Friday, November 1st, 2013

Choose or Lose

Do you purchase your skincare products at full price?

  • I try to wait for sale but if I run out, I will pay full price! (48%, 1,384 Votes)
  • Yes, if I need it, I need it! (36%, 1,046 Votes)
  • I stock up during sales instead! (15%, 435 Votes)
  • Other -- I'll tell you in the comments! (1%, 37 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,902

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34 thoughts on “Do you purchase your skincare products at full price?

  1. Bella

    The products I know I have tried and love, sure. If it’s something I’m not exactly looking for but comes my way (Marshals and TJ Maxx have good skincare brands for cheap) then I’m more than happy to buy it for less to try it out. My skin has gotten to the point where it doesn’t freak out if I use something different, so experimenting with skincare is easier. I don’t think I’d ever spend more than $40 on a single skincare product though.

  2. Amanda

    I don’t necesarily wait for sales, but I try to at least have a coupon code if ordering online, or I like to wait for gifts with purchase. I use alot of Origins and when they have deluxe samples I order then.

  3. I try and wait for sales, but for the brands who never have sales, I try to score some samples to use them during travel.

  4. Kirsten

    I haven’t seen any sales for the stuff I use and I tried buying it on Amazon for a slightly discounted price, and ended up with counterfeits. *sigh*

  5. I try to wait for a sale or discount code, but I have bought many things at full price.

  6. Well, it’s not like you have much of an option, right? :-) So if I need it, and I need it stat, then I will just buy it.

  7. Kristen

    I try and wait for sales. I used Dermalogica for a while and would use my points at Ulta and my last purchase I actually got in a huge sale from Sears. But I’m switching things up and just bought new skincare with my 20% off coupon at Ulta (that it was actually good on!).

    However, I will pay full price if I run out of something and need it. But for the most part, I just get back ups during sales.

  8. I try to get everything on sale/with coupon, but sometimes since I live overseas and have an APO/FPO box, shipping takes a really long time and I need to get something full price at my base’s NEX.

  9. I really love Philosophy Total Matteness but it’s 25$. I’ve yet to run out of my first tube (it lasts a remarkably long time) so I’ve been waiting on a sale. I’ve got really sensitive skin but this works pretty well. I haven’t been able to find it at a discounted place like Ross, which is where I can usually find Philosophy’s bubble baths and such.

  10. smfrances

    Never. No matter what they are I can find them online at 20-25% off. When Sephora has a rewards discount I stock up on products from them. Otherwise I rely on sales and special promotions at various online vendors. Some of those vendors even give discounts back based on the amount of money spent. Why pay full price when you don’t need to?

  11. Mariam

    Your full prices are already 50% off for us Aussies so yeah, I happily pay your full prices!

    • xamyx

      From what I’ve heard, Australia has some amazing skincare brands, which we can’t even get in the US, *and* they aren’t anywhere near the price of “outside” brands.

  12. Chelsea

    Most of my skincare is low to mid-end, so I don’t have a problem paying full-price, but if there’s a coupon or sale, I’ll jump on that.

  13. xamyx

    Since my skincare primarily consists of natural oils, I don’t have to rely on any one particular brand, so I just go with the least expensive one on the shelf. However, if I catch a really great sale, I may picknaomething up, even if I don’t need it right then.

  14. calimom

    I use mostly Philosophy products, and stock up heavily during the 20% off sales at Ulta,, or the Philosophy website itself. I usually have enough backups to last until one of these places has a sale.

  15. Ashley Sarah

    I work for a retailer so I only shop when we have a good employee discount. I stock up at that time.

  16. AngieButterfly

    I do all of the above. Of course stocking up on sales is ideal, but that can’t always happen.

  17. I mostly use Estee Lauder and Shisedo skin care products and they don’t do sales. But I at least try to get a gift with purchase when buying them. I’m thinking of trying a drugstore night cream soon, I’ve read good things about Olay Pro and ROC products.At least then I can catch a sale or use coupons.

