Happy Groundhog Day! I think it’s going to be an early Spring this year!
Out of sheer curiosity, I placed orders for some makeup accessories off AliExpress:
This cost me only $13.97 for all 7 brushes! 😮 (all prices are in Canadian dollars) I’ve been wanting to try the Real Techniques Bold Metals brushes for a while now, but at $35 for just the Flat Contour brush, I couldn’t justify the purchase. It would have cost me $205 before taxes for all 7 brushes from the Bold Metals collection. I mean, aren’t RT brushes meant to be a cheaper alternative?
I heard about this little egg contraption to help with brush cleaning from Christy over at Glam Necessities:
At $3.42, it was a bit more pricey than some other listings for this same item but this was the from the same seller as the RT brushes, so for convenience sake, I just bought it from that listing.
This was the main reason I went on AliExpress to begin with – I wanted more of the nail swatching spoons I had bought off eBay before. They’re about 20% cheaper on AliExpress for the same thing. I ordered 12 sets of this so I was able to get the bulk pricing as well ($2.44 per 32pc set). This item did charge a shipping fee of $6.57 due to the quantity I was ordering (I tested the check-out page – if I’d stayed under 4 sets, then shipping would have been free. If I wanted to game the system, I could have ordered 3 separate orders of 4 sets but for a few bucks I ain’t got no time for that! 😛 )
AliExpress is the business to consumer side of Alibaba (Ablibaba is more B2B, selling in bulk) – the shopping experience is just like eBay but without the bidding, everything is just “Buy It Now”. I know people who have ordered off AliExpress with good results. They purchased clothing and mobile accessories though… so I’m hoping these makeup accessories are decent. I ordered these on January 30th and shipping time is quoted to be anywhere from 15 to 60 days. Although, I didn’t really plan my purchases properly because it’s coming up to Chinese New Years, which means most Chinese businesses are closed for the next 2 weeks. 😳
I would caution against buying any actual makeup items from AliExpress as they’re all known to be fakes. Urban Decay, MAC, Lorac do NOT manufacture makeup items in China – it makes absolutely no sense that Chinese factories would have these “excess” goods to sell. Even buying no-name makeup from China is a bit risky – just who knows what ingredients are in them? The products aren’t regulated like buying from a reputable source / brand. However, the brushes I bought are manufactured in China, so it’s a tad more likely that these are from the actual factories. So now, we wait and see…
Have you ordered anything off AliExpress before?
All product photos are from their respective product listing page.