $5 at my Five Below. My husband was with me and I wasn't able to sneak any in my basket. :(

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