Monday, 29 June 2015

Store Review: BB Cream Boutique

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about my shopping experience with BB Cream Boutique! I stumbled upon this store while searching for the elusive sold out four shades of Etude House's Lovely Cookie Blushers! I found out that I could add these items to my cart and quickly emailed them to check if they were actually in stock or just a stock error! BB Cream Boutique emailed me back within 12 hours to confirm that they were there in real life and that there was only one of one shade left, so I ended up grabbing all four as soon as possible because I'm a massive hoarder!

Website Practicality
I found this website very pleasing to shop on, the only odd quirk is that there is no "sign up" page! You can create an account while you check out an order, but not beforehand which I find really quite odd. Otherwise, it's easy to navigate, aesthetically pleasing and overall lovely to use.

Price Comparison
The shipping price on BB Cream Boutique is MUCH higher than I would like it to be. The good news is that the shipping didn't increase with three more blushes, but as it is it is quite expensive. The price on the blusher itself is comparable to most sites, albeit on the higher side. I will just point out that the shipping at BB Cream Boutique is tracked and super fast (5 working days), while the other two stores are un-tracked and do take a while to get to New Zealand (20-40 working days).

BB Cream Boutique
Blusher $8.99 + Shipping $18.00 = $26.99

Cosmetic Love
Blusher $6.94 + Shipping $0.00 = $6.94

Blusher $4.66 + Shipping $4.25 = $8.91

Shipping and Packaging
My order cost $18NZD in shipping for the four blushes (dividing up into $4.50 for each blush), and I placed my order on the 11th of May. It was shipped on the 12th of May and arrived at my house on the 18th of May! I was really glad that this expensive shipping came with a tracking number for my own peace of mind! 

My package was well wrapped in a bubble wrap packet, inside a box with big bubble wrap, and generous samples in a SUPER CUTE Etude House bag! I love the cute little extra touch of the little baggie filled with samples rather than them being thrown throughout the box, it's just adorable!
I picked up the four extremely hard to find shades of the Etude House Lovely Cookie Blushers!  I actually found two of these shades while I was in Taipei, but didn't end up picking them up because I didn't think I had the space to bring them back. I kicked myself so hard when I came back and couldn't find these online! ><

This is the lightest of the pink shades and it's so super cute! It's really, REALLY light, so I can imagine this looking incredibly chalky on darker skin, it barely shows up on my fair skin as it is!
This is the lightest of the Orange shades, and is quite truly orange rather than a Peach shade, which surprised me a little. It's still a lovely shade though!

This is a gorgeous Lavender shade, and actually my first purple toned blush! It's nowhere near as scary on the skin as it looks in the pan, looking rather like a very, very cool toned pink rather than a purple.

This is the darkest of all the shades, and it's amazing! I did find it a little hard to blend evenly, so it's easier for me to use a duo-fibre brush to apply it so it's not too heavy handed. It's super pigmented, and just gorgeous!

What I Love
- Extremely fast shipping (5 business days)
- Amazing customer service
- Stock hard to find items
- Easy to navigate website
- Safely (and cutely) packed shipping

What I Don't Love
- Quite expensive shipping at $18USD for International shipping ($6USD US Shipping)
- Relatively small range of products

Final Thoughts
Although the customer service was amazing, and the shipping was super quick, I'm not sure how often I could justify shopping with BB Cream Boutique because their shipping is much higher than I would usually allow for my budget! I wouldn't hesitate to purchase with them if they had a limited edition product in stock that I needed, or something that I needed really quickly, but for general orders I would shop elsewhere, solely based on the shipping expense.

I would absolutely recommend shopping with BB Cream Boutique if you are based in the USA because they have a flat shipping rate of $6USD and it is super fast! The website is lovely to navigate, the customer service is amazing and they do stock some hard to find items. International orders will be faced with a larger shipping bill than they may be able to budget, so be aware of that before ordering. ^.^

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