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Is it normal for women on make up counter to try to flog you everything going??

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moondog Mon 01-Sep-08 23:22:34

As was at Bobbi Brown one two days ago. She did my make up. V nice blah blah blah then got out a set of brushes, said 'You'll need these' and tilled them up.


Fuck me. I nearly had a haemotoma!!

expatinscotland Mon 01-Sep-08 23:23:05

yes, that's why i never go to them.

Dior Mon 01-Sep-08 23:24:09

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Mamazon Mon 01-Sep-08 23:25:28

you see. i really want to update my make up. i seem to have worn the same type of colours since i was 15.
i really want to go and get my make up done at one of these counters but i am terrified of how much it will cost.

£175 is just bloody ridiculous.

moondog Mon 01-Sep-08 23:25:32

Well I did.
But airy assumption that i would buy is what got me.

expatinscotland Mon 01-Sep-08 23:29:50

i'd like to, too, mamazon, but same thing. and then it's like going to a hairdresser's - even if you buy all that stuff you'll never be able to replicate the look.

they always do the concealer, the primer, the foundation, the blusher, etc.

just could not afford all that.

pointydog Mon 01-Sep-08 23:31:36

Yes, That's their job description.

moondog Mon 01-Sep-08 23:32:24

Wot a boring job though. standing about.

Mamazon Mon 01-Sep-08 23:35:50

i might see if it would work if i went in with by base done and say..right i just need eye shadow, blusher and some lippy.

oh and i want it for under a tenner.

expatinscotland Mon 01-Sep-08 23:37:06

you can't even get a lip liner for under a tenner at Bobbi B counter, though.

Overmydeadbody Mon 01-Sep-08 23:38:00

yes it's normal, it's their job lol

Can't you go and have your make-up done and then just walk away without buying anything though? Surely you're not under any obligation to actually go through with a sale after listening to all their advice?

pointydog Mon 01-Sep-08 23:38:07

standing about but looking guuuurrrddd

littlelapin Mon 01-Sep-08 23:40:57

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WilfSell Tue 02-Sep-08 00:04:09

I also like Arabella thingy on the Fast Show doing the bitchy South African orange one

"Would modom like a little spray? Got a bit of fanny whiff down there, haven't you?" or somesuch grin

sallystrawberry Tue 02-Sep-08 00:14:45

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Mamazon Tue 02-Sep-08 00:16:54

i always think - do you use all this shit? and if so i want your job cos they obviously pay you a fortune. not only do you wear ti but you slap it all on a n inhc thick.
they ust do a tubeof foundation a week.

Birdly Tue 02-Sep-08 08:17:05

Lapin - I love Victoria. Think we should make her PM!

"Eyes are popping out while lips are receding" grin

Sally - it's got to be the best song ever written, hasn't it? Now, where are those tenors from the male voice choir...?? grin grin

expatinscotland Tue 02-Sep-08 14:20:13

ah, but mamazon, i think the people who work the counters get theirs for free, or at a huge discount.

beautyscientist Wed 03-Sep-08 10:25:55

I think it is logical that if you buy from a counter with personal service you should pay more for the products to cover the cost. And someone who is really enthusiastic about their products is likely to want you to buy a lot of them.

Having said that, I really think that the people on these counters could really do with some better training. I have always been appalled by the rubbish they come out with whenever I speak to them.

regularlyoverwhelmed Wed 03-Sep-08 10:31:27

I always trot out the old "I want to see how my skin reacts before purchasing" line after they've done it - they can't argue with that and it gives you time to see the effects in cool light of day and actually think about which bits you really want/need without the sales expectation. Also (and this is very important for me) you get to see how the stuff wears and whether the foundation turns into shiny mess after an hour, or not...

FluffyMummy123 Wed 03-Sep-08 10:31:57

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bethoo Wed 03-Sep-08 10:32:58

yes and it is also normal for the ladies to have orange faces and bright red lipstick on too wink

LittleDorrit Wed 03-Sep-08 14:11:03

Agree that some of them are not properly trained ! Last year I booked myself in for a makeup session using Chantecaille at Space NK - I was feeling bad about myself and needed a pick me up. The girl doing it was described as a "make up artist". Anyway, the foundation she chose for me was a shade too dark (I knew as I had used it before, and also others later confirmed it too) and she put all this blusher and bronzer on me, and I really looked terrible. On top of it all, when she had finished, she said "look - doesn't that take yeeeeaaars off you !". I was speechless. I thought I looked pretty good for 34 and didn't need to have that many years taken off !!! shock Needless to say, I left as quickly as possible and only bought a blusher to get my booking fee back.

beautyscientist Wed 03-Sep-08 15:51:04

I think regularlyoverwhelmed advice is pretty good regardless of whether you want to save money or not. Everyone is different and even the top brands might not work on your skin for some reason.

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