SDM is definitely my go-to place to buy drugstore cosmetics for my SO and myself. They might price themselves sightly higher than other places but their Optimum point system is one of the best ones right now in Canada. So when you combine their sale prices with your Optimum offers, I do believe their prices can be very affordable to the masses. I have been collecting points for several years now and I always wait until the mega redemption point events to reedem my points!
SDM has a great selection of drugstore cosmetics compare to other drugstores like Rexall or London Drugs in my opinion so that's why I tend to shop there more often. The only thing that I would love SDM to carry are Asian cosmetics as Korean/Japanese/Taiwanese beauty are getting more and more popular with the public. Everyone is searching the latest product that will make them achieve that glowing skin and I don't know why Loblaws, their parent company, did not make any move towards that industry yet. I believe it will attract more customers so if you are reading this Loblaws, please make Asian cosmetics more available in Canada!!!
For me, I purchase items at Shopper's Drug Mart when they are on sale only, as the "every day" price can be more than what it is at other stores for the exact same item. I do love the Optimum points and the wide variety of products that they carry. One thing I've learned about that store is you must always check your receipt. Several times I've purchased items that were sale priced, but the cash register did not reflect that and charged full price.
Great deals and you get points on almost everything. You can get bonus points, 10x or more, sometimes dollars off. You load coupons. I always get perfume when it goes on $17.77, if it's a perfume I want and it's full sized. Affordable makeup, beauty supplies, health, food, etc.
While Sephora is where I buy my makeup, I do love Shoppers too! The only drugstore brand I still buy frequently is NYX and I usually leave shoppers with a NYX lipstick or eyeliner or two. Shoppers often has AWESOME clearance deals too! I've purchased all of my perfumes from Shoppers and they've all been no more than $20 (Nicki Minaj Pink Friday, Justin Bieber Girfriend, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Shimmer, Play Boy that I forget the name of, Roberto Cavalli etc) all but 2 have been $10 or $5 actually... They also do carry brands like Benefit, Stila and Elizabeth Arden, so I do buy some higher ends there as well if I'm not planning on going to Sephora anytime soon. Compared to Walmart and other drugstore I find that Shoppers has higher prices on food, toiletries etc though.
The Shopper's I frequent (at Danforth/Coxwell) was of the first to get the initial beauty make over, the version before the beauty boutique and now is one of the 6 to get a loblaws conversion, in large part because we live in a food desert area. Open until midnight it's a convenience that i rely on a lot. The prices are higher, so you do need to shop carefully, getting prescriptions filled is expensive, about $13 for the service, but if you use points promotions well you can rack up points quickly and redeem them during events. I also find the staff at this store, in particular in the cosmetics area great. I like that they offer both mid range and general cosmetics, and that I can get my milk at the same time.
I love Shoppers Drug Mart! They have great sales and I really like the points you can earn on their Optimum card. I have been able to get $200.00 worth of free stuff twice now. What could be better than that????
I love shopping at Shoppers Drug Mart. The staff is always so helpful, there is a post office inside which is very convenient for me, and I collect rewards there all the time! it's the only pharmacy I shop at!
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