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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Open Thread: Walgreens Beauty Clearance Sightings

With all the great feedback we received on the open thread for the Big Lots polish sightings (thanks so much to everyone for leaving such great info on that post), I thought I'd start another one for the flood of markdowns currently taking place in the beauty department at Walgreens.

Here's what I've heard from several readers so far (thanks to everyone who has taken the time to email me, leave comments on the You Tell Me post, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter about the clearance sightings you're finding in your areas!). Please correct me if I'm wrong about any of these--some could be 75% off but I'm compiling this from several sources so apologies if I made a mistake:

50% off 

Line Smoothing Concealer (all)

Cover Girl
Cover Girl + Olay Concealers (old style in the pots; not the sticks) (all)
Intense Shadow Blast (all)
Smoky Shadow Blast (all)
Natureluxe Gloss Balms (all)

Eyeshadow duos (all)
Easyshine Glossy Lip Colors (all)

One Sweep Sculpting Blushes (all)
Smooth Absolute Foundation (all)

SuperStay 10HR Stain Glosses (all)
Color Explosion Palettes (all)
Dream Smooth Mousse Foundation (all)
Line Stylist Eyeliner (all)
PureStay Powder Foundation (all)

Scented Nail Enamel (all)
Super Lustrous Lipglosses (old style) (all)
Colorstay Brow Enhancers

Sally Hansen 
Gem Crush polishes (all)

A few other things:

  • Walgreens is one of the few retailers that will allow you to combine a clearance price with a BOGO1/2OFF sale. In other words, if any of the above brands/items is BOGO1/2OFF in a given week, you'll get both the clearance price AND the BOGO1/2OFF deduction. You can check what's on BOGO1/2OFF this week here.
  • A sidenote about the Gem Crush polishes (you can see my swatches here), I was having a conversation on Twitter about this the other night, and it looks like the new Fuzzy Coat polishes might be taking the place of Gem Crush in the permanent display. Their bottle shapes are even identical, so they'd fit right in the existing slots.
  • Many times, clearances like this are a good barometer for what's about to be discontinued. BUT, sometimes things are clearanced for other reasons, so don't assume that everything listed above is for sure being discontinued. But that said, if anything on this list is a favorite or Holy Grail product of yours, it wouldn't hurt to stock up!
  • Another HUGE thanks to everyone who took the time to share the above info with us. I know how much effort it takes to jot things like this down and then relay them, and I want you to know how grateful I am. It helps so many of us to know what's out there and please know that you're helping lots of us save money on our beauty purchases through your efforts!

If you've spotted anything on clearance at Walgreens recently that's NOT on this list, please leave a comment on this post and let us know!


  1. Milani baked eye shadow duos 50% off my store had two colors
    Sally Hansen Hard as Nails priced at .99 each.. yellow, blue only
    Random Milani polishes priced at $2.89
    Random Sally Hansen Salon Manicure priced at $3.74

  2. Do you think the CG + Olay eye Corrector will be brought back but better? I've seen a few gurus use it & love it. I was gonna purchase one at WG today but got discouraged by how much it would add to my total. Cut from $12 to 6.49 isn't bad though.

    1. I believe the newer CG + Olay stick concealers are taking their place, along with these:

    2. that's a shame because the formula in the pot is sooo much better than the stick!

  3. I can vouch for the Gem Crush at one Walgreens near me. Bottle was 50% off - $3.99.

    On a side note, I bought a bottle of Gem Crush "Glitz Gal", which is the black one. I also bought one of the Wet n Wild Coloricon glitters that are in the favorites display - "Diamond in the Rough", also the black one. In the bottle these both look VERY similar to one another, but my question is this: How is the Gem Crush bottle 9.17ml, and the Wet n Wild one 10ml??? It's not the normal bottle for Wet n Wild - it is a short square one that looks like a Covergirl bottle. My brain says no way the Gem Crush bottle is smaller.

  4. The Maybelline LE glosses and blushes are also 50% off at my Walgreens.

  5. Mine had all the Diamond in the Rough and all of the other ones for $1.50. I think that they never even put up the display.

  6. I saw something else by Loreal.... Ah! I can't remember what! But about the covergirl concealer-buy it! I hauled it last week because of the clearance, and I love it so much for under my eyes.

  7. One of my stores has the gem crush.. Plus in the clearance section I saw some Essie polishes (select colors) for $4. (Good price if I didn't have a place that sells them sometimes for $2 because of some polish on the bottles :))

  8. I've seen a lot of these on clearance at my local Walgreens. I think just about everything is 50 percent off, if I remember right.

  9. Oh I am heading to Las Vegas in a couple of days and the Walgreens on the Strip has an AMAZING cosmetics department! I cannot wait to see what is 50% there! I have been so busy lately that I have not been near the Wags locally to know there is a clearance going on! Yippee!

  10. I saw many of these on clearance but the only thing I picked up was the Sally Hansen Lip Inflation gloss at $3.99! Just put it on and I might just have to go get back ups since they're so cheap...

  11. So bummed! I just went to the Walgreens by my house to get the Olay + CG eye concealer and they weren't on clearance! I even asked the cashier to double check and nope. I didn't know that these things were regional. I am in Charlotte, NC, btw.

  12. I also found many of these items to be on clearance at our local Walgreens in Toledo, Ohio. Love these types of money saving posts!

  13. At my Wags, only the two lightest shades of the CG+Olay concealers were on clearance.

  14. The main thing I went to get was Maybelline's Dream Smooth Mousse Foundation (my HG!!!), but none of them were on sale and I did have the cashier check the price. I saw clearance signs for pretty much everything else on the list though! I ended up getting a Gem Crush polish. I will keep checking back to see if the foundation goes on clearance soon at my stores.

