Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Buying Makeup On eBay

The other day at Ulta, I spied a small tube of a product I've wanted to try for a while. Smashbox's Photo Finish, which retails for $36!!! (Yes, I know Karley, my face is probably going to fall off from using this stuff right???) The small tube was $16.

I have no idea what possessed me to shell out $16 for a very small tube of makeup primer. Those who know me would NEVER expect this out of me. But I did and I really liked it....

By the time I got home I realized I should have checked on eBay.

I've actually sold a lot of makeup on eBay. (It's a long story) The makeup was new and sealed and sold for a lot less than it's retail price. This is especially true for high end brands.

For example, when I looked, the $36 dollar of makeup primer could be had for $20 with free shipping. You don't even need to leave the house and you can save $16. How easy is that. When I finish this little tube, that is exactly what I'm doing!

Here are a few things to consider when buying makeup on eBay.

1) Always check the seller's rating and feedback.

2) Make sure you are buying new, sealed makeup. Ask the seller a question if you can't tell for sure.

3) Make sure they have a return/refund policy. For things like personal care products you want to be especially careful with stuff like this.

4) Ask for the expiration date if the product has one. Sometimes they don't.

5) If you DO get a bad product nicely email the seller and explain the problem. With something a small as makeup they should give you a full refund. I'm not saying they always will but for myself, since I could not open the makeup to make sure it was ok. I had to rely on the fact that it was sealed. As with anything else, there is always the chance an unopened product could be faulty. I just trusted the customer and refunded whenever this came up. I think I refunded maybe 3 people's money.


Karley Ziegler Mott said...

Your face won't fall off--but would you like a $$$ saving secret? The ingredients in Photo Finish are almost identical to the ingredients in MONISTAT ANTI-CHAFING GEL. Seriously. I tried them side by side for one week a while back--they feel the same, and the Monistat works just as well. It's the silicone in it that acts as the primer. I made Tom buy it for me because I didn't want the cashier to think my thighs rub together and cause chafing :)

Christine said...

WHAT!?!? Seriously, people put MONISTAT ANTI-CHAFING GEL on their FACE???? Who would even think to DO that? I've never even heard of Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel. Oh my, I'm glad I don't need THAT product!

I'm going to try it, but ONLY because YOU are the one recommending this. I trust your research and opinion on matters of makeup and skin care more than anyone else's!

Of course then everyone will know that my dewey unlined complexion is coming from anti-chafing gel. That is so not sexy...

Karley Ziegler Mott said...

Seriously...it is the silicone in the primer that makes it work...the thing is, the "feminine" factor makes this even better for sensitive skin...

The silicone in it acts as a buffer so your legs don't rub themselves red, apparently...

This and milk of magnesia can both work wonders on the skin! When I got married, it was HUMID in Georgia and my skin was so oily--my makeup didn't budge one bit because I had M Of M underneath.

Yes, it sounds gross. It works, though!

Christine said...

I love this knowledge that you have. I told another friend this morning about the chafing gel....And Milk of Magnesia....That's another new one for me.