Now before I start, I want to say that you purchase products from eBay at your own risk and that if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. That Mac blush you are getting for half price brand new many not be authentic....
But how do you make the most of eBay when purchasing beauty products? Well, I primarily use it for purchasing products that are not available in the UK or are much cheaper in other countries.
Nail products are the obvious hot purchases with brands such as OPI and China Glaze less than half the UK retail price on US eBay, and they are still a very good deal even when postage is factored in. Two sellers I have has particularly good service from are beautyzone2007 and enchantedbeautyspot who, between then, sell all the major US polish brands. Delivery usually takes just over a week.
In addition to nail polish, I've also bought some products that are not available at all in the UK, such as two versions of the Carmex Moisture Plus Sheer Lip Tints in Berry and Plum. I adore the peach and pink ones we have here in the UK, but after contacting Carmex and discovering they currently have no plans to sell the Berry and Plum ones here, I knew I had to track them down, and eBay was my friend!
Other useful sellers are French Pharmacy UK - for difficult to find French pharmacy skincare and the Liz Earle Factory Outlet store, which has Liz Earle products cheaper than retail - just be aware that the packaging may be damaged or printed incorrectly.
I have occasionally bought high-end cosmetics from eBay and you can find some good deals if you check carefully. Make sure the seller isn't selling hundreds of the same eyeshadow and check they are using their own photos not stock photos.
I've managed to find US exclusives and limited edition products that have been out of stock everywhere, but you do have to be careful. Go with your gut instinct. These kinds of products are usually available for retail price, so you don't tend to find many bargains, but you may be able to track down difficult to source items. I know some people sometimes also manage to uncover new testers of lipsticks such as Guerlain's Rouge Gs for sale. These are obviously cheaper than the ones you find on counters but they are without the gorgeous heavy packaging, which I know I personally couldn't do without!
I hope this has gone some way to giving you a few pointers for purchasing beauty products on eBay.
Have you ever got a great deal on beauty products on eBay?
Can you recommend any good sellers?