The Top 10 Most Affordable Countries For Beauty

We all love to buy ourselves beauty products because you can never have too many lipsticks. But have you ever given any thought to how prices of beauty products differ around the world? Have you ever thought if your country could be expensive compared to others? Well, new research from beauty price comparison website Cosmetify has officially revealed that the UK is the sixth cheapest country for beauty. So let's take a look at the rest of the results.



The beauty experts at Cosmetify compiled a list of some of the most iconic products that are available to buy internationally. They visited those brand websites for 50 different countries, taking the price for each product in each country, ensuring that the prices given were for the same measurements and shades.


Cosmetify’s research looked at 50 different countries and compared the price of the five most iconic beauty products:

• Chanel No. 5 Eau De Parfum

• MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick

• Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF10

• Anastasia Beverley Hills DIPBROW Pomade

• NARS Sheer Glow Foundation.



The results for each item



Chanel No 5 Eau De Parfum

Cheapest place to buy: Canada - $172 / £100.92

Priciest place to buy: China - ¥1,520 / £174.34








MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick

Cheapest place to buy: Turkey - ₺119 / £11.18

Priciest place to buy: Thailand - ฿890 / £22.12













Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF10

Cheapest place to buy: Canada - $52 / £30.51

Priciest place to buy: Taiwan - $1,980 / £52.70










Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade

Cheapest place to buy: USA & Mexico - $21 / £16

Priciest place to buy: Netherlands - €26.99 / £24.27







NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

Cheapest place to buy: Malaysia - RM180 / £33.31

Priciest place to buy: China - ¥490 / £56.20








The Most Affordable Countries for Beauty

When taking the total cost of all five beauty products, these countries offered the lowest prices as Cosmetify found when converting into GBP.

  1. Canada - $337 / £197.74

  2. United States - $265 / £201.67

  3. Turkey - ₺2,282 / £214.43

  4. Mexico - $5,400 / £216.90

  5. Malaysia - RM1,175 / £217.24



The Most Expensive Countries for Beauty

When taking the total cost of all five beauty products, these countries had the highest prices as Cosmetify found when converting into GBP.

  1. China - ¥2,758 / £316.34

  2. Thailand - ฿12,096 / £300.68

  3. Taiwan - $10,906 / £290.26

  4. United Arab Emirates - dh1,292 / £267.54

  5. Denmark - 2,161 kr. / £261.07


The UK roundup

If you were to put all five iconic items into your UK basket it would cost you £217.50 - almost £100 difference compared to the most expensive country, China, £316.34. The UK is the 2nd cheapest for NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (£33.50), the 3rd cheapest for Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF10 (£34.50), and the 4th cheapest for Chanel No. 5 Eau De Parfum (£113).


It is interesting to see how much our favourite items cost in different countries. Does this information shock you? Which country did you expect to be the most and least expensive? Are we paying too much compared to others or are we getting a good bargain?

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