How much does beauty cost?
Each of us has our own criteria for choosing beauty products and services, and price plays an important role in this. Is it the same everywhere? Today I invite you to compare how much cosmetic products and services cost around the world.
I like traveling very much. Of course, in between meetings with you, my dears, because your beauty is above all! :) I like the idea of a trip to a new city, and even better to a new country, where you can dissolve in an unfamiliar atmosphere. I love the smell of airport terminals and the emotions I get when I discover new horizons. But I also love my cosmetics and, unfortunately, I can't take all my bottles with me.
One day, during my trip abroad, I realized that I forgot my usual base for gel polish. Since this brand is quite widespread all over the world, I was sure that I would find it without any problems in this area. I found something, but I was a little overwhelmed by the prices of some of my favorite products, because the cost of an identical product was exactly three times higher than the price I pay in Kiev. I was wondering how different the average price of cosmetics and services around the world is. I share my observations with you! :)
According to the report of the international online retailer Linio, everything is not so bad with you and me. :) In our country, we can find cosmetics and beauty treatments for every taste and budget! If our budget is very tight, we can go and buy $2 mascara, $1 eye shadow, and $4-5 foundation. And it's not just cheap, it's good enough! Of course, I'm not saying that you need to run and take the cheapest products from the shelf without looking, no! But at least we have that opportunity!
Meanwhile, lipstick in Venezuela will set you back around $1,100. Tone cream? Pay $12,531 please. Do you want to smell good? Cook around $13,988. To be fair, Venezuela is currently experiencing massive inflation and its exchange rate is incredibly unbalanced, so these numbers are misleading. However, the eyes widen slightly when looking at these price tags. Of course, differences in economic levels and the availability of resources affect pricing, but the same product from world-famous brands varies significantly in price in different countries. Equally striking is the price difference for beauty services: the average haircut in Vietnam will set you back less than $7, while in Indonesia it's only $4.50.
For comparison: the average price for a haircut in Kiev in a middle-class salon is $ 10-15, and a haircut in Moscow will cost about $ 25-30. But in order to rashly cut a square in Norway, you will have to pay at least $ 95.
Another interesting fact: there is often a fairly large price gap between haircuts for women and men. In Jakarta (Indonesia) and Hong Kong (China), women pay on average almost the same as men, while in Dublin (Ireland) and Cairo (Egypt) women's haircuts cost almost three times as much as men's. This imbalance is seen all over the world, with women's haircuts costing an average of 40% more! Yes, we know that men usually have less hair and to work scissors less, but it's still a bummer. :)
As for manicure, in order to put your nails in order and cover it with gel polish, in the USA they will charge you about $ 50-60. While you can make a good manicure in Kiev for only $ 10-15. Are you in Barcelona and want a bright nail design? Be prepared to part with 35-40 euros, and in Copenhagen even more - about 80 euros! But Venezuela tops the list, too, with a $ 160 manicure!
And this is not surprising. In cities with a higher standard of living, such as, for example, Zurich and Geneva, the cost of salon procedures also “holds the bar”. Eh, I'm happy for my colleagues, especially considering the meaningful work they do. :)
Waxing is also a painful topic for residents of large European cities. Knowing that you can do wax depilation in Kiev for only $ 10, somehow you don’t really want to go to a salon in Oslo and leave about $55 there! Then go to Egypt, where you will get a Brazilian depilation for only $6!
There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to pricing in the beauty industry: a low price for services means low salaries for providers. Despite the fact that a manicure for $ 6 sounds very tempting, it is worth remembering that the master does not receive a decent profit, and the quality of the services provided may well suffer from this. Cheap beauty products are also a product of the economies of the respective countries, from production to sales in stores - employee salaries reflect the price tags of beauty products.
An important factor is that the quality standards of cosmetic products in Europe are much stricter than, for example, in America. So beauty products may be more expensive and impact the beauty industry, but consumers know they are getting certified good products.
Despite the saying “everywhere is good where we are not”, in this particular case, I would not agree with this :) The prices for self-care procedures in Ukraine are among the most affordable in the world, while the quality of the services provided in 90% of cases will be much higher in comparison with masters from other countries. Be healthy and well-groomed, and bring beauty to the masses, wherever you are! :)