“Women and shopping are synonymous”
– Every man ever.
Let’s admit it girls, retail therapy gives us satisfaction like none other. The pleasure of walking through the aisles gawking at all the exhausting rows of brands and picking our choices, trying them out and finally, taking our picks home is a joy, the likes of which , men will never know.
Beauty shopping is one such unparalleled pleasure. MAC or Bobbi Brown ? Lipsticks from YSL or the latest oxblood one from Chanel ? These choices make for serious decisions when you love makeup as much as we do.
Unfortunately for us, most tier 2, tier 3 and even some tier 1 cities in India do not have premium makeup stores where we can shop all our favorite beauty brands in one place. Sephora is yet to open outlets in most cities, and while we do see more MAC and Inglot outlets burgeoning, it is still difficult to get your hands on the latest Naked palette or Lime Crime liquid mattes.
Where then do we go shop our favorite brands?
The Gods have finally decided to show us some mercy in the form of online beauty stores. Online shopping from certain websites is such a pain in India because of the extravagant shipping rates, customs and all that jazz.
But fret not ladies, because we’ve uncovered a few gems, a few online websites that have a huge range of beauty, healthcare and grooming products both drugstore and luxury. Let’s take a look:
Purplle.com – Shop HERE!
True to it’s name, the website’s UI is done up in purple and has a variety of products from skincare, healthcare to beauty and baby care as well.
The site offers many discounts and offers from time to time to make shopping a more fulfilling experience. They have widgets for best sellers, new arrivals and sale sections respectively so you can easily find your way to pick what you want.
There’s a men’s section as well if you feel like gifting your SO , father , brother or friend something. Check out more about purplle.com on their Facebook page
Shop from Purplle.com here – http://purplle.com/
Strawberrynet.com – Shop HERE!
Full marks to these guys for having such a cute website name, which girl can resist strawberries? That apart, strawberrynet has an exhaustive list of brands, believe me when I say these are like the most brands in one online place at least from where us desis can shop.
The site claims to offer free worldwide shipping on most products. Of course the conditions apply’ disclaimer follows immediately.
They let us see and pay prices in rupees, which is great. Delivery can take anywhere from 15 – 25 days depending on your location, package size and customs.
Ideally, strawberrynet is a good site to shop from , you can get access to many new products, brands and deals. So if you’re looking to explore, this is the place to go.
Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Strawberrynet-India/476812219042746
Shop from the strawberrynet website here – http://in.strawberrynet.com/
Health kart.com -Shop HERE!
Health kart.com is probably the most non-fuss shopping site out of all the options listed today. This website has essentially indian brands and skincare products, so if you’re looking to shop for Coastal scents or NYX , this isn’t the place.
Healthkart does, however, stock up on ayurvedic products and stocks face masks, scrubs and peels from drugstore brands. If you want hardcore beauty products though, not recommended.
Check out Healthkart’s Facebook page here – https://www.facebook.com/healthkart
Shop from Healthkart here – http://www.healthkart.com/
Nykaa.com – Shop HERE!
So I saved the best for last. Nykaa.com has been my go-to website for most of my beauty purchases. It is possibly the best site to buy your beauty stuff from, if you’re based in India.
They have a huge list of brands, their makeup is sorted perfectly and they also have a blog and a Virtual Makeover tool where you can check how a particular product looks on you by uploading a picture. Sounds like fun ?
Nykaa offers HUGE discounts on products going upto 50% off at times, the packages always arrive neatly and in good condition.
Even when you order small packages for eyeshadows and stuff, they come securely packed with no cracks or breakage. Products are usually delivered within 15 days unless there’s a site-wide sale, in which case, it might take a little longer.
Check out Nykaa’s FB page here – https://www.facebook.com/MyNykaa
Shop from Nykaa here – http://www.nykaa.com/
I hope you guys found this post helpful. Have you shopped at any of these sites ? Do leave a comment below and share your experience with me.