I have found a new obsession and its name is the Cosmetics Company Store. I work at a chain retailer and have never heard of this store before I switched to a different location. My mall has a CCS, so out of curiosity I stopped in. I was in love and my wallet immediately began to shed tears for the amount of money that would be left behind in the store.
For those of you who don’t know what a CCS is, it is all legit makeup. It’s all Estee Lauder owned brands and the store is owned by them as well. They basically carry discontinued shades, past collections, and overstock items of brands like Bobbi Brown, Lancome, Clinique, MAC, Smashbox, Bumble & Bumble, etc. Ummm, what? AMAZING, right?
This is all stuff that I hoarded on my first trip in there, and I have more items but I’ll limit this to things from my first haul.
The one thing you need to keep in mind about CCS is that you have to go in looking for “an eyeliner” or “Clinique foundation”(or in other words to browse the different categories. If you go in looking for, let’s say, “Clinique Pore Refining Foundation in Alabaster”, you are almost guaranteed to leave disappointed. They have great items but if you go in for something super specific, they may not have the shade or exact formula you want.
So with that, let’s get rolling! I stuck with a mainly MAC kick on this trip!
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow in Universal Appeal
-14.75 Compare at 21
This shadow is larger than most single shadows that I own from MAC and a little bit more fun I think. It is a brown, gold, and plum swirl. When you pick up product with your brush, you end up with a slightly shimmery brown shade that is more of a purple in some lights. It looks really good on my hazel eyes!
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC15
-12.75 Compare at 18
A pretty basic MAC concealer. It does have an SPF of 35 which is more than most makeup items will have. It is very creamy and easy to use as well.
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Black Swan
-11.25 -Comp at 16
This is possibly my favorite item from this entire haul. It’s a black liner that goes on really smooth and can be smudged a bit. The best thing about this though is the tealish glitter that is in the liner. I LOVE it! The liner is a little bit soft, but nothing that I’m sure a few minutes in my fridge wouldn’t fix.
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Supremely Confident
-11.25 Comp at 17
This one I did not personally try out, but picked it up while I was out on my haul for my sister. It was a color that she specifically asked for which they happened to have in stock (it was one of about 4 specific items she had asked me to check on, hence the note above about possibly being disappointed on specific things). It is currently still selling for full retail on the MAC website at full retail price.
Bumble and bumble Travel Mending Set (Christmas Giftset)
-28 Compare at around 40
I love this and am a total B and B convert! The sizes of the bottles don’t look that big for the price, but I bought them after getting some foil packet samples of Bumble and bumble products when I placed a Sephora order a few weeks back. Just those little packets got me two uses and I have RIDICULOUSLY thick hair. Seriously, my stylist blocks out extra time to cut and color my hair because I have so much of it! Even on my crazy thick hair, I only need about a pea sized amount of this stuff and it helps to tame all of it! Love!
So you don’t have to do the math, I spent $78. These same products in another store or at MAC.com would have been $112!!
I’m not sure that I get their pricing strategy (ending everything in .25 or .75), but for how much I save when I go there, I don’t care in the slightest!
Have you ever been to a CCS? What did you think? Are you as surprised as I was that it is owned by Estee Lauder and therefore legit and not some sketchy backdoor bootleg makeup store?