Ever since I visited a Selfridges store for the first time when I was in my teens and heading to Manchester for a Pogues concert, I have been hooked. There are many reasons as to why it is one of my favourite department stores and their impressive beauty hall is certainly one of them.
While I have been to the Exchange Square Selfridges store before on many occasions, I had never been to the Trafford Centre store until recently. I was keen to see if their beauty hall was just as good as the Manchester Exchange Square and London stores and it certainly lived up to expectations.
Stepping into the Selfridges Beauty Hall in the Trafford Centre, I was greeted by an array of the most wonderful makeup and skincare products from the high end brands that I love. The counters are large and spacious with plenty of room to maneuver around all of the stands, even when the store is busy, to swatch and test out the products on offer. Every counter was well stocked, super clean and very tidy which is what I like to see when I'm shopping for makeup and skincare. Plus, every sales associate and makeup artist was attentive and helpful without being pushy or overpowering which again is something that I like to see when I go shopping in a beauty department.
I found there to be many counters that have been longstanding favourites in the beauty hall from the likes of MAC and Bobbi Brown as well as the impressive Chanel counter. This ensures that you have plenty of choice and are able to pick from a number of brands rather than having a limited selection. If you're anything like me, I go to different brands for different types of products; I love my base from Chanel, lip liner from Charlotte Tilbury and so on. Its great to be able to buy all of the brands that you love under one roof.
Speaking of Charlotte Tilbury, they have a huge counter that takes pride of place at the front of the store. It is one of my favourite counters in the whole of the beauty hall and definitely the one that I'd recommend you head to if you're looking to buy a gift for yourself or someone else. All of the Charlotte Tilbury makeup products are organised into looks which makes it a lot easier to pick out the pieces that you'd like to purchase because you can get a better idea of what it will look like on. In this post, I reviewed, swatched and applied to my face some of my favourites from the Norman Parkinson collection which is still available now if you'd like to get your hands on it.
The Charlotte Tilbury Christmas gift sets are absolutely stunning and will definitely be high up on my Christmas wish list! This is matte lipstick heaven if ever I've seen it!
Another of my favourite counters has to be the Urban Decay stand which I feel, aesthetically, really represents what the brand is all about. Before visiting the counter, I'd only really turned to Urban Decay to buy eyeshadows online but after being able to see their whole range of gorgeous makeup bits at the counter, I'll definitely be stopping there to try out a whole variety of their beauty bits and pieces in future. I'm particularly interested in their Naked Skin Complete Coverage Concealer and will be heading into store to pick up a tube when I'm finished using the concealer that I have on the go at the moment.
I think thats the real benefit of being able to go into Selfridges beauty hall over shopping online as you can try out and swatch lots of different colours and consult the makeup artists and sales associates who are always more than happy to help you out with choosing products that are going to be right for you. I found them to be so helpful and happy to apply products to your face so that you can see what they look like and give you small samples, where available, for you to take home and try out the products for yourself before committing to the full sizes.
Another great thing that I found is that the majority of counters have their own cards that they can write down a list of the products that they have used on your face during a makeover or the products that you have seen and like the look of, for you to take home. This means that you wont forget which ones they are. This is great because not everyone can afford or wants to buy everything in one go. I'm someone who tries to keep my makeup to a minimum so, for example, I'll not go out and buy a black eyeliner if I already have 3 on the go at home but if I find one out and about while I'm out shopping, I'd definitely like to make a note of it so that when I do need that item, I can go back and buy it knowing that I've tried it out before and liked it.
While I was at the beauty hall, I got the opportunity to visit three of the counters for treatments and over the course of the next month, I'll be taking you along with me to each of my treatments and showing you what my experience of it was like.
Which is your favourite counter in the Selfridges Beauty Hall?