Olivia's shophush.com Review
words | Olivia Stickel
With the rise of the booming beauty industry, there have never been more products, brands, and price ranges available. Consumers can find dozens, even hundreds of different variations of the same item, making the Beauty industry worth a growing $445 billion.
For a bargain hunter like myself, who cannot bear to spend more than $10 on anything, purchasing makeup has become increasingly difficult. The growth of the industry has caused even the basic drugstore items’ prices to spike, meaning the only things cheap shoppers could buy are slowly becoming out of the budget.
However, a company called ShopHush.com has answered our prayers. It is a makeup sales website made up of thousands of different items and brands - most at an extremely discounted price. This includes skincare, haircare, makeup, nail polishes, and more, even offering brands such as NYX. The kicker? Almost all of the eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks are “dupes”, or slight knockoffs, of popular and often expensive products for an extremely low price.
Another thing unique to ShopHush.com is its reward system. The system is available only on their app, and is as easy as just opening the app and going to your profile. With the click of a button daily, you collect more and more points which leads to moving up in their “card” tiers. Each tier has a new reward, and within a few weeks, you can unlock free shipping on any order. You also earn a point for every dollar spent, and the rewards get better as you move up.
Once I visited the website, I instantly went to the eyeshadow palettes, intrigued by their familiarity. I laid eyes on the brand Bad Habit, which seemed to only produce dupes of either Anastasia Beverly Hills, Huda Beauty, or Fenty Beauty palettes. I added the Royals palette that was meant to be the Modern Renaissance palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills to my cart, which goes for $10 versus the original $42 and happily continued my search. I came across a highlighter by J Cat Beauty that looked astonishingly similar to the Laura Mercier Face Illuminating Powder, and had to buy it as it was $9 compared to $44. I also snagged a primer/finishing spray duo from the brand Rude that was on sale for $5 just for fun.
I was pleasantly surprised when, after ordering my package, I was met with a screen showing the progress of my order. The app even sent me notifications when it moved up a step in the process, and gave me a tracking number so I could always tell where my package was. The box arrived about four days after I ordered it, which to me was pretty fast considering I did not even pay shipping (I earned enough points to move up a tier before I ordered). The box is colored in their signature blush pink, and every product is carefully wrapped in bubble wrap around its packaging and taped. Nothing was damaged and all in all was one of the best packaging for an online order I’ve seen.
Starting with the Royals palette, I could not be more pleased. Do not get me wrong, you always pay for quality and the Modern Renaissance palette is incredible in both pigment and formula. However, the Royals palette is a comparable alternative, and I was surprised to be honest. It swatched beautifully, and applied like a high-end palette should. I expected it to disappear when blending, which happened slightly with the darker colors, but all of the others stayed put. Having bought this palette months ago, it is still a go-to when I want to make a warm-toned look.
The J Cat Beauty highlighter also astonished me. It is a soft formula, making for an extra bright highlight, which I love. The highlighter is also comparable to its high quality counterpart, looking nearly identical to the Face Illuminating Powder. I always reach for this highlighter, as it is such a great price for a great product.
Both the Rude primer and the setting spray work as they should. The primer is a little more liquidy than I normally like, but the setting spray is pretty standard. So all in all, I’d say spending less than $10 on both a primer and setting spray that both work is a pretty great deal.
ShopHush.com proved itself to be a great alternative for beauty products for those who are trying to save some money, and I will definitely be buying from them again and again.