I recently left a comment on one of my favourite blogs - Lipglossiping (go check it out immediately after reading this!). The post was about make up snobbery, it's true as you become a hardened addict and user of make up, seeing the same brands on the shelves loses its appeal. I now actively search for new and interesting brands to try. Obviously being cruelty free means that most new collections from the higher end are not applicable to me so I feel somewhat relieved about that, so is my husband and bank balance.
Proper well priced make up to me is not sold in stores, it is found online. Remove the middle man (shops) and you get a decent price. More importantly to me, the workers, manufacturers and brand get a decent profit too. Brands who sell in stores on average make only 15 - 20% of the sale price of THEIR brands in stores. The store takes the rest in return for dirty stands, surly staff and ruined packaging. At least online you know that the product you are getting has not been opened, messed about with or ruined by others. It sits quietly in a cool warehouse (perfect temperatures for keeping make up, not in a hot brightly lit store), waiting to be picked and packed.
So think about that next time you're in a shop perusing the latest collection, is it really value for money or just cheap make up? There is a huge difference.
I am a big fan on online make up, you take your chances when buying in terms of colour selection but you know you're getting a quality product at a reasonable price rather than a cheap product at an artificially inflated price. Check out e.l.f, Lily Lolo, Beauty Without Cruelty and be amazed at the value for money you are getting compared to a similarly priced product in a store.
So do you think concessions in stores are Con-Sessions? I do.