I’m very much the bargain hunter when it comes to making purchases- if I’m buying something from a brand that I know is sold in multiple places I will always have a quick check to see if anyone is selling the item at a lower price and will almost always chose a store that offers student discount over those that don’t, even the 10% saving goes a long way!
Even when I’m re-stocking on products I love and trust I look for the best offer, the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer is a classic example, it’s generally always on some kind of promotion so I pop into Boots and Superdrug when I’m coming to the end of the tube and will check Feel Unique too to see which one I’m best buying from!
I also ALWAYS ask for a sample of a new foundation first, even when I’ve been colour matched, not only does it allow you to check the shade in natural light and all over your face at a later date but it provides a couple of extra days worth of wear and will ensure you actually like the formula before you open the full bottle and render it non-returnable!
Having said this, I don’t think I’d ever buy from cut price websites that I don’t know/trust and I would never buy from an online website I hadn’t heard of before, especially when it comes to branded beauty products. Neither would I buy from re-sale websites like Ebay and Depop when it comes to cosmetics, by the time you’ve got the products it’s generally too late, or far too much hassle, to get your money back.
However, every rule has it’s exceptions right?
I have lived in near York for most of my life and in the Designer Outlet there is a discount cosmetics store- ‘The Cosmetics Company Store’. It has always been quite hit and miss but kept me in constant supply of my beloved Estee Lauder Double Wear for much cheaper than I could find anywhere else. On my latest trip home I found the store had moved and, to my surprise, had got a whole lot bigger and better; adding the likes of Tom Ford, The Estee edit and GlamGlow to its shelves alongside Origins, Mac, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox and many many more brands.
Little did I know their outlet at Bicester Village held even more hidden gems- Aerin, Jo Malone and Darphin just to name a few! I popped in a couple of weeks ago and managed to snag myself a MAC Amber Lights for £7 (down from £10), a Jo Malone Mimosa and Cardamon 30ml fragrance for £33 (RRP £44), a new bottle of Double Wear for £22.75 (RRP £32.50) and the Darphin Lumiere Essential Serum for £41.25 (instead of £55)
So, the moral of the story?
A) If you are buying discounted stock only buy from places you trust, as opposed to ones that you’ve never heard of/can’t verify
B) Generally, if it looks to good to be true it probably is, except when you can get your hands on it and confirm that yes, there is always an exception to the rule.
ALSO, how do people buy things at first glance?! Even if it’s a kinda impulse buy I generally check online to see if I can get it cheaper elsewhere and have a quick look at reviews.
Where do you stand on discounted cosmetics? Have you ever bought any beauty products from discount stores, online or in person? I’d love to know if there are any other outlets you trust!