Oh no! It looks like trouble is a brewin’ in the nail polish world. Thanks for the heads up to one of my readers (Ruth) for letting me know about the latest developments.
First Essie demanded that online retailers charge $8 per bottle, double the $4 or so they were charging before. This alone pretty much put a freeze on me getting anymore, since that’s way beyond what I’ll pay for most of their shades. Then, Essie was recently acquired by L’Oreal, which is not cruelty-free. Boo! So, goodbye, Essie. Don’t let the door hitcha on the way out.
Then…they came for my OPI. It’s about $22 per bottle here in Japan, which is just ridiculous. So I’d order it online for $4-5 per bottle, then pick it up when I went back to the US, or finagle a kind friend into shipping a couple eagerly anticipated shades to me by sea-mail. But oh no! OPI has started legal action against online retailers who they say are not authorized to sell the products. Most of the online retailers have pulled all OPI products, except for scrappy old Transdesign, who is still selling “while supply last.” Good luck with getting full retail price, OPI. You’re not worth the $20+ price tag overseas. How much do they cost in the US? I saw them in Target over Christmas and I think it was either $8.99 or $9.99.
At least my other two stand-bys (China Glaze and Color Club) appear to be unaffected. I’ve had good luck with both of them, plus CC is vegan to boot. So while I’ll be looking at everyone’s fun OPI swatches in the future, no more for me.
Is anyone out there stocking up while you still can? What do you think of the situation? Are your future purchases going to change?