Australia Beauty Prices

So are we getting ripped off here in Australia?
Just bought Revlon Lip Butter for $29.95, even when you account for currency exchange that's a huge jump from English £7. I can't bring myself to pay $90 for Bobbi Brown finishing powder when it's £35 elsewhere and even cheaper in America, what do you think is the reason for this and how do you get around it, where do you shop for make up online?


  • lauren090909 says:

    There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, it costs a lot of money to get products to Australia to begin with, whereas is it fairly cheap to move products around inside the US or UK where alot of the good stuff is made. Secondly, imported products are subjected to all sorts of tariffs and taxes (which vary from product to product) when they enter Australia, which sends prices sky rocketing (same reason a bottle of vodka runs at about $12 in the US and $31 here). Thirdly, the cost of labour here (shop assistants and so on) is much much higher than in the US and UK. In the US, retail assistants make around $5 an hour, depending on the state they live in. While I was at uni one of my friends was making $21 an hour in retail, plus more on weekends- it costs 4 times more to have staff on the floor in Australia, and this cost is passed on to consumers in part. So as much as it sucks, all of these things combine to contribute to our strong economy, but unfortunately one of the results is also ludicrous cosmetics pricing.

    There are some ways to get around it- if you’re ordering enough you could buy it from the US and have it sent through one of those mail forwarding services (they give you a US address to use), but unless you are buying a fair bit (or pooling together with your friends to cover the cost of mail forwarding) it can be quite costly.

    I also find that strawberrynet is quite good :)

  • Rebekah says:

    Definitely feeling the pinch of Australian beauty prices! Sale websites often have some good brands on sale. Brandsexclusive ( and Ozsale ( have some great beauty bargains often!

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