Discount Cosmetics Online: Pt 1 – The Good

10 Jun

Given the tough economic times we are in, it’s always a challenge to find good value cosmetics.  There are a number of great online discount cosmetic companies that deliver internationally.  Some of the following I have used myself and some I have just heard good things about:  This is a great value site.  Brands from ‘drug store’ brands to more high end;  Rimmel, L’Oreal, Maybelline, Max Factor, Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden and others.   The range of high end products is a bit limited, I’ve always found great value in lipsticks:  Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick for €5.00 , Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Effects Lipstick €5.60, Maybelline Colour Sensational lipstick for €2.81.  On occasion you can pick up Urban Decay loose powder pigments for €5.07 and some nice quads from Lancome for €4.50.

It’s worth revisiting on a regular basis as the product range changes and the better items seem to sell out fast.  The shopping basket is in sterling, which is a bit annoying.  Delivery via airmail and is £7.99, which is a bit dear so you’d want to be buying more than just one lippie to make it worth while!   Maybe split the cost with a friend!  I found the delivery to be fast from this site.  The Ireland specific sister website of the English Discount Cosmetics 4u, There is a limited range of makeup from Bobbi Brown, Stila, Too Faced, Urban Decay, MAC and others which sell out fast so it’s worth checking on a fairly regular basis

Delivery cost to Ireland is £0.50/€0.56 per item up to a maximum of £5.00/€5.60.  There is no minimum quantity, so you can order one item and only pay €0.56 delivery which is great.  An American website, with international delivery.  It has an amazing array of product from Nars, Bobbi Brown, Mac, Smashbox, Urband Decay, Dior and lots more.   The product is 100% authentic but often comes out of the box, which is of little consequence if you are purchasing for your self.  A lot of their products are from discontinued lines and are offered at fantastic prices.  Mind your wallet, you could easily go nuts on this site!  Shipping is expensive if your want traceable shipping (which they highly recommend) at 32 us dollars (approx. 22 euros, which is what it might payout on a shopping trip into town if you include petrol/parking/lunch – sorry I am trying to justify it to myself).  Or you could opt for the non insureable/untraceable delivery which is 16 us dollars.  If you are buyigna lot of product, you will be saving a lot of money, so I guess it’s up to you if you can justify the delivery fee and the potential VAT/DUTY you might have to pay.

I have never ordered from here myself so I couldn’t personally recommend it, but I have heard good things about it and have often been tempted!  This isn’t a discount site, but I thought it was worth a mention as they do sell quite a broad range of product from all the major brands including: Laura Mercier, MAC, Smashbox, Bare Escentuals, Dior, Bobbi Brown, Chanel and more.  There are some bargains to be had and shipping is free and quick.  Not the most extensive range of brands but some nice product, and definitely worth a quick browse during lunch time.  Delivery to Europe is £3.50 (for 1st item) + 50p for every additional item. Delivery normally takes 3 – 5 days.  A long established cosmetic and fragrance website with free shipping, although I’ve always found it very slow and sometimes your items get held up with customs (if you are in Ireland you get a nice phone call or a letter from an office in Athlone asking you to state the nature of your purchase – so don’t be in a hurry to get your items).  I don’t think it offers the same value on cosmetics as it does on perfumes.

Note on customs if you are living in Ireland: (extract from

Products bought outside the EU:  If your online purchase costs more than €22 you will have to pay VAT. If your online purchase costs more than €150 you will have to pay VAT and Customs Duty. This will be collected by the company that delivers your parcel.

Products bought Within the EU, VAT is usually paid in the Member State you purchased the goods, however, there are some exceptions.   And the level of trade a company has with Ireland will impact whether VAT/Duty is collectable or not.  Check with

Have you used any of these sites and what did you think, or have you tried others that you think are worth mentioning?  Let me know by leaving a comment. Thanks x

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