Monday, September 5, 2011

Again With the Displays

It's Labor Day here in the U.S., which means I have the day off, though plenty of people do not, including some at drug and beauty stores where even now they may be putting out displays for me to see when I next make my rounds. (C'mon, Wet 'n' Wild On the Prowl!) In the meantime, I have a big bunch that I've come across in the last couple weeks.

This first one I spotted when I was in Maryland, in the CVS that had the sign taped to the door saying "Sold out of D Batteries & Flashlights". It's Sally Hansen Salon Effects strips in limited edition Halloween designs.

There are five designs: Hot Wired (black barbed wire on lime), Wishnets (black fishnet on red), Ghoulie Girl (orange and white ghosts on black), Numbskull (black skull & cross bones on white), and Spun for You (black spider web on silver). I definitely want Spun for You and will probably get a couple others if I can hit a sale or coupon deal.

After searching in vain what feels like all summer, I finally found a new Milani display at Walgreens a little over a week ago. It's called Mewow Look At My Nails and has got six colors of High Speed Fast Dry and black crack, which they call Krackle Topcoat. The Fast Dry line up: Speed Up Pink, Blue Lightening (yep, lightening, not lightning), Racy Green, Flash Silver, Purple Rush, and Brisk Orange. All appear to be shimmers except the silver, which looks like a foil. It surprised me that I only recognized two of the colors (green and purple), because I'd looked at the Fast Dry page on the Milani website when I'd given up on finding the display and just gone ahead and bought online. Looking at their website today, the Fast Dry page still has the colors I saw then, most of which are cremes. To find the ones in this display, I had to click around in the nail section for a while—it wasn't on the front page of nail products. It's almost like they're deliberately hiding things from me.

At CVS, I saw something I'd not seen before: a Confetti display other than the core line. I am not sure what all was supposed to be in this display, since it was a bit picked over by the time I saw it. Here's what was there, left to right: Lonesome Dove (light grey creme), Glam'n Up (burgundy shimmer), Glass Slipper (clear), Fruit Smoothie (watermelon pink), I <3 U (pearl shimmer), Tazmanian Devil (multi glitter), Margarita Senorita (acid yellow creme), Blue Bombshell (blue shimmer). Glass Slipper, Fruit Smoothie, and Blue Bombshell all have slots in the core display, but I think the others are new.

Tazmanian Devil I had to buy immediately, because it's that "party in a bottle" style of glitter I love so much. I of course want to compare it to Happy Birthday and friends at some point.

Target had some new Revlons in the core display, three glitters and a creme (which was in the Matte section, but does not have the matte silver on the cap like the other mattes, so I'm not sure what its finish is). Left to right: Starry Pink, Blue Mosaic, Facets of Fuchsia (a rumored dupe to Deborah Lippmann Bad Romance), and Smoky Canvas.

My Sally Beauty had China Glaze Metro out, and the display was full, but some colors were doubled up and some were missing. To see the right assortment and individual bottle pics, check out kittypolishnbags's entry.

Sally also had the Orly Mineral FX display, and that did have all the colors in it, multiple bottles of each. This collection is shimmery, flecked, micro glitter goodness; left to right (front row): Rock Solid,
Emberstone, Rock the World, Stone Cold, Rock-It, and Rococo A-Go-Go.

I ventured into Ulta, determined to buy as little as possible (and definitely nothing for full price) since I'm still mad at them, and found several displays I hadn't seen before.

Miss Universe from OPI has four polishes: Crown Me Already (silver mixed hex glitter), Swimsuit ... Nailed It (blue shimmer), Congeniality is My Middle Name (berry shimer), and It's My Year (rosy purple with gold shimmer).

I'd heard about Miss Universe online, but the other OPI display on that shelf was news to me: OPI <3 DKMS, which has two colors, Red-y for the Cure and Mani Ways to help. Googling after I got home showed me this collection benefits efforts to register bone marrow donors; not sure how I missed the promo efforts on this one.

Ulta also had the last of the Serena Williams for OPI Glam Slam duos: Pros & Bronze paired with Love is a Racket.

Orly wasn't content to just give us the six new colors in Mineral FX but also put out Birds of a Feather, with six more colors: Fowl Play, Lucky Duck, Night Owl, Peachy Parrot, Sea Gurl, and Sweet Peacock.

Right next to the birds was the full six-color salon display of Essie Carry On, but Power Clutch was already gone. Carry On, Glamour Purse, Very Structured, Case Study, and Lady Like were still there.

