By and  on April 4, 2008

South Plainfield, N.J. — On April Fools' Day, two shoppers tossed six beauty products into a large, red shopping cart at the Target store here, racking up a bill of more than $205.

A glance inside the shopping bag — containing Clarins, Kiehl's, Origins, Bare Escentuals and Bumble and bumble products — revealed the hefty register ring was not an April Fools' prank, but evidence of Target's move to go upscale by aggressively plucking department store brands in a bid to plump its ever-in-flux beauty business.

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