Most people are aware how much I love Mecca. Even in my Sephora post I mentioned how I preferred any experience at Mecca to Sephora. I love the ladies in my local store, I love the range, and the pricing tends to be on par with the US or at least as close as anywhere. I’ve never walked out without a stack of products in sachets to play with and try, and it’s always worth mentioning that your on the hunt for the ultimate primer/foundation/whatever because you will be loaded up with tiny jars full of products. I’ve never been disappointed before.
And I feel a little bit guilty posting this, because it is such a spoiled-bratty-first-world-problem, but I was a little disappointed today.
Today Urban Decay Day! Mecca created some hype, stating the ques would open at 7am at all stores (although, originally I thought this was only at the Melbourne Central store, based on their facebook account) and doors would open at 9am. It stated that the first 100 customers in store would receive a free UD make up bag and deluxe samples. I had a dilemma. I had to get the girls to school, but I seriously wanted those samples. I even considered taking them with me and dropping them back to school afterwards (and in future, I probably will do this). Instead we just got hot chocolates on the way to school and I dropped them off at 8.15. Even though the school was open, and classrooms warm and inviting, I felt guilty. Our local Mecca is only a couple of minutes from school, so I reached Mecca at about 8.25am. When I got there, security was in the process of moving the que of make up addicts from one side of the door to the other. I was ushered into the end of there line, and then suddenly the was about 10 people behind me as well. About 5 minutes later we realise that getting in line isn’t enough and that you actually needed to go find a Mecca lady to get a wrist band – be we weren’t sure if this was just for the door prize or as a place in the que. None of us wanted to leave the line, understandably.
When the barer of the wrist bands did appear, some of the girls from behind me approached her, and wrangled the last 10 bands for their group. So bizarrely there was me and a couple of other girls within the first 100 people but with no bands. People ahead of me and behind me had them.
Now I probably could have argued my case. But I figured it was a difficult enough morning, and maybe given that I was in fact within the first 100 customers, I would still receive one in store.
Just before the doors opened, staff drew the $500 door prize, which was won by a Mum and promptly handed to her late-teens daughter. So So sweet, and I could tell they were both shocked and in awe of the new box of goodies they had! And no wonder – all the naked palettes and some extra bits and pieces! I love it when clearly good people win good stuff. Yay them!!
So after 35 minutes in the line before the doors open, I was very surprised at how quickly they moved the que into the store. They limited the number of people into the store, at first they only let 20 in, but by the time they got to me there was about 50-60 people. It was crowed but still comfortable. I ummed and ahhed about the Naked 2 Basics palette, but in the end I settled for shadowbox, because I already have a few nude palettes, and I’m always looking for colour! If someone (like my Husband) wanted to get me a present for my birthday then the Naked 2 or Naked 3 palette would be a fabulous idea (HINT: I’M TALKING TO YOU HUSBAND). Here are some swatches of Shadowbox, but my apologies for how crap the photos are. Late night + iPhone = Rubbish. They are MUCH nicer in person. Especially the green and blue ones.
Next I really wanted a lip colour, but the bar is set up so strangely. The Sheer revolution lipsticks are kept closed, with no colour reference, so to see what colour each one was, you physically had to open each one. This is probably fine when it’s not first-release-day-crowded, but today it was not fab. Also there were two staff manning the stand, one was lovely, stood to the end out of the way, only venturing in front of product to access the drawers underneath. The other staff member stood in front. Of the foundations. Where people needed to swatch for colour matching. It was not clever and was very frustrating. She also seemed frustrated by the fact that people wanted to look at the colours and swatch the testers. Seriously, if I’m going to drop more then $30 on a lipstick, I want to know how pigmented it is, and if it feels nice! Anyway, eventually I got to the lipsticks and managed to get myself the colour “Lady Flower” which is fab mid pink colour. I didn’t wear lipstick on purpose today, and I was wearing a lot of pink and so this one was perfect. I do quite like it, and although it does feel a little greasy on, it wears and fades beautifully. Lots of a colour that isn’t crazy out there. he last thing I brought was the Naked Flushed double ended brush. I don’t have a lot of make up brushes, because I would just rather by product then brushes, but I’ve been after a stippling brush for a while after seeing some amazing tutorials on you tube. Normally I just apply my BB cream or foundation with my fingers, but I know it looks better and stays longer with a brush. This brush is only $35 and is really two brushes in one. So not bad value really!
It didn’t take me long to collect my goodies in a bag, and headed to the counter. I was processed at exactly 10am.
There is no chance I wasn’t within the first 100 customers. But alas, no wristband, no goodie bag.
But, I didn’t get ANY samples. At all. None. That never happens. And certainly never when I spend more then $100 after waiting nearly 2 hours. So that was a little disappointing, but honestly it’s only because usually they take such good care of me.
Totally, I’m going to stop complaining now, because it’s just great to add another high end, fab quality brand that we can access in store, with a price point that is on par with overseas prices.
So Happy Urban Decay day everyone! Did you get the goodie bag? Do you have a haul to show us? Share your link!! I want to see the UD pretties!! 🙂