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Where to Find High End Hair and Beauty Products for Dirt Cheap

Updated on February 9, 2013

If you're like me, your love for high end beauty is constantly at war with your cheapskate tendencies. Believe it or not, the two can peacefully coexist! Through trial and error I've found ways to score high end makeup products at prices as low as drugstore products. With a little bit of patience, you can too!

T.J. Maxx & Marshalls

These are by far my favorite places to go for designer beauty on the cheap. I've seen all sorts of designer brands, including Benefit, Murad, H20, Ahava, Philosophy, Too Faced, DuWop, Urban Decay, CHI, Redken, TIGI and countless others! These products are often reduced by 50% or more and that's a price you just can't beat for designer hair and beauty. You can even score high end brush sets for $10-15. The holidays seem to be the best time to score your favorite makeup products and cosmetic brush sets from these stores because that's when the department stores are putting them out, but I've scored some fabulous finds year round.

Ebay & Amazon

Designer product buyers beware at these online giants, because for every truly designer product sold there seem to be at least five knockoff versions. Avoid this pitfall by only purchasing from sellers with high seller ratings and reviews. Also do a bit of research about what the packaging of your chosen product should look like. Still, these online stores are a fantastic way to find new, unopened beauty products for much cheaper than ticket price.

Makeup Swaps & Sales

Scour the net for reliable beauty bloggers hosting a sale of products they no longer want or need. Oftentimes these products will be new and still in their original packaging, and you can score them at deep discounts.

Nordstrom Rack

Each store has a mini makeup section chock full of designer hair and beauty products for a fraction of the price. I've seen boxed Urban Decay eyeshadow sets that still had their Sephora stickers. This is a great place to buy makeup sets and large bottles of shampo, often for half off or more.

The online drug store is constantly offering sales and incentives on products you can find in Sephora and other big outlets. They seem to almost always have a 20% off sale going on, and promotions for first time buyers. The ticket price may not always be lower than other stores, but once you factor in all their discounts and often free shipping, this site is a great way to score high end products on the cheap.


With countless promotional programs like CVS ExtraBucks Rewards, Rite Aid +UP Rewards and Walgreens Balance Rewards, you can use points earned buying necessities to purchase high end hair products. They often offer mail-in rebates on designer products, so watch out for those as well.

Makeup Convention

Many are invitation only, but if you can score an invite you'll be introduced to a plethora of vendors selling very high end products often for much cheaper than their in-store price. A makeup convention is also a great place to score super hot makeup since the top makeup brands will have booths featuring their new make up and cosmetics lines.

Sally Beauty Supply

While Sally Beauty Supply doesn't always carry the designer brands I want, they do have an incredible Generic Value Product line that sells identical formulations for a fraction of the cost. My favorites include the GVP flat irons, Gold 'n Hot, and the GVP Redken Fabricate and Joico K-Pak knockoffs.

Many people don't realize that Sally Beauty Supply is more than just affordable hair care. They also offer many of the best makeup dupes including dupes for high end makeup.

Makeup Swaps

This is a relatively new phenomenon in the online beauty community. It originated with Youtube beauty gurus and online makeup forum members at beauty forums such as Makeup Alley. Two people agree to exchange slightly used or new high end makeup and beauty products in a makeup swap. Warning: This can be risky, so be sure to only engage in makeup swaps if you are over the age of 18 and fully trust the other person and can verify their offline identity if something goes wrong. After all, to participate in the makeup swap you will be sharing your address with this person, so you should know who they are.


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      Licensed esthetician 3 years ago

      I myself have told clients, if you don't want to buy it here and you feel like you can buy the product online for cheaper...go ahead because these are the products I truly believe are helpful for your skin.

      That being said...I've had clients complain about the quality of products bought online via ebay/amazon etc. and they brought it in for me. So I compared my back bar products to the ones they bought and the hilarious part about it was the products didn't look the same, had different consistencies and colour, as well as a different smell.

      Whether Dilution occurred with the product or that it was just expired, I wouldn't want to risk buying online from a non authorized reatiler....especially if the efficacy has been tampered with....which that's the whole point of buying something to improve the skins health, you might as well be using some basic products from Walgreens.

      also, apparently they're not as cheap as you think:

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      Keely Deuschle 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for sharing this! I often forget about TJ Maxx and Marshalls - they're not even 3 miles away! I have found some things on ebay at good discounts, such as some shampoo and conditioner that was in my local salon for $25/each. Voted up!

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      Kelley 4 years ago from California

      Hey, who sells the cheapest vitamin K cream online? Thanks for the helpful words. Later!

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      Victoria P 4 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Hmmm I am gonna keep an eye out next time I go to Marshall's! I love Redken, it does wonders for my hair but costs a fortune! I finally found the perfect shampoo and conditioner that I believe works as good as Redken. I started using the Loreal Sulfate free repair conditioner and shampoo. Amazing! Great post, thank you. Voted up

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      lanablackmoor 4 years ago from New England

      Thanks for reading! I agree, many of the online retailers also seem to roll out discounts on gift sets, too. It really is a great time to shop!

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for this Hub, Lana! I forget discount retailers like TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Nordstrom Rack also sell beauty products. In fact, this is a great time of the year to stock up -- they generally have really good deals during the holiday season!