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How to Shop For The Best Beauty Products: Buying Guide

Beauty products help us look and feel our best every day, whether we are headed to work, an event or simply taking care of our bodies. At Sam's Club, we offer a wide selection of top-rated beauty products and cosmetics for women and men.

What are beauty products?

Beauty products refer to everything used to take care of or enhance your hair and skin.

What are cosmetics?

Cosmetics fall under the wider "beauty products" category, but the term generally refers to makeup products like lip color, face makeup and eye makeup.

How do I choose the best beauty products?

Choosing the best beauty products for you is a very personal decision and may initially take a bit of research and product testing in-Club. When buying beauty products on SamsClub.com, stick to your tried-and-true favorites. If you're unfamiliar with a brand or product, make sure to read through some of our helpful product reviews!

With so many beauty products available at Sam's Club, we created this handy buyer's guide to make it easier for you to find the products that best suit your needs and your lifestyle.

What Different Types of Beauty Products Are There?

  • Hair care: including shampoos and conditioners for adults and baby, hair dryers, and hair brushes
  • Beauty and makeup tools: including nail polish, eyeshadow, mascara, concealer, highlighter, eyeliner, brow pencils, makeup brushes, makeup setting spray and setting powder, bronzer, lipsticks and lip liner
  • Men's grooming: including electric shavers, razor blade refills, and tweezers
  • Skincare: including moisturizers, cleansers, makeup removers, and K-beauty sheet masks
  • Sun protection: including spray and lotion sunscreens for face and body
  • Women's shaving and hair removal: including shave gels and disposable razors
  • Bath and body: including body wash, shower gels, and body lotion
  • Deodorants and antiperspirants: including gel deodorants, invisible solids, and sprays

What to Consider When Buying Beauty Products

In general, the beauty products you buy should:

Match your skin type

Is your skin dry, oily, sensitive, combination, or acne-prone? Choosing a complexion primer with a matte finish, for instance, would be beneficial if you generally have oily skin. If your skin is dry, look for products that exfoliate dead skin cells and products that provide extra moisture. To be on the safe side, check with your dermatologist before purchasing any skin care product if you think you might be sensitive to it.

Match your hair type

Is your hair thick, fine, or thinning? Curly or straight? Oily or dry? Anywhere in between? It's always important to know how a beauty product will affect your coif -- and the best tools to perfect your look.

Does your hair look lackluster, or is your scalp in need of some TLC? Try a leave-in conditioner with keratin from It's A 10, or a rubber shampoo brush from Vitagoods. For thinning hair, Sam's Club offers products like biotin and collagen conditioner from OGX, or a hair regrowth treatment from Member's Mark.

Need to tame your thicker tresses? Try a hair brush set from EcoTools paired with any of the high-quality hair dryers offered at Sam's Club.

It's also important to note that the materials in a hair dryer can affect how your hair looks. Ionic and tourmaline hair dryers give off negative ions when in use, which helps reduce frizz and also dries hair faster. Ceramic or porcelain dryers work well for all types of hair. If your hair is very thick or voluminous, however, a titanium dryer is the better option.

Match your skin tone

Are you fair, medium, or dark-skinned? Does wearing certain colors make you look "washed out"? Sam's Club offers foundation palettes from Urban Decay in a variety of shades for light to dark skin tones. We also offer eyeshadow and lipsticks to compliment your appearance and enhance your personal style.

Contain ingredients that match your needs

There is a lot to consider when investigating and comparing product ingredients. Think about what matters most to you. Are you looking for beauty products that are vegan, organic, or natural? Do you want a facial moisturizer with SPF? Is it important to you what materials your styling tools are made of?

For some, it's important that their hair care products are sulfate free and as natural as possible. Hair Food offers shampoos and conditioners that are sulfate, paraben, dye, and mineral oil-free.

If you are looking for a facial moisturizer with SPF, how much UV protection should it offer? Will you be outside for extended periods of time and benefit from SPF 50? Alternatively, if you're inside most of the day, SPF 15 should do the trick.

When choosing among hair and face care tools, do you prefer the durability of stainless steel or need the pliability of plastic? Does the type of metal in your hair dryer or hair straightener work well with your hair type?

Other things to consider

Package size (regular or bulk)

Another element to be aware of is the package size of your chosen products. Many beauty products available on SamsClub.com, such as shaving razors, come in bulk or multi-packs. This makes it easy to have replacement razor cartridges available at home without needing to repurchase them frequently. Check whether the beauty products you need are also available in bulk package sizes.

Price

Beauty products can vary widely in price, depending on brand and product ingredients. Sam's Club offers many affordable options on beauty products through our members-only prices.

What Brands of Beauty Products Does Sam's Club Sell?

Sam's Club proudly carries a wide selection of the best beauty and cosmetics brands, including:

  • Aveeno
  • Biolage
  • Clinique
  • Coppertone
  • Dove
  • Neutrogena
  • Matrix
  • Member's Mark
  • Olay
  • Urban Decay

Men's skin care products

While anyone can use the various beauty products available at Sam's Club, we also have a section of our website dedicated to men's grooming. This section includes:

We carry a great selection of popular brands for men, including:

  • Gillette
  • Calvin Klein
  • Old Spice
  • Degree
  • Jack Black

You can find exclusive, members-only pricing for many of these brands and more at SamsClub.com.

What is the best brand of beauty products?

This ultimately comes down to your own personal preference! Consider what matters most to you about a brand and its products. There are many different brands to choose from at Sam's Club, and initially, it might take a bit of research and experimenting to find the best ones for you.

Sam's Club offers excellent prices and selections for these five brands made it onto Esquire's 2018 "Grooming Awards" list:

  • Clinique
  • Neutrogena
  • Jack Black
  • Dove
  • Aveeno.

FAQ - Beauty Products

How can I get discounted makeup?

Sam's Club members always have access to members-only prices on cosmetics and other products available online or in-club.

Which cosmetics are cruelty-free?

Each brand will have its own standards and regulations as far as animal testing is concerned. Sam's Club offers many cruelty-free cosmetics brands, including Urban Decay, Burt's Bees, and The Body Shop.