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24 August 2016

LADIES VISITING TURKEY: POPULAR COSMETICS BRANDS - MAC... FROM WHERE TO BUY?

   


   Hello, Ladies!
  With this article, I begin new series of articles for ladies, visiting Turkey, which will give short information, about the popular cosmetics brands/stores and where to find and buy their products.
   As a person, who travels, I personally encountered and now I understand better the difficulties, of the foreign people, to find the products they need, on the market of a new, unknown country. That encouraged me to start this new series of articles.
   I hope, it will be useful for you!

  My first article will be about MAC Cosmetics and their stores in Turkey.


  MAC is one of the most popular cosmetics Brands in the world for professional makeup products.  


    Their large range of product series are well known, too - lipsticks, foundations, primers, concealers, blushes, eyeshadows - satin, mineral, eye pencils, lip pencils, eyeshadow palettes, mascara, colored pigments  - all kinds of products with their different series. Also, accessories - brushes, tools (eyelash tweezers, pencil sharpeners, bags with the brand logo, makeup removing napkins), cleaning products for the brushes... Everything, what the company offers, you can find there. 
   It's one of the most prefered brands, from the professional makeup artists, too.
   


   Most of the Beauty salons in the country, are using MAC Cosmetics makeup products.

    If you are Lady, who is travelling/living/working in Turkey, and you wish to buy your favorite MAC products, you can find them in many of the biggest cities' malls.

  The MAC stores are arranged - visually and functionally, according to the same MAC conception, as usual. 

MAC Cosmetics store - Turkey
   There are also makeup dressers with big mirrors, where you can sit down and try products. 
   The girls in the store can apply makeup on half of your face to give you some idea.
    Professional Makeup Artist service is also available for your special events. She (in most of the cases it's "she") can create full makeup appearance, with the chosen individually for you, colors and type of products. The artist is working as freelancer and is available after booked and confirmed appointment. This you can do in any MAC store.


Professional Makeup Artist is applying makeup on a model
Shutterstock: Courtesy - screenshot from footage clip by Klymovych-Selezen Natalia
   








   All testers and products of all ranges are available (except - the sold products).
  New product promotions are also available, with their testers, just in time.
   Before you pay the product, they open and show in front of you. Once bought, you have no right to change it (it's something, which doesn't seem quite right, especially for so expensive products).

   FROM WHERE TO BUY?

   You can buy MAC Cosmetics products from the officially authorized MAC Cosmetics stores in the malls in many cities:

  • ADANA - ZIYAPASA
  • ANKARAANKAMALL, TUNALI, TUNALI ANKARA, TAURUS, KENTPARK MALL
  • ANTAKYA - PALLADIUM AVM, ANTAKYA PALLADIUM
  • ANTALYA - MARKANTALYA, TERRA CITY MALL, MIGROS MALL
  • BURSA - BURSA CARREFOUR, ZAFER PLAZA AVM, ZAFER PLAZA AVM 2, KENT MEYDANI MALL, KORUPARK AVM
  • DENIZLI - DENIZLI
  • GAZIANTEP - PRIME MALL
  • ISTANBUL - AQUA-FLORYA AVM, AKMERKEZ MALL, ZORLU CENTER MALL, AKASYA, TAKSIM PRO, ISTANBUL FORUM MALL
  • IZMIR - ALSANCAK, IZMIR ALSANCAK, MAVI BAHCE, BORNOVA FORUM, AGORA
  • KAYSERI - FORUM KAYSERI MALL, FORUM KAYSERI
  • TRABZON - TRABZON FORUM MALL
  • IZMIT - IZMIT SYMBOL
   You can use also the Store locator on the main MAC Cosmetics page for Turkey.


   PRICES

   In Turkey, the prices of some cosmetics products are little bit higher, compared to the prices of the same products abroad.
   MAC has high quality and high class professional products (more about the Pro MAC Products here), which are expensive in generally and there is no exclusion from this, in any other country (the prices are almost same and fixed). 
   Here, I will give some approximate prices and some exact prices, of some products, just for your own approximate information: 

  • Mascara - depends from the different kind and end purposes - 62 TL, 63 TL, 65 TL, 72 TL, "To go" size - 32 TL
  • Lipstick - 60 TL
  • Pigment - 79 TL
  • Extra dimension eyeshadow - 69 TL
  • Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - 105 TL
  • Nail Lacquer - 32 TL
  • Pencil Sharpener - 19 TL

*(Notice, the prices of the same cosmetics products may slightly vary, depends on the different store locations.)


   About the "rule" with the empty packages: usually, if you bring back to MAC 6 empty boxes (or other kind of) product package, you get one lipstick free - at this moment, it's NOT available in Turkey, unfortunately!


   CUSTOM SERVICE

  The staff is usually very polite, they try to assist you and they do it very well - showing different products, color shades, they can test the product you may want, on your face, too.
   The majority of the staff are men.

   Good advices, which can be given:

  • To speak well at least basic English, Russian or German - for the foreign clients
  • To know perfectly the products, before to offer them to you.
  
   General advice - the bright light in the stores (not only MAC's), directed to the products, very often is misleading the clients about the real color of the eyeshadows, highlighters, powders, lipsticks on their skin and how it really appears on them. 
   This bright light (cold LED, warm LED, spot lights) can give idea to the client only, about the evening time look with this product, but not daytime.
   It happens very often - you like one product, you test it and buy it. The next day, you wear it and going outside on daylight - surprise! 
   Possible decision (advice to the clients and to the store managers) - it's good, if there is window in the store, so the client can go and see the result also on daylight. If there is window, if the client forget or even don't get idea to try the same product on daylight, too - redirect it to the window, so the client will be able to make right choice and to be happy with the product.

   CONCLUSIONS

  Nowadays, the world is more globalized, than we ever dreamed. This is the same, about the cosmetics market, also.       Now, more than ever, the most popular and loved products can be reached in almost every populated point of the world. 

   I hope, this article is giving you quick, but full information about where you can find your favorite MAC products, during your visit in Turkey.

   Armed with this info, now you can go and get your favs, and enjoy them!


   P.S. - I would like to hear your opinion and also your experience, about this kind of difficulties in new foreign country. It can be helpful for anyone.


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