It was somewhere around mid of 2010 that this online shopping era started dawning on to India. Before that there were very few players like Rediff shopping or Indiaplaza who have sadly lost themselves in the competition. Come 2011 these was this sudden wave of online shopping catching up among the masses. By 2012 we could see a new online shopping site up every single day. Even the popular stores where we loved shopping had their own online shopping sites (Shoppers Stop, FabIndia).
Today early 2013 we are spoilt for choice. We don’t have to search for a product on a particular site. All we have to do is google the product and find which site gives the best offer for it.
Since I shop online mainly for make-up and beauty products I have compiled a few sites that I have some across. I have categorized them based on Popularity and the ones I have used, the ones that are new entrants in the market and the hi-end brand sellers that cater to India. Yes, these sites cater to India also.
I have penned in my thoughts about these sites and some of my experience while shopping with them. Hope you find it useful.
Front runners and leaders (Popular – Tried and tested sites)
UrbanTouch.com – The numero uno site for make up and beauty product as of today. Its the most popular site among beauty junkie’s buying online. They sell most Indian and easily available in India Foreign brands. The uniqueness of their service is the signature packaging in which the parcel is sent to its customers. Their products are sent in an Urban Touch branded hard cardboard boxes. The advantages, the products reach you safely, neatly packed and those boxes can be used to store your make-up in. I have loads for them.
HealthKart.com – It’s mainly a site that provides health related products. Another popular site which offers most Indian and easily available in India Foreign brands of Make-up and Beauty Products. I have been lucky to find some great deals on this site too. Like Nyx blushes were the cheapest on this site.
MedPlusBeauty.com – Primarily a site that caters to health related products but has good stock of beauty and make-up products. I got lucky with a few good shampoo, conditioner deals with them.
Jabong.com – The Mr. Popular among the online shopping brigade with its quirky ads. Yes they sell some beauty products too. USP – They sell Makeup Academy – MUA. MUA is a UK based cosmetic company with great quality products for really cheap prices. How I wish they sold MUA earlier coz MUA has a dupe for Urban Decay’s NAKED2 palette. Yes, my beauties search for MUA Undressed palette. You love me for this right?
Myntra.com – Great for clothes shopping. Beauty and Makeup products are not well stocked.
Flipkart.com – We all know Flipkart for its great mobile and laptop deals. But don’t miss out on their make-up stock. They are well stocked and offer great discounts. I have shopped a lot from Flipkart for my book and cosmetics. They have very prompt delivery services and good customer service.
MAJORBRANDS.com – They sell only the products they have introduced in India. Like Charles and Keith, Bebe , Mango , Aldo, Giordano, La Senza and Inglot. Inglot is the only make brand they sell. And Inglot is available online only on this site.
Shoppers Stop – Our favourite departmental store since ages. I grew up shopping at this store before their where any malls or any online shopping. I still prefer shopping in their real store rather than virtual store. They always give you the best customer relationship when you visit them. I have had great bondings with Shoppers Stop.
Perfum2Order.com – As the name suggests its more of a perfume selling site with some beauty and makeup products.
homeshop18.com – They sell a few selected Indian and easily available in India cosmetics and beauty brands like Colobar, Sally Hansen, Konad. But they don’t really have an entire range of any product I guess.
indiaplaza.com – One of those first online sites I ever shopped from. I remember I bought my first online perfume from. I was a wonderful experience J Coming to cosmetics they need to do a lot of catching up with the newbies in the trade.
snapdeal.com – Spot your best deals on this site. Why don’t they give super deals on cosmetics too???
naaptol.com – Very little cosmetics option mainly Lakme and Revlon . They have a few beauty products options too
shopping.rediff.com – They have some anonymous looking makeup kits. I am scared to use those.
bigbasket.com – Well they are a great site for Groceries , Veggies and other Home stuff, but have a very limited range of beauty products. No Cosmetics at all.
Newbies in the market (Not so popular – Not tried yet)
These are the new entrants in the online shopping market. I haven’t tried any of these yet. But have come across these through online ads. Maybe in my next blog will write about them if I continue shopping like a manic (I just bought 2 blushes and 2 Eyeliner pencils , online today. I must be mad. Review coming soon). Has anyone tried any of these yet?
High End Brand shopping
These are the doors to heaven. They are the only point of access to the inaccessible. All the lovely beauties in the little jars, tubes and bottles that you lust for and crave for can be bought on the below sites. Most of they accept credit cards and paypal accounts. Yes ! Yes ! Yes! They deliver to India
A few tips for online shopping:
- Where ever possible opt for a COD option and refrain from paying in advance with netbanking or credit cards. It’s the best way to ensure you get your products in good condition and your money is not stuck. Specially if you trying a site for the first time or if it’s not a very popular site.
- We have ample options these days and most of the brands are available on multiple sites. Always compare the prices on different sites to get the best deal.
- For make –up shopping always google for swatches and reviews. This will give you clear idea about the product.
- Check the return policy before you place the order. You don’t want to end up with your money wasted on things you don’t want.
- While shopping for hi-end brands that are not easily available in India check the original prices in dollars/euros and convert. You would not want to end up paying multiple times its cost for shipping it into India.
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