Soooo....I wasn't even planning on blogging this post. I was online and needed to check something on Costco's website (I can't even remember what it was. Probably something uber important like 'is the jalapeno Skinny Pop available in store yet?' and I was quite distracted by the fact that Costco has some insanely important beauty staples at teensy little prices. Costco! You wiley little rascal, you! Granted, these aren't all available in-store, however, if you have a membership, hop online and swoop these suckers up! There weren't a lot of "ground breaking" items to look at, but I picked 5 of the items that I use on the regular or have used in the past and adore. Make sure you check out the skincare as well because I noticed some Estee Lauder, Clarins, StriVectin, and Embryolisse (to name a few). Some of these are probably things you have in your makeup bag right now that you've been shellin' out full price for! I know I have! Here's the rundown...
Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick with Brush $32.99
This one is kind of nuts. The Shimmer Brick alone costs $46 at local department stores as well as Sephora. But the Costco version even comes with the signature Bobbi Brown 'Face Blender Brush'. Granted, the handle is just slightly shorter in this duo, but the brush head is the same. The full size brush retails for $52 alone. Savings of roughly $65 if you were to buy them both, $13 savings if you were to buy just the Shimmer Brick.
BeautyBlender (2-pack) $29.99
Sometimes you can find killer deals on BeautyBlenders on Amazon. However, right now, the 2-pack is $40 which is no savings as a single sponge will run you $20 at Sephora and Nordy's. Costco has all colors of the 2-packs: Original (pink), Nude (light tan), Pro (black), Pure (white), Red Carpet (red), and Royal (purple) all for $29.99! Savings of $10.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer $26.99
This isn't my personal favorite primer, however, it's a great basic no-fuss primer and I have friends who absolutely love it. Primer is such a personal beauty product. Most certainly not a "one size fits all" kind of gal. But if this one is your jam, you'll save a whopping $9 on the full size tube which totally adds up if you use this regularly! That's a couple lattes!
Bobbi Brown Rich Color Trio Lipstick (3 full-sized lipsticks) $36.99
Here's another one that kind of blew my mind. These retail for $27 EACH. At first I thought these were smaller "sample" or "travel size" lipsticks, but alas! They are full size (0.12oz)! Additionally, they are reallllllly good colors. Usually multi-packs have the duds but not this one! The colors included are: Salmon #1 (a pale peach), Sandwash Pink #22 (pinky beige), and Pink #6 (hot pink). These are 3 colors in their current line, not even discontinued colors! If you've never used Bobbi Brown lipsticks, you're missing out. They are so creamy and moisturizing and have incredible staying power. Full color, soft-matte finish. If you were to buy all 3, it would be $81. Savings of $44.
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner Duo with Brush $36.99
I started using this eyeliner about 6 years ago and fell in love. I actually use the 'Graphite Shimmer Ink' which is a cool gunmetal grey, in my professional kit as an option for smokey eyes that aren't too intense. Great option for bridal makeup. These are highly pigmented, don't dry out in the jar, don't flake off on the lids, and are super easy to apply (no tugging) and glide across the lid easily. They retail for $26 each without a brush so this kit would be $52 for the full-size liner pots alone. The brush is a shorter-handled version of the Ultra Fine Liner Brush which retails for $28 by itself. $43 savings if you were to buy 2 liners and the brush.
In conclusion, I have learned that I can buy embarrassing amounts of coffee in bulk online, and enough Bobbi Brown cosmetics to choke a show pony at the same time. My husband will be so thrilled!