In the last couple of months I’ve started to notice how much better it is to shop at Shopper’s Drugmart than Sephora. Their Beauty Boutiques are actually so nice and way less crowded, and the Sephora rewards program literally SUCKS.
You need to spend $100 to be able to even redeem one sample sized item that they frequently give out for FREE at Shopper’s. Also, I’m finding the customer service at Shopper’s is way more friendly and helpful. I’m also disappointed that I get zero special treatment in store for being a VIB member. No special samples given to me when I’m paying or anything. Also, the “exclusive” in store special events they email out are usually just dates when a brand demo rep is there for a few hours helping sell product.
To add salt to the wound, Sephora just released “Extraordinary Rewards” which were basically amazing and full sized product sets for ladies who saved up 1000 points or more. However, they executed this very poorly as many sets sold out extremely fast (within minutes) and many VIB’s and VIB Rouge members weren’t even notified! I received my notification email on May 6th, yet they released these sets on May 5th, so thanks Sephora.
For those of you unaware, the Canadian drugstore Shopper’s Drugmart has a loyalty points card where you basically get 10 points for every dollar you spend which are directly redeemable for ANYTHING!!! Not a while-supplies last selection of sample sized products. They have a tiered system which basically rewards you more the more points you save up. For example, if you redeem the base level 8,000 points, you get $10 back but if you wait till 22,000 points, you get $35 back. The thing is, I never realized how truly amazing their system is because I never waited to shop when they had points specials. Sometimes certain products will have 10x the points, but about once a month, they offer amazing deals on purchases of $50-$75 or more. For this post, I excluded boring things like toothbrushes, deoderant, etc.
WHAT I GOT:
Biotherm Biocils Eye Makeup Remover: I wanted to up the ante because Biotherm is always so good and my clean and clear eye makeup remover was so blah.
Biotherm Aquasource Continuous Hydration Gel: I got a two week sample of this gel moisturizer from a previous Shopper’s purchase (for free…no points needed to be redeemed….) and fell in love! I’ve never actually spent $50 on a moisturizer, but this is so perfect for summer– so hydrating but light and cooling. They also knocked $5 off my purchase for bringing in my empty sample bottle!
Bio Beaute Energizing Clementine Eye Cream and Repairing Apricot Lip Balm: This is a newer to Shopper’s natural skincare brand from France. I love natural products so I had to try! The eye cream was a fair price at $24 and I love the squeeze tube.
Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm and Face Stick: This is a new brand for Shopper’s to carry and I’m so glad! This brand is a natural alternative to the typical chemical concoctions for sunscreen drugstores always sell. I’m glad I can get these at my local drugstore and they are fair prices at $6 for the lip balm and $13 for the face stick. They also smell amazing like banana.
FREEBIES!!! I spent zero points to get these samples….ahem, Sephora. There was a gift promotion happening for Biotherm’s Aquasource cream, but I wanted the gel one instead and the ladies made me a custom gift! They also threw in extra samples for me. Sephora has NEVER done anything like this for me. The best they do is a computer recommends things online for you to purchase. I’ve also noticed I used to ALWAYS get a sample from shopping in store, and in the last year, I’ve gotten only one given to me. ONE!
The two visits to Shopper’s involved for these purchases ended up being $200 in purchases, of which I earned over 50,000 points- equal to $85 towards whatever I want! I could literally go to the Beauty Boutique and get myself some Chanel makeup (and you know what I might!). Had I not shopped during these events I would only have gotten my normal points (~2,000 points). Shopper’s Drugmart also carries many similar brands to Sephora such as Benefit, Urban Decay, Stila, Estee Lauder, and Smashbox. The brands can vary with the store, but I’m going to start only buying Sephora-exclusive brands at Sephora. I seriously never expected to get $85 worth of Shopper’s points from just a few purchases at the right time. Worth it!