This is a subject I am asked about a lot, sometimes in general conversation or asked often where to go for specific polishes or brands. But where to pick up polishes is a topic I have great discussions about with my friends and fellow polish newbies or aficionados. It seems a very simple concept for a blog post, but after realising the polish shopping scope, it’s handy to have an idea of where to go.
But polish shopping is very different in person, you need to know where to go, stock availability, price point etc. You have to know what your about! Budget, mid range and higher end polishes are scattered here, there and everywhere! It’s not always obvious where to go for certain ranges, unless you are on the hunt for them.
While out and about shopping, generally browsing or running errands, I end up popping into many of these shopping locations on my travels. These are the places I tend to visit and often pick up polishes!
For more budget polish buys, try pharmacies and drugstores. I know what you are thinking, duh!!!! It’s a very obvious place, but independent and larger chain pharmacies offer various budget makeup brands with polish ranges depending on what they stock.
Alternatively try chemist’s like Boots and Superdrug, they are all home to various affordable polish lines, which are on offer fairly frequently. I joke Boots is the mothership, but the amount of time I spend perusing this place is nobodies business. With offers and Boots points, this makes picking up polish that bit easier to do! There is so many brands in these stores, I won’t list them but suggest you visit and see what’s up your street.
For really budget offerings, try pound shop’s/euro shop’s or the serious discount chains. Although there generally isn’t anywhere near as much choice as pharmacies or Boots/Superdrug’s, they do often have branded polishes in odd shades for a couple of pounds/euro’s. Your local Dealz/PoundLand, Homebargains, B&M or EuroSaver could be home to some excellent value polishes if you take the time to look. What you manage to pick up is usually dependant on where you live/stock in-store. You make be surprised what you may find in these places, but for a couple of euro or a pound you really cannot go wrong!
Penneys (Primark for those in the UK) is another surprising place for polish hauling. I noticed within the last year that they had began stocking more beauty and had various makeup displays. In Ireland they stock their own range plus Essence, Catrice, Wet and Wild and SoSu nail polishes. I have been checking their beauty range fairly often in recent times, picking up some excellent polish bargains.
A shop I also think is worth checking out is your local Sally’s! I like popping into Sally’s Beauty Supplies for all your manicure/pedicure needs plus they tend to stock salon polish ranges which you can in person check out and pick up if they tickle your fancy. For China Glaze, Nails Inc Pro and OPI, go here!
Another place which can be a complete Aladdin’s Cave for polish at times is TKMaxx! I love their beauty sections and you can pick up individual polishes, gift sets and collections the majority of the time, although now is a better time than any (being after Christmas) to get better value. This also depends, store to store, what stock they have (city centre’s can be picked over) but they can have some excellent higher end brand polishes for next to nothing if you manage to come across them. With Ciate, Nails Inc, OPI, Essie, Jessica and Revlon sightings in recent times, you better get your skates on for these bargains!
I like to check out Marks and Spencer when I am out and about, and their beauty section has had a bit of a revamp within the last 18 months. They have added some excellent brands instore – Barry M, butter London, Eve Snow, Diego dalla Palma, Morgan Taylor, Leighton Denny, LOLA, Nails Inc and Red Carpet Manicure. I would tend to go in when there is discount on beauty to make some savings on these brands.
For higher end polish splurges, I have a few shops up my sleeve. Selfridges/Brown Thomas are for those more spendy polish pick me ups. They are owned by the same parent company, but offer similar brands including most beauty counter offerings. Selfridges offer more varying polish brands including Morgan Taylor, Ciate, Illamasqua, RMK and Cheeky polish to name but a few.
Harvey Nichols is another dangerous place to be at the beginning of the month. I like to browse their beauty section for my favourite higher end nail brands and beauty counter offerings. Deborah Lippmann is what I usually check out whilst there, along with Nailberry, Nailed London and Seche Vite.
Space NK is also a weak spot, with my favourite Smith and Cult polishes in store, I am currently avoiding this tangent in my shopping trips for my bank balance health.
Especially with the other gorgeous beauty bits in these last couple of shops, I would literally be left eating baked beans the rest of the month. Restraint definitely necessary!
I felt it was a necessary post as you cannot beat seeing a polish in person. I have noticed more in recent times how sometimes you cannot really see a polish properly until you have it in your hand, in person. Now picking up polishes in person is very different to buying online, these are two different experiences. I will save the latter for a separate post on where to pick up polishes online. The amount of times I have seen polishes swatched online and then checked the polish in person and felt underwhelmed or disappointed is crazy. You know the colour, the finish, the formula being there in person. It can really make the difference seeing a polish in the flesh and this is the upside to buying polish instore!
Anyhow there was my quick roundup for polish hotspots on the high street, check them out next time you are out and about!
What are you favourite places to pick up polish while out and about? Any places I must check out? I am always looking for new places to pick up polish. Share in the Comments.