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I live in Mexico, whenever i come to the US, i buy a little UD, Stila, TooFaced, Tarte but also WnW & Milani and essie because those are the brands I can’t find here.

If they are on a small budget: ELF, Jordana, Wet N Wild, LA Colors (only some items though), Nyx
Medium budget: Physician’s Formula, Bourjois, The Balm
Big budget: UD and Inglot (Unless they’re Malaysians, as they’re available here at the same/ cheaper rate after conversion) MAC, Benefit, Stila

I don’t totally agree with you about Bourjeois. In France, Bourjeois is cheaper than in anywhere, because it’s a french brand (i think)

For cheap stuff I would say:

NYX (eyeshadows, lipsticks, blush)
Wet n’Wild Eyeshadow trios and eyeshadow palettes (the 8 pan ones)

More expensive items:

Urban Decay (eyeliners, eyeshadow palettes, lip products)
OCC (lip tars)
Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Sticks

Just butting in – I found NYX at a beauty store chain in Prague but I’m not sure how widely available it is in Europe. It was more expensive than in the U.S., though.

NYX was supposed to launch in Germany maybe about half a year ago and was planned to be insanely expensive. Also American websites(e.g. cherryculture) werent allowed to ship NYX products to Germany anymore. Luckily, a lot of bloggers and costumers started to write complaints about that and now it launched later. The prices are still higher than in the US but they are definitely more reasonable than NXY had planned before. Therefore i would recommend buying NYX in the US if you can.

Yeah I’d say go to Sephora, that’s pretty much where they will find the most things they can’t get in their country. I’d also suggest they stock up as it seems like some countries have insane markups.

I was so excited to find Essie in Europe until I realized that it converted to 17 USD a bottle. OPI comes out to be about the same price :/

I’d recommend the entire Sephora! JK JK. But I’d say go to drugstore mascaras because mascaras in overseas countries are PRICEY!! Like $24 pricey. I’d also recommend the Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser because I know it retails for $90 in Singapore as opposed to $40 in US.

Other brands I recommend:
Urban Decay
Josie Maran

For me everything is cheaper in US so I try to save as much as I can! 😀

Definitely head to Sephora. My favorite brands there:

DIOR (eyeshadow quints)

Visit a MAC Store (preferably a free standing store because they have more selection)

All of those you mentioned plus Sugarpill, Lime Crime, NYX, Tarte <3333 Cheek stains and foundations especially if they're super fair! (the ones on HSN) Revlon lipsticks JACK BLACK LIP BAAAALM, and Fortune Cookie Soap products! :DDDD

If you come to Canada, I’d say definitely go for Annabelle & Vasanti.
And when I go to US, I haul on everything I can. Canadian mark-ups are ridiculous and not to mention our dollar is almost the same.

The full range of Illamasqua, Pixi, Barry M, Pop Beauty, GOSH Cosmetics, Sleek makeup & Collection 2000 are all great brands. (UK)

I’m from Norway, and I’ve never been to the US, but I think I would buy Urban Decay, Too Faced, MAC, NYX, LA Colors and Jordana. I’ve heard that they’re pretty good. However, I think I would just buy whatever that would interest me that I could find because makeup is sooooooooo expensive in Norway:( For example, in Norway, a MAC eyeshadow costs about 26 USD, while I’ve seen it for only 15 USD on some US sites…

I agree with you on the Sephora comment. That’s exactly what I did once I arrived in the US. I still miss that place dearly. >’: (And thankful for an American husband I can pester for Sephora stuff XD; )

Also yes, MAC markup is insane. Not nearly as insane as NARS markup here in Australia, though. (A blush for $62, while it’s $27 in the US while the currencies are at parity? I have no idea how they can get away with that…)

Yeah but most cotton on to the fact and use parcel forwarding to get it from the US 😀
It just means we see everything that’s not maybelline/bourjouis/revlon/etc as high end

Revlon costs the same as high-end in Aus as it does here in Canada. $20?!?! I will never!! Not for Revlon lol

And don’t forget the NARS Sheer Glow at AUD$99 a bottle *sobs* (currency is the same as US atm). Lucky for Aussies you only pay tax/duty on goods totalling something like $1000 so you learn to be an astute online shopper.

As someone who visits the US frequently I have to say.. everything! Because it’s a lot cheaper then anywhere else. But aside from that: Wet’n’Wild, Covergirl lash blast mascara, the Milani eyeliners…

I’m a bit surprised that so many people list brands that are readily available internationally.

Nail polish! OPI is so expensive in Europe and it seems brands like China Glaze, Deborah Lippmann and Sephora by OPI can only be bought on eBay or via makeup forums. Nail polish is always top of my list when I’m Stateside.

For anyone coming to Paris, I highly recommend the discount pharmacy on the corner of rue du Four and rue Bonaparte in the 6th arrondissement. It’s amazing – they appear to have every continental European brand you read about in magazines or hear about on YouTube.

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