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In France, we do not have any Nordstrom. And, seeing what you say, I think that all the Sephora shops in the world are the same… But for us, it is the only place we can get Urban Decay, Benefit…

I don’t really have a favorite retailer cause I live in Belgium and we don’t have a Sephora, … So I always have to buy online and mostly Nordstrom’s don’t send their make-up to Belgium so bad luck for me!

I love shopping at Nordstrom as well! Many different counters with (most) associates friendly & offering to help.

There’s no Sephora here in Alaska, so I frequently shop with them online. πŸ™‚

I agree with you Christine, I love Sephora online so much more selection, though in store I like that they have testers. So I would have to say them or Bloomingdales for their MAC/Lush counters.

I’d have to agree with you on Nordstrom’s as my favorite beauty retailer. The sales associates and beauty reps (MAC and Trish McEvoy ) are so nice and very helpful. The other SA’s are also very helpful/nice, but TM and MAC are my current favorites. Shopping Nordstrom’s online is easy (and helps with creating your shopping list), but there is nothing like seeing, “feeling”, trying and touching the products. Too bad my Nordies does not carry NARS in-store. If you know exactly what you want, shopping Sephora online is great. I agree that the Sephora in-store can be overwhelming, especially on weekends and during the Holiday season. I love the MAC eye shadows, but being a newbie at make-up, I feel inadequate and somewhat intimidated when shopping in a MAC store. I hate that you need either a Neiman Marcus charge card (which I do not have) or cash to shop in NM’s! One purchase empties my wallet.

My favourite ones are Debenhams and Boots, because they’re the only ones that have loyalty cards. Unfortunately neither of them sell Mac, so for that I have to go to Bentalls or House of Fraser, but I often buy online direct from Mac too. Having said all that, I probably buy most things from eBay and I also found an online shop for Guerlain that is at least 10% cheaper than the Guerlain counters.

Could you please provide me with the name of the Guerlain site that you found to be cheaper? I would love to know it.Thanks!

yeah, I totally agree that Sephora on store is utterly overwhelming! I always go in there knowing exactly what I want but I always get frazzled! I love Blue Mercury and my CCO is to DIE for! Actually spent $108 in there last night! LOL

Hi Akia,
What is CCO? I live in California and I’m not familiar with that particular store/internet site….

CCO or Cosmetics Company Outlet (or Store) is a store where all Estee Lauder brands (MAC, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Origins, etc) go after they’ve phased out at their respective stores and counters. And all the items are discounted (MAC eyeshadows for $10.25, MAC lipglasses for $10). So when MAC has a limited edition or discontinued item no longer available at the store you may be able to find it at the CCO. For example, I was able to get Deep Blue Green pigment (full size) from the Hello Kitty collection, Gladiola lipstick from the Dame Edna collection last night. They had available: Shadowy Lady Quad from the Cult of Cherry Collection, Studio Sculpt concealer and foundation… even Studio Mist foundation and that’s ancient! lol. There are so many oldies but goodies in that store. I LOVE love love the CCO in Philly… it has EVERYTHING! Even some permanent items like Revealing lipglass and Nocturnelle eyeshadow for $10…

Definitely Sephora online (the store is insanity, I agree!) and Nordstroms in-store. Both retailers let you take it back if you aren’t satisfied so that does it for me!!

I think my favourite is Shoppers Drug Mart’s Beauty Boutiques (Canada). They carry a mix of drugstore brands and a mix of mid and high end cosmetics and a good selection of fragrances.

Sephora is a close second, though there’s so many brands I don’t think are worth the $$$.

The Bay since they carry MAC, NARS, Dior, Chanel and Make Up For Ever. They also have a points system that I can redeem for gift cards. Second fave is a tie between Shoppers Drug Mart & Sephora. Sephora has so many brands that no other store stocks. Shoppers usually has bonus points events and good sales.

I prefer Nordstrom to any other retailer for my cosmetics/skincare purchases. I’ve made a lot of friends there over the years and they never steer me wrong. I love their Chanel and Dior counters!!

I really prefer to shop online. When I go into Sephora, I’m always tripping over customers and sales associates crammed into that tiny space. I don’t love my local MAC counter either. I’ve never been to Nordstrom’s, but I have enjoyed shopping online there.

mmm i dnt have nordstrom ..i do have one sephora but its the one on Jcpenney so its ridiculously small…so mine is Dillards or Ulta

Mmmmm, I loathe on-line shopping because I love to touch everything. But I love Sephora – not overwhelming at all for me, the MAC store, and Macy’s – we have a good Macy’s selection. I wish we had a Nordstroms because I bet that would end up my favorite….

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