There are a lot of places that carry discounted brand-name makeup.
Yes, discounted name-brand makeup. There are places that you can find your favorite makeup brands at a steep discount.
Let’s talk about where:
My love. My life. TJ MAXX is my go to store when shopping for all things. Clothes, shoes, beauty, housewares, craft supplies. You name it, they have it. The last few months, me and others around the internet have noticed that TJ has gotten more and more name-brands. Some brands that I have seen at TJ have included Too Faced, NARS, Smashbox, Kat Von D, Estee Lauder, BUXOM, and BareMinerals. All of these have been at discounts of 50% or more off of retail. Most of the brand name makeup products you will see are discontinued shades/formulas, or promotional kits/giveaways. TJ also has most high end haircare and skincare brands too. I have seen CHI tools and serums, Batiste, Redken, Big Sexy Hair, BLISS and tons of others. Unfortunately, these deals are not online on the website, and the products on hand vary greatly by location. Marshalls and TJ MAXX are sister companies, and most of what you can find at TJ you can also find at Marshalls. TJ MAXX is not predictable, but be sure to go over the beauty section with a fine tooth comb to find some amazing steals!
A part of Nordstrom rack only available online, Hautelook is my holy grail for name-brand beauty and clothing. This website contains member-only deals that change daily. Luck for us, membership is completely FREE! Hautelook deals are amazing, usually between 30-50% off of beauty products. Products go on sale by brand, and often include a wide selection of their line. I have seen Too Faced, Stila, & LORAC go on sale just in the last month. Not only do they have makeup, but brand names in hair care, skin care, and tools! I recommend subscribing to their emails to stay in the know about what brands are coming up on sale!
Most people I talk to don’t even realize that stores like ULTA or Sephora have clearance sections in store as well as online! Other stores that carry high end beauty like Kohl’s also have them. The only trick is to find it. My rule: when you can’t find it, ASK! The section containing clearance items is often hard to find. At Sephora, the clearance items tend to be clustered on the endcap of a display labeled “SALE”. Sephora tends to have mostly Sephora-brand makeup discounted, but I have also seen Urban Decay palettes and discounted sets. ULTA usually has their sale items in sections labeled “CLEARANCE”. There may be more than one section in a store. ULTA tends to have more drug-store clearance items and hair care clearance items than anything else. High end brands on clearance usually come in the form of discontinued makeup sets or extra giveaway items/sets they have left in store, or discontinued shades/products. If you like brands that are carried at Kohl’s, check in their makeup section for a clearance area. Brands they carry like BLISS and theBALM often have discounted holiday sets year-round, or slightly damaged products. I have found makeup items in the Kohl’s clearance for over 70% off retail.
If you want to try a variety of products but your budget it tight, try a subscription service! There are many affordable subscription services out there that supply deluxe sample size products. I personally am subscribed to IPSY and the Sephora PLAY! boxes. Both are $10.00 a month, and give 5 personalized beauty samples delivered to your door. The PLAY! box also gives you a deluxe scent sample in each box. I think that these two boxes are a great value, both give out great brands, and deliver way more for your money than just buying one product for $10.00!
Makeup Resale Websites and APPS
If you don’t mind using a slightly used product, then you may find great deals online on sites such as Glambot. This site allows you to buy/sell gently used makeup, often resulting in some great deals. Other options include swap sites such as Mercari or Ebay. I personally do not use these services, as I do not feel comfortable using a used product, and you also risk ordering a fake product. However, if it is something that you are comfortable with- go for it!
These are some of my favorite ways to score some major deals on makeup and other beauty products. Where do you find great deals? Let me know in the comments!