I don’t think sales on beauty are as rare as it may seem, so I wanted to talk about it. Hopefully, if you are looking to save money this will help you find some avenues that would work for the beauty products that you like to purchase. I also wanted to talk about it because it seems like people advise others to shop sales because they don’t happen often and I just don’t think that is true. I think that years ago sales may have been rare, but that is no longer the case. In general, I find that 15-20% off sales are not as rare. 25% off and up are the types of sales that I’d look for if you do want to shop just because there is a sale.
If you are triggered to shop by knowing about sales, you may want to stop reading here. My goal with this post is to offer a different perspective to the conversation of shopping that has helped me buy less. I used to think I should grab what I wanted because it was on sale and I’d rather get it at a better price so why not. Now I realize and say to myself, don’t worry, there will definitely be another sale and it will probably be next week. I also realized that I purchased things on sale that I passed on several times at full price. That got me thinking about the fact that if I didn’t want it at full price, I probably didn’t want it at all. If I’m willing to buy it at full price and it just so happens to be on sale, then great. But I’m sure there are others out there that also see something on sale and buy it simply because it is on sale.
So realizing that sales are plentiful and that I can get exactly the products I truly want when I actually need them (no stocking up for me) I decided to share just how plentiful sales have been lately.
Ordering directly from the brand website can be a good way to get items on sale. So if you are brand loyal or like several things from one brand, consider signing up for their newsletter so you are emailed about sales. A few that come to mind as having a lot of sales are Wet n Wild, Elf Cosmetics, Too Faced, Tarte Cosmetics, and Laura Geller.
Always read the fine print, Chanel as an entire brand and at times fragrance purchases are often excluded from these sales. Belk, Macy’s, Lord and Taylor, Bloomingdales are ones to keep an eye out for. Nordstrom will sometimes price match some of these sales so they are worth looking into as well.
Drugstores (CVS, Walgreens, Riteaid)
If you want more than one thing, I’d hold out for 40% off. Otherwise, I’d just shop at Walmart and Target where the prices are always low. If you compare prices at drugstores versus Target and Walmart for the same item, you’ll find a markup nearly every time. BOGO 50% off sales often encourage you to purchase two things even if you only wanted one. Also in most instances, you cannot mix and match between brands if you want two products from different brands. Occasionally I’ve seen mix and match between brand events. But keep in mind when you see them that stores other than Walmart and Target still have a normal markup on their products, so you should still check the prices against those stores before assuming you are getting a good deal.
I feel like during the VIB sales I always hear several people on youtube talk about how you need to stock up now because Sephora never has sales. They have at least two a year and I believe this year they added in a third. But even if it was still only two, it is still an opportunity to get what you want at a discount.
Ulta has sales several times a year although some coupons do exclude prestige cosmetics and are limited to only drugstore/non-prestige items. Pay attention to the fine print because every coupon could have different rules.
Friends and Family Sales
Anyone remember the days when friends and family sales were legitimately just for friends and family? Employers used to give people a certain number of coupons to hand out and the discount was equal to the employee discount instead of one of the normal sale amounts.
Or the days when friends and family sales seemed to happen only once a year? Off the top of my head, I can remember that Marc Jacobs and Urban Decay have both had two friends and family sales this year.
Cosmetics Company Outlet (CCO)
This is a discount outlet owned and operated by Estee Lauder Companies. You can find several of their brands like MAC, Clinique, Origins, Smashbox, Bobbi Brown, and of course Estee Lauder being stocked at a discounted price.
Flash Sale Sites (Hautelook, Zulily, Gilt City)
Some brands I often see on HauteLook are Lorac, Morphe, Crown Brushes, and Thebalm. Zulily often has Lancome, YSL, Marc Jacobs, and Clinique. These aren’t exhaustive lists, just brands that I can remember seeing off the top of my head.
Gilt City sometimes has free coupons and sometimes they are for purchase. A recent Gilt City example was a free Bobbi Brown voucher for $30 off an $80 purchase plus a free gift. In September they had vouchers for purchase from Sigma Beauty where you could pay $50 for a $100 credit, $75 for $150 credit, $100 for $200 credit, or $150 for a $300 credit.
AAFES & Navy Exchange
If you are in the military or are a military dependent you can purchase makeup from the exchanges for a discount. I find the discount is from 10 to 15% off for most items and there is no sales tax on anything sold at the exchange.
There are other sites and brands that of course, I missed but I think I’ve made my point by just sharing those that come to my mind. The one brand that I do notice is often not on sale is Chanel. So if you are a fan and they make staple products for you and you find them on sale, that may be an exception to holding out for another sale. Recently Bloomingdales had a beauty sale for $15 off $150 purchase and Chanel was included and I nearly passed out.
I hope this post was informative and helpful to you in some way.