But… You Have a Blemish!

Subtlety and sarcasm seem to be seriously lacking in the Italian language.  Even the sales approach is straight to the point.  Luckily for Italian salespeople, I’m usually so caught off guard by their directness that I end up buying whatever it is they’re selling.

Case in point: Sephora Rome

Due to Alitalia’s baggage limits, I had to throw out most of my toiletries to get my suitcases under the weight limit.  Since I have now been in Rome for a month, I was in desperate need of face wash.  Unfortunately, while I was ecstatic to find Sephora in Rome, they don’t carry the same brand that I use back home.

“How about Dior?” the saleswoman asked.

“Uh…” Long pause while I’ll try to figure out how to say that Dior is ever so slightly more expensive than what I usually buy.

She showed me a line of French products that met all of my requirements, but I balked a little at the Parisian price tag.

Sensing my hesitation, she deadpanned: “But you need this. You have a blemish!”

Zing! Thank you, Captain Obvious.  But since she was right, and you can’t really argue with that kind of logic, I told her I would take the overpriced products.

As we walked up to the counter, she told me “I have a gift for you. It is a very nice gift.”

It was a very nice gift- a full size bottle of another product from the same brand.  She must have really wanted to help me out with that blemish.  That type of gift giving would never happen in the US, so I forgave her for pointing out my flaws.

But when I got home, I realized that my fancy new French face wash had just about the least French name I had ever heard- José Eisenberg. Ah well.

5 thoughts on “But… You Have a Blemish!

  1. LindyLouMac says:

    Oh dear! It will be fabulous maybe, expensive brands do seem to last longer in many cases as you actually use less of the product. Well that’s my excuse to justify the expensive shampoo I buy sometimes. True I do use less it last months. 🙂

  2. rinaz says:

    What do you normally buy prior to coming to Rome? I find that there are a number of items which are easily attainable in Asia that I cannot find here

  3. Lala says:

    I love reading experiences about life in Italy. When I was in Montecatini I went to the Farmicia for nail supplies and all they had was this really fancy (i.e. expensive) nail polish. I mean I’m use to getting something cheap like Wet n Wild in an emergency and when I asked for non-acetone nail polish….well lets just say I had no idea how to say that in Italian. So I wound up with the harshest nail polish remover that sucked the life out of my nails. I didn’t care, I was just happy to be there.

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