So, Are the Savings Really Worth the Risk?
In response to the concerns Bhanusali brought up, Horiuchi said, "It's not for everyone, right? Everyone kind of has a line that they choose as far as the risks that they're willing to take."
When it comes to purchasing used beauty products, Bhanusali said to stay away from anything that requires active touching, like jars of moisturisers, tubes of mascaras, and lipsticks, noting that containers with airless pumps that "minimize exposure to air and human contact are the least of all evils. But again, you just never know how things are cared for and taken care of. Always err on the side of caution."
Instead of purchasing preowned products to save money, Bhanusali recommended using samples and travel-size versions. "There's a difference between saving a few bucks but also making sure you're healthy and happy" he said.
When in doubt, there's always the option to purchase affordable and reliable brands from drugstore favourites like NYX to influencer-approved brands like ColourPop Cosmetics.
"There's always a catch," Bhanusali said. "You have to figure out where your risk and reward balance out."