Have you ever made an impulse purchase that you later regretted? Good Lord, I just started my blog post with a question. What am I, in fifth grade? I’m slipping.
Anyway, just yesterday I went to the makeup counter at Nordstrom because I needed some new foundation. I approached the woman behind the NARS counter, told her exactly what I needed, and she chose a shade she thought would work. She patted some of the powder on my chin to see if it would match, and we decided it worked.
“Let me just add a little more all over your face so you’re evened out,” she said, and swiped it all around. “But I can’t let you leave here looking undone,” she added, “so let me add some blush. And some bronzer.”
She did her thing and then held up a mirror so I could see myself.
“Oh!” I said. “What is all that?” I asked pointing to nothing in particular but indicating that there was something going on that had given me a certain je ne sais quoi.
“That’s the bronzer!” she said. “It’s one of our best sellers! It gives you that sun-kissed look without getting any sun on your face.”
And then I went a little insane. Because somehow, the glitz and the glamour of the NARS counter at Nordstrom clouded my judgement and at that very moment, I decided that yes, the thing that I needed most in this world, the thing that would fulfill all my wildest dreams, was NARS’ best-selling bronzer. “I’ll take it!” I exclaimed, giddy with excitement.
It was when I got home that I realized I’d just spent $50 on a powder to make me look 1% tanner than I normally look when, truthfully, I could just go out on my deck at high noon for like 15 minutes and get the same effect.
I’m going to go return the bronzer today because I’ve come up with 1000 different things I’d rather spend $50 on. I will try to avoid the sorcery of the NARS counter during my upcoming visit and stick to simply returning my bronzer without buying anything else. Wish me luck.