Opinion: Which Beauty Counter to get Makeover?

Feb 15, 2007
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I wanted to get my make-up done on my birthday and thought I would head to one of the beauty counters in Nordstrom. I don't wear a ton of make-up but would like to try out a cat eye liner and play up my eyes with nice eyeshadows, everything else can be relatively simple in color. I want something fun, young, but not over the top. Which counter do you ladies think would work for me (I'm turning 30, so I can't look like a teeny-bopper, but I don't want something my mother would go to, no offense to mom :biggrin:): Nars, Smashbox, MAC or other?
Should I make an appointment or do you think it would be okay to just walk up when I get there?
Thanks!
 

lawchick

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I would make an appointment if it's going to be on a Friday or Saturday or even Sunday. Weekends are the busiest for them. I scheduled an appointment at a MAC store once on a weekend. They were super busy! They told me t would be $50 but that my $50 could be applied toward any purchase I made (which was fine because I planned to buy a $50 brush set anyway). The girl didn't rush me and seemed to take her time helping me and applying makeup.

Later, I made an appointment at MAC in Nordstrom on a Wednesday evening. The girl who helped me was awesome. She spent over 2 hours with me playing with different looks etc. I bought a bunch of stuff from her. I went back on a weekend and I wanted her to help me but she was busy doing makeup on other people that requested her. You don't want to be disappointed on your birthday. I would call each counter you are interested in and see what their policies and reccomendations are.

As for which counter, I personally think the MAC people are all about makeup! I'm a fan of Nars too but I would choose MAC.
 

Bridget S.

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Another vote for MAC, just because they are known for their more over the top colours, doesn't mean that they don't do amazing neutrals as well! I don't know when your birthday is, but next Thursday is a *huge* launch, so maybe schedule after that to have those products available too!
 
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Wow my MAC counter must be really bad...I like MAC products but I've never once liked my makeup when they did it. I always feel like they make me look too young and I'm only 19. But I guess everyone else likes MAC :smile:
 

girlygirl3

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I didn't know there's a fee!

The first time I approached a MAC counter at Bloomie's, I got help with e/s colors and placement, etc and I liked it! The MUA didn't make me feel as if I had to buy anything, she just wrote down everything she used and explained their uses. I did go back to her eventually, but I don't think I plunked down $50 worth.
 

lawchick

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I didn't know there's a fee!

The first time I approached a MAC counter at Bloomie's, I got help with e/s colors and placement, etc and I liked it! The MUA didn't make me feel as if I had to buy anything, she just wrote down everything she used and explained their uses. I did go back to her eventually, but I don't think I plunked down $50 worth.
I don't think they are consistent with this "policy." I think they just try to avoid people who have no intentions of purchasing anything coming in or schecduling appointments to have their makeup done before they go out. I understand the policy but it annoys me. The last time I went in I asked for makeup help and they totally did my eye makeup without charging me anything.

I only mention it because I didn't want OP to be surprised or dissapointed if they told her it was $50. I doubt they would care on a Monday morning but you never know.
 

girlygirl3

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I don't think they are consistent with this "policy." I think they just try to avoid people who have no intentions of purchasing anything coming in or schecduling appointments to have their makeup done before they go out. I understand the policy but it annoys me. The last time I went in I asked for makeup help and they totally did my eye makeup without charging me anything.

I only mention it because I didn't want OP to be surprised or dissapointed if they told her it was $50. I doubt they would care on a Monday morning but you never know.
Yes, you're right. Although I had good experiences at the Bloomie's MAC counter, I did get pushed at EL because I wanted to try their double wear foundation.
 

ChristyR143

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I'm pretty sure the policy at MAC is, that if you call and make an actual appointment, you have to purchase $50 worth of stuff for the makeover. However, if you walk up and are asking for advice/help, and the artist OFFERS to do your eyes or whatever, which they will do from time to time if they aren't busy, then you are under no obligation to buy.