Before we moved to Ecuador, I didn’t know if I would be able to find my favorite brands of makeup.
As it turns out, the common brands are easy to find. Beauty supply stores are common in the major cities.
Finding the shades you need may be difficult.
Finding Makeup and Beauty Supplies in Ecuador
Burbujas is a chain that we have seen in Guayaquil, Quito and Cuenca. They carry common brands like Revlon, CoverGirl and Almay. They also carry other brands that may be familiar to you, like Sally Hansen, Pantene and Clairol.
There are a number of locations in each city so it’s not hard to find a Burbujas.
You can also find some of the more common brands at the grocery stores like SuperMaxi and Coral.
The Problem With Makeup in Ecuador
The difficulty comes in when you are looking for a particular shade of foundation.
You may find it and then go back to repurchase only to find that they are out of stock. There are problems with importation which make it difficult for the shops to stay stocked.
This has happened to me many times forcing me to switch brands. We all know what a pain that is!
Stock Up and Bring it With You
To avoid this problem you could try switching to a local brand or stock up when you are out of the country. You could also have family and friends bring you your favorite brands and colors when they visit.
Keep in mind that it’s much easier to order what you want (in the color you want) and have it shipped to your family/friends home. Asking someone to go out and shop for your makeup could be a hassle for them, and they may not get exactly what you “ordered.”
I have seen Avon magazines on the counters in some of the stores, so that is an option as well. Although I can’t say how well it would work (in terms of availability) because I’ve never tried it.
Be Careful About Ordering Makeup Online!
Don’t make the mistake I made and think that you can just order your favorite brand online and have it shipped to you here in Ecuador.
When I tried that, my shipment was confiscated and we had to pay to have it shipped back out of the country. I ordered 3 containers of the same product in the same color. The government felt that I was going to be selling it rather than using it for personal use.
I had to go before a notary and sign a paper saying that I would never do that again. So that was the end of that “easy solution” to my makeup problems.
Have you had problems finding makeup? How do you stay stocked up on your favorite brands? Please share with us by commenting on this post.