Friday, August 17, 2012

Mid-August Displays

Despite my best intentions to do these posts more frequently so they don't turn into such photo-heavy extravaganzas, I once again have so many displays to share that you'll probably want to make sure you're fully caffeinated before you dive in.

Let's start with a couple things I saw in Illinois when I was visiting my mom—yes, I did keep an eye out for displays even then, since the hospital gift shop and cafeteria didn't meet all our needs so I ended up running out to other places. In the combined drug/grocery store where I bought dinner one night, I saw a brand that was new to me: Princessa. The bottles looked similar to OPI, but I'm not sure of the quality of the polishes inside. They were on sale for $1 each, so I grabbed a few to try; with my current swatching backlog, look for those sometime next year (I exaggerate only a little).



At a Walgreens which was built on the site of a local grocery store my family shopped at when I was growing up, I saw this fancy lit display of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure and Essie polishes. It looked impressive, but it was hard to see the individual colors with the light coming from below and behind.



Last time I did a display post, I hadn't seen the full size Fergie one for Wet 'n' Wild. I finally did see it at the Walgreens closest to my house, which hadn't gotten them as early as some other stores. The beauty SA there, who knows me by now because I'm in there just about every week asking her what's new and talking nail polish, said that store was going to be carrying some of the Fergie colors in the core section but she didn't know which ones yet. In this display, left to right, top to bottom: New Year's Kiss, Going Platinum, Grammy Gold, Glamorous, Flossy Flossy, Kaleidoscope Eyes, Miami Spirit, Glowstick, Dana, Mermaid Curves, Blue Eyed Soul, Dutchess, L.A. Pride, XoXo, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Fergalicious, Take the Stage, Tonight's Gonna Be a Good Night, Make Them Boys Go Loco, Velvet Lounge, No Place Like Home, Rock 'n' Roll, Heels of Steel. You'll notice a couple of empty slots, too. I think one of them was for a second batch of Hollywood Walk of Fame, which has usually filled two slots in the full small displays I've seen. The other is where the one Fergie color I've not yet seen should go. It's called Ferguson Crest Syrah and appears to be a dark wine color based on the tiny square I saw on the Wet 'n' Wild site.



In my second to last display post, I shared a couple different Maybelline Color Show displays, including a tower with 20 shades in it. I've since seen the same tower, but with 40 shades in it; instead of cardboard inserts with ad photos in half the openings, this tower had more polish. I've see it at both CVS and Rite Aid stores. Top to bottom, left to right: Magenta Mirage (shredded), Purple Possibilities (shredded), Styled Out (denim), Denim Dash (denim), Blue Blowout (metallic), Bold Gold (metallic), Carbon Frost (shredded), Silver Stunner (shredded), Chiffon Chic, Born With It, Navy Narcissist (metallic), Amethyst Ablaze (metallic), Pink Shock, Coral Crush, Crushed Candy, Pinkalicious, Twilight Rays, Fierce 'n' Tangy, Orange Fix, Sweet Clementine, Plum Paradise, Dressed to Kill, Paint the Town, Keep Up the Flame, Green with Envy, Iced Queen, Fuchsia Fever, Purple Icon, Sapphire Siren, Blue Freeze, Go Go Green, Tenacious Teal, Pedal to the Metal, Audacious Asphalt, Porcelain Party, Shocking Seas, Clear, Onyx Rush, Wined & Dined, Impeccable Greys.



CVS had a display of Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolors that looked new at first glance, but on closer inspection turned out to have the exclusive colors that first turned up when the core display of NOPI went into CVS back around February of this year. Six colors: Paparazzi Don't Preach, Ladies in the Limelight, One Big Happy Fame-ily, Strike a Pose, Back to Reality TV, Our Fuchsia's Lookin' Bright.



I saw that same display at another store, vandalized by someone who apparently didn't like these ladies. Whomever did this put some though into it since they didn't just paint over all the faces with the same color.



Walgreens seems to have the most variety in their displays store to store; I'm not sure if the individual managers have more leeway or what causes this. I've seen this Nabi Metallic Nail display is only one Walgreens around here. I didn't record the color names because there are just so many and they're inconveniently on the bottom of the bottles and I was not feeling patient enough that particular evening to pull each one out to see what they were. If you're curious about these 30 shades, they're shown on the Nabi Cosmetics site (with pretty decent bottle pictures, which is nice).



At a different Walgreens, I saw a brand that I'd seen other cosmetics from before but not nail polish: Black Radiance. This Girls Rock display was jammed on a bottom shelf, sitting on top of its display card (which I pulled out onto the floor to take a photo of—I am really surprised at how little attention people pay when I'm doing stuff like this). Six colors here: Diamond Sparkle (silver glitter), Swag Rock (multi/silver hex glitter), Pretty Girl Rock (pink/multi small glitter), Super Star Status (bright warm pink creme), Rock Your Radiance (purple shimmer), and B-Girl (teal shimmer).





At yet another Walgreens, I saw two things from Revlon I hadn't spotted before (though I expect they will show up at other drugstores before too long). The first was a single-color display called Runway Report with a black and silver glitter called Sparkle Aplenty.



A couple displays down from the glitter was a Revlon Nail Art display called Passage to India, with "exotic crackle duos". The crackle half of these look like they were recycled from the Break-Up duos that came out this past winter. Shades are: Sari My Dear, Star of the Bazaar, Taj or Mirage, Nama-Stay Awhile, I'll Chai My Best, Cumin Nature, Apple of Mumbai, Lavish Lapis.



Meijer had some displays from L.A. Colors. The first was a Brites Display of Color Craze. Left to right: Fun in the Sun, Wave Length, Fiji Purple, Shock, Current, Static Electricity, Sea Siren, Wave Length (again).



