I can’t remember the exact moment I discovered Benefit Cosmetics but I’ve been a bonafide BeneBabe for a few years now. I love it’s reflective qualities, the lightness of the product on my skin and most importantly, how they do what they say they’ll do. I’ve featured many different items on my blog, included them in how-to videos and I’ve been sure to share any discount codes I find along the way.
I was inspired to write this post as I get asked this question a lot, only yesterday a new haul of goodies arrived and I thought now is a better time than any. Below you’ll discover all the different ways I buy Benefit products and the reasons behind them. I hope it clears up a few questions and as always this is just a reflection of my own personal experiences.
How to buy in Australia
Benefit Counters are found throughout Australia, even at the airport. There are beautiful boutiques in Sydney and Melbourne that’s worth the trip, they even do spray tans and waxing. You can also find Benefit Counters and Brow Bars at selected Myer stores and simply walk in and get your brows done, it’s awesome.
You’ll have to check their website to locate your nearest one but it’s worth the trip. I’ll often try to combine a blogging event with a stop over at the Myer counter before or after… you know, since I’m in there anyway. The closest to me out west is the Parramatta counter in Myer which has just reopened so I have a feeling that will become “my place”.
One of the reasons I love shopping in-store (especially as I got to know the brand) was that I could try everything, and I mean absolutely everything. No snotty girls behind the counter, just smiling ones with glowing cheeks and quite often clad in themed outfits, too cute! They give you free mini make overs, colour match products to suit your skin and if you’re super nice they’ll slip you some samples. What you pay for over the counter compared to online is made up with customer service, I assure you.
Also, they give me the best brow job I’ve ever had. I’ve tried going to other places locally because it’s more convenient but in the end I still have to hike to the city to get them to fix it. Ashamedly I’ve learnt that lesson a few times now. The brows frame your eyes and sculpt your face ladies, it’s serious business.
There are only really two online sites that I would recommend you buy Benefit products from and I’ve tried them both. Myer and Adore Beauty both stock and ship products within Australia and you pay the same price as you would at the counter, plus shipping. They don’t take too long to arrive and you’re supporting Australian business.
Personally, if I need something quickly I’d rather head to a counter for the service experience if I have to pay the full price tag. Most products sit around the $30-$60 price point so it’s not to hard to swallow but when you compare to the online US prices it can sting a little.
How to buy in the USA
Once or maybe twice a year I make a large online order on the official Benefit website which offers free international shipping on orders over $125 USD. Granted, it doesn’t take long to make up that value (seriously it’s like a lolly shop) and before you know it you have a $200 order coming your way. It usually takes about two weeks for it to arrive but it’s worth the wait.
The first time I ordered my powder compact broke in transit and to replace it I would have had to send it back and foot the bill but my local store helped me out and exchanged it for me. I can’t guarantee that this will happen for you, yet another reason why it’s nice to be nice. I’m happy to report that since the incident the shipping has been perfect and I’ve had no damaged products.
I also subscribe to their email newsletter (their marketing and graphics are gorgeous how could I not!) which has lots of promo codes which can also include freebies. With each standard order you get two free samples (like the foil kind in magazines) which is awesome, I tend to save them up and send them to friends.
Often they also have deluxe samples on offer too in promos and they’re the best. A lot of the time I do my make up on the go: in the car, on the train, on a plane… so having mini versions of my favourite items means less bulk in my handbag. They’re also a nice way to trial products your considering investing in or gifting to friends you think need converting.
They’re Real Mascara
AUD: $38.00 / USD: $23.00
As you can see the difference is huge but don’t even think for a second that this price hike is limited only to Benefit because it’s not. The mark up on Australian cosmetics is like this across the board which is why more and more Australian women are buying online and overseas, myself included. It’s my brand loyalty that gets me to a counter but my budget buying side is what stocks the majority of my collection. I’ll share my newest products with you soon.
I hope you’ve found this informative and I’m happy to answer any questions in the comments below. This is not a sponsored post and again, this is just a reflection on my own personal experiences purchasing Benefit Cosmetics. The PR company for Benefit has changed which is why I haven’t done a giveaway for awhile but if you do find yourself near a counter please go and have a play, it’s fun and I’m 100% sure you’ll go home enlightened and brightened!