Cosmetic Vending Machines!



I kid you not they are a real thing!

I have seen a few mentions of the new Benefit Cosmetics vending machines thanks to the beauty world recently and decided to investigate a little further and it turns out the concept is not exclusive with Sephora already deploying their express beauty machinery in locations stateside since 2009/2010.
Chanel are apparently going to follow suit with a mascara only vending machine and Benefit have announced that their top 30 best selling products will be available at the click of a button in various US airports.

Personally I think the idea is fun and brings new meaning to express beauty but I don't think airports are the best places for machines due to duty free goodies, perhaps they'd be better placed within smaller shopping centers that don't already have a Benefit counter. It worries me a little that the products are dropped much like sweet treats that are traditionally found in this type of dispenser. Why? Well powder products could be broken as could glass containers and what if the machine doesn't dispense your chosen item?

Purchase anxiety aside they are pretty cool and it could be the way forward in bringing some of the big and harder to find brands such as MAC et al to smaller locations. Who knows if this new technology/concept will hit the UK but I will be keeping my eyes peeled next time I'm at an American airport that is for sure.

What to do think? Cool or just consumerism gone mad?
More importantly have you seen one of these pieces of cosmetic wizardry in the flesh!

Random Fact - Vending machines kill four times more people each year than sharks do.




47 comments:

  1. I think this is a cool concept! But I'd be scared as well incase something broke!x

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  2. It sounds kind of cool! I agree with you about the purchase anxiety though, I mean if you're putting around £20+ into tat machine you'll want to make sure you get something out haha!

    http://thebeautypier.blogspot.com

    Megan x

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  3. Omg this is amazing & I hope they come to the Uk!
    The random fact at the bottom is slightly worrying though :/ haha.
    Maybe Its Megan Leigh

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  4. I think it's a really nice idea! Great for picking up the things you already know but I hope they won't totally replace traditional stores! xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

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  5. This does sound like a really cool idea but like you I'd be a bit concerned about the condition of a product if it drops from any kind of height.

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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  6. I think they're adorable! And I don't think I'd worry about breaking - in Germany they have electronics vending machines in some airports! Which makes me think they're safer than they appear.

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  7. This is such a good idea! no more pushy sales assistants

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  8. It's better than chocolate.

    Kerry | Kerralina x
    (p.s. if ya fancy winning a MAC lipstick you can enter my giveaway here, it's super simple)

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  9. They are so cute!

    Emma x
    http://beautyandrags.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. love this idea! would love to try this out! xo

    http://teenagebeauty01.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. These are amazing! I would be so happy if I found one of these at an airport haha :D xo

    Beaumaquillagex | Beauty & LIfestyle Blog

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  12. nobody can deny they're pretty cool but i've yet to see one!!

    Jade | Beauty Butterfly Blog

    xx

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  13. If you look at the machines, the bit that you collect your item from isn't actually at the bottom like traditional vending machines. What will happen is that there'll be an arm that comes out and grabs the item and deposits it gently into the collection box. There are some machines like this already for drinks and stuff and they're pretty cool and stop things breaking! We have a few at uni :D

    I really hope they bring this idea over to the UK, it looks so cute!
    xox

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  14. Really unique idea :). And I do think airports is still a good place for machines because if you are flying/arriving at the airport at night time, the duty free stores are closed anyway.

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  15. Haha this is so cool!

    Emgeorgias.blogspot.com

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  16. Looks really cool! But it would feel pretty strange putting £20 into a vending machine haha...

    http://whatlivloves.blogspot.co.uk/

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  17. A good idea, for mascara, eyeliner etc. Not so much foundation/powder, as foundation would probably go funny in a heated vending machine and powder could break on the way down!!
    Hope they bring them to the UK though, I have no access to benefit/mac at all. :(

    xx Chloe
    chloe-logan.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. I think it's such a fun idea but they definitely have to think about things like products breaking etc, i imagine powders would break so easily. x

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  19. It would be a great way of reintroducing Sephora to us UK folk. I miss it so much! xx

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  20. Hmm I'm not sure what to think of this. I think your point about powder products is true, also I worry people that they could jam like normal machines and that would e a lot of money wasted if your product didn't come out.

