Stores that will let you return used makeup


Sometimes, finding the right foundation can be a hassle. So, what happens when it does not match your skin tone? Been there? There is nothing more frustrating than living life with makeup that simply does not work out. What do you do? Did you just waste $145.00 on a foundation and a primer?

Recently, I had a major makeup fallout. I was running late to an audition, didn’t have any makeup on my face, had a tire that needed air and just when I think I’m finally out of the woods...I forgot my makeup bag at home!!! Tragedy was assured. As said by a casting director once, “you just don’t show up to an audition with a greasy face”. So I ran to the closest CVS, and picked a couple of products, from NYX to Burt’s Bees. I don’t like to wear much for auditions so I thought that a powder foundation, a mascara, a blush and a lip gloss would do the trick. WRONG! Every single product was either awful or was just, errmmm, crap.

So, the audition was over. I probably looked like Annabelle, you know, the one from the movie. But I was not done! I wanted my money back! Later, I go to CVS and lied to the cashier on how I was told by another employee that I could return the makeup. To my surprise, no questions were asked and I got back my $46.30.

If you’re like me and your makeup purchase was a complete disappointment, here are some of the stores that will let you return used makeup:

CVS: according to their return policy they want to make sure you’re 100% happy! According to their return policy on their website, you can return any opened or used makeup products with a receipt. If you tend to lose your receipts, save them in your car’s glove compartment.

Target: This is what I found on their website: As long as you have proof of purchase, you can exchange an open or used product for an item of equal or greater value within 21 days. Yes, "most" opened beauty products can be returned to Target within 90 days of receipt or up to 120 days if you bought it with your REDcard. In case you didn’t know, there are two types of Red cards, one that attaches to your checking account, so you don’t go crazy making purchases. But hey, it gives you 5% off per purchase, boom!

Ulta: In their return policy, it says you need a receipt and all contents. So, I imagine, if you bought an eyeliner, the cap has to be on. I happened to return a hair product that make my hair feel like a crunchy taco, and was able to return it with a receipt, no questions asked. You get 60 days to return your products.

Sephora: In my world, Sephora is like candy land, but without putting on the pounds! Sephora will let you return used makeup with a receipt for a full refund. You have 30 days for a full refund, after that, you get an exchange or a store card. If you lost the receipt, don’t panic! You can still return the item if you provide an ID. Oh, and please, don’t use the whole product to then return it, that’s kind of rude.

Disclaimer: return policy rules may be different depending on the country.

Nordstrom: According to their website, you can make a return with a receipt or without as long as you provide an ID, but I recently tried to make a return without a receipt and they said it was not possible. Luckily, I was able to find the reciept and got a full refund. They do email receipts, so do that instead!

TJMAXX: Are you a Maxxinista? TJmaxx has a world of beauty products, so take your time and enjoy getting lost in the isles of the lost. In my experience, I have never had a bad experience returning beauty products-with or without a receipt. The problem with not having a receipt is that you lose your precious sales tax cents. Now, even if you have a receipt you have 30 days to return for a full refund.

Remember depending on the country, these policies might be different.

Enjoy the world of beauty!