The Best Duty-Free Bargains We'll Be Buying at the Airport

Other than eating delicious pastries in Jamie Oliver, reading trashy mags and scoffing a giant Toblerone, there's one other joy of being in the airport: duty-free. Not only does it always smell incredible, but you can legitimately snap up amazing bargains that can save you a tonne of money on some of your favourite brands. However, anyone who has ever gone past the aisles of the duty-free shop knows that there's just so much stuff. How do you wade through the best and find the ultimate beauty deals?

That, dear readers, is where we step in. We've trawled the World Duty Free website to find the best beauty items that you'll want to shop. We didn't just come up with weird stuff you'd never buy, but we found the brands and the products you already love (think true cult classics) for cheaper prices. From Esteé Lauder's Night Repair to YSL's Touche Éclat, there are plenty of deals to be had on some of the biggest and most iconic beauty products. Tot it all up, and we've worked out that you could save nearly £200. No, really. Keep scrolling, and click through our gallery of the nine items you'll want to snap up at duty-free.

Duty free: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair + Eye Cream
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair + Eye Cream $86

Usual price: £53 and £42, respectively (saving = £9)

Why buy: The product that most swear by to give them supple skin, especially after long flights when in need of a good moisturiser. Note: It's also great to put on if you've had a heavy night out.

Duty free: Tom Ford Black Orchid EDP
Tom Ford Black Orchid EDP $90

Usual price: £112 (saving = £22)

Why buy: Tom Ford is a master at creating must-have scents. This is a decadent perfume infused with notes of dark florals and rich fruits. Ideal for spritzing after long hot days in the sun, and you're ready for a night out. Sassy.

Duty free: Lancôme Advanced Génifique Serum 100ml
Lancôme Advanced Génifique Serum $108

Usual price: £196 for 100ml (saving = £88)

Why buy: Great for any type of skin at any time of your life. Whether you're keen to get rid of those fine lines or want to prevent them, this is a catch-all anti-ageing product that has seen plenty of the beauty industry give it the thumbs up.

Duty free: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette $33

Usual price: £36 (saving = £3)

Why buy: If you don't know about Urban Decay's legendary Naked palettes, then this isn't for you. But if you're a superfan, then good news: The second in the collection is available for a discounted price. From shimmers as well as mattes, you'll be creating gorgeous brown smokey eye looks for glamorous evenings out on holiday.

Duty free: Stella McCartney Stella EDP 100ml
Stella McCartney Stella EDP $47

Usual price: £78 (saving = £31)

Why buy: The fragrance that turned around a classic rose scent and made it cool and fresh. An addictive perfume that will always get you compliments.

Duty free: Benefit They're Real Mascara
Benefit They're Real Mascara $17

Usual price: £21 (saving = £4)

Why buy: There are mascaras, and then there's Benefit's award-winning They're Real. The mascara delivers everything you could want it to, from curling to lengthening and lifting your eyelashes. You won't even need to pack an eyelash curler.

Duty free: Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro $23

Usual price: £28 (saving = £5)

Why buy: There's always something you forget when packing for a holiday. Ours is usually a lipstick. So don't make our mistake, and pick up a classic lippie at the airport.

Duty free: Chanel No. 5 L'Eau 100ml
Chanel No. 5 L'Eau $82

Usual price: £105 (saving = £23)

Why buy: Unlike the classic Chanel No.5, this is a slightly fresher scent for those who like to keep their perfumes light. Think modern classic versus vintage classic.

Duty free: Benefit The Porefessional Face Primer
Benefit The Porefessional Face Primer $21

Usual price: £26 (saving = £5)

Why buy: You don't need to whack tonnes of makeup on when you're on holiday, but if you want to reduce pore size and give your skin an all-over flawless look, it starts with Benefit's wonder product.

Duty free: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat $21

Usual price: £26 (saving = £5)

Why buy: There are a few beauty products that nearly everyone universally loves, and the Touche Éclat pen by YSL is one of them (one sells every 20 seconds around the globe). If you don't already own one or just want to stock up, now's your chance.

Next up! Your definitive holiday beauty packing list.

Opening Image: @lucywilliams02

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