Beauty supply stores are the best place to purchase all your beauty products. That’s because they carry a large selection, so you’re not stuck with one brand or a limited range of colors. They also offer big sales to draw you into the store, with the hope that you’ll find something else you need and buy that as well.
Here are Savetastic’s picks for the best beauty stores out there, from boutiques to large retailers, with quick links to their websites at the bottom. Be sure to check with each store for a rewards program, where you might be able to collect points or get discounts on your purchase.
If you have a Bluemercury store in your neighborhood, then you know the cozy, boutique feel of this beauty supply store chain. They carry about 100 brands of cosmetics as well as spa and facial products. Some stores even have a spa attached, so you can pamper yourself there. The selection here isn’t as wide as larger stores, but Bluemercury does carry more high-end and harder to find brands.
If you want to do some shopping at Sephora, you better make sure you have a few hours available to browse and try on products. This beauty supply store is instantly recognizable with its black and white logo; you can probably find one at your local mall or shopping center. They carry more than 3,000 brands, including high-end hair products like Bumble and Bumble.
Not only does Sephora have an impressive collection of cosmetics — and a trained staff who can help you find the right shade for you — but they also have an incredible selection of perfumes. Another great thing about Sephora is that you can find them almost anywhere in the world, so even if you’re visiting Paris for a few weeks, you don’t have to worry about running out of that must-have product while you’re on the road!
Ulta carries about 500 different brands, including a large selection of hair products and cosmetics. One thing that makes this beauty supply store stand out is that every location is equipped with a salon, a brow bar, and a skincare station. They also offer a great rewards program, and some fun exclusive offers — like the recent Disney Designer Midnight Masquerade Collection from Colourpop, that featured shades inspired by these Disney Designer Dolls.
With more than 25,000 products to choose from, you can spend a whole afternoon at an Ulta store. And it can be a ton of fun.
Anthropologie might conjure images of overpriced linen dresses, but their beauty section is worth a look. What sets this retailer apart from the others in this list is that they have obscure brands, indie-brands, and other surprising finds that just aren’t big enough to make into Sephora or Ulta’s collection. This can be a good thing because those bigger stores can often feel overwhelming in their selection, but having a curated collection can make the shopping experience more enjoyable.
If you’re looking for something special that makes you feel special, then it’s worth a trip.
Looking for great selections and great prices? Then, head to Target! Not only do they carry hundreds of drugstore brands, but you can easily find coupons and deals both online and in their stores. You can collect points on your Target RedCard and get money off future purchases, or you can just keep an eye out for deals that pop into your inbox. On the downside, you’re not likely to find someone who specializes in hair and makeup to offer advice on your purchase.
From trendy to up-and-coming brands, boutique shops to large retailers that carry more than just beauty supplies, there are plenty of places to choose from when you’re thinking about revamping your collection. Whether it’s trying out a new lipstick, checking out the newest nail technology, or buying that must-have hair mask, the stores on our list have you covered no matter where you live in the US.