I was browsing Instagram few months ago when I came across a photo of Frida Kahlo nail polish and lipstick. I did a double-take. When was a line of Frida Kahlo make-up introduced, how did I miss it and more importantly, where could I buy some??!!! I commented on the photo and got a response that these items were found at a CVS store in California. My heart sank a little. I mean, with the large Hispanic population in California I could see this being a popular line but why not in Birmingham too? I mean, we have a large Hispanic population too! Granted, not to the level of California but still… Artist Frida Kahlo is iconic with the Mexican population, especially around Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos celebrations. (I’m working on a post about Frida that I’ll post soon!)
So I grabbed my laptop, typed in Frida Kahlo nail polish and lipstick and the search directed me right to CVS. There I found several color options for both the nail polish and lipsticks and better yet, iconic paintings of Frida and some of her artwork! Now I knew I HAD to have these!!! Ordinarily I would have just ordered them all online but that wasn’t an option. There was, however, an option to search for a store that carried these products. So I entered my zip code and found several stores right in my area. Now I was getting excited! I wrote them down – all within a 10 mile radius – and began my hunt. At the first store in Homewood, I walked all over looking high and low. The big name cosmetic brands all have their designated space in the store, so I knew I wouldn’t see these there so I figured it would be a small display off to the side or on the very top of the shelves. No luck there. Crossed that off the list and headed to the CVS in Cahaba Heights. Once again, no luck and by now I was losing faith that I would find them. I went to one more store in Homewood and again…nothing. Maybe the product hadn’t landed in the stores yet? Maybe I was a bit ahead of the shipment? I really don’t know the answer to those questions. I was disappointed but then decided I really didn’t “need” the products – I just “wanted” them – and so tucked it out of my mind…temporarily.
About three weeks ago I ducked into the Homewood CVS to pick up a few items when I noticed a small display of sample products in front of the cash registers. I’m such a sucker for sample sized products so clearly my attention was peaked and as I browsed, there they were…several colors of the Frida Kahlo nail polish and several of the lipsticks too! I couldn’t believe my luck! And the colors are so vibrant and beautiful too! I picked up two of each and on a return visit two weeks later, I picked up one more nail polish.
Honestly, I think I love these more for the artwork than the actual polish and lipstick…they are just so darn cute! But I did go back onto the CVS website and this time found several great reviews on the products so maybe I was a little ahead of the shipment after all. One person said she would put the polish up against OPI which I thought was quite a compliment. The lipstick was also given high marks.
I’m hoping this isn’t a one-time offering and that I’ll be able to find these again next year, or better yet, online! I guess time will tell. Meanwhile, I’m loving the fact that they were created at all and happy I was able to find these here in Birmingham!