8 Places To Buy Affordable Designer Makeup
As someone who is incredibly high maintenance when it comes to all things beauty, I know just how insanely expensive trips to Sephora can be. You walk in planning to spend no more than $50, but inevitably, you walk out with three products and a $200 deficit in your bank account. The good news is, if you search the nooks and crannies of the internet for long enough, you’ll stumble upon these discount beauty websites that your wallet will thank you for.
Not only do these websites help you hunt down the best high-end makeup deals, but some of them also help you save on all your favourite drugstore beauty products.
Winners and Marshalls are mainly recognized for having incredible deals on designer clothes, handbags and home decor. And while all that is good, they also have a beauty section with some worthwhile deals. Their selection is limited at times, but they carry designer makeup and skin care products for 60% off the original price, and professional hair tools for under $40.
HauteLook is a pop-up sale website, which essentially means that they will hold a sale on certain brands for a short period of time, so the trick is to keep an eye out for deals on the brand you’re looking for. Typically, sales will be anywhere from 30-65% off the original price, with new sales occurring every other day. Some brands they carry are Estée Lauder, Urban Decay, Nars, Too Faced, Bobbi Brown, and more.
Beauty Encounter is great for a number of reasons, but their best feature is likely that they carry high-end and drugstore products at a discounted price, all under one virtual roof. So, instead of having to pick up that reliable Cover Girl mascara you’ve been using for years, and that Christian Dior foundation at two different stores, you can order them both from the same place, and both will be on sale.
BuyMeBeauty has all the beauty cult-favourites, at majorly discounted prices, and if that wasn’t already enough, their shipping is only $5. Sometimes we fill our online shopping carts and then realize that the shipping cost is through the roof, so we ditch our entire order. But Buy Me Beauty makes sure that you can put the better part of your budget towards products instead of delivery.
Like HauteLook, Rue La La’s sales are an ever-changing, moving target. But when you manage to spot a deal on your favourite designer product, it’s always a big one. For example, instead of paying $70 for a Laura Mercier palette, you’d get it for $18. This site also ships worldwide, so no matter where you are, you can take advantage of these amazing discounted prices.
This website has some seniority in the online-discount-cosmetics game because they’ve been around for so long. But unfortunately, they are liquidating their inventory and closing down. But that means that you can get even better deals than before. I would highly recommend checking out this website before all their goodies are gone for good.
Glambot is particularly interesting because it is the consignment of beauty products. Most people think that buying gently used items are limited to consignment clothing stores, but Glambot has broken all the rules. Here, you can find gently used designer makeup products for a fraction of the original price. You also have the option of selling any products you may have lingering around that you haven’t really used, for cash that you can put towards other items.
Image Beauty is great for a lot more than just makeup. Here you can find haircare products, hair tools, fragrances, skincare products, bath & body products, and of course, makeup — all for a great deal. Like Beauty Encounter, they carry high-end and drugstore products, and shipping is free on orders over $55.
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Ellie Spina is a 23-year-old freelance writer, online shopping expert, musician, and makeup-connoisseur, from Ottawa, Ontario. You can usually find her with a pair of headphones in, listening to the same five 90’s songs on repeat, and scoping out the best shopping promo codes the internet has to offer.