Still at Ulta, I saw Zoya Smoke & Mirrors (12 colors in all, 9 of which I'd already bought direct from Zoya during one of their many promos) and Zoya Touch (Minka, Shay, and Pandora).

Ulta had the Wet 'n' Wild Fantasy Makers tombstone shaped polishes, too. Four colors: Night Glow (glow in the dark), Black Magic (black creme, though the display said "black sparkle" and I've seen swatches of a black with glitter in this style bottle, all these bottles were plain creme), Creepy Pumpkin (orange shimmer/microglitter), and Purple Potion (black with purple glitter).

Sally Hansen has put out a Halloween-esque display with Crackle and Xtreme Wear colors. I've been waiting for this one to show up since my friend Mel spotted it down in Texas, and now both Ulta and Rite Aid have it (Ulta's was picked over, so this photo is from Meijer). The display says "Limited Edition" but I didn't see anything that wasn't in the core display, too, so I'm not sure what's up with that. Crackle colors in here: Ink Splatter, Fractured Foil, Snow Blast, and Cherry Smash. Xtreme Wear: Purple Potion, White On, Cherry Red, Ivy League, Black Out, Grey Area, and Sun Kissed.

Rite Aid also had the Julie G collection of Jesse's Girl polishes. I don't watch very many beauty videos so don't know who this YouTube guru is, but good for her for getting a polish collection. Eight colors here: Fashion Friday (bright plum creme), Stiletto (taupe shimmer), Beauty Guru (orange creme), All Things Girly (coral creme), Girls Night Out (blue creme), Mermaid's Lagoon (teal shimmer), Party Dress (red creme), and Cupcake Frosting (bright pink creme).

The Studio M fall display popped up at Meijer, with the tag line "Let Your Nail Color Change Like the Leaves". This appears to be a mix of colors from the core line and newly rebottled Color Club shades, though I haven't been able to match up all the colors yet (some are easy because they don't even rename them). Top row, left to right: Red Velvet, Darkest Black, Lovin It, Orange Hot, Electronica, Hip Hop, Catwalk Queen, Ballroom Blue. Bottom row: After Hours, Vixen, Total Mystery, Noveau Voyage, Shabby Drab, Alter Ego, Slated, and Alias.

I often forget about Bed, Bath & Beyond when I'm on my display hunting rounds; it's just enough off my normal route that I have to make an effort. I'm glad I did this past week, as I spotted the Revlon Edgy Elegance display there. This is an eight-color collection, all foil-leaning shimmers. It feels more like a winter grouping than fall to me. Colors are: Aloof (white), Girly (light lilac), Fierce (purple), Innocent (pink), Downtown (light blue), Punk (green), Princess (blue), and Catty (taupe). There's also top coat in the display.

BB&B also had Color Club's version of crack, called Fractured. Six colors here: Have a Bash (blue), Crush on You (bright purple), Smash Hit (black), Clean Break (white), Broken Tokens (silver), and Tattered In Gold (gold). Amazingly, despite my bad crack habit, I didn't get any of these; I've seen all these colors before and own several versions of some of them. I'm tempted to go back and get one just so I can see if the crack pattern is any different, but I'm guessing it is not, so perhaps I'll just see if I can stay out of that store until the urge passes.

Finally, on the way home from BB&B, I stopped at a CVS that's slightly off my beaten path and found the L'Oreal Color of Hope display. I'd seen this in Walgreens, but that display didn't have slots for the nail polish; this one at CVS did (one of the four colors was sold out, but that's a lot better than having no colors at all). The ones I saw were: Devotion (milk chocolate creme), Mystery (dark grey creme), and Valiant (charcoal shimmer). Google tells me the missing one is Whimsical, a peach shimmer.

Whew! There were a lot more of these than I thought in my "displays to post" folder. If you made it this far, I salute your stamina!


  1. Thank you soooo much for this post and generally for "display posts". It gives a chance for ppl out of US (like me) to get a feeling of what you have there in American stores! I feel like I'm there, walking around with a shopping basket :)

  2. Karen, I don't know if I hate you or love you.... maybe I love you :)
    as usual I feel so envy about these displays! I need them here, too :)

    (I'm joking, i do love you :)

  3. I've looked, but I haven't seen any polish at Bed Bath and Beyond. What section of the store are they in?

  4. I really enjoy this kind of posts. Very nice to see what is available at the moment

  5. Your displays all look so nice and not-messed-with! The Smoke n Mirrors display at my Ulta was in ruins. Luckily I managed to rescue Neeka and Yara!

