Thursday, July 10, 2014

Random Rant Thursday

Sometimes when I am in the mood to splurge on some beautiful things, it doesn't take much to tip me over to buy something.  A walk through the glistening beauty counters, a few new releases, some pretty colors is enough to make me stop and chat with the counter folks and buy something.  I am always interested in new brushes.  While I have many (probably too many), a unique shape or certain density makes me ponder if it would make a good fit in my collection.
I knew recently that Nars revamped their brushes and having seen favorable blog reviews made me keen on checking them out in person.  I suspected that most things would not compare as favorably to my favorite grey squirrel brushes, but I was looking to be spending.  After looking and touching the display, my eyes were drawn to the eye shadow blending brush (#42) and the eye shadow precision contour brush (#44).  A good blending brush and a nice dense pencil brush are always welcome additions.

Neither were very soft, but I'm ok with sacrificing some softness for really good function.  Still, I was curious about the hair type because there are some kinds I am less fond of than others.

When I asked what the hair types were, I got a long rambling answer where the gist was, Oh I'm not sure.  Let me check the packaging... which doesn't say.  But they are usually synthentic.

Really?  Not to know is ok.  I don't mind doing a little researching on the web to find out, but why does she make up answers?

Then I asked how much these two brushes were and she didn't know.  And instead of looking them up, or scanning at the register to look up the prices, she made up an answer saying both are about $34.  (FYI, $32 for the blender and $28 for the pencil)  That pretty much killed any mood to buy anything from the counter.

Maybe she wasn't regularly a worker at this counter.  Or maybe she was new.  I wouldn't mind any of this, but why make things up?  I just don't get it!

Another rant:
I hate when things are too pretty to ever touch or mar, but the belly heart just wants wants wants!

Case in point:
 WALA!  Yes, it's the exquisitely, painfully pretty illuminating face powder from Chanel.  It's the Dentelle Precieuse which is exclusive to Nordstrom.

I need another highlighter like another hole in the head.

Have rants you'd like to share today?

25 comments :

  1. Can I rant about the 500 point MUFE perk from Sephora for a second? Most of their past 500 point perks have had between 4-7 good-sized deluxe samples. And yeah, there are some deluxe-sized things in the MUFE perk - but an eyeshadow card and single use mascara? That's the kind of stuff you get in your 3 free samples with an order. I'm not sure why that irks me so much - I rarely use my points anyway - but it seems really lazy on their part, like they just threw something together out of samples they had too many of.

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  2. Oh, I hit publish too soon! I've also been eyeing that Chanel highlighter, but I think I'm going to resist - I have too many already. But that's not going to stop me from swatching it at Nordstrom next week, if they have it.

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    1. Nicci, I signed myself into Sephora just to check out that MUFE perk. Each of those deluxe minis would be a good 100 pt perk (or a good free sample, as you said!). And then you get a dopey eye shadow card??!! I generally either hoard my points or end up blowing them on 100 pt ones for skin care of things I already use for travel purposes, but that MUFE is so not tempting at all. Even the 100pt MJ one isn't so great when you can get a mini Givenchy Le Rouge for 100pts.

      Hey heyyyyy! Is someone even doing the value math over there at Sephora?

      I never ever ever make dents on any big powder products. It would be a waste for me, but that Chanel is pretty much the most beautiful product I've seen in a long long time. I wonder if the design lasts through use?

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  3. When I worked in beauty retail, the company I worked for hired this new girl and since we sold hundreds of different products across about 20 brands or so, she was told to always ask more experienced girls if she didn't know an answer to a customer's question. Not only wouldn't she ask any questions or admit she didn't know something, she would actually make things up completely on the spot that were so, so wrong - like telling a customer that a gel nail polish would come off very easily with her regular nail polish remover. Yeah, I'm not sure what her motivation was; it turned out later she was a serious liar and was fired because of her dishonesty. That story aside, it always infuriates me when I know more about the product than the SA that's trying to sell it to me, which is why I rarely shop at counters - it just happens way too often.

