Top 10 Online Cosmetic Stores: Reviews & Coupon Codes
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Top 10 Online Cosmetic Stores: Reviews & Coupon Codes

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We live in a world of fashion, where every one cares about how they look. Both women and men give importance to how they look and how they can beautify themselves even more. When it comes to looking beautiful and attractive, the first thing that comes to mind is the use of Cosmetic product. Cosmetic products vary  from mascara, nail polish to anti aging creams and perfumes. This ever increasing craze of wearing makeup has given birth to a large number of cosmetic brands.

Besides the Cosmetic brands which operate worldwide, a new trend of Online Cosmetic stores is emerging. The main objective of which is; to give customers  access to products that may not be available to them in their home country. In the lines under we shall make a comparison between top 10 online cosmetic stores.

#1 - Smashbox Cosmetics   http://www.smashbox.com/

Smashbox was formed by two great grand-sons of the founder of MaxFactor. Many of the famous Hollywood stars have worked with Smashbox. Besides being a cosmetic store, Smashbox has diversified in various other fields such as, a production company, a modeling agency and a clothes product line. Smashbox gives utmost importance to its customers and provides them with all sorts of beauty tips.

Pros:

  • Provide chat support to their customer ,where a beauty expert is always available in business hours.
  • A company with very high rating in beauty care industry, and provide top notch quality.
  • Smashbox products can be found in major departmental stores such as; Sephora, QVC and Ulta.
  • A brand that is free from animal cruelty.
  • Provide Free shipping on any US order.

Cons:

  • Smashbox does not have a good range of anti-aging products.
  • There is not enough detail of ingredients on product description label.
  • Apparently Smashbox does not offer any skin care treatment.
  • Free samples are not always offered through their website.

Pricing:

  • As of October 2009 , Smashbox products price range from $29-$129.
#2 - StrawberryNET   http://www.strawberrynet.com/

StrawberryNET is an online cosmetic store that offers most of the major cosmetic brands. The products range from makeup, women perfumes and fragrances, skin care product, men perfumes and colognes.

Pros:

  • Offers one of the most affordable products.
  • Have a customer loyalty bonus program.
  • Offer Gift sets for both men and women.
  • Provide fast and reliable delivery.
  • Run a Discount Incentive Program

Cons:

  • Poor customer service.
  • Authenticity of the brands offered is questionable.
  • Have a terrible customer feedback.

Price:

  • The skin care product line has a price range from $9-$195.
  • Cosmetics and Makeup line has a price range from $14-$235.
#3 - Too Faced   http://www.toofaced.com

Too faced is an online cosmetic store. It was formed by a Hollywood celebrity make up artist. Too face offers a wide variety of products including facial products, eye products and other accessories related to makeup.

Pros:

  • Offer such products that are hard to find in the market.
  • For an order of above $50 they offer free shipping.
  • Also offer tutorials on Sephora website, in which their products are used.
  • Offer pre-assembled eye kits, so that you can have them ready to use.
  • Offer free gifts on an order of above $50.

Cons:

  • Facial coverage provided by Too Faced is not suitable for dark skin tone.
  • Open products are not refunded by the company.
  • No skin care products are included in the product line.

Price:

  • All the Best Sellers at Too Faced are below $65.
#4 - Beauty Bridge   http://www.beautybridge.com

Beauty Bridge is an online cosmetics store established in 2002.Since then they have excelled and have earned a name in the line of online cosmetic stores. They give their customer the utmost priority and develop new packages and plans to facilitate their customer.

Pros:

  • They have sales on weekly basis in the form of Weekly offers.
  • Provide free shipping across US.
  • Free samples are given with the purchase of merchandise.
  • Top notch customer service.

Cons:

  • Late delivery of the orders.
  • Not enough variety in shipping options in terms of price in case of foreign orders.

Pricing:

  • The Featured products on Blinc website are within a price range of $28-$88.

Blinc is an online eye cosmetics store. The company is located in Florida. They offer a wide variety of eye cosmetics .And many of the Hollywood celebrities use their Eye cosmetics range.

Pros:

  • A user friendly website.
  • Updates of latest celebrity news on the website.
  • Free shipping is offered across US.
  • Excellent customer service.
  • Dedicated to charity such as American Cancer society and CARE.

Cons:

  • Don’t offer variety in other ranges of cosmetic products beside eye cosmetics.
  • Can be relatively expensive than other competitors.

Pricing:

  • All the products at Blinc are within a price range of $19-$48.

Product#6: Beautyneeds.com

Beautyneeds.com is an online cosmetics store that offers a wide range of cosmetic products. The products range from makeup, hair, body & bath, and skin care products. They also offer makeup tools such as hair machines, makeup brushes and hair styling irons. They offer brands from one of the top manufacturers in the industry.

Pros:

  • Better discounts are offered compared to other online cosmetic stores.
  • No email spamming.
  • No sales tax incurred to the orders within the state of Massachusetts.
  • Accepts orders via fax or mail.

Cons:

  • Don’t offer free shipping
  • The shipping is not reliable in terms of timely delivery.
  • Mixed response from the customers regarding their customer service.

Pricing:

  • Makeup and hair products range from $7-$15
  • Skin care and Bath & Body products range from $13-$225.
#6 - BeautyNeeds   http://www.beautyneeds.com

Beautyneeds.com is an online cosmetics store that offers a wide range of cosmetic products. The products range from makeup, hair, body & bath, and skin care products. They also offer makeup tools such as hair machines, makeup brushes and hair styling irons. They offer brands from one of the top manufacturers in the industry.

