Clearly, we love a makeup bargain – especially on brands and products that are rarely discounted, so when we heard about The Cosmetics Company (a makeup outlet) we decided we NEEDED to check it out for Beauty Markdown.
It’s essentially an outlet store for all of the brands under the Estee Lauder umbrella, which includes Clinique, MAC, Origins, Bobbi Brown, Bumble & Bumble, and Tom Ford. Sounds great, right?
Unfortunately their website is pretty sparse. We’ve seen hauls online where people have picked up MAC lipsticks, Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and Tom Ford products, but you’ll need to go in store for that sort of thing.
HOWEVER, this week we were lucky enough to take a trip to the Bicester Village outlet – which has a The Cosmetics Company shop, and yes, we took pictures.
What did we find?
We’re going to do this in the style of our regular TK Maxx window shopping posts – enjoy!
It’s very rare to find a discount of more than 10% on the UK’s bestselling foundation, Estee Lauder Double Wear. But there were bottles for £21.75, when it’s usually £31. However, the shade selection wasn’t great, there were only a few available and they were mostly darker colours, although obviously stock levels will vary.
I was impressed that they had plenty of testers available, and lots of staff around to help. You still get the Estee Lauder customer service experience, despite it being an outlet.
The Tom Ford lips & boys mini lipsticks are usually £29, but these were £20.50 – still quite expensive, but there were lots of colours available. Full sized lipsticks are usually £40, but they’re £28 at The Cosmetics Company Store.
There was LOTS of Clinique products available, this set was in the half price section of the store – it was £20.50 for four full sized products and a London makeup bag.
I’ve heard lots of good things about the Clinique Superbalanced foundation, and this is £16.25 instead of £23.
There were lots of other Clinique foundations, including the Blemish Solutions range, £17.25 instead of £24.50.
Mascara for £12.25 instead of £17.50.
They had a few shades of Bobbi Brown’s bestselling Shimmer Bricks £25.40 instead of £34 – these make lovely presents, as well.
Lots of shades of Bobbi Brown eyeshadow for £12.75 instead of £18.
The brand with the most products available in store was MAC by far – let’s take a look:
MAC Studio Sculpt – £16.50 RRP £23.50.
One of MAC’s most hyped foundations, Face & Body, RRP £29.50 now £20.75 – bargain!
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish – £17.25 instead of £24.50.
There were lots of MAC eyeshadows on sale, included limited edition products from the Trolls and Selena promotions. £4 off the full RRP.
If you want eyeshadow pans without the packaging, they’re £7, which makes them about the same as Makeup Geek.
This MAC Pro Palette was in the half price section – so it was actually 75p!
These nail polishes were in the half price section – £3.50 each, and the Lightful tinted moisturiser was actually £9.75, instead of £26.
Overall, The Cosmetics Company was great. The shop itself was quite busy, even midweek, and everything was a bit jumbled together. But there was a good amount of stock and colours for most items. We wish we’d had more time to properly sort through everything, the prices were really impressive!
If you go – definitely watch out for extra promotions being offered on top of outlet prices. There was a big half price section when we went, and a few generous gifts with purchase. The biggest downside of shopping at The Cosmetics Company is that all of the shops are based in out of town outlet villages, we’ve listed the UK locations below.
Where are they?
Obviously there’s one in Bicester (near Oxford, and you can get to it 40 minutes by train from London Marylebone), but there are a few other locations:
Clarks Village in Somerset
Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth
Freeport Braintree in Essex
Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet Ellesmere Port
McArthur Glen Bridgend
Livingston Designer Outlet just outside Edinburgh
It was actually reasonably difficult to track down these locations – so if we’ve missed any please let us know in the comments!