Friday, March 7, 2008

a Bare Battle

so, i was on the phone with a good friend of mine a couple of days ago-- she also shares my love of beauty and fashion-- and of course, the conversation went to "what did you do today?"
she responded, "not much, but i did go to Target." she went on to tell me about the cute dress she got from the new Jovovich-Hawk line (now available for a limited time!), and how she and her mom purchased a Bare Escentuals kit!

wow, i thought, is the brand wanting to cater to the mass market? Bare Escentuals to me was always the high-end mineral make-up only sold at department stores, in places like Sephora, and in their boutiques. well, according to Women's Wear Daily, this is not sitting well with the mineral makeup giant.

Bare Escentuals products have popped up at Target and Costco, two retailers that the mineral makeup company charges are unauthorized to sell its premium-priced wares....Bare Escentuals' authorized retailers are Ulta, Sephora, J.C. Penney via in-store Sephora boutiques, QVC and Nordstrom and Macy's...

read the complete article here.


Christy said...

You know Target also sells Tigi, Redken, and Paul Mitchell and I dont think they are supposed to sell those either. I wonder how they get away with it?

monique said...

they aren't supposed to according to my research. i also began to hear about this when i was in beauty school, and basically, if the product isn't sold in a salon, it's not guaranteed by the manufacturer. that being said, there are rumors that manufacturers are behind the diversion of these products, so even if they were to sue "those resposible" for the salon products being sold where they shouldn't be, they, essentially, are suing themselves, and it would only really cost them court fees. sad, isn't it?
i recommend not buying those types of products from places like rite aid and Target because they might not even be the true formulation that would be in the salons. also, compare the prices--you'll almost always be able to get it at a lower cost in the salon because the salon product wouldn't have had "middlemen" trying to put money back in their pockets.