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Black Friday Beauty Predictions 2017: There's No Bad Time to Shop

Want to save on high-end cosmetics? Check out Macy's, or look for rare sales from Sephora.
What to Expect

Looking good's not always easy, and it's definitely not always cheap! But around Black Friday, beauty and health products get a lot more affordable. Shoppers just need to know where to find the best deals.

So what can you expect from Black Friday beauty and grooming deals? Read on below! Then, consider signing up for the DealNews Select newsletter to keep track of the latest deals in your inbox, or download our app to have them at your fingertips.

The Cheat Sheet: Black Friday Beauty & Grooming Predictions

Discounts to Expect

  • Up to $30 off beauty and grooming sampler boxes

  • Men's razor blade cartridges for $1 or less

  • 50% off electric toothbrushes and dental gadgets

5 Quick Tips You Need to Know

  • Most beauty deals will come with free shipping, except fragrances.

  • Amazon will offer beauty samplers with credits that make them essentially free.

  • Macy's will discount higher-end beauty brands like Philosophy.

  • Many stores that don't normally offer discounts will actually have sales.

  • Amazon will offer the most beauty deals, including drugstore brands, but many will require Subscribe & Save.

Want more details on how, what, where, and when to buy beauty and grooming deals this Black Friday? Then check out our full analysis below.

Better Sales Come Around Black Friday

While there's no bad time to shop health and beauty deals, the best time is definitely in the days between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday. Not only did we see about twice as many deals during these days, but those deals were a higher quality than usual — about a third were Editors' Choice. During the rest of the season, not even one in six received our Editors' nod.

While there's no bad time to shop health and beauty deals, the best time is definitely in the days between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday.

What made the Black Friday deals so special? Many stores offered the best discounts we'd seen all year, and we saw deals from stores we usually don't.

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Beauty Boxes Might Be the Best Deals

Three of our top 10 most popular health and beauty deals last year were for beauty or wellness boxes — small collections of toiletries and makeup. These bundles typically sold for $10 or less (Amazon had a few that offered 100% of the price back as Amazon credit).

These boxes also offered as much as $30 in savings, as opposed to buying the products separately. They were available from Target and Amazon last year, but it wouldn't be surprising to see more stores join in this year.

Amazon Will Offer the Most Deals

In 2016 almost a third of the health and beauty deals we posted were from Amazon, and they largely consisted of brands you'd see at drugstores (like Revlon and Dove). No one else came close in terms of the number of deals, but two other stores are still worth mentioning for the extremely high-quality deals they offered.

SEE ALSO: Here's How to Get Free Stuff on Amazon

Macy's offered just a few health and beauty deals, but they were on higher-end brands like Philosophy, and two-thirds of them received our Editors' Choice mark. Target came away from Black Friday as an unexpected front-runner in the health and beauty category; it may have only offered a quarter of the deals Amazon did, but more than half of those deals were Editors' Choice! (Only about one in six Amazon deals were Editors' Choice.) Target shoppers bagged big savings on brands like Burt's Bees and Aveeno.

Expect to Use Subscribe & Save

More than half of the deals we saw from Amazon used Subscribe & Save to drop the price. This service from Amazon adds an extra discount to many items in exchange for you signing up for a "subscription" to a product. Fortunately, you can cancel that subscription after your first order ships, bagging the discount without further commitment.

Shoppers beware: While some deals remained available for days, about 10% of Amazon beauty deals we posted were sold out within a few hours.


Stock Up on Cheap Razors

With a lot of health and beauty products, there's not much point in stocking up — you may struggle to go through even one container before the item expires. But that's not true for razors, and there's no reason you can't pick up a year's supply during the holiday sales.

Last year we saw six separate deals that offered multiblade razors or razor cartridges for under $1 each.

Last year we saw six separate deals that offered multiblade razors or razor cartridges for under $1 each. The best of the lot was a Gillette Mach3 razor cartridge 10-pack for only $3. Retailers to watch for these deals include Dorco and Amazon.

Big Savings on Dental Gadgets

From electric toothbrushes to electric flossers, we saw tons of Editors' Choice deals on dental gadgets last year. Stores like Walmart, Kohl's, Best Buy, and Amazon frequently cut more than 50% off the price of these products. If your dental needs include products whose names could be confused with spaceship components, you're in luck.


Shop Black Friday Week for High-End Cosmetics

For some stores (think Sephora and Avon), Black Friday sales are the only chance to score a discount during the entire holiday shopping season. Plus, stores that are more prone to sales — like Bath & Body Works — can still be counted on to offer killer deals during Black Friday Week.

SEE ALSO: There's a 50% Chance You're Overpaying for Almost Everything

Near Black Friday doesn't necessarily mean on the day itself, though. MAC Cosmetics started its major sale the day after Cyber Monday, and Tarte Cosmetics held its sale over the weekend.

Expect Free Shipping on Most Deals

No-minimum free shipping was extremely common for most beauty products last year, but fragrances were a noteworthy exception. About half our deals in this category included a shipping fee or required you to meet a minimum to bag free shipping.

What are you hoping to see with beauty deals this year? Let us know in the comments, or check out all our Black Friday predictions below.

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Contributing Writer

Formerly a content writer for DealNews, Erin Coduti now brings that experience to the blog team as a freelancer. Previously, she wrote for a television news station and a literary fan magazine.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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