I recently bit the bullet after much hemming, hawing, and comparing of various online Korean beauty resellers that ship internationally. Finally I came out with Cosmetic Love as the best option to go with, when considering product selection and prices, shipping times and cost, and other buyers’ experiences.
Living in Canada, I always expect the shipping fees and time to be the worst part of ordering online, but one of the reasons I chose to buy from Cosmetic Love is that they offer free standard shipping on all orders, with free tracking on orders over $50.
I placed my order on May 29th, it was shipped on June 1st, and according to the tracking number arrived in Canada on June 5th. There were two slight mixups – the first being that the tracking number assigned to my order never showed up in the tracking system, but when I contacted Cosmetic Love’s customer support they quickly responded and gave me the correct tracking number which I was able to use from then on. The second issue was entirely Canada Post’s fault – though they received my package at their sorting facility in Mississauge on June 5th, after arriving in my city on the 6th it suddenly made a detour to a third city, then went back to Mississauga, and finally returned to my city yesterday (June 9th) when I received it. Even taking that little delay into account, this is one of the fastest experiences I’ve ever had with an online purchase. From the moment I placed my order to the moment I had my package in my hands, it only took 11 days, including weekends. It normally takes even longer for me to receive things I’ve ordered from the United States, let alone from Korea. Based on this alone I’d recommend Cosmetic Love and plan to order from them again. Now onto the actual products!
Given how extensive their selection of products is, and how often they offer promotions and discounts, I had a hard time narrowing down my cart to something I could afford. Even then, I probably went a little overboard… whoops! Among my selection were products I’ve already owned and want to replace or backup, and new products I’ve heard a lot about and want to try. Some of these things have been on my wishlist since I last visited Korea in November, and I regretted not picking them up then!
Pictures of the unboxing after the READMORE!
And here’s the haul!
From top to bottom, left to right:
- COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
- COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid
- Etude House Wonder Pore 10-in-1 Freshner
- Nature Republic Jeju Sparkling Cleansing Tissue
- Petitfee Gold & Snail Hydrogel Eye Patch
- Missha Silky Lasting Lip Pencil (3)
- Etude House Dear Darling Tint (2)
- Etude House Styling Eye Liner
- Etude House All Day Fix Pen Liner
- Etude House Any Cushion Color Corrector (3)
- Missha ColorBeam Blusher
- Holika Holika Wonder Drawing 1sec. Fixing Top Coat
- Etude House 0.2mm Therapy Air Mask (10)
- FREE SAMPLE: Tony Moly Tomatox Magic Massage Pack (LOTS)
All in all, I am completely satisfied with my first experience buying from Cosmetic Love. (I believe I may have purchased from their eBay shop before, a long time ago, but this is my first time ordering from their website.) If you’d like to make a purchase at Cosmetic Love, please consider using my referral link for 15% off your first order!
- Free standard shipping
- Rapid international shipping
- Great customer service response
- Excellent selection of products
- Reasonable prices
- Easy-to-navigate website
- Careful packing of products for shipping
- No extra/hidden fees (other than the currency conversion, since they charged me in USD and my credit card is Canadian)
Honestly, the only thing I would change about this whole experience is the selection of free samples, and I don’t even consider that a true “con” since it’s a freebie/bonus. But since they promise free samples on every order, and more samples the more you order, I would have enjoyed a wider variety instead of this massive amount of one thing, so that I could try out other products that I might want to buy from Cosmetic Love on my next order! I am also hoping that this Tomatox product agrees with my skin since it would be a shame if I can’t use it at all. If that’s the case though I’ll happily distribute them among my friends and family!
Stay tuned for swatches and reviews of each product as I use them!