Canada and availability of beauty products.....


I would really like to know what you gals think about what I am about to say...

Is it just me or do you feel like Canada is treated as a 'second class beauty citizen' when it comes to products outside of Canada?

Let me give you an example- MAC. They released at least 3 new collections after Christmas (Peacocky, Champale, Mickey Contractor).  In Toronto, only 2 stores carried full versions of some of these collections.  A week after they were unveiled, most of the items in these collections were g-o-n-e!  This also applies to the website.  I called customer service to ask about this and they simply said, "These are limited edition products and once they are gone, they are gone. As for location (store) to where these products will go, that is up to the company." Blahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh-what kind of answer is that?

Also, how frustrating is it that we can't get some of the more 'common' drugstore brands of beauty products?  Walmart was offering free samples of all new natureluxe foundations (Covergirl).  In the US that is.  WHAAA? We have Walmart in Canada.   Also, I have had trouble finding wonderful products that I read about on beauty blogs-they just aren't available here (Wet 'n' Wild). 

Don't even get me started on the Urban Decay Naked Palette......!@#$%^&*

I am just wondering if these companies are oblivious to what's going on or if they are under the impression that women in Canada don't like beauty products? It's so frustrating-I would like to have the opportunity to be a beauty junkie! 

The plus side of this (of course) is that I have done some leg work and started buying more Canadian made cosmetics (Vasanti is an example).  I am happy to support the Canadian brands but would also like to have access and more of a choice....

Am I totally off sides here or does anyone else feel this way?
Feb 27, 2011 @ 02:24 pm

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I completely agree with you Meredith, we really get snubbed when it comes to beauty products and products in general!

The funny thing is that MAC originated in Canada, but it seems pretty obvious that it's either US or UK-owned now. The collections come out later here than they do in the US and they are sold out soooo quickly. I literally have to RUN to my nearest MAC counter to get something - granted, if what I wanted is not already sold out.

And what you said about drugstore brands is also bang on. I've been dying to try out a bunch of the Hard Candy products because I've seen so many great reviews on YouTube, but the majority of the products I want are not sold at Walmart. They do carry the collection we have less of a selection here in Canada.

I think companies know that there is demand here but for whatever reason they haven't been able to supply it! I just think that overall, we ARE treated like second class citizens and you can see this in the ridiculous shipping rates we are charged if we order something in the US.

Additionally, the Canadian Forever21 website SUCKS. The selection there is horrible. Also, if you look at the price conversion on there, it doesn't even match up with the Canadian dollar. If I'm not mistaken, the Canadian dollar finished stronger than the US one on the market end of day Friday, so why are the products on the Canadian Forever21 website sooo much more expensive??
Feb 27, 2011 @ 07:29 pm


glad I am not the only one!
Feb 27, 2011 @ 08:32 pm
Ci Ci


Trust me... we need TARGET right now! So many drugstore brands that we don't have...
Apr 04, 2011 @ 03:08 pm

not only target....

CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid I can name tons more

I am so disappointed that American companies don't think it's important to have a full selection of products in Canada. However, I HAVE heard that it's more difficult to get certain products into Canada (stricter laws?)
Apr 04, 2011 @ 03:38 pm


I totally 100% agree with this! Every time I hear about a new product it's almost always in the States. So I have to order it online and if I do that I find out it either doesn't ship to Canada or the shipping charges are ridiculous. I'm originally from Winnipeg where a big thing is to drive to the States to do shopping and get products that are never available in Canda. Including shopping at stores like H&M;, Forever 21, etc because they clothes there really are better. Drives me crazy sometimes!

And I would KILL to have a Target here! I'd take Target over Wal-Mart any day.

Apr 04, 2011 @ 05:15 pm

well Target IS coming....

But I feel like part of the 'thrill' is going across the border to get good 'deals.'

I feel both ways about it-I am an American who is living in Canada (my husband is Canadian). I get mad that American companies are so slow to send things to Canada but I am wondering if that's just some bureaucratic crap with customs? I do like to go back 'home' and shop. However, there is MUCH to be said about all the GREAT Canadian cosmetic and beauty companies. They have some wonderful products that don't get ENOUGH press-and yes I will be happy to list them if you want to know!

Since I have had some 'issues' with getting what I see in the mainstream media, I have decided to turn that into an opportunity for myself to really 'discover' Canadian beauty (and fashion). Although I do miss certain items, I have found so many other great Canadian brands!
Apr 04, 2011 @ 07:32 pm
Makeup Guru Emily

Canadian beauty

Hey guys, is a pretty good site for me to get products I can't usually find in stores or in Canada. AND it's Canadian, so shipping fees are low - and right now it's free shipping on ANY purchase!!!

It definitely sucks about the limited edition MAC collections though, Meredith. They should keep more in stock here in Canada. can EASILY buy the Urban Decay Naked Palette online from The Shopping Channel, and it's free shipping too!!!

(It's my little beauty secret that I love sharing with everyone, cause I know how hard it is to find that darn palette at Sephora or anywhere else!)

It definitely sucks about the availability of items in Canada. I think that we need to create more products in Canada - Cake Beauty and Vasanti are great brands that are easy to find here. If we have more quality brands like these, who'll need anything from the U.S.? :)
Oct 26, 2011 @ 11:54 am

Sephora @ Eaton Centre

I swear I talk these people up, I should be getting paid for this... but anyways!

Sephora opened a new store at Eaton Centre Toronto, and it is... well it's basically beauty-heaven on earth. I was one of the very privileged VIBs who were invited to the opening party yesterday and I have to say: it-was-amazing. I'm going back today because three hours of touring just wasn't enough. That store deserves a whole day to itself.

They have scent areas where you put in your preferred scents into a tablet and the tablet generates a scent for you and you smell it form these flower looking pods. MUFE has its whole entire section of the store. Basically it's a store on its own. Crazy collections including face and body paint is available there. They carry brands like Becca, Illamasqua (yes, the foundation, ladies), Hourglass (foundation!! aahh!!), Armani, and much more. *hyperventilating*.

So for all of us who cry a little because a lot of amazing products aren't available in Toronto - we can go there!! A lot of stuff now are available in Toronto thanks to this new store. Check it out :-)
Nov 20, 2012 @ 04:44 pm


Meredith, could you list the great Canadian products/ lines for me??

I'm very curious, being a Canadian and not really knowing that much about my own country's companies!

I'm not overly attached to any particular brand, so I find myself just buying whatever is new / looks neat, so i'm very interested in how you've adapted from having all these great american products right at your fingertips (because I go shopping in the states all the time, waayyy more selection and great prices!) to coming up here and having way less stuff to choose from.
Feb 20, 2013 @ 01:27 pm

Forever 21

The prices on the Canadian website are more expensive, because the items are shipped/ imported from the US. Therefore, the cost of the product, has to take this into account.

It has less to do with the Canadian dollar.
Feb 20, 2013 @ 02:50 pm

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