7 Stores That You'd Never Guess Have Killer Beauty Sections

Where do you go when it’s time to try a new lipstick or re-up on moisturizer? It’s easy to turn to the usual suspects, like department stores, drugstores, and cult-favorite beauty emporiums. However, more and more, the most delightfully surprising collections of lust-worthy and hard-to-find beauty products are found somewhere you may not think to look: our favorite clothing and lifestyle stores.

As it turns out, those attracted to Nasty Gal’s badass wardrobe picks can also score some of the coolest lipsticks that we’ve seen bubble up from the underground. And if luxe minimalism is your aesthetic? You could find it in a classic jean jacket — or a green, indie shampoo — at The Dreslyn. If you live for small, dainty jewelry, you probably already love Catbird — but did you know the retailer also stocks hand cream and soft, romantic lip colors?

Beauty is everywhere. And if we can trust brands with such well-defined aesthetics to handpick and present the best in clothing, housewares, and more, then why not look to them for the same in beauty? Brooke Taylor Corcia, CEO and founder of The Dreslyn, which started as an online clothing shop, frames it this way: “The Dreslyn is a specialty store at the base. Our aim is to offer an edited selection of product that best serves our clients’ daily lives.”

So whether it's sourcing a cozy sweater, cutting board, or cleanser, the criteria is the same — and the vetting process is rigorous. "I look for a common language between our brands: similar values, aesthetics, and ideals,” Corcia says. Translation: If you love a store's clothing, you'll likely love its beauty offerings, too.

Ahead, a strong case for why your next great beauty buy may not come from a “beauty” store at all. In fact, the stores ahead are goldmines of effective and stylish products. Sometimes, it pays to look in surprising places.

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Nasty Gal
Leave it to Nasty Gal to bring us a U.K.-based color-cosmetics line with lipsticks that have names like Bossy and Supreme. Even better? Like the line itself, the lipsticks' flashy bullets take inspiration from '90s hip-hop.

MDM Flow Lipstick, $18, available at Nasty Gal.
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A trio of red, fuchsia, and tangerine lipsticks housed in flip-top packaging that resembles a pack of smokes? We want to bum all three.

Stiks Cosmetiks Front and Center Lipstik Set, $38, available at Nasty Gal.
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We’re longtime fans of Smith & Cult’s cool colors and bling-y design, but somehow, we're just now finding out that we can get the shades at our favorite #girlboss shop.

Smith & Cult Nail Polish, $18, available at Nasty Gal.
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Catbird has long been the place for delicate and inventive jewelry design. What you may not know is that the brand has shown an equally discerning eye for housewares and beauty. Where else would we find a hand lotion bearing the face of Nina Simone, the late, great legend of soul? Fittingly, it’s fragranced with a smooth blend of frankincense, sandalwood, and orange. The jewelry outpost also stocks a version for those who want to channel Nico — a blend made with bitter almond, bay, and cassia.

Under Aurora Women We Love Hand Lotion in Nina Simone, $24, available at Catbird.
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Here’s the thing about this minimalist-looking lipstick: It feels like lip balm going on, but packs great color payoff. The only thing that reminds us we're wearing a full-on lipstick shade at all? The compliments that pour in whenever we put it on.

Rodin Luxury Lipstick, $38, available at Catbird.
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Shiva Rose has gained a loyal following by making indulgent products that are beautiful enough to display. This all-natural oil blend — which can be used on the face or hair — is fragranced with frankincense rose and ylang-ylang essential oils, and smells fantastic.

Shiva Rose Glow Face Balm, $65, available at Catbird.
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This moisturizing lip balm also happens to deliver the perfect, natural rosy lips.

Ilia Arabian Nights Lip Conditioner, $26, available at Catbird.
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This gorgeous hand cream smells like an orange tree in a tube, soaks in quickly to deeply hydrate skin, and begs to be left on your desk or vanity, thanks to the vintage-inspired packaging.

Tocca Stella Hand Cream, $20, available at Catbird.
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The Dreslyn
The Dreslyn showcases beauty that’s minimal and streamlined, but luxurious. The L.A.-based makeup brand makes the most striking lipstick colors — including Darkroom, a deep, low-shine plum shade we’re feeling for fall.

Kosås Lipstick, $24, available at The Dreslyn.
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This face wash strikes a delicate balance inside and out. Its tube's minimal design looks good in any bathroom, and the gel-cream formulation helps deep-clean pores without drying out skin.

Context Daily Facial Cleanser, $30, available at The Dreslyn.
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This shampoo-and-conditioner set makes our hair feel lighter than air — and packs a lovely, spicy rose scent.

Grown Alchemist Shampoo & Conditioner Twin Set, $49, available at The Dreslyn.
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Forget what you know about astringent toners. This beautifully bottled version hosts a bevy of botanical actives, aimed at sweeping away dead skin cells, soothing skin, fighting bacteria and inflammation, and restoring hydration.

Mun No. 11 Anarose Toner, $68, available at The Dreslyn.
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This jar of powder is more than apothecary eye candy: The mixture of bentonite, kaolin, and white clays can be made into an exfoliant or mask.

Guy Morgan Apothecary White Marble Clay Mask, $45, available at The Dreslyn.
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Free People
The free-spirited souls who love Free People’s threads can now get beauty products on the brand’s website. One of our favorite picks? This luxurious, antioxidant-rich oil with a simple, but strong ingredient list: vitamin E, dogwood seed, and rosemary-leaf extract.

