Over the weekend I had a chance to go to the Marcelle and L'Oreal warehouse sales, and I have to say, Marcelle blows L'Oreal out of the water. Over the years, the L'Oreal sale has become more and more pathetic. The prices are going up each year, and in the end, you don't save as much money as you think. It's not a blowout warehouse sale so much as a small discount. The items L'Oreal offers at their sale are pretty terrible too. I don't like Maybelline mascaras, and they're still $4 anyway - chances are you can get that on sale at Pharmaprix. The blushes and eyeshadows they have are usually bad quality (low color payoff, barely pigmented). The only thing the L'Oreal sale is good for is Essie nail polish, and even at that, they still go for $4.50 each. You can buy Essie at TJ Maxx for $3.99.
So, needless to say, I won't be doing a L'Oreal sale haul because all I bought were 3 Essie polishes and some shampoo. Onto the better stuff: Marcelle. Marcelle is a Quebec-based makeup brand that I've truly grown fond of. It doesn't get as much love as the massive American brands, but the quality is great. They're also the makers of Annabelle products, and you can buy their makeup at most Quebec pharmacies.
The Marcelle sale discount prices are incredible. Every makeup item is $2.50. Nothing more. Skincare items are more expensive, which makes sense, but the makeup is cheap. On top of that, you don't need to have a ticket to be able to access this sale (whereas the L'Oreal sale is invitation-only).
I'm also obsessed with the Annabelle Big Show mascara, so I picked up two of them. The formulation is perfect. It's not too wet, and the brush is just the right size. It reminds me of a slightly smaller version of Benefit Bad Gal. I can use one tube for months and months because it retains its quality really well.
The next thing I wanted to pick up was a basic black kohl eyeliner, which they were selling individually for $2.50.. Until I realized they were selling sets of four for $2.50 that included black in them, so I picked up the set for blue eyes and the set for green eyes. I already own the set for brown eyes.
The last two items I picked up are the Annabelle Skin True foundation and a Marcelle velvety powder blush. The good thing about Annabelle foundation is that it's only $8 in-store, so the Marcelle sale is a good time to try out different shades. I like knowing that there's a cheap foundation out there that I can go to in case I ever run out, but it's definitely crucial to know your shade. As for the blush, I have this exact blush in the shade Blossom and I'm obsessed with it, so it was only natural that I picked up another.
I don't think I'll go to the L'Oreal sale next time. Marcelle all the way!