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Nope. The first brand that comes to mind is Essie, and they’ve only changed my perception of them by releasing shades that aren’t sheer and/or pink.

I guess not, however I can’t really think of many brands I use that I know have started to sell in drugstores. Actually, it makes me like them better. It makes things more accessible, and I don’t have to drive 30 or so minutes to other retailers because drugstores are everywhere. As long as product quality isn’t decreasing, it doesn’t bother me.

I do because for it to be so much cheaper they do skimp on packaging and often the product is not as good. Hard Candy is a good example or Nicole by Opi.

Nope! I like that drugstores seem to be expanding the variety of brands they carry and at various price points. At Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada, some locations have add-on boutiques that carry Dior, Guerlain, Benefit and others. I really like that because I can accumulate points and then redeem the value on something fancy like a Dior eyeshadow quint or Guerlain foundation. 😀

i actually like a brand better if they start selling their products in drugstores. they are making their products more accessible to the everyday person and that’s really nice.

Not necessarily. I’m glad that Essie is now available in drugstores because that makes it easier for me to get my hands on the shades I want, but there isn’t much of a price difference. I see a lot of fragrances by Juicy Couture and Mariah Carey, etc. at Walmart now, but I don’t know if the quality is the same. I also don’t know if the quality of Hard Candy products is the same now that they’re sold in drugstores.

I think it depends on the brand. If I see for example, Clinique, I’d be okay with that. But if I saw Chanel or Laura Mercier at Walmart… I’d be like, uhhh. xP

I agree, if it had a drugstore price, then something would have to change.
But at the same time, some drugstore products seem to be improving, and the prices are slowly increasing on certain things.

No I don’t – I’m not a make-up snob so I browse both drugstores and high end luxe stores 😀 (note : I said “browse” and not “buy” LOL)

Actually, I agree with you, Christine. I don’t think that it matters. I’d actually kind of like to see brands like Benefit and Tarte at my local CVS.

Nope! In fact, I love it. A drugstore near me now has Benefit and Stila and I love it because I can use the points I amass (considerable) to get FREE products. Another branch of this chain actually has Guerlain and I plan to use my points to get one or 2 of the lipsticks – absolutely FREE!

i agree with the pricing argument. and it has been proofed, that cheaper products set lower expectations concerning quality. but buying chanel and dior products in the drugstore would be kind of weird to me…

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It’s not always just low price, but more like – if a brand is able to cut back price, I doubt they’re going to take that hit 100% in profits, so that means costs have to go down!

It would definitely be weird! It wouldn’t have the same luxurious feeling you get from buying high end makeup at a counter.

I don’t. As long as the quality doesn’t falter I don’t need to buy it from a high end store if I like the product it doesn’t matter where I buy it.

Not really, actually I appreciate the easier accessibility it affords.
I have also noticed that (depending on the individual store) I have better luck finding certain shades at drugstores/Target/Mejiers than an Ulta/Sephora.

I think as with any product, you want good quality for your cash.

I think more negatively of brands who pull out of places like Sephora or Ulta and go more exclusive because I figure they think they are way too good for the average woman. Snobs!

Yes I feel differently about them…happy! I like having easier access to them. Essie is now sold at Rite Aid. That totally saves me a trip to Ulta or from ordering online.

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