Love shopping for new makeup and skincare products? Here are some of the best places to get a good bargain on your favourite beauty products.
Yes, despite being named after a fruit, StrawberryNet is indeed legit. The store offers many popular beauty and skincare brands at discounted prices, such as Lancome and NARS, as well as harder-to-find brands like Kevyn Aucoin. The best part of it all? StrawberryNet offers free worldwide shipping (except when your purchase only consists of a fragrance – the shipping fee will be waived if you include a non-fragrance item in your order though). As an added bonus, you’ll also get to pick a few freebies, like sample-sized makeup or skincare products.
Best For: StrawberryNet tends to have a wider range of colours for makeup (including darker-toned foundation colours), so it’s a good place to check out if you can’t find a match at your local counter.
If you’re a fan of Taiwanese beauty products, you HAVE to check out makeup and beauty site S3. Although the site can be a bit complicated to navigate, it offers many highly raved about beauty products at budget-friendly prices. Brands include Dr. Douxi, 1028 Visual Therapy and even popular Korean and Japanese brands like 3CE and Naiad.
The best part about shopping on S3? Their wide variety of Purchase With Purchase deals from as low as $2 – so you can get good deals on everything from Maybelline Eye Makeup Remover at $4 to Biotherm Aquasource Cream at $8. Shipping cost varies, but you can just add your items to your cart and the site will automatically calculate shipping for you. They only accept credit card payments at the moment though.
S3 also has a membership points system where you accumulate 1 point for every NT$1 spent, and every 100 points can be exchanged for a NT$1 discount. VIP members (spend SGD$131 in one purchase or SGD$218 in accumulated purchases to qualify) can enjoy further discounts, as well as a special birthday gift.
Stylenanda’s 3CE makeup line is available on S3. (Source: tokopedia.com)
The first thing you should know about AllCosmeticsWholesale is that their products are discounted, but not 100% perfect. So for instance, you might get products that have less than perfect packaging (i.e. dinged bottles or slightly torn boxes) but the products have not been used. Brands include drugstore favourites like Maybelline and L’Oreal, as well as Sephora-type brands like Becca, Urban Decay and Benefit.
Best For: Bargain hunters who aren’t particular about perfect packaging.
Overstock.com is not specifically a beauty site, but they do have some good deals on hair and beauty products. You can get BaByliss curling irons, Lancome serums and even aromatherapy machines at discounted prices.
Different items go on sale everyday (starting from 12am) and the Liquidations section offers incredible deals with up to 75% off regular retail prices.
Shipping-wise, Overstock dispatches orders within 2-4 business days and typically ships to Singapore within 3-5 days. They also offer full refunds (including your shipping fee) if the product is defective or wrong as a result of their own error.
Best For: Good deals on hair curlers/straightening irons and American beauty brands.
BaByliss Pro Miracurl Curling Iron (Source: overstock.com)
If you prefer to shop from local stores, ShoppingDistrict on Qoo10 is a a good option for brands like NYX, Maybelline and even Sigma Beauty. Besides Qoo10 coupons and discounts, the store also offers free normal shipping for orders above $40.
Depending on whether you opt for normal or registered shipping, delivery usually takes about 3 – 5 days.
Best For: Qoo10 addicts, or people who get a thrill from using shopping coupons.
ShoppingDistrict carries an extensive range of Sigma Beauty brushes. (Source: makeup4all.com)
Despite its questionable name, Smoochiezz actually has some good deals on cheaper beauty brands. It first started off as a Livejournal spree blogshop back in 2007, but has since expanded into an actual e-commerce store. You can find the elusive Coastal Scents eyeshadow palettes on the site, as well as E.L.F makeup products.
As the store is based in Singapore, items usually take about 3 to 7 days to arrive. The store also offers free normal postage, or registered postage at $2.24. If you’re especially impatient to try out your new makeup products, you can opt to collect your package at their physical store instead. The only caveat to shopping at Smoochiezz is that they only allow refunds and exchanges for defective products, not for products you changed your mind about.
Best For: False eyelashes, Coastal Scents eye shadow palettes and Essie products.
Coastal Scents 252 Ultimate Palette, available on Smoochiezz. Because yes, all makeup junkies need 252 eye shadow colours. (Source: Smoochiezz.com)
Ahh Watsons…our favourite place for drugstore makeup and skincare products. If you didn’t already know, Watsons recently hopped onto the e-commerce bandwagon – so now you can shop for your favourite drugstore brands from the comfort of your own home.
If you’re already a Watsons member, you can accumulate and redeem your points on online purchases. There are also various discounts and promotions, e-vouchers and Best Buy prices available on their online site.
Beauty brands they carry include Heroine Make, Kate Cosmetics, Dolly Wink and Majolica Majorca (basically, most of the brands that Watsons stores already carry).
Shipping is $10 (free for orders above $80) but you can opt to collect your order at any Watsons store for free. Shipping usually takes about 2 days or so.
Best For: Drugstore makeup junkies, or fans of Japanese and Korean drugstore beauty brands.
Watsons carries a wide range of Japanese and Korean drugstore makeup brands, including the Shiseido group’s popular Majolica Majorca. (Source: Majolica Majorca)
If all else fails, you can always head to The Sample Store to redeem free samples. The site was one of the first in Singapore to launch the idea of sending samples to customers, and has since evolved into a platform that links retailers and customers through “try-vertisement” – in other words, trying out samples before making a purchase.
When you first sign up, you can redeem 4 samples for free (including delivery). Once you submit ratings and reviews on the samples, you can earn points to exchange for more product samples.
Ultimately, The Sample Store is a great way to test out products so you can decide if they’re worth the splurge or not. Brands offered include L’Oreal, Biore, Nivea and Bioderma. For a full list of brands, see here.
Best For: Makeup and skincare newbies who are unsure about what sort of products suit their skin type.
Some of the many samples you can redeem on The Sample Store. (Source: The Sample Store)