I first got into makeup when I was in high school when the first KIKO Milano store opened somewhat close to me. I live in Italy and not even drugstore makeup was reachable nor cheap at the time. I mean, we’re talking 7 years ago, so not that long but apparently wearing makeup was a foreign concept in my country.
About 4 years ago I started discovering the whole Instagram makeup scene and needless to say I felt left behind. I can’t even describe the struggle that I went through to find Europe-based online shops that sold that brands that I admired so much.
The number of times I was tempted to order straight from the US is countless, but the thought of extra import taxes and months of wait managed to stop me. Obviously, I wasn’t the only one that felt this way because the list of products accessible to us Europeans is slowly expanding.
As of today, I made dozens of online orders, from a few different stores. So without further ado, here are the websites I have discovered over the years and that I think have the best product range and I trust the most!
Prices: You will find some items cheaper somewhere else.
Sales: I hardly ever get notified for coupon codes from their newsletter. Their Outlet section is pretty disappointing for me as it’s mostly discontinued products, from what I’ve seen. They do offer 10% on your birthday if you register.
Shipping: Worldwide from the UK. Different options and prices that depend on the country to ship to. The cheapest take longer than the most expensive, you’re free to choose which one you prefer. Free shipping starts for orders of 15£ (18€) and above, for the cheapest slowest option.
New Releases: They seem to get new releases pretty quickly (within a couple of weeks) for the most part, but depends on the brand.
Prices: Always the cheapest option even when there’s not a sale.
Sales: They always have special offers on sales season, mostly 3×2. If you register you get a coupon code for your birthday. There’s always some items on sale, even new products.
Shipping: Worldwide from Spain. Their shipping page is very confusing, so I’m not even going to pretend that I understand it. But overall, the heavier the order, the more expensive shipping will be. To ship to Italy I get free shipping for over 50€, it always takes a lot less than what they estimate.
New Releases: From a couple of weeks to a couple of months after the official release.
Notable Brands: Ardell, Ecotools, Jeffree Star Cosmetics, L.A. Girl, LASplash, Milani, NYX, Ofra, Physicians Formula, Real Techniques, The Balm, Wet n Wild.