  15. I work at Walgreens, sometimes it's hard to actually work, all I want to do is shop! lol

  16. None of the things on the list were on clearance at my Walgreens. :( bummer

  17. Just two days ago I saw more than a few bottles of the updated Vitabath shower gels marked down 50% off, making them five and change on the clearance end cap. They only had two scents available, both was lavender/chamomile, the other asian orchid or something like that. The lavender/chamomile was a lighter purple bottle. I never even spotted them for sale at Walgreens while they were full price. I have the Nouveau Rose and Cherry one, love em' both. Now if only I could find the rose spray (not online)...

  18. I picked up CG's Natureluxe Gloss Balms in Coral and Hibiscus 5O% off at Wags today plus they were BOGO1/2 off!! Thanks for the tip, G!

    They only had a few clearance tags on specific shades like Hibiscus. Coral was not tagged, but I asked the employee if it was on sale and it rang up at the clearance price $3.99. :)

    I really wanted to get Revlon Super Lustrous Lipglosses, but those were not on clearance here in Charlotte, NC.

  19. My Walgreens had Revlon grow luscious mascara in blackened brown for 50% off!

  20. I got a few color tattoos from a clearance bin for $3!!

  21. I found the Cover Girl LashBlast Length Mascara at 50% off.

  22. I found the Eclos Face Serum for $5.99 (the original price was listed at the $24 mark!). Combine this with the Smart Source "Save $5 on any (1) Eclos anti-aging skin care product" to get this item for a mere $0.99!!

  23. I went to the Wags on Pineville Matthews Rd in Charlotte and they had clearance items including the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipglosses!
    They only had 1 Coral Reef and 2 Pink Pop left (but I picked up a Pink Pop~)

    I also got a Revlon Grow Luscious mascara in Blackened Brown $3.99. They were other mascaras that looked similar with the green packaging, but they were *not* on sale.

  24. nothing was on sale at the walgreens that I have in my city =(

  25. Last time I went to Wags two weeks ago I spotted a few things on "last chance" 50% off.
    Covergirl Exact Eyelights mascaras
    CoverGirl Perfect Blend eye pencils (might be all, not all were marked at the time)
    Colorblast flipsticks
    Maybelline Eye Studio (square packaging)

  26. I work at Wags, we have some more stuff coming onto clearance in addition to this (at least at my store). A lot of hair accessories are coming down and some perfumes, too. I'll be redoing some of the cosmetics in the next few weeks, so what gets deleted, I'll let you know!

    The Revlon Lash Potions are replacing the Grow Luscious mascaras, and I have a few displays in the stockroom that I didn't get to yet. I'll let you know what I get. :)

  27. Tonight I got:

    Maybelline limited editions:
    Colorsensational lipsticks in Electric Fuchsia, Orange Edge, Pop of Cherry, - $3.75 each, but B1G1 50%, plus cashier had $1 off coupon for an average of about $2.79 per lipstick;

    High shine lipgloss - Fiercely Fuchsia, Mirrored Plum, Shining Peach, Knockout Pearl - $3.25 each, B1G1 50%, plus another $1 off coupon for an average of $2.19 each;

    Limited edition blushes in Wild Blossom and Golden Fuse - $3.50 each, B1G1 50% off, another $1 coupon, for an average of $2.13 each.

    Also, one of my favorite body lotions looks like it may be discontinued - Gold Bond Ultimate Sheer Ribbons - I'm obsessed with the dispenser on this - 1/2 price at $4.89 and $1 off in today's Red Plum circular.

    Assorted Studio 35 Beauty hair clips on sale - $3.15 each - I grabbed one that I saw last Christmas that I wanted.

    On top of all that, a receipt coupon for $2 off $10 in the next 2 days, so I'll be hitting up another store tomorrow.

    There were the limited edition nail polishes from Maybelline as well at50% off, but I resisted these somehow.

    A few weeks ago I was in a different Walgreens that had some unusual fragrances on sale - I picked up Thierry Mugler Angel Rose for less than $20.

  28. Hi G!

    I found these in a clearance section away from the Makeup section. It was near the candy section. I took pictures of the tags so the names may not be entirely correct (i.e. they are abbreviated versions)

    Maybelline NY Blush (limited edition) in Coral Burst and Wild Blossom ($2.50)
    Wet N Wild Trio in I Dream of Greenie (87 cents)
    Wet N Wild Gloss in Through The Looking Glass (87 cents)
    Covergirl Outlast Moisture Lip Color in Sangria ($3.12)
    Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush in Rich Ginger ($3.99)
    Loreal Shadow in Reflecting Pool ($1.44)
    Loreal Quad in Rose Fields ($2.24)
    Loreal Quad in Green ($2.24)
    Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Antique Chic (2.74)

  29. I went to 6 Walgreens on my way to and from work today ( We have sooo many near where I live and I have a bit of a problem because there are two of them that are open 24 hours lol). The Wags where I work is in more of an "uppity" area and they had the Sally Hansen Nail polish strips (the new ones like Pink a Prize, Ring Toss, etc) on clearance for $5.24. I went ahead and got two of them on BOGO 50% off and the price came down to $7.86. They had my laundry detergent on sale as well so I bought it to get my total to $10. After my $2 off $10 purchase coupon and my SH $4 off any polish $4.99 or more, I ended up paying $1.86 total for my clearance finds!!! :) I love Wags!!


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