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, $40, available at Free People.
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This soothing treatment has 1% shimmer to help magnify the look of lips and 0% stickiness. Bonus: It smells like lemonade.

Lano Lemonaid Lip Treatment, $17, available at Free People.
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We’d go to the ends of the Earth to stock our showers with this New Zealand-made hair wash, which lathers without sulfates and has the most incredible botanic scent. Thanks to Free People, we don’t have to.

Sans[ceuticals] Balancing Hair Hydrant, $33, available at Free People.
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With these versatile lipsticks, a trio of L.A.-based sisters has injected sophisticated color and strong pigment into a natural-beauty landscape dominated by soft and gentle hues. The color payoff is so solid that the lip shades can be used as cream eyeshadows, too.

Rituel de Fille Forbidden Lipstick, $23, available at Free People.
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This lifestyle site, dedicated to organic and green living, has great home goods and clothing options. It only makes sense that it sells the best natural beauty products. Case in point: This mist for face, hair, and body, which is made in small batches and with an all-star lineup of straightforward ingredients, like sandalwood, neroli, and rose essential oils.

Fig+Yarrow Organic Rose Sandalwood Neroli Complexion Water, $34, available at Rodale’s.
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This natural hair-care line includes a non-chemical hairspray and analog-pump mousse. But we’re really loving the power of this leave-in conditioner, which easily detangles hair after a day in the surf.

Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner, $26.50, available at Rodale’s.
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When you find a natural deodorant that really works, you want one for every facet of your life: gym bag, car, bathroom, and weekender. This four-pack does it all.

Fat and the Moon Lil' Deodorant Cream Set, $24, available at Rodale’s.
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If you wore a flower crown into the ocean, then let it dry once back on land, it would smell like this divine salt spray, which combines water, aloe vera, sea-kelp extract, and Atlantic sea salt with rose and geranium essential oils.

Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray, $24, available at Rodale’s.
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Urban Outfitters
Fun fact: Urban Outfitters stocks some of the most unexpected — and hard-to-find — niche beauty brands from across the globe. One such wonder? Color cosmetics from one of the most inventive makeup artists in the game, the Netherlands-based Ellis Faas. Historically, it’s been hard to find her incredible pigments anywhere in the States, so we’re doing major jazz-hands over her line’s availability at Urban Outfitters, starting with these ultra-vibrant lipsticks.

Ellis Faas Hot Lips, $35, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Urban Outfitters has a host of exclusive Milk Makeup products that top our beauty-meets-fun wish list, including Tattoo Stamps and Spray Nail Polish. But first, this trio of lip minis, wrapped in a holographic clutch.

Milk Makeup Oh-Snap Lip Trio, $18, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Makeup artists have long sourced their brushes from Sigma. Now, we can get in on the action with a simple UO visit. The seven brushes stocked in this leather travel kit comprise the perfect starter pack for contouring, eye-shading, applying foundation and powder, and more.

Sigma Beauty Travel Brush Set, $86, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Into K-beauty? This Korean brand’s answer to high-shine lip gloss lives up to the standard — it’s weightless and completely non-sticky.

Touch In Sol Go Extreme High Definition Lip Lacquer, $18, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Antonym has been quietly setting the bar in the natural-beauty space over the past few years. (If you haven’t gotten your hands on its brushes, you’re missing out.) The shades in its certified natural eyeshadow quad are so silky and beautiful that it sells out almost as soon as it’s restocked.

Antonym Quattro Eye Shadow, $38, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Forget about a golden egg. We found our jackpot with this overnight mask, packed in a citron-capped mushroom.

TonyMoly Golden Mushroom Sleeping Mask, $16, available at Urban Outfitters.
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This indie brand draws inspiration from Indonesia, and makes a deliciously scented body butter.

Juara Candlenut Body Crème, $35, available at Urban Outfitters.
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OCC Lip Tars are on everyone’s lips for good reason: They deliver inventive color in a minty, vegan formula. But if you’re looking for a rare one, head to UO — it stocks the ones no one else sells.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar, $16, available at Urban Outfitters.
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You already know that Anthropologie has everything you need to live a charming, stylish life — and its beauty offerings are just as romantic, with beautifully formulated picks that always feel special. This lightweight serum from the celeb-favorite French brand is a prime example — it smells like a fresh bouquet and makes hair petal-soft.

Leonor Greyl Sérum de Soie Sublimateur, $46, available at Anthropologie.
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These individually packaged sheet masks are soaked in serums to help hydrate, exfoliate, or brighten life- and travel-worn skin. Bonus: The comfy fabric stays put after application.

Patchology FlashMasque Facial Sheet, $8, available at Anthropologie.
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The wild-harvested ingredients from this NorCal-based brand make for some pretty potent blends. A favorite? This mineral clay-based mask, which can be blended with a touch of water or aloe vera juice to make a spot treatment, or with a few teaspoons of liquid to make a complete face mask.

Root Science Detox Facial Mask, $60, available at Anthropologie.
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There’s a reason this lotion-serum hybrid has a cult following: It makes skin glow, thanks to gently exfoliating lactic acid.

Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment, $105, available at Anthropologie.
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This one-minute treatment, which helped launch the flash-mask craze, is still the best quick-fix skin-brightener — great for that hot date or, you know, Tuesday.

Ren Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial, $48, available at Anthropologie.
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