Oh Costco, how we love you. Where else can we buy a 50-pack of ankle socks alongside a crate of strawberries? And don’t even get us started on those Kirkland Chicken Bakes. What we didn’t know until recently was how many amazing beauty products were nestled among the other treats. We rounded up nine of the megastore's best.
ORLANDO PITA ARGAN GLOSS SHAMPOO
Outside of the fashion world, people might not be too familiar with Orlando Pita. But remember that episode of Sex and the City when Carrie trips on the runway but her hair is on point? That was all Pita. All of this is to say that it’s a pretty big deal that he has an exclusive hair-care line at Costco — and it’s every bit as good as you’d hope. Our favorite? This frizz-busting shampoo that leaves our strands super soft without weighing them down.
Orlando Pita ($15)
KRISTOFER BUCKLE SCULPT & DEFINE PALETTE
Meet the makeup artist behind Blake Lively. (Oh yeah.) Given Kristofer’s years of red carpet experience, he knows a thing or two about photogenic makeup. This is especially evident with his face sculpting palette, which holds a highlighter, two bronzers and two blushes, and makes contouring a breeze. Mix and match the shades to bring out your cheekbones and you'll find yourself using less Instagram filters.
Kristofer Buckle ($40)
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JENNA HIPP PRIME + SHINE TOP COAT & BASE COAT POLISH COLLECTION
An early pioneer of green beauty, Jenna Hipp was one of the first celebrity nail artists to take a firm stance against using any toxic chemicals in her products. But conscious beauty lovers and skeptics alike can appreciate the streak-free application and mani longevity you get from using her base and top coat.
Jenna Hipp ($24)
RAPIDLASH EYELASH & EYEBROW ENHANCING SERUM
Quite possibly one of the store’s most popular beauty products (seriously, it’s so popular that Costco limits two packs per person), this serum has earned rave reviews for its ability to make thin, wispy lashes long and lush — and sparse brows, thick and full.
RapidLash ($50 for a pack of two)
AMY NADINE RENEWING NUDE EYE SHADOW PALETTE
You know how Lauren Conrad was once synonymous with a perfect cat-eye? Amy Nadine has a little something to do with that. As LC’s makeup artist (and later co-creator of The Beauty Department), it’s no surprise that the superstore tapped Amy to launch a line of cosmetics. We love this quad of neutral eye shadows that feel like crushed silk on your lids and can be worn any day of the week.
Amy Nadine ($40)
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WHAMISA ORGANIC FLOWERS FACIAL MIST
As if we needed further proof that Korean beauty has totally dominated the market, Costco has a curated selection of K-beauty as well. This refreshing face mist is a standout with its clean scent, organic ingredients (that's a real olive leaf floating inside the bottle there) and ability to hydrate skin.
STRIVECTIN SD ADVANCED INTENSIVE CONCENTRATE
You might recognize the brand from department stores like Nordstrom and Macy’s — where it’s a consistent top seller. So it should come as no surprise, then, that it’s also a best seller at Costco (especially since it’s being offered here at a much lower price). This anti-aging cream, in particular, is very popular among customers as it can be used on the face (to treat fine lines) and on the body (to fade stretch marks).
StriVectin ($100 for a pack of two)
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ARTDECO LIMITED EDITION CRYSTAL GARDEN BLUSH AND BRUSH
On the other hand, you might not have ever heard of ArtDeco (unless you've lived in Germany, where it's an established mass makeup brand). All of the products are super pigmented and easy to use. Case in point: This blush blends three different shades to match every skin tone and comes with a fluffy brush for seamless application. (The fact that the compact is studded with Swarovski crystals is a nice bonus.)
EGYPTIAN MAGIC NATURAL ALL-PURPOSE SKIN CREAM
A cult favorite product for many years, people use this multipurpose cream to heal everything from burns to diaper rashes and zits. And whereas you used to have to track it down at your nearest co-op (or wait for it to be shipped to you from some random online retailer), you can now buy a two-pack of the stuff while picking up an economy-sized bottle of Listerine at your local Costco.
Egyptian Magic ($40 for a pack of two)