I don’t know about you but I sure think that buying makeup at the counter can get pricey. Too pricey in fact. In Australia, my wallet can go on a lean and mean diet for dishing out 39 bucks for a revlon foundation at Priceline when I know I can get it in the states for $8 which explains my dreary late night activity of hunting down beauty bargains at the following online stores. Probably one of the second best feelings in the world is returning home from a day of studying only to plop down on your bed, whip out the card and in a state of bluriness do some good old online retail therapy. One of the BEST feelings in the world is getting that notice that your parcel is waiting for collection.
I get this question a lot. “Roseanne, where do you buy your makeup online?” Well, today I’m here to give you a rundown of my favourite online haunts so your early morning hours will be that much more interesting.
1. Cosme-De.com (www.cosme-de.com)
Beautifully laid out with an easy navigation and it stocks asian brands like Kose, Ettusais, FANCL, Etude House, Hado Labo, KATE and SANA – asian drugstore products that you can find in Singapore but probably not so easily in places like Australia and the United States. The shipping is fast and efficient and there is free shipping on every order. I ordered NARS blushes from them when they had them because the would sell them at US prices which was awesome. I just looked on the website and they don’t stock them anymore but it still is a unique site in that it has the asian products that other online makeup stores miss out on.
2. The Beauty Club (www.thebeautyclub.com.au)
The Beauty Club probably has the largest collection of department store brands to date. You can find MAC, Makeup Forever, NARS, Scott Barnes, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, YSL, SKII, the list goes on and at discounted prices. I like how there is a review option so you can see other people’s take on them and the prices are great. A MAC blush from The Beauty Club will cost you around $20 but at the store in Australia, it’s $40. So you’re basically doing half the damage or if you’re cool like me – will buy 2 for the price of 1. From makeup, to skincare to perfumes to haircare, the range at The Beauty Club is amazing. The only catch is that you have to be a member and pay a membership fee to enjoy these privileges. I do think it’s worth it if you do buy a lot of makeup. The delivery is also fast, efficient and free once you become a member.
3. SG_Beauty (www.sg-beauty.livejournal.com)
I know it can be a little weird but second hand makeup isn’t all that bad. If its been swatched once or twice, you can still use it. SG_Beauty is an online livejournal community in Singapore in which Singaporeans come together every weekend to sell their makeup in sale posts. It’s like a tradition to browse through them on a lonely Saturday evening. Usually, the products are secondhand or new and you would arrange to email the seller about it and proceed to pay through bank transfer/postage. It’s like a secondhand market, but online. I’ve bought lots of nail polishes through here and a couple of NARS blushes too. Now, how cool would it be if that concept went global? Thinking of integrating a marketplace on my upcoming website but we’ll see. Give me feedback though!
4. Crush Cosmetics (www.crushcosmetics.com.au)
Crush Cosmetics is a site where you have so many brands you can’t normally get anywhere, not even in the average online shop. They stock brands like Wet N’ Wild (where you can get that comfort zone palette), NYX (jumbo pencils and lipsticks), NYC, E.L.F, China Glaze Nail polishes, Seche Vite, Eyeko, Sleek, Barry M and even Lime Crime. It’s for sure a place to check out and the prices are reasonable too – usually under $20 an item or even below $10 bucks.
5. AllCosmeticsWholesale (www.allcosmeticswholesale.com)
If you’ve stuck with me for a while, you probably already know I had a previous obsession with AllCosmeticsWholesale. I know, I know, gone were the days when I did hauls at least once a week but when I chanced upon allcosmeticswholesale back in the day, I was so happy. Think of all the US brands you know – MAC, NYX, NARS, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, KORRES, Sigma, Sugarpill, Tarte, Too Faced, Victoria’s Secret, and more. It’s not only that they stock brands like this but they stock huge varieties of each brand. They even have a lot of MAC makeup from past collections that are rare and you can’t find anymore, MAC brushes (!!), NARS Blush refills, OCC lip tars, Urban Decay palettes, Kryolan and more. A Maybelline expertwear blush can go for a little over USD$2. It’s a great website. It’s the kinda website that you could spend hours just putting things in your online basket like you have all the money in the world but never hitting the checkout button when you’re done. I call it online window shopping aka online window drooling. The only downside is that shipping is very expensive so make sure you split with a friend if you’re up for it.
So, there we have it! My favourite online makeup shops.
What are your favourite online makeup shops?