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    Are Aussie Beauty Addicts Actually Being Ripped Off?

    We did the research.

    Aussie beauty addicts often feel like they're paying more than their American counterparts. But how much are they actually being ripped off?

    BuzzFeed Oz set out to discover if Aussie beauty addicts are really getting the raw end of the deal.

    Here's how we did it.

    Using the current prices on both the Australian and American retailers' websites, we then added the the nationwide average sales tax of 5.45% to the American price. Using Google's currency converter on July 3rd at an exchange rate of 76 Australian cents to every US dollar, we then translated the American price + tax to Australian currency to see how the Australian price compared.

    We began with Sephora.

    Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con Palette

    Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick

    Tarte Cheek Stain

    Make Up For Ever HD Foundation

    So how does Mecca Cosmetica compare?

    Mecca has a price promise on its website that states that they stay as close to America's prices as possible.

    Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

    NARS Blush

    Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Collection

    Urban Decay Naked Palette

    Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner

    Smashbox Bronze Lights Compact

    So what about the department stores?

    From our conversions, Mecca showed that they don't put a huge mark-up on most of their items. Would the department stores prove themselves, also?

    Benefit They're Real Mascara

    Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat

    Illamasqua Sculpting Duo

    Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow

    Christian Dior 5 Couleurs Designer Palette

    And what about David Jones?

    Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Foundation

    M.A.C. Lipstick

    Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani Lipstick

    Lancôme Hypnose Star Mascara

    Laura Mercier Moisture Suprème Foundation

    Guerlain Meteorite Pearls Illuminating Powder

    But what about the brands at Priceline?

    Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick

    L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow Quads

    Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal 24hr Cream Gel Shadow

    Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips

    Essie Mint Candy Apple Nail Polish

    When contacted, Priceline told BuzzFeed News that the fault lies with suppliers.

    "There is no doubt that suppliers with an international presence sell products to retailers in different countries at different prices. As a result, consumers will see different on-shelf prices from one country to another. For our part, we endeavour to give our customers the widest range, strongest value and expert service of any cosmetics retailer in Australia. To this end, we work with our suppliers to provide the best outcomes for our customers."

    And last but not least, what about Target?

    NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

    CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara

    Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

    Several of the companies mentioned in this story declined BuzzFeed News’ requests for comment.

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