So, I had to do some research before I headed to New York for my holidays. Yes, makeup shopping research! I thought I should share some of my research with you guys since, if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a makeup addict like me!
Since I did not know where to start, I thought I would try Google maps and search makeup.. Wow..I’m glad I tried because it showed some of the makeup stores available!
After researching a little more, I decided to visit the following.. Here’s my personal experience and my thoughts.
1. Kenig & Alcone
I spent quite some time looking for Alcone NYC up on 49th Street but could not find it. Lucky I got lost and found Kenig & Alcone store (a sister company of Alcone NYC) on 538 Avenues of the Americas. Staff there were professional and very helpful indeed! Definitely bought my fair share of hair products in this store. They also sell cosmetics but this was one of the last cosmetics store I visited so, I had already spent most of my budget on cosmetics.
2. Inglot Cosmetics
This was on my go-to list because I’m a big fan of Inglot and when I compared the prices, buying Inglot in the US turned out to be cheaper. I chose plenty of eyeshadows and lipsticks and even lip liners. This store was pretty small but had everything. It’s located about a block north of Time Square on 1592 Broadway.
3. MAC Cosmetics
Okay, MAC Cosmetics is not really my favourite brand but .. OMG! The price!!! Soooo much cheaper than products sold here in Australia. I just had to get my hands on some of their lipsticks! They have stores almost everywhere so you don’t really have to look that hard!
I had to go out of my way to get to Brooklyn so I could shop in Target. What a waste of time. I was hoping to get some a lot of drugstore items but the Target there was pretty disappointing. There were only 2 rows of makeup. The usual Priceline I go to here in Australia has even more options than that Target! Your best bet to get drugstore cosmetics would be Duane Reade (their Priceline equivalent), since the price is exactly the same!
5. Cosmetics Market on 37th Street
Another shop that I wasted my time tracking down. I walked quite a bit looking for this store but was hugely disappointed when I found it. The cosmetics sold here looked like rejects. It even felt like a reject store. Although, the store front was deceivingly elegant! lol!
6. E.L.F Cosmetics
If you’re a fan of E.L.F, then you will be happy spending some time at the store. They have a few stores around the city but the one I chanced upon was on Fulton Street.
7. Wigs and Plus
Another store I came across when I was lost (that’s why I love getting lost in such a big city). It had a lot of hair stuff but there was a big range of NYX cosmetics! I was hoping to find NYX in Target but they did not have this brand. This store is located on 37th West 14th Street.
Of course. how can you not visit Sephora!!!! The best store that I went to was the one near Time Square (1500 Broadway) and the one at Union Square (45 E 17th Street). Yes, I spent most of my money at Union Square and they were very generous with the samples!
Also, before signing off, I thought I would do a special mention to Century 21 as well. I spent a lot of time and money at this store for gifts and clothes. If you’re not looking for anything particular and don’t mind old season stock, this is the place to be. You can find plenty of bargains here if you just look hard enough. It is located near the 9/11 Memorial site.
And that’s pretty much it for most of the stores I visited. Of course, there was the Woodbury Factory Outlet I visited but it costs roughly $40-$45 (return) to get there and although it is big and you can get a lot of stuff. There were not that many bargains since my sizes weren’t available.