MAC rarely goes on sale, but if you live near an outlet mall you may be in luck. Legend has it The Cosmetics Company Store chain of outlet shops is one of the few places that regularly stocks discounted MAC makeup, brushes and skin care products, as well as discounted products from other department store cosmetics brands. To see for myself, I jumped on the computer this morning and pulled up Outletbound.com to find the nearest outlet mall with a Cosmetics Company Store.
I found one an hour north of me in Napa, so I took a drove up there today to check it out.
A somewhat mysterious chain store with at least 70 locations across the US, The Cosmetics Company Store sells discounted makeup, skin care, brushes and fragrances from several of the Estee Lauder lines including MAC, Origins, Bobbi Brown and Clinique. I say “mysterious” because I couldn’t find a website for the company.
MAC at The Cosmetics Company Store
The sales staff at the Napa Valley location informed me that each Cosmetics Company Store maintains a different inventory of products. MAC treasures will vary. The store I visited had two MAC displays — one with makeup and another with skin care and brushes.
I got the impression that colors and product choices are kinda hit or miss, but I was surprised to find a lot of products from past launches like MAC Fafi lipsticks for $10 (originally $14), Beauty Powder Blushes for $12.25 (originally $17.50), and the Lipglasses from the Stylistics collection for $14 (originally $20).
If you missed a limited edition release (like I missed the Stylistics collection when it first appeared for the holidays in 2007), and it’s no longer available on MAC’s website, you might get a second chance at The Cosmetics Company Store.
In addition to having hard-to-find pieces from past collections, the store I visited also carried staple items from MAC’s permanent collection. Blacktrack Fluidline was marked down to $10.50 from $15, and Brown Script eye shadow to $10 from $14.
A Few Things to Consider
If you’re a makeup newbie, try to visit the store with a friend who’s familiar with the recent collections because I asked the sales staff a couple color questions, and even though they were cordial, they didn’t seem as well trained as regular makeup counter people.
Even though the Stylistics Lipglasses were calling to me, I ended up leaving the store empty handed. I’m still on self-imposed makeup lockdown until Cult of Cherry arrives this week.
Right now I’m hanging out with Tabs and surfing the web. It’s almost my bed time. I hope you had a good weekend. See you tomorrow!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,