Then there was the L.A. Colors Art Deco display. I've seen these at dollar stores before, but not in a display like this.



I would be hard pressed to do the designs they show on the display at all, much less using just stripers, but maybe someone with more skill could.



Finally there were the Polka Dot Nail Art packs, with three mini bottles and a dotting tool packaged together.



Rite Aid had some different L.A. Colors, a set of seven Halloween-ish colors tied into the movie Fun Size, which I've only heard of because Riki Lindhome is in it and I heard her on Doug Benson's podcast.



Sally Beauty got the China Glaze Bohemian collection before any other place I shop. Six colors here: Unpredictable (green), No Plain Jane (purple), Rare and Radiant (olive), Deviantly Daring (teal), Swanky Silk (peachy taupe), Want My Bawdy (blue).



Sally's also had the fall Finger Paints Collection, Fall of Surprises. Six colors here, too: Falling for You (turquoise shimmer), Plum Startled (purple shimmer), Be-Leaf It or Not (sage green shimmer), Take It or Leaf It (taupe metallic shimmer), Gourd or Bad (orange/teal/purple/gold glitter), and Fall of Surprises (copper glitter).



There were a few new Piggy Polish displays at Ulta. It's All Bright With Me had white and neons: Ivory League, Beauty Needs No Pencil, Sunrise Skies, Off with Their Reds, You Alone Are You.



The Dog Days of Summer had Beach Ballet, Pier Effect, and clear.



Where Stars Meet is three glitters: Where Stars Meet, Garden Galaxy, and a mostly blue on that hasn't had a name sticker on any of the bottles I've seen at three different Ultas.



Also from Piggy Polish, a Newspaper Nails kit with white polish, rubbing alchol, 20 strips of newspaper, and a "precision applicator for clean-up".



The Butter London Autumn/Winter 2012 collection was nestled into the top center of the core display at Ulta. Five colors: Lovely Jubbly, Trustafarian, Gobsmacked, Shag, and Dodgy Barnett.



OPI is between collections right now, but Ulta had the Outrageous Neons mini set: White Base, Ridiculously Yellow, Formidably Orange, Riotously Pink, Seriously Purple, and top coat.



Last but not least, the reason I am going to let Sinful Colors back on my blog: the big display which had the stolen blogger photos has been updated. There are stickers with new nails pasted over the the two images onto which the bloggers' nails had been placed without their permission. (The third photo was still there, presumably because no one stepped forward to prove it was their manicure.) The pamphlets with the stolen photos were also gone; the little holder wasn't even there anymore.







I'd still like to hear from the bloggers involved that Sinful has made things right with them personally, but the fact that the displays no longer show the stolen images shows the company listened to our complaints and took action.

22 comments:

  1. Dang, that is a spiffy Essie display! And lol at the vandalism... not nice, but jeez.

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  2. I like to get that newspaper kit! :)

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  3. Thanks! This is my fave post! I really want the LA Girl polka dot nailart kit. I really love polka dots and need to start to learn nailart!

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  4. Revlon Sparkle Aplenty looks interesting...I need to see this in-store!

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  5. ahhh makes me want to shop! actually pretty interested in a piggy polish for once in my life - pier effect looks very nice.

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  6. That black Revlon looks interesting. I might have to track that one down! :)

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  7. That Essie display is really something! And I need to see those butter London's in person! I need to check out Ulta!

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  8. Wow, I wish my Walgreens had a Sally Hansen and Essie display like that! I wish I loved the fall colors for Butter London more though. It's not exactly what I was expecting.

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  9. I see so much stuff that I'd buy if I had access to all that - so I guess my wallet is happy that I don't have easy access to all those brands :D

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  10. Oh dear gawd, I'm doing to have to stalk Walgreens again. The one closest to me never has Nabi, but the other three do, just not always the same ones. (I think it is at the manager's discretion) I just hope I don't have to drive an hour to get my grubby mitts on those metallics!!!!!! *faints*

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  11. That Sally Hansen and Essie display is incredible!

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  12. OK, I need to stop looking now, my laptop is suffering from me drooling ;)
    I LOVE these posts....

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  13. Great post! I love all the pics! I have all the Black Radiance polishes in that one photo. I picked them up almost two months ago at Walgreen's. They had a coupon for them too I was able to use on each polish!

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  14. you have so many new brand wich we don't have it in croatia :(( lucky you

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  15. Im really glad that Sinful Colors woke up to reality. But I would also like to know if they solved this problem personally. I hope they did 'cause that would be a big shame for Sinful Colors, no?
    Other than that, I love Where Stars Meet by Piggy Polish. And guess what? My favourite nail polish is the blue one that doesn't have then name on it :P ***

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  16. That Piggy Polish is pretty intriguing! I have never found it for sale here, though! :(

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  17. I work for a merchandising company and just this last week I was sent out with stickers to cover that last image. If there wasn't enough stickers I had to take down the backdrop and dispose of it. Just thought you would like the info. Thanks for keeping me up to date:)

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    1. Very interesting; thanks for that info! I will keep an eye out for the new stickers.

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  18. My untrieds pile keeps growing. I just don't have enough time, so overwhelmed, yet I love these posts! LOL!

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  19. That's the same style display they have at the concept Walgreens in Chicago. Except they just have OPI on it. Then on the other side is Demeter fragrances.

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    1. Concept Walgreens? I must find out more about this. Surely I could make a detour on the way to or from my mom's. :)

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  20. I'm glad they settled the matter of the stolen images (even if it was a wrong&unfair thing to do in the first place).
    The metallic Nabis are so yummy...But I'd love to see some swaches, promo pics are so unreliable!

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Thank you for reading and commenting! I greatly appreciate knowing I'm not just talking to myself here. :)