5 times when shopping in store makes more sense

Author: Jenny Wu
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  • Megan

    Somestimrs I rather get stuff in store. Sometimes you can get stuff a bit cheaper. Plus it is helpful to sniff and try stuff out.

  • Shireen

    Other than watching a few fellow bloggers whom I love like Anne, I have pretty much quit watching YouTube. I watch Lisa Eldridge, Pony Syndrome (the reason why my eye makeup is 1000x better now!) and KathleenLights because she’s fun and funny but the others, nah, too many fakes.

    On to this post, I never ever buy fragrance online, that’s just a recipe for disaster. I have never asked SA to try a makeup product on me, maybe I should and might learn a few things too.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  • Sam

    Totally agree on the color thing. At this point, whenever lipstick is involved, I want to go to the store and swatch it. It stinks to pay so much for a color that doesn’t look good, and then have to deal with returns hassle. Another reason I go to the store (I’m thinking of mainly Ulta or Target) is because I hate paying for shipping. I’m super cheap like that, lol. If I only need one or two products, I’d rather just drive 10 min to the store!

  • Great post! The blogger review part is too true – I’ve bought items because I hear others say they are fantastic, then when I try it I hate it! And I’m always set on being honest (I’m pretty sure Live Clean removed me from their PR because I said I wasn’t totally in love with some of their products LOL… oh well.)

    I will never ever buy fragrance, clothes or groceries online! You’re totally right. Something may sound great but can turn out looking/smelling horrid. Plus, LUSH smells ah-mazing. <3

    http://www.sustainablysavvy.ca

  • Frankly Flawless

    I’m a massive fan of shopping in store, especially as it gives you the chance to test the products first. For instance I saw a lipstick I absolutely adored on someone on their blog post who I thought had a similar skin tone to me. However, when I tried it in store, it looked completely different and i ended up going for another colour instead! Just goes to show – you can’t trust that everything as it appears online will be the same – you need to try it for yourself x

    franklyflawless.com

  • Mercy

    How clever is this post, you are right in every single way. I can’t pass by Lush store without going inside, the scent just pulls me in. Your list of underrated products are amusing, want to get hold of that L’occitane egg.

    http://www.busyandfab.com

  • Rowena @ rolala loves

    As much as I enjoy shopping online because I can’t stand crowds and waiting on line, you’re so right that there are some things that you just have to try out in store in order to determine what’s right for you. I don’t know how many time I thought for sure a particular shade was right for me until I swatched it and discovered I was wrong. We don’t really have malls in NYC but the shopping is amazing and thankfully the shops are usually clustered together in the same neighborhood.

  • Alyssa

    I totally agree to your post! I never buy perfume online unless it’s a repurchase. And I just realized I only buy new releases and underrated beauty products in stores XD Online shopping completely changed the way I shop.

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

  • Bernadette

    I typically love to online shop for the most part but it is nice to shop in store – the nice fact that you don’t have to wait for your order to arrive and you can buy 1 thing or a few small things without paying for shipping. It also does help when it comes to swatching makeup.

    http://www.themakeupaficionado.com

  • Sheena Sy Gonzales

    i still much prefer shopping in store and actualyl seeing what im about to buy. Great post!

    Sheena | http://www.sheenalovessunsets.com

  • Amy-Anne Williams

    I could never buy online something with a distinct colour or scent, I feel like the variables of the product in real life would be too risky. I do find it good for convenience to shop online, but if I did that all the time I’m sure I’d not discover as many new brands as I do, and have colours and scents that I didn’t bargain for.

    Amy;
    Wandering Everywhere

  • Linda Libra Loca

    I much prefer to shop for beauty in store, being able to swatch and smell and just touch the products adds so much to the experience! And it helps me to save money, as I cannot shop as often in store as i could online!

    Anne – Linda, Libra, Loca

    • Jenny

      Totally agree, and I didn’t even think about the money saving part, that’s such a great point!

      Btw for some reason I can’t visit your blog anymore, it just doesn’t load for me :( it works fine if I use the data on my phone, but not on my home WiFi

      • Linda Libra Loca

        That is odd. You are the first one that mentions that and I haven’t really seen my traffic decrease either.
        When did it start? I switched to a https, but that was several weeks ago. Other than that, no changes.

