Beauty buffs and makeup lovers: this one’s for you. Savoir Flair has scoured the streets of Dubai to reveal six under-the-radar beauty boutiques that you absolutely need to know about. Whether you’re after the latest in innovative Korean skincare, hard-to-find professional makeup products, or even your favorite luxury brands for a fraction of the cost, these shops tick all the beauty boxes – and then some.
The Cosmetics Company Store
A shop that sells luxury brands like Tom Ford, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Jo Malone, and Estée Lauder for 30 percent less? Yes, it really does exist. A secret too good not to share, the Estée Lauder Companies outlet store is the definitive beauty lover’s paradise. From the latest Smashbox eyeshadows to limited-edition Jo Malone fragrances, Clinique skincare, you can stock up on all these and more. You can even call ahead to reserve your makeup must-haves, enjoy free parking for an hour, and book a one-on-one session with a makeup artist. If all that wasn’t enough, the store also hosts flash sales with even bigger discounts.
Food Court Building – West Wing, Dubai Airport Freezone
(+971) 4 295 8223
The Fashion Vault
Don’t let the name of this boutique fool you because, although it’s home to some seriously cool clothes, it’s a secret haven for beauty products too. Saving you a trip to South Korea to stock up on the country’s super skincare products, The Fashion Vault is the place to go for all the cool and quirky brands that SoKo has to offer. From cute TonyMoly contour sticks and Too Cool for School body butters to snail slime-infused serums and sheet masks aplenty, you’ll be in product paradise. Plus, it stocks hard-to-find brands such as Kylie Cosmetics, as well as incredibly niche finds like crystal-infused skincare from Aquarian Soul, all-natural body polishes and serums from Herbivore, and Pixi bronzing palettes. Beauty junkies, you’re welcome.
Sunset Mall, Jumeirah
(+971) 4 321 2111
Pro Makeup Boutique
Blink and you’ll miss it, as this cool kiosk tucked away in Oasis Center is a very well-hidden gem. Founded in 2012 by professional makeup artist Edilyn Menzies, Pro Makeup Boutique is your one-stop shop for all things – you guessed it – makeup. Trying each product personally before she stocks them on her shelves, Menzies brings some of the best cult brands – including RCMA and Kevyn Aucoin – as well as The Artisan brushes and Mario Dedivanovic’s coveted highlighter to Dubai. Professional makeup services and training classes are also offered, so if you ever wanted to unleash your inner Pat McGrath, this is the place to start.
Oasis Center, Shiekh Zayed Road
(+971) 56 940 2810
For all things healthy hair, look no further than Hairlab. Not only is it a beautiful boutique that sells everything you could possibly need for luscious locks, but it also boasts some of the best niche brands in the business – Philip Kingsley, Rahua, Leonor Grey, and J.F. Lazartigue to name a few. Hairlab also offers expert in-store treatments to tackle all your hair needs. Providing a three-step process to help you get heavenly tresses, the expert team here is on hand with state-of-the-art technology, which they’ll use to diagnose your scalp and hair before helping you pick out the perfect products and treating you to an in-house treatment. These range from hair-loss remedies to dandruff busters and keratin treatments.
Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah
(+971) 4 351 2331
If you thought The Dollhouse was solely reserved for top treatments and pampering perfection, think again – it’s also home to some of the best beauty brands in the business. Not only are the shelves stocked to the brim with Huda Beauty’s latest launches, but there’s also Dr. Apa’s famous teeth-whitening products and Jen Atkins’ haircare line Ouai. If that wasn’t enough, there are SoKo products galore, Instagram’s favorite beauty oil Farsali, and luxury hair products from Balmain. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The big, beautiful cherry on top? You can shop your favorites and get pampered at the same time. Win-win.
The Dubai Ladies Club, Jumeirah, and Al Barsha
Georges of Dubai
Tucked away in The Collective in Al Quoz, you’ll find a rather special hidden gem: Georges of Dubai. Not only does it stock stunning homeware, cute trinkets, eco-friendly cleaning products, and gifts aplenty, but also some of the world’s best niche beauty brands, especially those from Australia and New Zealand. The goodies range from handmade scented candles by Gascoigne & King and 100 percent natural beeswax balm by Vanda Balm to L’Asccari bath salts and Etat Libre d’Orange perfumes. What’s even better is that Georges of Dubai is about to launch an online shopping platform.
The Collective, Al Quoz
(+971) 55 318 4355