If you live in Australia you’d know the amount we pay for MAC makeup is ridiculous, especially considering how much cheaper it is in the States. I decided to do this little haul as a birthday present to myself (or from my dogs, which is how I justified it).
I used a mail forwarding company called Ship It To and they were fantastic! You don’t actually pay them any fee’s (I think they may be included in the shipping price though). They have multiple US addresses you can ship your products to, and they give you a huge range of shipping options once your package reaches the warehouse and they all vary in price.
The process was so smooth and easy that i’ll definitely be using them in the future with my other purchases, they also provide an assisted shopping service as well for stores that don’t accept Australian payments (cough cough Sephora).
Now to get to the MAC online store, even if you put maccosmetics.com it will default to the .au Australian store, when it does this just delete the .au and you’ll be in the US site. As for payment options I actually used my PayPal account and added in the US address given to me by Shipito so I had no issues with them not accepting my payment. Also it’s free shipping from MAC to the US address so you don’t need to worry about that as an additional cost.
I picked up a 15 pan palette & insert, 5 eyeshadows from top – Satin Taupe, All That Glitters, Patina, Soft Brown, Wedge, 3 lipsticks – Rebel, Patisserie, Impassioned (finally!!). I also received a free mini sample of the Zoom Lash Mascara.
The Savings… I’m sure this is the bit you’re most interested to hear about right? This is a breakdown of the cost in US dollars along with a conversion, and the Australian prices.
|PRODUCT||$US PRICE||$AUD PRICE|
|MAC Pro Palette Large||$8.00||$30.00|
|MAC Pro Palette Eyeshadow x 15 Insert||$2.00||$15.00|
|MAC Eyeshadow Pro Palette Refill Pan - All That Glitters||$10.00||$26.00|
|MAC Eyeshadow Pro Palette Refill Pan - Soft Brown||$10.00||$26.00|
|MAC Eyeshadow Pro Palette Refill Pan - Patina||$10.00||$26.00|
|MAC Eyeshadow Pro Palette Refill Pan - Wedge||$10.00||$26.00|
|MAC Eyeshadow Pro Palette Refill Pan - Satin Taupe||$10.00||$26.00|
|MAC Lipstick - Patisserie||$16.00||$36.00|
|MAC Lipstick - Rebel||$16.00||$36.00|
|MAC Lipstick - Impassioned||$16.00||$36.00|
|US SALES TAX||$7.68||NIL|
|Shipping to Australia via Shipito||$38.83||FREE|
|CONVERSION TO $AUD||$181.48AUD (approx)||$309.00AUD|
That’s a whopping total savings of $127.52!
Keep in mind $ conversions etc are at the time of me writing this post and may change at any time. However, i’m sure you can see the benefit.
I’m sure i’ll still visit the MAC counters here to swatch goodies and occasionally buy the one off product but I think seeing how great the savings are ordering from the US it’s how i’ll be doing my shopping from now on.
I also did a quick video on YouTube showing my haul if you’d like to have a squizz at that as well.