  18. Alison

    I actually only use perhaps 5 skincare products, and I stock up on most of them during sales. The only exception is my LUSH moisturizer, which, unfortunately, tends to be sold out during sale time, and my face oil which I consider immensely good value anyway. I tend to plan my spending in advance, having things forwarded from the US when I can.

  19. Laura

    Most of my skincare is extremely cheap, but I use some things from Paula’s Choice as well that aren’t so I wait until a sale and stock up. I’ll buy some things like my Clinique TTDO Balm at full price simply because it lasts a very long time and rarely goes on sale.

  20. koolchicken

    What I buy never goes on sale. So I like to wait for “gift with purchase” promotions. Then I stock up. I don’t buy if I’m not getting something extra. And if I run out I try other brands I have stockpiled from other GWP promos, it’s often how I find new brands. In fact it’s how I got hooked on my current fav. :)

  21. Ann

    At the moment my skin care is all from Lush, I am trying to transition into higher end skin care but totally lost! As far as I know there are never “sales” at Lush so there’s no way around paying full price. When I compare to other brands though it is affordable.

  22. dia

    I haven’t found any products I like well enough to stock up on during sales. Usually I just impulse buy whenever I get self conscious about the quality of my skin! (like, if my pores look really big that morning or something)

  23. Mardi

    I used to only use Clinique until I found out they had resumed animal testing. Living in Australia, the cheapest way I found to buy Clinique was so I always got it there with loyalty discounts etc.

    I’m now going through a process of trying different products and I don’t have a set routine of what I use so I buy stuff as I read about it, usually at full price. When I settle into a routine I’ll start stocking up in sales or on strawberrynet at reduced prices.

  24. Katie

    I only will buy TreskinRX now as its the best I’ve found for my sensitive, combination skin it works great, lasts forever and smells wonderful. Plus, no harsh chemicals!

  25. mary

    Thankfully, I work at Dillard’s so all of the brands they carry I get at a 25% discount. However, when there’s an item I need that isn’t carried there I’ll try to wait for a sale or coupon, but if not then I’ll just purchase full price. If you gotta have it, you’ve gotta have it! Especially for those holy grail skincare products. :p

  26. I tend to buy most products on ebay or wait for a sale on the website with free shipping. I was not aware that Clinique did animal testing. If so I will have to find a better serum. I used to use Origins but they have become very pricey. I do like Sephora products as well.

  27. Emmalynngreenwood

    I work as a beauty therapist so get skin care at cost, but in all honesty yes you do save on individual products but you tend to over buy and buy so many unessecery products then they get waisted. I have always been a one brand person when it comes to skin care so if I was just buying my basics I save loads but because I like to branch out to extras I do spend loads hahah x

  28. Mimi Maldonado

    I am lucky to find my skincare products discounted (and legit) on Amazon. Most of them have prime so I don’t even have to pay for shipping!

  29. Astrogherkin

    I chose “other” because I try to avoid buying skincare products. I don’t put anything artificial on my skin – and in the UK it is almost impossible to find skincare products that don’t have silicones, parabens, mineral oils and similar things in them. Even trying to buy a tub of cocoa butter or coconut oil with nothing else in it is almost impossible. I just read the ingredients list of most “skincare products” with horror. Does anyone know what all those chemically-sounding things even mean? And if you don’t know, why would you put it on your skin? And if it’s advertised as enabling “absorption into the deepest layers of the skin”, that’s even worse! I once got a La Roche Posay cream sample for free when I made an online purchase (I didn’t know they’d send me one), read the ingredients and threw it away, horrified.

    “Organic” “fair-trade” shops like Lush and the Body Shop are even worse. I hate that kind of slimy advertising – “organic”, “fair-trade” and “silicone and paraben-free” is something all cosmetics should be, but they’re advertising all that as if it’s some sort of amazing charitable act. Why can’t all of them just be decent people without expecting applause for it? It’s all for profit.

    I’m from India so I buy my skincare products when I go back home – there are many companies which sell all-natural products, and some of the food products we use are great for skincare.