So in case you’re unaware, I used to work at Kohl’s. I started in the summer of 2012 and quit in the summer of 2013. Oh the joys of working retail (not). The beauty department within Kohl’s has always housed their exclusive brands such as Vera Wang, Flirt!, and Elle. Of course as soon as I leave, they decide to completely remodel the makeup section, adding many well known brands. My girl Danielle was promoted from working the register, and is now one of the leads of the beauty department, so I went to go visit her and see what Kohl’s had to offer.
The first aisles I wandered down were that of Cargo, Lorac, and Purminerals. Kohl’s is housing their full collections… anything from these brands you may be looking for, they’ve got it.
Next, and what I was most excited about checking out, was the Real Techniques section. They’ve got all the brush sets plus individual brushes, as well as brush cleaner, makeup remover wipes and pencil sharpeners.
So I thought that was going to be it, but then Danielle asked if I had heard of theBalm. HAD I HEARD OF THEBALM?? She took me around the corner and I was in Heaven! I immediately recognized some of my favorite items from my own collection, like the Nude ‘Tude palette and theBalm Girls lipsticks. Kohl’s has almost the entire brand’s worth of items, and Danielle said they’d be expanding the display soon. The best part was the exclusive Kohl’s gift sets: $34 for 3 Instains and $29 for a Bronzer and Luminizer box set. Considering Instains are individually $22 and bronzers/luminizers are individually $24, these are a steal!
Since I worked at Kohl’s for a year I know how to get the best deals. One rule I always had, even as an employee, was never shop without a coupon. Kohl’s gives out a ridiculous amount of coupons every week. If you sign up for their emails and rewards program you can double up on savings. Often times they’ll send you $10 to spend… without a minimum. You can also find these types of coupons in local newspapers in the form of a sticker. Of course, don’t forget about Kohl’s Cash: during a Kohl’s Cash week (make sure you check before going in!), if you spend $50 you get $10 to spend in store the following week with no minimum.
If you apply for a Kohl’s card and get approved, you can get 20% off that purchase and then pay off the balance right away using cash or check, so you won’t get a bill later.
You can also stack coupons! You will always be able to combine percent off with dollar off coupons. Depending on the promotion you might also be able to stack more than one dollar off (you can stack as many Kohl’s Cash coupons that you have). You can NOT, however, stack percentage off. Oh my god explaining this has brought me right back behind that register.
Even though I can’t use my employee discount anymore, I’m still glad that I can now get Real Techniques and theBalm locally instead of ordering online, which was the only way I could for all this time. My ULTA is about 40 minutes away and is just not worth the trip if I’m just looking for one small item.
UPDATE 1/16/14: I’ve learned that Kohl’s has changed their policy and the only coupons you can use on makeup items is Kohl’s Cash, or ones specifically for cosmetics. General percent or dollar off coupons will not apply. 🙁 Lame! The tips above will still help you slash tons of dollars off of general merchandise purchases.
The new beauty departments at Kohl’s are rolling out slowly, testing the area store by store, so go check out if yours received a makeover! You can now receive makeup consultations from the beauty experts as well! I totally endorse Danielle at the Northridge store. 🙂
So what did I pick up? I grabbed the blush brush from Real Techniques. I had a $5 coupon, so I got the brush for only $4.36!
Have you ever worked retail? Did you like it? I definitely liked the discounts but hated dealing with customers!