        • Jenny

          Just this week. It looks like my WiFi ip address is blocked, I’m able to access your site using a proxy though!

        • Linda Libra Loca

          Oh dear, blocked? I need to look into that, but won’t promise I can fix it, as I am useless at any admin and tech stuff.

  • Caroline Malone

    This is such a fab post idea! I totally agree with the scent thing, sometimes I see someone review a perfume and I think “that sounds so me!’ and I go into the shop and I’m like nope! Also sometimes in store shopping is great, like when you’re in Kiehl’s because they give you so many samples! xx

    http://www.iridescentplaces.com

  • Laura @laurantaina

    Sometimes I like to visit the counter for the shopping experience: I like to dress up nice, choose my product (carefully selected in advance), be handed nicely wrapped item in a cardboard bag and walk home. Great customer service always puts a smile on my face. I also love to hear what the SA/pros are using. I fell in love with the YSL essence when I was buying a foundation – just because the SA applied it on me first… now tempted to get it, lol!

    If we had Amazon prime I think I would never step outside of my door. Ever. Again. xD Great post dear!

    xx Laura / Laura Loukola Art & Beauty Blog

  • Gabrielle

    Totally agree with SO many of your points, especially for when scents and specific colours are involved! purchasing fragrances online is always a terrible mistake because nobody can 100% describe a fragrance through a screen haha. Beautiful imagery in this post by the way, as always!!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • An Dang

    I also prefer walking into stores. First, I love the cute bags that some brands give you haha. When I order online I always throw away the boxes and the cute paper bags can be recycled most of the time. When I buy a perfume I also go to the counter first and try it on a piece of paper, when I like it I spray it on my wrist and walk around the mall to see how the perfume changes on my skin. I wish I had more time to go to the store, but most of the time I also check a lot of reviews to make the decision to get it or not!

    Loves, An – https://thebeauparlour.com/

  • There are really pros and cons in any aspect of shopping. Convenience and time of getting it online. For actual going to the shop, you got the time checking quality etc.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

  • Camilla

    Fragrance is definitely such a personal thing — even when everyone raves about a perfume I need to go sniff it in person before buying!

    Camilla || Gracefulface.com

  • A Very Sweet Blog

    You brought up some excellent points! Especially with scents and color. It can go totally wrong when trying to figure out online. Also foundations! OMG’d LOL
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

  • glowyshoes1

    I totally agree with your points most especially for scents..vi’m not a huge fan of online shopping cos I would rather want to walk into the store

    Glowyshoes’s blog

  • I always check the reviews. And if it’s a new product I’ll wait a while. I prefer online shopping but some things you just can’t. Fragrance for sure. Also nail polish. I made that mistake a few weeks ago…

    Sxx
    daringcoco.com

  • Courtney Hardy

    Shopping in a store always makes more sense because you can see the texture of everything, and how it feels.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

  • Sam Hodgett

    Yes! All these reasons is why I much more prefer to shop in store than online (also, it stops me from making even more unnecessary purchases since my laziness does stand in the way of going out into the crowd)

    Sam Hodgett || Beauty & Lifestyle Bits

  • I agree with all the reasons of actual shopping because it gives you first-hand experience with products and services. Also, it helps minimize expenses since I use cash to shop to avoid overspending and another plus is the exercise you get while strolling the mall.

  • Yara Mel Rozaay

    These are all so true! When it comes to beauty I prioritize hitting the stores!

    http://www.desiringsme.com/desiring-monochrome-01/

  • Ladyofashion

    I think you’ve got a great list and even though I shop mostly online, there are certain items I solely shop in stand alone shop, especially when it comes to scents and lipstick colours, haha. I don’t know how some people just buy a scent from a photo glance of a bottle online … that would never work since I have allergies. What a fun giveaway. Good luck to everyone.
    FASHION TALES

  • TC

    Yes to all of them. I prefer to buy new products that involves scents and textures in the physical store! Once I know that I like the product and know how it feels and smells, then I have no problem ordering them online. Even with handbags or clothes, I do prefer to see them in stores! But when it comes to books or games, I’m fine with ordering them online ^^

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