1. What are your go-to places to buy makeup in Colombo?
2. Why do you go there (value for money/ quality/ convenience/ product portfolio)?”
That was my exact post on a specific page on Facebook. I received a wide range of responses out of which most indicated dissatisfaction due to limited choice of place and product portfolio. However, I was able to put together a decent list which could be used as a basic guide. For some of you, this might even mean business opportunity!
I inquired from my friends as to what’s popular in the west, in terms of value for money. They suggested Cover girl, e.l.f, NYC, Loreal, & Mac in the U.S; Bobby Brown, Mac and Dior in the UK.
Meanwhile, in Sri Lanka the popular ones include; Tips & Toes, Lakme, Constance Carroll, Loreal, Vienna and Oriflame. Of course, there are individuals who bring down certain brands for you on request.
1. Srina Palace
With its strategically located branches this tops our list. The mass market being their target customers, they seem to be keeping them content.
Location: Borella/ Dehiwala/ Nugegoda, Battaramulla/ Wattala
2. Fancy Point
Fancy Point indeed looks fancy when you pass Wellawatte, with its illuminated board advertising O.P.I brand. I’m told they have some remarkable brands (e.g. Revlon) that attract interest.
Location: 85, Galle Road, Colombo 6
3. The Body Shop
Recommended for those who want to spend their bucks on makeup made with ethical values. ‘Cruelty-free’ and ‘fair trade’ are some of their selling points, not forgetting the expensive price tags that accompany them.
Location: 1 3, 1 Bagatalle Rd, Colombo 00300
4. British Cosmetics
By far, British Cosmetics seems to have the all-under-one-roof element sorted. They are situated in convenient locations such as World Trade Centre & Majestic City. As always we as consumers need choices that match British Cosmetics standard, which is yet to materialize.
• Majestic City 2-73, Colombo 04
• World Trade Centre, Ground Level, Colombo 01
Located in Dehiwala, they seem to be pretty popular due to their product range, reasonable pricing and good customer service. The store has a 4/5 Google review.
Location: No. 170C, Galle Road, Dehiwala
They work in a pyramid structure with Oriflame consultants being the ones who promote the brand with the attractive catalogue. I’ve personally found the products to be of good standard. However, the product picture on catalogue looks much larger than the actual.
Location: 39/2 D S Senanayake Mawatha, Colombo 7