When it comes to buying beauty products, I have always been very tactile kind of customer. Since I was 5 years old, I have had a soft spot for shiny, lacquered stores like Nordstrom and MAC. They were my favorite stops in the mall, and as I got older, researching new beauty products from other retailers like Sephora, Ulta, and even the drugstore became a kind of peace-inducing therapy for me. (Unfortunately my wallet has the short end of the stick with that one!)
Not only did I enjoy just strolling the aisles filled with tantalizing flasks, jars and bottles, but I also loved sampling and testing my forearm to see how the shades would flatter (or not) my skin tone or how. the consistency of a serum or an oil would be on my skin. Hygienic? Not funny? Many! That said, now that IRL beauty sampling is not what it used to be, we are now turning to online beauty shopping more than ever. You might already feel quite familiar with purchasing beauty products through the World Wide Web, but for people who are not familiar with the process or who prefer to shop in a physical store like me, it can be. feel like an intimidating and overwhelming process. There’s a greater risk of not liking a product, and it’s disappointing to have to repackage and return a formula you had high hopes for.
So we figured we would do some Nancy Drew-caliber detective work to dramatically reduce your chances of returning said purchases. We reached out to our dear friends at Nordstrom – one of our all-time favorite online beauty retailers – to see which products have had the least returns recently (pretty awesome, right?). Below, I list the top 10 beauty buys that Nordstrom shoppers rarely returned, as well as beauty editor-approved favorites from each of the popular brands. Keep scrolling for 10 holy grail beauty products with near perfect no return rate.