Drug Store Makeup Refunds 101
We've all done it. Fell for that vibrant azure shadow or coral lip that looked so promising and FESTIVE in the drugstore display only to find that at home, we looked like a tired 19th Century French courtesan trolling the Jardin de Luxembourg for an extra 15 louis. Or something like that.
The good news is, most drugstores are fairly flexible and will cut you a nice bit of slack on a well-intended purchase gone awry. We love our beauty brands so we've never abused the system, but we have used it on the rare occasion that the product looked NOTHING like the swatch in the store. Should this unhappy situation befall you, rest assured, the following stores will be happy to give you your money back.
Makeup Refunds Golden Rule: Always keep your receipts and original packaging and try to make your return within 30 days maximum, and without the air of having happily used the product for the full trial period. Your local drugstore will thank you.
Rite Aid has a Beauty Money Back Guarantee in which you can try new products, get "daring" with your choices and return unwanted beauty items risk free* (the * means that the product has to have been purchased in-store only)
Beauty.com offers a full refund on used makeup items sent back within 30 days of receipt.
CVS has a 100% happy beauty guarantee and will return your money on any used beauty product.
Duane Reade (New York) and Walgreens both offer a full refund for used makeup returns with receipt although there is no specific verbiage on their sites promoting this. Just ask and ye shall receive!