A 6.7 oz bottle of Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion cost me $14.00 at Sephora in January of 2012. Sometime between then and now, the price has increased to $15.00. While it isn’t much, it came to me as a surprised as I’ve been buying this particular product for years now. It got me thinking, what else has gone up without me noticing? Looking back at my purchase history, the same 6.7 oz bottle of Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion cost me $13.50 in August of 2010. In three years, the price has increased by $1.50 (over 10% of its original price).
It seems like the standard of the industry. Estee Lauder and L’Oreal brands have been competitively increasing their prices in recent years. Due to inflation and skyrocketing production costs, it’s understandable why some prices must rise. It is just really surprising to me how little we tend to notice. The economy has slowed, but the prices of beauty and fashion products continue to rise. Not only that, but their sales have not dropped! So wherever money is tightening, it doesn’t seem to be tightening around our beauty and fashion closet.