- Fashion and Beauty
How to Find Good Quality Makeup Affordably
Thinking Outside The Box ~
If you want to find good quality makeup affordably then you have come to the right place.
It is very doable for all cosmetic, perfume and makeup lovers to find quality brands including Mac, Urban Decay and Estee Lauder at discount prices through a variety of ways. Quality makeup does not have to be extortionist prices if you know what to look out for, when are bargains common or where to shop for affordable cosmetics.
Everyone has different ideas on what equates to quality or expensive.
As someone who has worked within the cosmetics industry, I have tried many different brands and products through the decades and have my personal favorites. I would have spent a bit extra on them but now I refuse to pay outrageous money that I just don't have.
Read on for some tips that will mean having to compromise on quality will not have to be an option, if you think a little outside the box.
Duty Free Shopping at Airports
Duty Free Shopping ~
Part of the International holiday experience is treating ourselves or friends at duty free at the airport, onboard or in-flight.
Prices should show significant savings compared to High street prices and will offer selected brands at 40% below the normal prices.
Duty Free will also offer limited editions or exclusives in pack sizes and gift sets that are not available to buy in the High Street stores.
Another great reason to stock up on your favorite perfume, makeup or skin care product is reduced prices does not mean fake, they are all genuine.
Tax Free Shopping
Avail of tax back ~
For all visitors to Ireland who are visiting from America, South America, Canada, Asia, Australasia, Indonesia and all Non European Union countries, make sure to ask for a tax back form at all shops you purchase from.
Retailers should offer this but it pays to be informed prior to travelling in case they don’t mention it.
You are entitled to claim back all tax paid on goods which may be done at the airport when departing or posted on when you are home. Remember to keep all your receipts carefully.
Know Prices of Products –
Knowing what type of prices to expect in the country you are visiting may result in great savings on quality brands.Always avoid buying cheap designer perfumes at markets or by the roads, as they are most likely fakes.
For example, Irish travelling to USA will notice a sizable difference in American brands including Elizabeth Arden, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Trish McEvoy, Mac, Bobbi Brown, Revlon and Max Factor.
I have been like a child in a sweet shop when visiting New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles as these brands were up to 50% cheaper with the exchange rate in the department stores and drugstores.There was no real price changes with the top European brands such as Lancôme, Clarins and Yves Saint Laurent (YSL).
Avail of Staff Discount
Staff Discount ~
Many businesses offer access to discount shopping stores to their staff as a perk which can be a considerable saving.
Family are often able to avail of this too. For example, my brother works for Aer Lingus our national airline and when I was visiting New York, he gave me the address of a store off Broadway only open for those who were authorized.
It was all top end cosmetics at incredibly low prices. Needless to say I was there quite awhile stocking up on makeup for work and personal use which saved me hundreds of dollars.
Airline staffs often have these concessions available so if you or a family member works for an airline, look into it particularly when travelling to America.
Coupons Give Savings
Not a practice I have used in Ireland for cosmetics but I did come across a great American coupon website called RetailMeNot that has a host of top makeup brands and lists of different discounts available.
You name a brand and it seemed to be there including Mac, Bobbi Brown, Kiehls, Elizabeth Arden and Urban Decay.
I noticed many had expired by the end of 2012 and had not been updated, however there were some great value offers available with free shipping coupons and more.
Coupons were available for department stores too like Macys, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. Do check this website out if you are a coupon clipper or someone looking for a good affordable way of getting what you want for less.
Recycle Scheme ~
Not all cosmetic companies operate a recycling scheme but impressively Mac cosmetics do.
If you bring back 6 empty Mac primary containers to your nearest Mac beauty counter, you will receive a FREE lipstick of your choice in return as a thank you!
How cool is that? You can equally do it online if no counter is easily accessible to you, just visit the Mac website for details and check out the Back to M-A-C Program.
Macy's Department Store
Cosmetic Promotions ~
The majority of quality cosmetic brands will have promotions from time to time at the beauty counters in department stores.
These will often take the form of gift with purchase – you spend a certain amount and you receive a gift.
