I am aware this is not a big deal but it bugs me - they never sell lipsticks as singles. They are almost always in sets like 3 or 4 or 6 etc. I may like one or two of the colors but you have to buy a whole set. I wish they would sell lipsticks in singles more - i don't want to pay for ones I don't want.
Do you tend to stay with similar colors in lipstick? I know I do! Maybe some ladies are adventurous and like different colors. Me, I know my color wheel and I know what I can't wear. I just paid $25 for a Tarte lipsurgence at Sephora, and the set of 5 was, what, $39? Much better value for the set, but I really just wanted the ONE in my color. I totally hear ya!!
I kind of doubt that they would have that many sales of single lipsticks due to high shipping costs and better deals elsewhere. I think the only advantage QVC has is to offer sets that are a better deal than single purchases. I understand your feelings though--I can't think of one lipstick set purchased here where I kept and used every color for an extended period. On the other hand, I would have to absolutely love the color and not be able to find it anywhere else to purchase singly here.
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Try putting all lipsticks in the above Search Bar, and some single ones should come up.
Do you like Bare Minerals lipsticks? They are sold separately with reduced shipping if you buy two or more.
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For the most part I agree with you. However, I REALLY, REALLY wanted Lipstick Queen's Medieval lipstick. I couldn't find it as a single anywhere. So, I had to break down and buy the 3 lipstick discovery set that Poppy had about a year ago. It had two shades that I never would have purchased. I tried then and I just love them. They are just great. In fact, I might even like them better than the Medieval!
I agree. I think they do it to make more money and extra shipping charge. Laura Geller had a trio but I only liked the one color so I went to Macy's to buy it.
I prefer singles too.
However, I don't think QVC is necessarily the best place to buy lipstick. Other brick and mortar stores sell tons of beautifully shaded lipstick. I can find whatever I want lots of places other than QVC.
I'm often disappointed with the sets, because I have very pale Irish skin, white hair, and lots of birthdays behind me. I am best in light coral shades, but sometimes pinky/coral shades. It never ceases to amaze me that the so-called beauty experts bring in the deep wines, dark reds, plums, etc. and say that they are just fine for everyone. Those colors make me look like a zombie - wouldn't be caught dead in them. Why can't they offer instead a set of lighter shades, a multi shade set, and a set of darker shades. That would be good for almost everyone.
Then don't buy from them.
The shipping charges would probably cost as much for one lipstick or more. Most people would not be willing to pay that much S&H for just one lipstick. Also, I think they figure that this way you will try the brands other shades, too.
buy just one at drugstore.com (beauty.com)
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Can you imagine paying that much shipping for ONE little lipstick????????
At one time I read that products on the shopping channel hads to sell for a minimum of $15 in order to make a profit. So - they would double up the products that are less than that $15 each.
That was quite a few years ago - the minimum dollar amount is probably much higher now.
ETA: I should have said that items presented on air had a minimum. I think in inventory and not aired that may not apply.
Last edited on 12/15/2012
I have seen lipsticks sold as "singles" on QVC.com. However, I think you would have better luck buying the same colors from Sephora or drugstore.com. Their shipping lower than QVC's or FREE!