If you are a fan of USA drugstore brands or NYX Cosmetics, you might already be familiar with NonPareil Boutique, an online store that stocks brands like Wet n Wild, Elf, Milani, NYX Cosmetics and TheBalm (not drugstore) to name but a few. I was familiar with it but had never placed an order until recently.
I came across a 20% discount code (I shared it on Facebook if you’d noticed) and I availed of it to pick up some NYX Cosmetics Runway palettes 😀 Been wanting to try them, but was never sure how to get my hands on them without paying an arm and a leg. I realize one can participate in sprees but I don’t 🙂
Shopping on NonPareil Boutique is easy although browsing the store takes some getting used to. The navigation could probably be worked on a little, but I was very impressed at the range of brands available. They accept Paypal, which is great, and they ship worldwide, which is even better. However, the drawback here is that you have no idea just how much shipping can cost, until you have filled up your cart and checked for the shipping costs (including packaging and handling). It would be nice to have a sort of idea beforehand, but at least you don’t have to actually check out anything before being surprised with the shipping as happens with some online stores. I’ll show you below how you can check the shipping costs first.
For reference purposes 3 NYX Runway palettes cost me $12.67 in shipping. Each palette was about $8 (before discount) After doing the math, I figured it was still worth it because each palette came up to just under US$15 which at current exchange rates is about RM45. It might seem silly paying that sort of premium on the palette, but that’s the price we pay for coveting things/brands we don’t get here 😛
An earlier package that held an assortment of stuff including the Wet n Wild Greed palette and Rosebud Salve amongst others also cost about the same $12+ to ship. Let me show you in pictures just how to calculate the shipping before you decide to buy. For purposes of this demo, there are 4 items in the shopping bag – a Wet n Wild 8 color icon palette, a ELF blush/bronzer duo, a NYX Mosaic blush and a NYX Runway 10 colour eyeshadow palette. Total cost of the items is $22.95.
Step 1 – After choosing the items you want to buy and putting it in the basket, click “View Shopping Bag”.
Step 2 – In the drop down menu of the shopping bag Click on “Calculate Shipping Costs”
Step 3 – Choose your country and shipping method and click on “Update Shipping”
Step 4 – Decide if shipping is reasonable to you for what you have ordered
I’ve had 2 packages arrive from NonPareil Boutique so far and both times I’ve been impressed. The items come very well bubble wrapped in a bubble padded envelope and they are very well insulated so they don’t even move around in the envelope. I found it impressive. Some might find the bubble wrap excessive but I’d rather have a fragile product arrive safely since it has so far to travel.
My packages arrived relatively quickly from the USA by USPS which is really to do with the mail service but that also means that its relatively safe and secure. One took about 2 weeks and the other took a week.
Pros: Well stocked with USA drugstore brands, Good selection of products and prices, Shipping is affordable in the USA
Cons: Shipping and packing costs can be a little high for shipping to Malaysia, Navigation takes a bit of getting used to
They do run promotions off and on, and if you are in the USA, shipping is fixed and you could also avail of free shipping which isn’t available to customers outside of the USA. I do find international shipping a little on the pricey side but that said, I ran a quick look through the USPS international mailing costs and the base price for shipping to Malaysia is rather high so with packing and handling, I think its fairly reasonable in the circumstances. With a discount code however, it lessens the pain on the wallet 😉 Or you could always do a bulk order with friends so everyone shares the shipping costs then it lessens the burden.
Ultimately, if you’re comfortable with the final price of the product then I guess you’d be happy with it but if not, then there are always people who run online sprees for some of these drugstore brands we don’t get here. I’ve had 2 good shopping experiences on NonPareil Boutique and I hope you do too if something catches your eye! 🙂 I know I’ll definitely keep my eye on them for future NYX releases and maybe even Wet n Wild 🙂
Have you purchased anything from NonPareil Boutique? Or has anything in there caught your eye? 🙂
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