When it comes to shopping for beauty products online, it’s easy to think that Sephora is the beginning and the end of the entire process. And while we love the almighty S, there are lots of other amazing online stores that you need to have bookmarked. So to inspire your shopping, we’ve rounded up the best beauty shopping websites that you really should know about. These have innovative, creative skincare, haircare, body products and makeup that you’ll go crazy for.
Whether it’s clean beauty you’re looking for, Korean skincare, the trendiest glitter eyeshadow or the must-have foundation of season, there’s an online shopping site that’s perfect for you. Many of them also provide discount codes, free shipping and stellar rewards that’ll get you some samples to try. There’s nothing like opening a delivery and finding the product you’ve been dying to try finally came. And with an online-only discount? Score.
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Space NK was truly revolutionary when it launched, and it continues to be one of our favorite online shopping destinations. It carries all our favorite high-end and niche brands, the site is beautifully designed and easy to use, and offers free (fast) shipping on every order. We also consider its loyalty program one of the best in the industry—don’t miss out if you’re a frequent online shopper. And if you’re looking for that special holiday something for the beauty-obsessed person in your life? Its incredible gift section will help you find the perfect present in just a couple clicks.
Don’t be fooled by the overly-hipster clothes in the window—UO has seriously stepped up its beauty game lately, and we are beyond impressed. With exclusive shades and kits from classic brands like Mario Badescu and Anna Sui, to up-and-coming labels like MAKE and Blunt skincare, it’s a fantastic mixture of cool and accessible products. Urban Outfitter’s shipping has improved dramatically over the last few years, and they offer free returns on everything. Trying new brands has never been so easy!
Much as we love other beauty superstores, Ulta has always been our happy place—and its online shop is even better. Carrying a mind-bending range of products from drugstore go-tos to high-end products, Ulta has fast shipping and zero-hassle returns. We especially love that it carries hair tools at every price point in addition to products and that its gift section is seriously second to none.
The ultimate in online beauty luxury, Violet Grey only carries the best of the best—so you never have to worry about buying a sub-par product again. Sleek, elegant and streamlined, Violet Grey carries a carefully curated mix of our favorite high-end brands (ahem, La Prarie) and the new classics (Sjal)—and shipping is reliably fast (and free when you spend more than $75). We’re especially into its gift section. Insightful, clever interviews and elegant editorials at The Violet Files are also not to be missed.
If you’re a skincare addict, you need to bookmark Dermstore immediately. Not only does it carry a truly mindblowing range of brands, but the site is arranged so that you can shop by issue or concern. The community of reviewers is active, so practically everything on the site, from hair care to tattoo cover-up, comes with a side of real-person experience. And if you have questions, Dermstore has answers. Not only is its customer service the best on the internet, but it has an expert advice section where skincare professionals answer the beauty questions you didn’t even know you had.
If you’re looking for something a little different (and don’t mind digging), Etsy has a bustling beauty section where you can find everything from small-batch vegan lip glosses to custom-blended essential oils. Bigger indie brands like Black Pheonix Alchemy Lab also use Etsy to sell limited run and one-off products, so make sure you look for your favorite labels. Shipping costs and return policies can vary by the seller, so it’s always good to check the reviews before buying—but once you do, you’ll definitely have something unique and interesting.
When it comes to game-changing beauty products, everything good is coming out of Korea right now—and Soko Glam is your ultimate K-beauty shopping destination. Founder Charlotte Cho is also a licensed esthetician, so if she chooses to carry a product, it’s because it’s met her incredibly high standards—and it shows. Not only does the site carry an incredible range of makeup and skincare products (including this life-changing toner), you can also read detailed reviews of standout products on The Klog. Shipping is fast and secure, and it offers free returns and exchanges.
This is the ultimate fragrance destination. At the risk of sounding like Stefon, this site has everything: every kind of fragrance you can possibly imagine, detailed reviews that are also really easy to understand, and a simple rating system showing where every fragrance falls on a “masculine-feminine” scale. Not only does it carry previously hard-to-find niche brands (Le Labo and Il Profumo being two of our favorites), it makes making sense of the scents impossibly easy. And because the only real way to get to know perfumes is to try them, Lucky Scent also offers samples of every perfume they carry. Becoming a perfume genius has never been easier.
Peach & Lily
There’s no shortage of Korean Beauty shopping sites, but Peach & Lily is by far one of the most widely known. So much so, that every year, we wait with bated breath to see which brands will make their yearly Best of K-Beauty Awards. And if that weren’t enough, brand founder Alicia Yoon also launched a P&L in-house brand that’s bringing us one step closer to “glass skin.”
You don’t have to wait for the store’s anniversary sale to snag deals from top-selling, luxe beauty brands. On any given day, you’re bound to discover a totally underrated fragrance, marked-down cult favorite, or luxurious lipstick that somehow slipped your radar weeks before.
All caution goes out the window every time we find ourselves on this website basically drooling over the prettiest and fanciest beauty products of my dreams. From flower-infused masks to camera-ready bath salts, and super-sized candles, Net-a-Porter has everything you need to turn your bathroom into a beautiful spa.
Shop the best of the best in clean beauty from brands including Osea, RMS Beauty and Ilia. Credo also has some of the most killer rewards so as you shop you can pick up points towards cleansers, mascara and natural deodorant. Be assured all products are cruelty-free and formulated without ingredients on what it calls “The Dirty List.”