Pros:

  • Better discounts are offered compared to other online cosmetic stores.
  • No email spamming.
  • No sales tax incurred to the orders within the state of Massachusetts.
  • Accepts orders via fax or mail.

Cons:

  • Don’t offer free shipping
  • The shipping is not reliable in terms of timely delivery.
  • Mixed response from the customers regarding their customer service.

Pricing:

  • Makeup and hair products range from $7-$15
  • Skin care and Bath & Body products range from $13-$225.
#7 - Clarins.com   http://www.clarins.com

Clarins is a French brand offering, fragrances, beauty products and cosmetics. The company started in 1954, which initially offered herbal treatment. And still the presence of natural herbs is prominent in their products.

Pros:

  • The Website is beautifully laid out
  • There is option of selecting region on the website so placing orders becomes easy.
  • Emails and newsletters available.
  • Expert opinion and advice is available on the website.
  • Frequently offer special discounts and gifts.

Cons:

  • They are often overpriced when compared to other cosmetic brands.
  • Excessively rely on jar packaging, when there are other options available.
  • The products often contain more fragrance than plant extracts.

Pricing:

  • Clarins beauty creams start from a price of $27
  • Clarins young longer balm costs $115.
#8 - Dermstore   http://www.dermstore.com

Dermstore is an online shopping store established in 1999 ,which offers a wide variety of cosmetics and skin care products. It offers over 550 major brands; and the genuinely of brands is 100% guaranteed. Dermstore is considered a leader when it comes to skin care cosmetics.

Pros:

  • Winner of Bizrate circle of Excellence awards for 5years.
  • Free Shipping on all US orders.
  • Estheticians as staff members, who review products and answer the questions posted by consumer.
  • Free Sample offered with the purchase of every order.
  • Buying a prescription based dermatology product is 50% cheaper on Dermstore.
  • Surprise gifts with every order placed.

Cons:

  • Sometimes shipping is non-reliable.

Pricing:

  • Youth and Eye Creams vary with in a rang of $23-$89.

E.L.F cosmetics offers a large number of makeup deals. When a consumer reads or hears about a low price beauty product, the first thing that comes to his mind is the quality of the product. This is where E.L.F has mastered, they offer good quality product at the minimum price.ELF is also a great place to buy your makeup tools such as blush-on and brushes.

Pros:

  • Items you can buy as low as at $1 price.
  • One of the greatest value stores.
  • Have a beauty blog on their website where beauty tips can be shared and questions answered.
  • Emails can be subscribed for ongoing specials.

Cons:

  • Customer service is a bit below par.
  • Delivery of order is not reliable.
  • Quality of few of the products is questionable.

Pricing:

  • All of the cosmetics are $1 a piece but with few exceptions.
#10 - LUSH Cosmetics   http://www.lush.ca

Lush cosmetics is an amalgamation of gift and beauty shop. It offers its services both online; and offline in the form of franchises. Lush is basically known for its handmade soaps and bathing accessories. Products offered by Lush have minimal chemical substances. A large variety of products are offered on the official website.

Pros:

  • The skin care line caters the needs of variety of customers.
  • Soaps and other bathing accessories are totally made by hand.
  • Minimal use of chemical preservatives.
  • Products have eye catching names and packaging.
  • The packaging of products is totally recyclable.
  • Provide the option of quick order on their website.
  • Offer special range of products for wedding and other events.

Cons:

  • No sun screens included in the product range.
  • No products can be found for common skin conditions such as acne.
  • More emphasis is put on fragrance then on the skin care elements in the product.

Pricing:

  • Face and hair products range from $7-$30
  • Bath and Body products range from $4-$28
The Bottom Line

All the cosmetic stores mentioned above have their benefits and shortcomings. It all depends on what the customer requires.

If you are a Hollywood fan, brand conscious and can careless about the free samples of cosmetic products then Smashbox is one of the options you can consider while buying your cosmetic products.

You consider yourself a loyal customer and try to benefit from it, want to send gifts to the ones you love; then you should take StrawberryNet into consideration for online cosmetic store. Authenticity of brands in some cases is questionable, but they offer affordable prices with a timely delivery.

Too Faced is an option for you, if you want to have facial cosmetics delivered to you for free. Especially if you want pre-assembled eye kits. But if your skin tone is dark and you require skin care cosmetics then; perhaps you should not consider shopping on Too Faced.

A US based customer who is fond of sales, requires free shipping and samples can opt for Beauty Bridge. But the delivery of orders is subjected to delay due to slow shipping provided.

Blinc cosmetics can provide you with best eye cosmetics, facilitated by an extremely user-friendly website. But they are expensive compared to other competitors in the market.

Beautyneeds.com can offer you with more affordable rates but they don’t offer you free shipping and also their customer service is below par.

Clarins makes the process of placing order easy but they are relatively overpriced. If you are fond of French fragrances then Clarins is the store to buy from.

Best customer satisfaction and free shipping is provided by Dermstore but the shipping is non reliable. While E.L.F is the cheapest store you can by from ,starting from an amount of as low as $1.And if you are environment friendly and want to buy hand made cosmetic products then, Lush is your best bet. But they do not provide skin treatment products.

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