How To Buy Name Brand Cosmetics At a Fraction Of The Cost

The downside: you can’t afford those higher end cosmetics. MAC, Sephora, Chanel, Dior… all out of your price range.

Or that’s what you thought.

Discount name brand high end cosmetics and fragrances are every where – you just have to know how to look for them. So how can you get your hands on some of thee cheap (and sometimes even free!) high end products?


There’s no shame in asking for samples of different products. Start picking out your favorite department stores and beauty stores, and make a list of what you’d like. Tuck away any sample that you receive in your makeup bag and no one will know that you didn’t actually buy a tube of that $35 Dior lipstick, but rather have a tiny sample size that will last you until the new, freshest shade comes out next season. You can just as easily find small samples for expensive cosmetics. If you feel embarrassed about asking for samples, rotate stores that you visit for free samples.


Drugstores sometimes also have higher end products and they have tons of samples too. A lot of women find that the beauticians at drugstores are a lot more helpful than department stores, and that they will give you a lot more free product than if you were to visit any department store or beauty store. Drugstores also put their cosmetics and fragrances on sale far more often than department and beauty stores, and several have “points” rewards programs that offer further discounts.

Online Auctions

If you are looking to buy a full sized cosmetic product at a lower price, online is the way to go. You will definitely be able to find great deals if you’re alright with choosing one of last seasons colors or top fragrances that have now become a bit “passé”. Auctions will take some time and patience, but you will eventually start winning items that are within the price range you are willing to pay.

If you are buying products online, ask the seller what the expiration date is and ask for a photograph of the expiration date if you have any concerns. This will ensure that you are receiving a fresh and usable product.

Discount Cosmetic Websites

There are a whole lot of discount cosmetic sites out there, many of which offer cosmetic products in bulk so that you can enjoy great savings (make sure that you will be able to use the product before it expires if you do choose to go that route). These websites allow you to browse, review, and compare prices of products, making shopping a snap.

Do be sure to check out shipping costs on each of these websites, however, as this cost should be calculated into your purchase price too. Some sites offer cheap shipping and moderately priced items while others may offer cheap products but extravagant and overpriced shipping.