Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who has the best Fall beauty gift bag of them all?
Both Barneys and Neiman Marcus are hosting a beauty incentive promotion where you can receive a bounty of extra products and samples if you spend a set amount of money. Over at Barneys the threshold is $200 but Neiman Marcus only requires a $125 purchase.
The Barneys 'Love Yourself' gift promotion comes in a dopp kit-size travel pouch that is customized for men or women. The women's option contains 26 products, including fragrance samples from Byredo, Loewe, Dyptique and Rodin. There is a mini La Mer, Deborah Lippman polish, 3 Lab eye cream, Hourglass primer, Oribe Gold Lust, Shu Uemura Color Luster, Malin + Goetz recovery treatment, Lilah B eye guard, a Givenchy lipstick, Marvis Toothpaste and Chantecaille cream. Barneys gift bags are available through September 11.
Neiman Marcus beauty and fragrance customers can choose a full size tote in bronze or black. Goodies inside include, Oribe shampoo, conditioner and hair Masque, Lancôme Paris cream, Bulgari and Starck Paris perfume, an Oshibori scented towel and a Smith & Cult nail file. If you spend $500, Neiman Marcus adds a beauty pouch with several deluxe size samples including, a RéVive clay mask, Supersmile toothpaste, Sisley-Paris lotion, Natura Bissé eye cream and Tata Harper eye mask.
Clearly, Barneys offers a better array of products but the tote bag offered by Neiman Marcus seems like a better bang for your buck. We also like that Neiman requires you to spend a lot less to participate. After all, we shouldn't be shopping only to receive the the gift.
Now that we've weighed the merits of each bag, it would be most appropriate to highlight interesting and new beauty and fragrance products. We suggest, taking a sniff at Christian Louboutin's newest fragrance offerings. There are three separate scents and we hear they are spectacular. We recently fell in love with Serge Lutens concealer palette, which comes with four different shades of concealer. Also, don't miss the new Tom Ford duos, which are 'only' $60.
Now the choice is all yours...