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    1. I used to get totally infuriated when I knew more about new releases and products than people working at a counter. I've been convinced that I am a beauty lunatic and most other people, even those working at a counter are just working for a job. I do think even someone with little makeup interest that works in a counter though should .... er ask questions or look up answers instead of making UP STUFF! Arrrrg! <---this is what happens when I get over caffeinated. NG

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  4. OMG, I absolutely hate it when they make crap up! It really drives me nuts. I have had that happen when asking whether or not a product contains a certain ingredient-- and the SA saying, "oh no, of course not!" Then asking to see the package only to have to point out that it's the 2nd ingredient! JUST SAY YOU WILL FIND OUT INSTEAD OF WEAVING SENSELESS FICTIONS! It really inspires customer confidence, no?! That Chanel highlighter is really too gorgeous to destroy by using it-- of course if you are going to spend $80.00 it's probably worth enjoying after taking pictures of it to enjoy forever! <3

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    1. This is totally work taking picture after picture for posterity purposes! :)) It is SO BEAUTIFUL!

      I also get annoyed when they say, this product is totally natural (whatever that means since there are no FDA standards for natural or organic) so you will never get a skin reaction. WHAT THE EVER LIVING HAAALLLLLE??!!

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    2. not work, WORTH WORTH. Ability to edit a blogger comment would be an excellent future systems enhancement requirement Google. Hop to it.

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  5. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse! Indeed too pretty

    I touched all the new NARS brushes and they felt rough *is spoiled by Koyudo

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    1. Soon, my preshus. Soon... *rubs hands*

      They are rough by comparison, no? Once you go rodent, you can't ever go back. Or something...like...that.

      My skin is randomly sensitive at times, so even though something like pony hair doesn't feel as nice, normally they are not so irritating.

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  6. Yikes. I'm pretty sure Nars invests some effort in training their reps. At least, the ones who I talk to get training. I don't expect them to know everything off the top of their heads (particularly when it comes to things like ingredients), but dishonesty just makes things worse. What if someone was making such an inquiry because of an allergy? They're liable for that.

    I was at Sephora today, spending money, and got pushed away from the Marc Jacobs display- literally, not figuratively- by an employee helping another customer. I'll give her the benefit of the doubt and say she didn't see me, but she also didn't apologize. Online shopping just got more awesome.

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    1. An employee pushed you and didn't apologize? I might forgive that in public transit, but in a store? Actually, I would get all pissy and sulky on the subway, too. Wah! That is awful. Truly another wonderful reason why online shopping is a higher evolved mechanism for beauty consumption.

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  7. I sympathize with the agony over pretty cosmetics! I can't justify buying a product to look at instead of to use, but if using it ruins the reason I wanted it in the first place...gah! That's why it's nice when makeup comes in pretty boxes instead. You can mess with the innards all you like, but the exoskeleton remains pristine. Why am I writing in insect metaphors today? Why am I metaphorically dissecting an insect? I need to stop typing.

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    1. I do not like bugs. I don't like creepy crawlies. I do tolerate spiders because they eat lots of other bugs. I once dissected an earthworm as a student, which unlike the Precieuse, was yucky on the outside and even more yucky on the inside. Looking back, I think that might have been the moment where a life in STEM was not in the cards for me. It was a life of makeups... maybe.

      If makeup looked more like preserved worms I wouldn't HAVE this dilemma now would I?

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  8. My dear Belly, always so hard on herself.. really, it is unfair to you because you live in the mecca of makeup shopping. Everywhere you go, there's always shining, new display galore and newest, latest thing to make anyone drool. Here, in my neck of the wood, it is super easy to avoid makeup shopping because there is no such temptation within walking distance. Give yourself a break, girlfriend, I'd probably do the same thing that you'd so.. although yes, I hate when SA made things up.

    Rant.. hmm, you've heard about my LRP rant. That's enough for the day I think. I rarely return products and this is yet another reminder why I hate doing it. Aside from that, gosh yea... the Chanel dentelle is really enticing. I wonder if I can search for a swatch somewhere online hmm..

