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Makeup 101: Surprising Places to Find a Makeup Deal



So it’s no secret that I love makeup, especially quality brand-name makeup. What I don’t love is the high-end prices (duh, who does?). While I’m not trying to cheat on my bffl Sephora, I’ve made a couple of discoveries of places where you can get the same brand names…for less! A lot less.

Want your Lancome Juicy tube for half the price? How about a Stilla liner on the cheap? Check out these discount stores and you might just get lucky!

Costco: You probably know Costco as the warehouse your parents shop at for electronics and 30 gallon vats of mayo, but who knew it also had amazing makeup? A glorious June day last summer I found an amazing Shashbox kit with four eye shadows, mascara, glosses and highlighter – for only $20! Twenty dollars!! Other great Costco finds include Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume at an unbelievable price, as well as Chanel products and Kirkland. (A little less known but makes great products. Try the perfect match concealer!)

No local Costco? Try out BJ’s Wholesale Club.

Helpful Hint: These stores require membership, but it’s a simple process to get a card and totally worth it.

Nordstrom Rack: Obviously the neglected sister of Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack contains many of the same brands at a highly discounted price. In addition to awesome clothes and accessories, Nordstrom Rack has some great makeup brands, like Stilla and Two-Faced. It’s a great, reliable place to pick up everything like shadow pallets and lip glosses at practically half off. My friend got a gorgeous Stilla gloss for only $7!

No Norstrom Rack? Check out Saks Off 5th (Saks Fifth Avenue’s discount store).

Mashalls: Of course Marshalls has fabulous shoes and dresses, but they also have a couple of great makeup finds. I’ve seen brands such as Lancome and Stilla, among others. The makeup can be a bit hard to locate depending on the organization of the store, but once you find them you can get some awesome brands.

No Marshalls? Check out your local TJ Maxx instead.

Tips for Discount Makeup Locations:

*Although you can’t order makeup online from most of the above mentioned stores, you can search for the nearest locations to find out the best option for you.

*Make sure you check back often; sometimes makeup missions can be failures, but stock changes constantly. Ask a manager what day new stock comes in and make sure to check on that day.

*Sometimes people can be careless at discount stores and you’ll find a lot of makeup has been picked through and opened. Make sure that the makeup is sealed before you purchase it. No matter how great a deal it’s not worth contaminated skin!