From shampoo and leave-in conditioners to hair sprays and frizz serums, the drugstore aisles are full of options. And thanks to advancements in formulations (and a good deal of healthy competition), drugstore hair product offerings continue to improve. But we want to know which brand was your top choice in 2012. It's time to vote for your favorite below!
Do you love soap operas and drugstore box hair color? Then get ready to have your world rocked by Hair Box Thrillers. These hilariously weird YouTube vignettes are totally Passions-level crazy, and the guy who does the voices does a great job of bringing the "personalities" of the hair color box models to life. Ever wondered why that chick on the 6R Preference box looks so weirded out? Well, now you know.
So here is my Drugstore Challenge look. I just picked up Revlon's PhotoReady in Natural Beige after avoiding it for so long. I finally caved when it was BOGOF at Rite Aid. I am not a huge fan of liquid foundations so this was a stretch for me. I usually use a tinted moisturizer or a mineral foundation. On with the review... click for review and pictures
Most of you think drugstore products are too expensive for what you get. So you might not be surprised to find out that retailers are seeing a slowdown of shoppers, and companies are planning to scale back in drugstores and mass retailers. According to WWD, cosmetic companies are editing the stock they feature, and in some cases whittling their inventory.
Wendy Liebmann, a retail industry analyst, says shoppers are overwhelmed by the number of products. "There's just too much stuff, and that makes it more difficult to shop," she explains. She pointed to one of her company's studies, which revealed that when it comes to makeup, 52 percent of women surveyed described selecting a new foundation as "difficult," as opposed to "easy" or "so-so." The solution, she and other experts believe, is to present only the best-selling items.
This might sound weird, but I think it would be more efficient if we had slightly fewer choices. I often get overwhelmed by the number of lotions and potions, and without a trained staff to explain the difference between Foundation X and Foundation Y, it can be difficult to make the right choice. What else would make you a happier drugstore shopper?
The other day, I went to Walgreens and was surprised by the cost of some of the cosmetics. Wet 'n' Wild was still dirt cheap, of course, but a few items were more expensive than I'd expected. For instance, this L'Oreal Volume Shocking mascara is $12.99—that's more expensive than mascara from MAC, and just 50 cents less than Bourjois mascara. The more I browsed, the more I kept thinking, "Hmm, for another dollar or two, I could go to a department store and try out that concealer/gloss/blush before buying it."
Of course, there are still some great drugstore bargains, but it seems like prices are jumping higher. In general, do you think drugstore brands are reasonably priced these days?
There are some beauty products I'll shell out good money for—a non-greasy sunscreen, a concealer that blends perfectly, a shampoo that lets me go an extra day without needing to wash my hair. But sometimes, fancy products don't seem to do anything better than cheaper drugstore versions do. What do you think—do you get what you pay for?