  6. That's a lot of displays! I need to go to Sally's to look for some of those Orly's.

  7. Even though I can never find any of those here, I love these posts :)

  8. I just love these pictures!! Nice to see what's coming up

  9. I ALWAYS look forward to your display posts. ALWAYS!!! Thanks so much for posting them. Now I kind of want to go out and get everything! heheh


  10. I love all of the displays you post. I always like to see what's coming out next. Thanks!

  11. Wow, great post!
    JulieG has her own collecton??? Amazing!!!!!

  12. Oh wow. There's soooo many!!! Loved seeing all these pics, gosh you'r so lucky to have all this near you!

  13. for the 100th time . i love seeing these kinds of post. LOL . your so lucky. the ulta near me dont have Miss Universe collection yet! .great post karen!

  14. ahhh love you for always showing these(:
    those revlons look incredible!

    <3 BB

  15. I want those Revlon polishes from Target so bad!

  16. Oh my gosh! I'm sooooooo so so so so so so so jealous!! I think out of all your displays the only one i've actually seen in Hawaii is the Halloween Salon Effects from SH at Walgreens and The opi miss universe (but I saw those in salons) its so depressing...I've been stalking my CVS and the one lonely Walgreens store here in Hawaii for those revlon glitters..I hope they'll have them there soon because the Target stores are on the other side of the islnd and I have no car *cries*

  17. I love your display post!!!! do you ever get caught by store employess taking pics of the displays lol...

  18. I have to echo everyone and say I LOVE these posts. They're awesome! I'm hoping to spot some of these in my area soon!

  19. I've never seen those tombstone polishes before. How odd! kind of cute though.

  20. i love r.i.p. because the bottles are super cute, and orly for the colors :-D
    wish i was there, among these shelfs ;-)

  21. :-D It seems my stamina is good! I am so jealous of all the goodies you have there!
    R.I.P. bottles are super cute, I actually wouldn't care for colors :-P

  22. Always adore these posts...but regret that a lot of them won't be available to me :(

  23. Oooh, look at all the new displays! =) That's funny about the "sold out of D batteries and flashlights" sign! We had those on stores in RI too. Haven't seen those new SH Salon Effects here yet, but I'm looking forward to it! I picked up a few of the Edgy Elegance Revlons - pretty sweet - some are 1-coaters! The L'Oreal that was missing from your display is very nice too. (the peachy one) Now that I know those other Revlons are Target-exclusives, I'm off to add them to the stash. Great post!

  24. I actually did a post already with the Confetti vs. Happy Birthday (and about 7 other polishes), so you can check that one out or do your own separate post. The link for that post is

    Either way, your area gets MUCH better displays than mine (they must know you're looking!)

  25. I know I've said it before, but I LOVE the display posts! I'm living outside of the US for a few years and these are the "walk through the drugstore" that I miss so much. Thanks for taking the time to take the pics and post them, I always look forward to them.

  26. Thanks, ladies! I'm glad so many of you enjoy coming shopping with me. :)

    Amy, BB&B only has polish in some stores. If you look a the store locator on their website there's a checkbox to find the ones which have a Health & Beauty Care department, which is where the polish is. Usually it's near the front of the store in the ones that have them.

    Laura, displays by me get trashed, too; I think I'm just in the stores so often I have good luck getting to see them when they're still somewhat unmolested.

    Shadow, sometimes employees see me but only once has one reported me to the manager (and he told her I was okay, probably because he sees me there all the time & we've talked before). At BB&B this last time, an employee came up to me as I was snapped pics and asked if I was doing okay. :)

    Honey Bomb, I don't think the Revlon glitters are Target exclusives but they're just the first to get them around here. I believe the collection they're from is called Expressionists--of course I'll snap that display when I see it!

    Amanda, thanks for the link--I see you've got a couple multi glitters I don't have and now I think I might need them, too. :)

  27. I only found one new Confetti display and there were only 3 polishes left. No Tasmanian. Boo!
    I do some work every 2 weeks at a BB&B and I check the new products every time. It's a compulsion. :)

  28. i lovee this display post, was disappointed when it came to an end looll, it really made me feel like i was there loll and in my head i was thinking yep i'll get that one and this one loll,

  29. We don't have starry pink and blue mosaic from revlon here. I wonder why they only launch facets of fushsia and smokey

  30. I love your display posts. Those tombstones look really interesting... I wish they celebrated Halloween here in Oz!


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