These days there is nothing you can’t buy online, including cosmetics. Whether you are looking for new nail polish, your perfect foundation match or need a face wash to clear up your skin, it’s highly unlikely that you won’t find what you need online. The reasons for shopping online are numerous – you get to compare products and their prices, there is a greater choice of goods, you can shop from the comfort of your home and have the items delivered straight at your doorstep. However, there are some things to keep in mind if you decide to purchase cosmetics online.
Know Your Skin Tone and Type
Determine the type of your skin tone – is it fair, light, medium, olive or dark? Do you have warmer undertones or cooler undertones? Do you have sensitive, combination or acne-prone skin? Answering these questions before you purchase cosmetics online will help you determine the texture, finish, and shade of the product you need.
Whether it’s from the online store or directly from the cosmetics company, if you call and request samples, many of them will be happy to send them to you. Getting a free sample before committing to a purchase is the best way to prevent spending a great deal of money on a product that you are allergic to.
Read Online Reviews
This is especially important when you are investing in pricey products. Reading different people’s opinions and experiences with the products will help you get the bigger picture as to how the product works. That way, you’ll be warned about all the negative consequences it might have and you can prevent them.
Be Careful with Larger Size Products
One big bottle may cost less than a bunch of smaller tubes, but a mega-size product is only a good deal if you intend to use all of it. If you are new to the product, start with a smaller size to make sure you like it. The same goes for kits. Unless you know and love every item in the package, stick to single-product purchases. Otherwise, you may not even use some components of the kit after you’ve paid a higher price than you would have for the products that you really use.
Buy from Well-Known Manufacturers
Knowing the manufacturer of the products that you want to buy is crucial – some manufacturers exist just to make a kill. A lot of people have lost money buying what they thought was a great product but instead, they ended up with a product that they couldn’t use. When you purchase cosmetics online, you need to verify if the manufacturer is a genuine one.
Read the Terms and Conditions of Use
When buying cosmetics online, it is recommended that you go through the terms and conditions of use to really understand what you are getting yourself into. Some sites, for instance, will not cover the cost of replacing items that are damaged in transit or are of lower quality than you expected. Others do not offer refunds if the products supplied is different from what was ordered (you can only make a trade in).