BEAUTY: The Cosmetics Company Store

Monday, 6 June 2016


On a recent trip down to Gunwarf Quays in Portsmouth, I couldn't shop without popping into the Cosmetics Company Store. For those of you who haven't heard of this shop before, it's basically a shop that sells products from premium beauty bands at a discounted price. There's a few dotted around the UK. I went to the one in Portsmouth, but you can also find them in Bicester, Swindon, Cheshire, York & Somerset. Those are the locations that I am aware of, there may be more..if you have a designer outlet village nearby there's a high chance they will be there, as that's where they are situated in the aforementioned places within the UK! 

It's very much pot luck when you visit a CCO. You cant really go there with something in particular in mind to buy because there's a chance it won't be there. From the couple of different ones I've visited they do seem to stock the same brands in most. Brands you will find are likely to be MAC, Smashbox, Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Origins, and Aerin. However be warned that it tends to be a right mix of products and shades. From the multiple visits where I have gone along to a store there are a couple of products that do seem to always be there. This is mainly clinique and origins skincare, Estee Lauder doublewear foundation and Bobbi Brown eyeshadow palettes. Because of the wide variety of products available you can spend some time in a CCO. They also do perfumes, haircare, makeup tools etc not just makeup products. Conveniently for Tom there was a bench situated right outside the store in Gunwarf so he set up camp there with a coffee while I had a browse!


In the end I bought myself a couple of things from Estee Lauder. I always try to pick up Double Wear foundation from a Cosmetics Company store if they have my shade. Despite the fact I really love this foundation for its high coverage and longevity I don't buy it that often. It's one I  only buy if I got to an outlet village rather than rushing out to get as soon as I finish a bottle. This is purely because it isn't a foundation that I wear on a day to day basis, so I don't feel there's a need to spend a high amount on a foundation that wont be used that often. At the CCO it costs £21 rather than the usual RRP of £30 from counters in department stores so you do make quite a bit of a saving. Having tried a mini sample size of the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash mascara I decided to buy the full size version they had in store. The store in gunwarf only had a few of these left on the shelf so it was clearly quite a popular choice! This would retail for £24 normally but I purchased it for £16. So again I made a decent saving by purchasing it there.

Overall by shopping at the Cosmetics Company store I saved myself  £17. Which doesn't seem too much when its a premium brand but if you like your beauty products, that's £17 you could spend on another item to add to your collection! ;-)

Have you ever shopped at a Cosmetics Company Store outlet before? 

Much love,  

1 comment:

  1. I live 15 minutes from Gunwharf and whenever I visit I always go in the CCO. It's certainly dangerous for my bank balance. haha x


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