Cosmetics on Kauai Series: Long's Poipu

by - 5/11/2017

This is a new Long's that recently opened in the fairly new Shops at Kukuiula, an expensive shopping center catering to the tourists in Poipu. Needless to say, items are pretty expensive at this particular Longs. The story isn't as big as the other Long's on the island, and their variety is very limited. 


As usual, they sell Physicans Formula, but I couldn't find prices anywhere on this section! Isn't that crazy? 


The sections were clean and well stocked, but a little overpriced. 



For example, the Lumi Cushion is $17.89 here, but is only $16.47 at Walmart, and $16.99 at the other two Long's on the island. 


Their displays of new items aren't separate from the sections, which is nice. Everything is in one place, so there's no chance of missing something. 



What this Long's also has is high-end skincare. They carry Vichy and La Roche-Posay. No other drugstore on the island carries these brands. 


Variety: 


This Long's carries the following items: 
  • Revlon
  • L'oreal
  • Almay
  • Neutrogena
  • Covergirl
  • Physician's Formula
As you can see, this Long's is very limited. They don't even carry Nuance or Prestige cosmetics. The prices here are also marked up more than any of the other stores, probably due to the fact that it is located in a very touristy section of the island. The largest sections belong to Revlon and L'oreal, and there are small sections for Neutrogena and Almay. I didn't even see Maybelline, which is very unusual as that's one of the major brands. I could have missed it though as I was rushing to snap pictures since that entire shopping center is a madhouse. Seriously, parking is impossible. I got out of the car and Kevin circled the parking lot while I snapped pictures. 

Ease of Browsing: 

It was easy to browse this department as it was located along one wall. Everything was really well stocked and clean and new. I liked that the new product displays were with the actual brand, and not located in a separated place. I think this store was the most well-stocked for the brands that they carried. 

On-Trend: 

Although they didn't carry many brands, it appeared that they were very up-to-date with the latest lines. This was the first location that I saw the TruNaked Jewels Eyeshadow. 

Prices:

This place is pretty dang expensive. Some of the items are the same prices as other locations, but some items are really marked up, which I noticed with the L'oreal TruMatch Lumi Cushion ($16.47 at Walmart, $17.89 here) and the Revlon Ultra Matte HD liquid lipsticks ($8.77 at Walmart, $10.49 here). 

Conclusions: 

As far as I can see, there's no reason to ever go to this Long's for cosmetics. It has the least amount of variety for the highest price, and chances are you'll never even get to go into the store because you won't be able to find parking. Steer clear of this place unless you want to pay far more than what the items are worth. 

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