Watch out, Walgreens! Here I come!

Walgreens

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I love Walgreens. I have loved it since I was a kid. Going to Walgreens for an errand with my grandparents was always a treat. Sick, I know, but we didn’t have them in NYC 20 years ago. Now, they are everywhere. I managed to catch a few good buys this past week and I want to share them with you.

Drugstore brands can be excellent, too.

Drugstore brands can be excellent, too.

Sinful Colors Professional Nail Colour in Starfish: My initial experience with the Sinful Colors line was not good. The polishes were streaky and they never would dry to a glossy shine. I recently purchased three new colors, Starfish being the most recent, and the formula is way better. Starfish is a cool dusty pink that errs on a light violet. I did my manicure on Tuesday or Wednesday and am just finding some tip-wear now. It is a great $1.99 US bargain. (My accent nail is a the new Julie Gumdrop polish. )

The only sin about this color is it is too pretty.

Maybe it’s purple.

Wet n Wild Color Wave Mini Nail Color Collection: There are six mini Wild Shine Nail Colors that range from pale pink to pink punch and a glittery topcoat. Wild Shine is the .99 cents polish line for WnW. The set is $3.99 US and there was a version with blue shades. I find that Wild Shine can turn up a bit flat but it is nothing a topcoat won’t fix.

Pretty in Pink!

Pretty in Pink!

Keeping with the Wet n Wild Trend…

Wet N Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Perfect Pout Lip Color in Penthouse Sweet: Another pouty pink to add to my collection, the Fergie Collection lipsticks are great. They are way more moisturizing than the MegaLast lipsticks. I do find the colors to be a bit more edgy and the range is a bit small. This does not mean the lipstick isn’t fantastic. Walgreen’s had a display that read the price was $3.49 US a tube. When I got to the register, I was charged $3.99. More on that in a second…

Maybelline Super Stay 10 Stain Gloss in Pleasing Plum & Ruby Indulgence: My sister bought me one of these last year. We really like them- they apply like a gloss and stain the lip. The stain gloss has a bit of shine and is a little sheer.  They are not as drying as a regular stain BUT not as long lasting. I still love the way they look. Unfortunately, these were “Last Chance” and 50% off, which means they are either just changing the colors or getting rid of the entire line. I paid $4.99 US per tube.

I will be sad to see the stains go!

I will be sad to see the stains go!

Now, onto the Walgreens debacle…

I recently had a problem in two local Walgreens. Both had to do with Wet n Wild cosmetics. Basically, a store display had one price (which was cheaper) but when the product was scanned, it came up as 50 cents more. 50 cents isn’t a lot of money and I let the cashier know and she easily fixed it. The second time it happened, I didn’t bother and took pictures of the price display.

I see $3.49. I was charged $3.99. There was no Walgreens' sticker with the new price.

I see $3.49. I was charged $3.99. There was no Walgreens’ sticker with the new price.

And then I called the customer service number on the website. Actually, I emailed them first and never heard back. I spoke with a very nice woman that did look up my email and she had to “escalate” the message since no one got back to me in two days.

I did get $1 US off. The lipstick cost $2.99 US with the discount.

I did get $1 US off. The lipstick cost $2.99 US with the discount.

About 30 minutes later, I got a call from the first store with an apology but I never heard from the second store. I am sure I won’t but I am happy that one store realized their mistake. I just don’t want anyone to purchase a product and over-pay. So buyer beware! Keep a mindful eye on the cash register and what you pay for the items you purchase. We already spend too much for products!

Keep Calm and Primp On! XOXO

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10 thoughts on “Watch out, Walgreens! Here I come!

  1. That is such a good deal on the polish set! Did they have other color groups? I have heard great things about the Wet N Wild lipsticks. You’ll have to let me know how you like them so I can have my mom scoop one up for me to try.

  2. I pay very close attention in Walgreens when they ring me up. Too many mistakes on their shelves and in the system, and 99% of the time they will honor the shelf price and then pull it the second I leave the store.
    It seems like everyone is dealing with varying degrees of satisfaction with Sinful Colors. I’ve never had a problem with any of their polishes, but I think it’s because my nails are a little longer and I don’t buy anything too opaque. I’ve had many of their polishes last three weeks on a manicure, but never that long on my toes. Clearly it’s different for everyone.

    • Yes- I am sure that either store won’t change their price. I just felt better calling and speaking up. As for the polish- my nails are always short but this color surprised me! I have yet to use it for a pedicure.

      • If nothing else, maybe they’ll issue you a gift card or some coupons. That’s what they SHOULD do, obviously you’re not a one time customer, ya know?
        I find that their metallics are better for longer term wear. I’m not a fan of the glittery ones, it’s too much work and so many of them are too light. That IS a pretty color though. They come out with so many new colors in a year, it’s a bit hard to keep up, but they are always fashion forward.

      • I stumbled upon the brand probably 4-5 years ago and have been buying a color here and there ever since. I think they’re very well priced and I really like the colors I’ve purchased and worn. I prefer Pure Ice at certain times, but they’re pretty comparable in both colors and price points. Whenever I want something from OPI, Essie, or China Glaze I find the best deals on Ebay and I only buy the colors I truly want.

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