Where To Get International Makeup And Beauty Brands In Joburg


We all have that one beauty brand that makes us quiver in delight (hmmm, Jeffree Star Cosmetics). But the sad truths about being in South Africa and having access to these international brands include: getting such pretties is either expensive (shipping fees are a killer!) or near impossible. But what if we told you that you can get your hands on everything and anything from Fenty, Ofra and Violet Voss to Makeup Geek, Charlotte Tilbury and Juvia’s Place and much more at various stockists across the country? Interested? Then keep reading.

Please note: These stockists have been tried, tested and shopped at by yours truly! All products bought from the following are all 100% authentic. We’re sharing our secret stash spots here, we hope you enjoy. Happy shopping!

MUSE Beauty

For almost every beauty brand under the sun — makeup, skincare, beauty tools, whatever — you best visit MUSE Beauty. If we were to pick one online store to visit for the rest of our lives, this would be it. Need some convincing? Well, their selection of international beauty brands is the biggest we’ve seen in a long time! Makeup brands include BH Cosmetics, Tarte, Violet Voss, Fenty Beauty, Jouer Cosmetics, Laura Mercier, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Becca, BeautyBlender – need I say more?

And as for the skincare: Farsali, The Ordinary, E.L.F. Cosmetics, Mabel & Meg, Tony Moly and loads more. You’ll spend hours (and, yes, lots of money) on this site. It’s a beauty lover’s dream come true.

Clueless Central

Ever heard of BoxyCharm? It’s a monthly subscription box from America that provides subscribers with a box of full-sized fab skincare and makeup items for you to try. Every month is a different theme with different variations offering different products. Basically, it’s just like a lucky packet for beauty! Now, if you’re looking to get your hands on a BoxyCharm minus the expensive shipping fees and the risk of damages or losing it in transit from the US, visit Clueless Central! They stock a limited amount of BoxyCharms every month. Also, they sell a wide variety of international brands, including Tarte, Jeffree Star Cosmetics, Becca and Dose of Colors. Another tip: don’t miss their Monday Deals. Every Monday, from 08:00 – 20:00, you can get your hands on a selection of handpicked items at unmissable prices!

Shop Betty Online

Another online must-visit is betty.co.za. Or Shop Betty Online, as everyone calls it. You can shop through a selection of skincare and beauty brands ranging from ColourPop, Jeffree Star Cosmetics, Kylie Cosmetics, Sigma Beauty, E.L.F. and Pat McGrath to KKW Beauty, MILK Makeup, Pixi, Dose of Colors and P. Louise (the P. Louise eyeshadow base is an absolute must-have for your makeup collection!) From experience, delivery is quick and your order is packaged securely to ensure it arrives at your door intact (lets face it, broken eyeshadows are heartbreaking).

Best Beauty Buys

For all your beauty accessories, be it mirrors, brushes, derma rollers, Diva Rings (a light to ensure the best lighting possible for makeup application, videos, selfies, etc) and much more, visit Best Beauty Buys. Not only do they have awesome beauty accessories and tools, they also stock international brands if you’re looking to pick up something pretty to add to your collection. A few options include Ofra Cosmetics, Ordinary Skincare, Real Techniques (amazing brushes), Vamp Stamps (a quick way to the perfect winged eyeliner), Temptu (airbrush foundations), Morpe, The Skin Lab and others.

Beyond Cosmetics

Another favourite that we need to mention is Beyond Cosmetics. Their selection of international skincare and beauty products will certainly have something for every taste. You can expect to shop up a storm from over 30 different international beauty brands, including KVD Beauty, Lime Crime, Huda Beauty, Iconic London, Juvia’s Place, Fenty Beauty, Ace Beauté, Beauty Bakerie and so much more. You can easily spend hours scrolling through their online shop.

Fashion Police Online

We love Fashion Police Online for so many reasons. They host unmissable sales throughout the year (to be the first to know about these sales, sign up to their newsletter), always update their website with the latest stock, and of course, offer a wide variety of well-known brands and beauty musts. Wondering what brands they stock? Well, think Ciaté London, Laura Mercier, Too Face Cosmetics, Glow Recipe, NARS, Jouer, Drunk Elephant and much more.

Manhattan Style SA

Shop from New York’s Fifth Avenue without having to fly to the US! Manhattan Style SA is a New York-based personal shopper that brings you international beauty spoils at amazing prices. Visit their Instagram account to see what fashion, hair care, skincare and beauty items they can order and ship to SA for you. Just a side note, shipping may take between two to four weeks, so prepare to have a little bit of a wait. But believe us, it is definitely worth it!

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