What’s new at the Local Drugstore? A few days ago, I posted that the major local drugstore/pharmacy in The Bahamas was carrying the new Revlon Rio Rush Collection and noted my surprise at the stock of newly released/”new-ish” products.
As a result, I felt that this post was necessary because my shock at the selection and availability went far beyond just the one collection. Dem get (“They have”) everything in there! O.K., maybe not EVERYTHING, but a wider selection than what I’ve been previously accustomed to.
Now, as I said before, I haven’t been drugstore make-up shopping at home in a long, long while so I may be behind the curve on this one. However, I will say that I was in the store about two months ago and it was nothing like this.
The local drugstore in Harbour Bay Shopping Centre (east end of the island) recently underwent some renovations, which, among other things, paved the way for a separate “cosmetics section” which includes brands such as Maybelline, Revlon, Black Opal, and NYC. Other shelves are lined with a variety of beauty-related products of the hair care and skin variety, such as L’Oreal’s Advanced Hair Care line to Neutrogena’s Ant-Aging line.
Are the well-stocked shelves at the local drugstore a sign of better things to come? Do local suppliers realise that the value of the global beauty industry is fast approaching $250 Billion USD? Are they keyed into the growing movement of beauty enthusiasts everywhere united in their quest to find the best of the best? I hope so. But the success of initiatives like the new fully stocked beauty aisles at Harbour Bay will depend on whether people actually shop there. Bahamians have long purchased beauty products state-side or at local boutiques and salons. I would venture to say that our collective memory of drugstore make-up/beauty shopping has been of empty shelves, discontinued products and extremely high prices. An utterly depressing experience that may have scarred us for life.
Based on the positive improvements of the one store featured here, however, I can say (as of this post) that shelves are no longer empty and the products on those shelves are fairly new. As for the prices, well, that kind of depends. The reality is, retailers have to pay not only for the products, but for the costs associated with importing those items – this will inevitably raise the retail price as compared to the United States. In terms of what industry arrangements are in place (i.e. how much the item actually costs the retailer/wholesaler) and whether there are mechanisms for them to “get a better deal”, I cannot say. And, of course, we don’t have manufacturer or store coupons in The Bahamas.
That being said, a couple of price comparisons listed below (Bahamian to US dollars is basically 1:1), leave me optimistic. The U.S. prices listed are based on average prices found at CVS, Walgreens and ULTA:
- Maybelline Face Studio Master Hi-Lights – $9.99 USD/$11.45 BSD (Lowe’s) GOOD DEAL
- Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Stains/Kissable Balm Stains – $8.99 USD/$12.49 (Lowe’s) AVERAGE DEAL
- Revlon Lipsticks (General) – $6.99 USD/$10.99 (Lowe’s) NOT SUCH A GOOD DEAL
The first two comparisons listed impressed me, the last one not so much. There needs to be some consistencies with the mark-up percentages.
Anyway, this concludes this post. I hope that it has been helpful for my Bahamian readers and, at very least, interesting for everyone else! 🙂
Happy Drugstore Shopping!
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