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    1. I don't feel particularly self abasing on this. :) It is a wee bit extra difficult to be 1/2 block away from one epic beauty department, 2 blocks away from another, 3 blocks away from yet another, 10 blocks away from another and then within that radius even more Sephoras. I try to keep my head down and ignore most of the time.

      Any more success in finding a good primer/ss these days, Claire? LRP is really rich. I use it, but only on my neck and chest because on my face it makes me look like a oil slick right away.

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    2. No, no success yet. I don't think there is such thing. I'm falling back to Elta MD for non-sillicone, and some Japanese sunscreens for the sillicone-based. There are a few I'm testing right now, will share the result soon!

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  9. Ugh. What a turn off! Sorry you had to suffer incompetent SAs. I feel I've faced so many these incidences I can't remember any of the recent flubs. One total lie to the face that I never forgot was when shopping at a jewelry street-stall years ago in Taipei, the woman kept saying her stuff was made of platinum (and not what is obviously just metal alloy)...drove me nuts.

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    1. Does seem like I am a ranting lunatic down on all SAs, but on that same trip got to speak with an SA who was wonderfully knowledgeable at another counter. So like in any industry, there are going to be gems and duds.

      On the other end of the deception spectrum would be lying about the metal!! Yikes, talk about defrauding the buyer. If you had no clue you might assume you are buying platinum from that vendor. That's horrible.

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  10. AAAHHH!!! Dentelle Précieuse!!! I think I would have purchased it had it been a bronzer but then like you, I need another bronzer like a hole in the head!!! :)

    How many times has this type of situation happende to me? Countless! I remember when worked in beauty I made a point to know as much as possible, for me it was the least I could do but apparently it's not the same with everyone. I'm glad to say that the counters I go to, at least the ones that sell the brands I'm most interested in these days, have knowledgeable SAs so far. Btw the NARS counter here has an amazing makeup artist who probably would have made you buy more than two brushes... :)

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    1. Knock Knock.

      Who's There?

      Lettuce.

      Lettuce who?

      Let us clasp hands and never buy another bronzer or highlighter again.
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      I'm a pretty easy sell! I would love to work with an excellent artist to show me how to love & use those brushes.

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    2. Let us try but not too hard... I mean, ya know, theyre might be better highlighters or bronzers out there, somewhere... Not sure we've found our perfect one... yet!

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  11. UGH. HATE it when they do that. I won't even bother. I'd just walk away. If I was feeling particularly nasty that day, OK, if I was feeling particularly bitchy that day, I'd probably tell her off before walking away. LOL!

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  12. I wanted to swatch that Dentelle highlighter thingy before committing my $80 to it, and I'm pretty proud of myself for doing so LOL :-P From some of the descriptions I was a little scared it would be too bronzer-y but when swatched it blended out beautifully. Of course that was on the back of my hand so we'll see when it lands on my face! Oh, yeah...I did buy it. Along with 2 of the new shadow quads. And this after swearing no more shadow for the rest of this year (exception being Charlotte Tilbury). I also swore off more blush which I've stuck to so far so I guess that's good. But no shadow - this is my third fail, which is weird given that I hardly wear it except for a wash of color. Hmmmm...pretty pretty things.

    Whoops ok this was supposed to be a rant! Well my rant is out of all that I've been reminded, yet again, of why I prefer to shop online even if that means I end up returning more things!! It's a long confusing story so I'll save you, but this time I ended up feeling like I should call this lady up and buy more things just bc I felt so bad about some confusion and her not getting credit for my sale. Completely not her fault and absolutely to do with communication and someone taking advantage of the grey area of who gets credit for a sale. Anyway bottom line is I shouldn't feel guilty and ugh just UGH.

    I'm sorry to hear about your experience!! Can't believe she would just make stuff up like that, especially something like price that is so easily checked!! RUDE + LAZY!!!

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  13. I love shopping in person and getting my fingers dirty. That means dealing with some unhelpful SAs from time to time, which I don't mind because they don't intimidate me. What happened to you happened the other day and I just told her to go scan the item and tell me the exact price. Then I eyed her like a hawk the whole time so she'd know I meant business. Didn't buy anything there. :D

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