Many companies such as Clinique, Estee Lauder and Lancôme are known for terrific promotional gifts which often include full size products, limited editions, travel size products or even makeup brushes.
Check out your local department store and ask to be put on the mailing list so you don’t miss it.
They usually run for a week, maybe two and generate huge interest.
Woodbury Common Outlet, New York
Outlet Shopping ~
A style of shopping that I always associated with being available in America has grown throughout the globe and yes Ireland has several now.
I have been to several in England, America and have worked at the Kildare Outlet Village and love them.
The savings can be considerable and cover a wide section of stores. Cosmetics may be limited but it is still worth checking out as there can be 33% discount or more on offer. Stores will vary but much of the stock may be previous seasons colors and not necessarily the most up to date products.
Honey and Lemon Great for The Skin
Make Your Own ~
Using quality, natural and chemical free ingredients, what could be more beneficial to you and your pocket than making your own beauty products?
After spending years selling cosmetics I have spent time making homemade products and cannot say enough about the fantastic benefits. With gorgeous ingredients we use or have easy access to, a whole new world opens up that is full of goodies that easily turn into gorgeous beauty products such as:
DIY Apple Cleanser, Olive Oil Moisturizer, Citrus Lip Gloss, Banana face Scrub, Chocolate Face Mask or even a Sugar Lip Scrub. Don’t forget your makeup brushes and save money by cleaning them with a homemade brush cleanser. For more recipe ideas and makeup know how, check out my full body of works here.
Max Factor - Affordable Quality
Inexpensive Quality Brands ~
Brands that I find full of hidden quality gems include Maybelline, Covergirl, Rimmel, Boots no.7, Body Shop, Botanics, Max Factor and Revlon.
Just because a brand is inexpensive does not mean it is inferior. For example I use Rimmel liquid eyeliner and find it really stays put. I also love all Max Factor products particularly their outstanding range of mascara’s.
I have tried more expensive mascara's but keep coming back to Max Factor ones. Revlon has many fantastic products including foundations, lipsticks and nail polishes that I have been using consistently for over 10 years.
Boots a Giant in Affordable Makeup
Now in partnership with Walgreen’s in America as of 2012, Boots started off as an herbal medicine shop founded by John Boot in 1849.
Today it is a multi million pound business that has continued to expand within the United Kingdom and into Ireland, China, America and Canada. Offering great value all year round they have many different offers going continually and can be extremely beneficial to the pocket.
Offers popular in cosmetics and toiletries are 3 for 2 (pick 3 items get the cheapest free) money off products and being able to mix and match brands to get discount.
They do some terrific skin care ranges such as their own range called Botanics (I used for years) which is plant based and so affordable. Make sure to check them out!
Good Quality Makeup for Cheap!
5 of The Best Discount Websites
Online Websites ~
There are a phenomenal amount of websites globally offering discounts on all brands of cosmetics. Amazon and eBay also provide discounted products.
The big disadvantage with your favorite product is the see and feel test. You are buying blind which for color cosmetics and skin care may be an issue for some people.
I have to admit I have not bought products this way as I am cautious about not being able to try or at least see the product and check primarily for colors, authenticity, shelf life dates and hygienic seals.
I did however buy a fantastic set of Trish McEvoy makeup brushes on eBay which saved me €500.
I was working for Trish McEvoy and the brushes were superb but costly in Ireland and even with my discount a set of all the essential brushes was extremely expensive.
Another avenue to explore is online product and website reviews. These can be extremely useful when looking for feedback on a product and opinions on a website before making a purchase.
My Tools of The Trade
Quality Makeup Brushes ~
Good quality makeup brushes are worth spending some money on as they will not only last a lifetime when looked after properly, but they may make or break how a product performs.
The right brush for the right job is how you will make the most out of affordable cosmetics brands.
Using a brush for applying foundation, blusher, eyeshadow and lipstick will use less product and give longer lasting results.
Do You Buy Expensive Cosmetics?
Makeup Quotes ~
"The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion but cosmetics are easier to buy"
Yves Saint Laurent
"Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world"
"Don't be too serious; it's only makeup"
Author Info ~
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