My review isn't actually for Debenhams shop, we all know what they do. But I stumbled across something interesting at the Benefit counter yesterday! A Brow bar! Yes you can go to the lovely benefit girls and get your crows, plucked shaped and waxed! Then have your make up re done by the same lovely girls right after! How great an idea is this! I thought it was great and was absolutely heartbroken I had only that morning attacked my own with the tweezers, i will certainly be coming here in a weeks time!
If you ask me, this branch of Debenhams is suffering from a decline into old age, much like the shopping centre it can be found in - Castlecourt.
It's not that there's anything particular bad about it (although most of the clothes they stock are pretty shocking - Julien McDonald, I'm looking at you!), it's just that it doesn't really measure up to the fancier department store in town.
To be fair, their stuff for the home is still pretty nice, so it's still a good place to go to for wedding presents and such.
I find the service a bit disappointing too, apart from the staff on the beauty counters, so all in all, I tend not really to go in unless it's absolutely necessary.
I think everybody has heard of Debenhams at some point in their life. It is one of those stores that is popular purely on the basis of its name. The one in Castlecourt is absolutely massive (spread over 140 different floors... or three... can't quite remember) and sells absolutely anything.
Although I had heard of it, seen the TV adverts and so on, I'd actually never been in it until my girlfriend brought me in to look for a wedding present for her friend getting married.
Going in is very daunting for a man as you have to go through the biggest make up area I have ever seen. With women get their face done and perfume being sprayed one has to be prepared to put your head down and concentrate on the escalator. Don't look left or right otherwise you will get some of Ralph Loren in the eye and let me tell you, that hurts. Though she did apologise and said it had never happened before so I suppose I can forgive her.
Once through this we started browsing in the home wares department until we got a piece of crystal that we wanted. All of the floors are choc-full of products and stuff for people to waste slightly more money on than most shops.
Although heavily priced and aimed at women I thought the store was quite good I'd come back again for browsing, though it does seem to be more of an expensive version of Dunnes Stores Drapery department.
As other reviewers have said, this is not really my kind of place and all and nor is it the kind of place for any male under the age of 30, or if they are below 30 they've been stupid enough to get married and move in with their girlfriend.
But that being said this is a pretty good shop. There is basically everything you would expect from a very well stocked and well thought of department store. There are women's clothes, mens clothes, make up, accessories and all sorts of homewares.
The staff are dead on and the place is very well laid out. Its just kinda for old people which is a bad thing, but you can't go bad if you need to head in here for whatever reason.
This huge department store is located in Castle Court. It consists of Debenhams own brand range as well as a number of high street brands retailing in small sections throughout the shop. This makes it so much easier than having to traipse around all the shops where instead, here you can browse through the fashions all under one roof. The store is set over three floors. On the ground floor you can find make up as well as women's clothes. On floor two is men's wear and on the third floor is the home goods section. It's useful to come here if you're after the likes of a house warming present or even a wedding gift as they sell lots of lovely household items. Another great time to come if when their sale is on, it's hard to miss as it's publicised everywhere! You do get some great bargains though so it's worth the crowds.
I don't like clothes shopping at the best of times. I remember on two separate trips idling walking around both Macy's and Bloomingdales in New York, the epi-centre of fashion and being completely bored and knackered.
I think you have to have both the bank roll and the inclination to look for the hard bargain - I unfortunately do not fit in either of those categories.
Debenhams however served me well last winter after a shift at the paper, wearing my coat. It was an old friend which I still have but my god it had certainly run its course.
I popped in here on a freezing January late afternoon and took advantage of their popular blue cross sale, picking up a fantastic Jeff Banks grey coats. Long and similar to something Patrick Bateman might wear it was pure wool and a steal at £65.
A confusing store if you're not used to the layout and multiple entrances and exits. As you can enter and leave the store on both floors its easy to forget where you are and what direction you should be going in. In store things aren't much better as all concessions merge into one, especially on the make-up and perfume aisles. Just a little word of warning here as well, be prepared to cough and choke on the strong scents, the well groomed sales assistants will try to sell you. The smell not only lingers in the air but also on you and your clothes. The fashion sections are a little better with helpful and pleasant staff. However trying to find a changing room proves somewhat difficult. And then when you do find a room, you also find a queue. If you fancy shopping on a quieter day, try a Monday or Tuesday when less customers are about and the store opens until seven!
This store is great has good range of clothes, make up, toys, shoes, accessoried often has good deals and their sale is fab. They have a great range of radley bags!! Also a nail bar instore which is reasonable and nice way to relax after a days shopping! They also do a great wedding service for gifts.
Helpful & friendly staff. A wide range of products - they have everything from eyeliner to toothbrushes. Clothes are good quality. Big bright displays to entice you into the shop & demonstrations on kitchen products are done a lot. They need to stock a bigger range of sizes though!
Debenhams is a great department store based two levels with a wide selection of ladies, men and childrens clothing (different designers such as John Rocha, Matthew Williamson Butterfly collection), shoes, bags, household, beauty products, perfume.
debenhams is a great shop it sells alot of different stuff and the cafe added on is also a great bonus as it is gorgeous.
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