Good news/bad news beauty

Picking out shades of the Lime Crime Diamond Crushers at Winners

Picking out shades of the Lime Crime Diamond Crushers at Winners

Over the last month or so I’ve been scouting the Winners stores in Calgary – looking for beauty products. A friend was super keen on Lime Crime, but since there really aren’t any retailers locally, and I don’t love the idea of ordering makeup entirely online – I was psyched to find the products at Winners, and went HUNTING for more…

Well…it’s proven to be a recipe for frustration, because the good news – they have some great products. The bad news – a LOT of them have been opened, swatched, and potentially contaminated. Not cool at all for things we want to put on our eyes, lips, etc…

I wanted to share some of my highs and lows with you… with the suggestion to check out Winners for some great products, and a warning to be super-careful to check out the products before heading to the checkout counter…

Kat Von D Studded Kiss

In all honesty, I only have one shade from Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss line – because although I LOVE the packaging, and the colour and scent are great, it just doesn’t stay on… It was still cool to find them at Winners – BUT every single one I found had been ripped open, making it clear that the product inside was not hygenic.

They’re on sale at Winners for $9.99, and sell on Sephora for $23.00… but at least at Sephora they’re not contaminated.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit

TheΒ Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit sells for $52.00 on Sephora, but I snagged it for only $29.99 (not $25 as I posted on Instagram). Honestly.. it’s my FAVOURITE highlight palette ever… so much so that when I found a few more uncontaminated packages, I bought them (plus one more for a gift). This one was still in a security case, but even then I had the cashier open it up at the till to inspect it – and it’s all sorts of good.

It’s such a great palette, that I might even consider paying full price if I see the Moonchild Glow Kit in-store (most of the stores I’ve looked for it in are sold out).

Lime Crime Hi-Lite Opals palette

Speaking of highlighter… a HUGE Winners shopping fail. I was totally grossed out that this product was even on the shelf at the Winners downtown. Clearly they need more attentive staff to monitor the state of the products that are on the sales floor. I won’t even compare the price… because I can’t imagine anyone actually wanting to buy such garbage. It should be in the trash, not on the shelf.

(That being said, the palettes sell forΒ  $38.00 US (at the time of writing, $49.21 Canadian) plus shipping on the Lime Crime website, if you’re interested in getting your own.)

I have bought a Hi-Lites palette, and although it’s ok.. it’s nowhere near as good as the Glow Kit, and the colours online aren’t very representative of the colours in person.

Lime Crime Venus Eyeshadow Palette (Grunge)

A bit of redemption here… Again this palette from Lime Crime was inside the security box keeping it “safe”.

I’ve used this palette a few times, and love the shadows… they have good colour intensity (about the same as the Nyx In Your Element palettes) and very little fall out. It sells on the Lime Crime website for $38.00 US (at the time of writing, $49.21 Canadian) plus shipping. At Winners I picked it up for $29.99.

I also picked up the VenusII palette, but haven’t had the chance to give it a try at allΒ  yet.

The Lime Crime Venus and Venus II eyeshadow palettes - still in their security wraps - thank goodness!

The Lime Crime Venus and Venus II eyeshadow palettes – still in their security wraps – thank goodness!

So… would you take the risk?

If you love a good deal, and love new makeup -would you take the risk and shop at Winners, or would you skip the frustration and just go straight to Sephora or your favourite online seller? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Want to see what I DO with all of this makeup?

Come follow me on Instagram to see the makeup looks I create with some of the shopping scores…
While I don’t blog frequently about beauty and cosmetics (etc) I occasionally do. If you want to see more of my Beauty Blog posts, please click the Beauty Blog category link.

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