In my March accountability post, I hinted that I would likely haul from Miss A for the $1 blending sponges. And here it is!
I had never heard of Miss A until I was introduced to it by Asian Beauty Obsessed who told me about these sponges.
For those of you not familiar, Miss A touts itself as “the first and only $1 online beauty shop” – brands sold include Kleancolor, Amuse, Princessa, LA Colors, and their house brand AOA. There is also a sister site, called Off Duty, which sells slightly more expensive items including clothing and beauty (brands include LA. Girl, NYX and Milani) but prices are still low. It’s an American site but what I do like about Miss A is that they have the option to list the currency in Canadian dollars (CAD), so I can see exactly what I’ll be paying – $1 USD is displayed as $1.35 CAD.
First, I have to say that the parcel came wrapped incredibly well:
Here’s what I ordered:
AOA Wonder Blender sponges in Purple Teardrop and Sculpted, Pink Teardrop and Sculpted, and Black Teardrop and Sculpted for $1 USD / $1.35 CAD each.
There was no way I could just order ONE! 😛 They also offer a third shape which they call Beveled that is similar to the Real Techniques Miracle sponge. I’m not a fan of the flat surface of that sponge so I opted not to get it. There are lots of rave reviews about these sponges – apparently they’re dupes for the Beauty Blender for only $1.
Right off the bat I can tell you that these are not consistent among themselves. The pink and purple Teardrop ones are the squishiest / softest. The purple Sculpted (which I personally call the gourd shape) is also soft like the other two. However, the pink Sculpted and both black sponges are quite firm. It may have something to do with the dye? If you’re thinking of trying these, I’d recommend sticking to either the purple or pink Teardrop ones. I have yet to test them with foundation to see how they perform but these are my initial thoughts based on my very scientific squeeze test! 😉 I’m looking forward to testing these out.
Since there is no free shipping option to Canada – the cost is $5.95 USD for $40 order – I ordered a few more items to “maximize” the cost of shipping (If I’d just ordered the 6 sponges, the cost of shipping would equal the order itself!)
I had heard their brushes aren’t bad, and for only $1.35 CAD each, I decided to get these 3 to try out:
• E123 Eyeliner Blending Brush
• E124 Precise Pencil Brush
• E118 Eye Smudge Brush
These feel quite nice and look well-made. I see that they’re stamped with “USA” on the handle – does this mean they’re made in the US? I’m doubtful. Not for that price.
12-Piece K-Beauty Sheet Mask Set for $13.50 CAD:
This set includes:
At this point my order total was at $19 USD and I wanted to boost my order to $20 USD so I could get the promoted free gift – so I ordered a Rose Oil Sheet Face Mask, also by The Crème Shop:
… and accidentally put 2 of them in my cart. 😳 I hope I like them. At least they’re made in Korea!
And this was my free gift!
I was rather impressed by its metal casing – it’s nicer than some of those high-end branded palettes that are made of cardboard.
It was really fun and tempting to shop on the Miss A site since everything is so inexpensive! Here are some items that almost made it in my cart…
AOA Hand Mirror – $1.35 CAD
I don’t need this but it’s so cute! 😛
AOA F4 Round Kabuki Brush – $1.35 CAD
Sadly it’s sold out as were many of the face buffing style brushes. Who can blame them? It’s A DOLLAR. 😮 And I guess they’re really popular since Miss A limits 1 per sku per order. The only way to get this brush right now is if you purchase the 10 pc or 24 pc set ($13.50 and $27 CAD respectively) which are still great value but I don’t want all the brushes in the sets.
a2o Lab Colorboard Magnetic Palette – $6.75 CAD
How delightful is this? A customizable magnetized palette that fits single refill pans. Miss A also sells their own brand of refills including eye shadows ($3.37), blushes, highlighters, bronzers ($4.72). Tempting but I resisted!
Keep in mind that likely most – if not all – of the makeup on this site would be made in China. I’d personally not buy liquid makeup from there, especially lip products.
I placed the order on April 7th and it arrived in 16 days (Dallas to Toronto) which is as expected. As mentioned, there is not free shipping option to Canada so it cost me $5.95 USD if I kept the order under $40. Here are the shipping details from Miss A:
International Shipping to Canada
|Order Amount||Cost||Arrives in Country
(Excluding 3-5 Business Day Processing Time)
|Orders $40 and under||$5.95 USD||7 – 27 business days|
|Orders $40.01 to $70||$9.95 USD||7 – 27 business days|
|Orders $70.01 and up||$19.95 USD||7 – 27 business days|
Side note / rant: it always baffles me why there’s free shipping option for the US if they hit a certain amount (it’s $35 USD on Miss A) but for outside of US, the reverse holds true: the more I spend, the more it costs me to ship. Why shouldn’t I get free shipping if I spend more too? I know it costs more to ship outside the US, so they can just set the amount higher, for instance, set it at $70 minimum spend for free shipping to Canada. I have no incentive to order more with this current model. Heck, it’s actually cheaper for me to place 2 separate orders of $39.99 instead of one order of $80 since it would just cost me $11.90 in shipping ($5.95 x 2) for 2 orders rather than $19.95 for a single large order. Great, now that I’ve pointed this out, Miss A will increase their lower tier shipping rate. 🙄 Anyway! Aside from the bit about shipping, the site is fantastic and I would definitely order from them again. 🙂
Have you heard of Miss A? What are your thoughts on inexpensive / dollar store makeup? What’s your favourite non-Beauty Blender sponge?