Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Getting Products Not Availble in Canada with Qwintry

Alright Canadians, have you ever gotten that feeling of total excitement for a product or sale only to be completely let down that the company doesn't ship to Canada?! 

I'm still baffled by the lack of shipping to Canada from some companies - like hey America, we share the world's longest border, pretty sure you can pack up a box and send it across there! Just saying.... 

Getting Products Not Availble in Canada with Qwintry

I have encountered this so many times, I can't even count. Now, step in a company like Qwintry who is helping fill this void for Canadians! They offer an American shipping address so that we can get packages sent to our American address (in a tax free state) and have packages delivered to us in Canada! Yah! (They also offer a few other services that they offer and I will share them too!)

I got so excited recently when I saw Lorac Cosmetics announce the return of the Mega Pro 1 Palette (it has long been discontinued; but, I have heard the Mega Pro 1 is amazing). It has been out for a little while; but, it was recently on sale for 50% off on the Lorac site - very exciting and I really want to pick it up! But, then I get all the way to the checkout and boom - no shipping to Canada! So frustrating!

By chance, I was contacted by Qwintry the next day and was super excited to review the service and get my hands on the Mega Pro 1 palette!! 

Qwintry provides American shipping addresses for Canadians for free! You can get your items shipped there and they will hold your packages for 45 days with no charge (beyond 45 days there is a small storage fees). Also, if you are expecting a few deliveries, they will consolidate and package the items safely and securely for you (my items came super well packed and wrapped in bubble wrap in the box so there would be no breakage!)

Now you do pay for the shipping from the warehouse to your address - my 1.5 pound package cost $26.00 US to ship to me. Now, this is pretty normal for USPS when you are paying for shipping - I have paid this price through many retailers. You can also pay for special requests such as pictures of the products that were delivered and if you want special packaging. Another neat service you can pay for is a Shopping Assistance such as if you were shopping overseas and the checkout was in another language, you can pay a few dollars and Qwintry will buy the package for you and have it shipped - you just pay them after! 

Now, let's dig in to my package:

Getting Products Not Availble in Canada with Qwintry - Lorac Mega Pro 1 palette

Lorac Mega Pro 1 Palette ~ $59.00 US. This limited edition PRO artistry palette is packed with 32 eye shadows in all the matte and shimmer shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from Hollywood. LORAC's velvety smooth shadows are ultra pigmented with maximum payoff to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line and define your eyes, just like a PRO.

This palette is gorgeous! I don't have a ton of huge palettes and they can be a little overwhelming; but, I love the convenience of having so many options to create so many different looks! This is great if you will be doing makeup for other people as this has a huge range! 

Getting Products Not Availble in Canada with Qwintry - Lorac Mega Pro 1 palette
This row contains Cream, Fawn, Camel, Sepia, Dusty Plum, Orchid, Mulberry, and Espresso.

Getting Products Not Availble in Canada with Qwintry

The second row contains White, Khaki, Brown, Stone, Lilac, Wisteria, Gray, and Black.

The third row contains Opal, Sand, Copper, Sienna, Apricot, Blush, Merlot, and Indigo.

And, the final row contains Vanilla, Cashmere, Smokey Topaz, Dusty Rose, Granite, Maroon, Deep Teal, and Caviar.

I know some people don't like the basic names on the shades; but, I personally like that they are straight-forward and you know what to expect from the shades! 

So, I know the Lorac eyeshadow formula is a little polarizing - you either love it or hate it! I happen to really love the formula of the shadows. They are super soft and a touch powdery so you will get a fair bit of kick up when you did your brush in. Just use a light hand and tap of your brush and the blend like a dream on the eyes! 

Here are a couple of easy looks I created using the Mega Pro 1 palette! 

The first look uses Stone, Khaki, Lilac, Smokey Topaz and a touch of Apricot on the inner lid. And the second look is Wisteria, Dusty Plum, Orchid and Blush!

I used this palette for a whole of work makeup and it was so versatile - of course, you could go deeper than the looks; but, I always keep my work looks fairly straightforward. 

Getting Products Not Availble in Canada with Qwintry - Beauty and the Beast Lorac

Lorac Beauty and the Beast Lipstick Collection ~ $36.00 US. What’s a princess-worthy look without the lip color to finish it? This lush, moderate-coverage, cream lipstick turns all eyes to the pout and sets you up for a beautiful look that is strong enough to steady a beast.

This was another set I had to pick up (and I'm sorry - it's sold out now as it was limited edition). I'm a huge Disney fan and when I saw Lorac was coming out with a Beauty and the Beast collection, I needed to get my hands on something from the collection - I opted for the lipsticks as I haven't tried this formula before; but, the eyeshadow palette was beautiful too! 

Getting Products Not Availble in Canada with Qwintry - Lorac Beauty and Beast Lipstick

The packaging of these lipsticks are stunning - the gold roses all over the packaging and the Beauty and Beast engraving are perfection! 

Getting Products Not Availble in Canada with Qwintry

The lipstick formula is described as a mod rich formula and this set came with 5 shades:
True Beauty ~ pale mauve
Red Rose ~ petal red
Belle-ieve ~ nude
Tres Chic ~ beige
Savior Faire ~ nude peachy rose

The shades are all beautiful and glide on the lips well with a light sweet scent. I did find the lipstick itself a little soft - one of the bullets sort of smooshed on me when I swatched it. But, they wore well and were generally opaque with a slight sheen to them. Given the formula, they aren't transfer proof. 

For this look, the main product on my eyes is "Blush" - and this lipstick is Savoir Faire! I love this lipstick and how versatile the eyeshadow palette is! 

Again, I'm so excited that there is this type of service available to us Canadians to help fill the void of companies that don't ship to Canada! If you are interested in an American shipping address, make sure to check out Qwintry! 

*affiliate code - services and products provided in exchange for a review 


  1. This sounds like a great company/service, I will definitely keep them in mind when shopping US sites! However, I'm currently on a no-buy so it won't be any time soon, but one day I'm sure I'll need them. :-)