    - Rhi | Beauty Bucket List

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  21. If the item would be collected by a robotic arm as opposed to being dropped, this would definitely work well as it wouldn't break the product. And I think the concept is really awesome, as I tend to get too anxious to buy anything when I'm being 'assisted' in stores. Hope this comes to the UK!

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  22. Really cute concept but totally get your point about powers breaking. Macara only vending machine! Super cute! x

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  23. It's a really awesome idea. But what I would be worried about is things breaking, also I always find things in vending machines, to be extremely over priced, than what you would pay in the actual store.

    http://theciarajuliaproject.blogspot.ie

    xo

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  24. it's a great idea! but like you said somethings could break which is not fun at all! X

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  25. I like this concept! And from my experience and from what I can remember, Benefit Cosmetics doesn't have any products that are dispensed from a glass bottle. But yes, some other makeup brands should definitely rethink that.

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  26. when I was in Dubai they had these all over for perfumes, and even phones, gameboy thingies, etc. but the makeup ones look cool, although I too doubt if I'd use one :)

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  27. I think it's a great idea for small locations but it will mean you don't get to test products or have a shop assistant assist you with finding the right product for your colouring. I also would stress about products getting stuck and not dispensing which in the case of high end products means without awesome customer service care could lose you a substantial about of money! I think great for those who know what they want though!

    Nicky
    zeeblikesit.blogspot.com
    xx

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  28. I like it. No one touches the product xD If you know what you are getting its perfect, if you don't know, there's always internet to research... And with dropping things - there can be cushioned surface.

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  29. How cool is this? Such a great concept but i agree that they should not put them in airports. They would be better of in large department stores or drugstores without a counter. And as for the vending machine..there are ones that do not drop the product straight out it actually goes up and gets it for you and then brings it out on the side, such a cool alternative.

    www.thisismyworldthisisme.blogspot.com
    Becka! :) x

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  30. I very much like it! I think it's a cool concept although there could some problems as you said, like what if the machine doesn't dispense the chosen product.

    prettythings56.blogspot.co.uk

    jessie xx :)

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  31. This is SUCH a cute idea, I'd love to see one of these around!

    xx
    www.bethanymaeetc.blogspot.co.uk

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  32. they look so cute and i think its great marketing for impulse buys esp in duty free areas. its very low cost for the companies to maintain and they would be making a profit by not doing much aside from re-stocking
    jenn

    A Beautiful Zen

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  33. AMAZING! such a cool idea even though it is really gimmicky :)

    xx
    http://fairygobmother.blogspot.co.uk/

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  34. wonder if it is a cooled machine, here in the NEtherlands there is an underwear vending machine from bjorn born.

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  35. I hope they've fully cushioned the bottom of the drop.
    I quite like the idea, especially if they place them in places where there aren't massive cosmetics stores around.
    Bring this to the UK!! Then again, people are more likely to impulse buy....

    http://iamlinderella.blogspot.co.uk

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  36. it would be so cool,you could just go to one of them in stead of searching round shops for the right product or brand! wooo

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  37. Such a fun idea but having my product dropped from a height like that wouldn't be very encouraging for me!
    Frankie xx
    frankest.blogspot.co.uk

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  38. They look so cute! I agree with you about the whole, 'what if it gets stuck?' or 'what if it breaks?!' I'd be too scared to buy something from them!

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  39. The idea sounds cool, however, dispensing expensive cosmetic products will lead the vending machine to have lesser buyers. Vending machines like of those Food Vending Machines are harsh with dispensing the product. What if something might broke?

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  40. This looks awesome! Can't they bring these Sephora vending machines to the UK? We're owed that at least! xD

    http://theremightbecoffee.wordpress.com

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  41. I think the brands have also said that powder blushes and other products may break and we certainly anticipated this in their machines, but I think they would be even more innovative and certainly more friendly to offer products to the using a real car like the ice-cream's seller.

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  42. That's really great idea Its my great experience
    to visit your blog.

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  44. This is a great article. I love reading stuff about the new machines and the effect they are having in different industries and the world. Its a new year and there are a lot of new machines out these days that organizations should be using. The option of a Heater Rental is a new machine that companies can use to keep industrial sized lots heated.

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