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Monday
Apr292013

Taste Central: the online store for snobs

Are you a snob? A snob is defined as a person who believes their tastes in a particular area are superior to others. You can be a music, food, bag, beauty, or shoe snob - all at the same time. It doesn't mean you're a terrible person, just that in the course of pursuing the things you care about, you've already narrowed down the qualities of a "good" find. 

I am a snob. I'm particular about how I dress and the products I use on my face and body, simply because I already know what works and what doesn't. :) However, I'm not as concerned about how luxe a brand is as I am about the quality of the product. If it works and it's affordable at the same time then all the better! In my experience though, quality - the kind I will cherish, enjoy, and maximize to the end - often comes at a price.

And that is why I love Taste Central. It's a well-curated online store that contains only things that cater to, well, snobs. Haha. It's a website by tastemakers for tastemakers; for people who are willing to blow cash on the good suff. Taste Central is actually the sister site of Deal Grocer. Instead of discounts though, you can buy products outright.

There are quite a few awesome things in there for beauty enthusiasts such as we. There are hard-to-find brands like Jo Malone, AesopFresh, Philosophy, and Bumble & Bumble. There are also quietly famous brands you've never heard of before but are too expensive to be hipster (lol) - Chantecaille, Percy & Reed, Red Ken, Mukti, Babor, and Frederick Feckkai

The only makeup there I think is a Base Escentuals foundation, a Chantecaille loose powder and lipstick . All the other products (so far) are for facial, body, and hair care. Oh and nail polishes! They have Chanel and O.P.I.

Here are my picks!

Chantecaille’s Loose Powder. This got pretty good reviews at Makeupalley and other blogs. But whoa, the price. It's around P4,000.

Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey. I love how sophisticated Jo Malone is. It doesn't even try.

Aesop Parsley Seed Antioxidant Serum. I want to try Aesop! Wonder if the rumors are true that it's coming to Manila?

Aesop Parsley Seed Antioxidant Eye Serum

Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Oil

Shu Uemura set at 70% off - it's only P840 and has other variants. These are generous samples, I believe. Still a steal!

I have this Fresh Soy Face Cleanser (sold out already). Temptalia actually reviewed this and liked it! I just used it last night and it's like a foamier Celeteque that smells like cucumber. Very nice. I'll post a review if it works for me. ;)

I can (and have) literally spent hours just checking everything at Taste Central. The home section is a completely different story! So yes I think the site is worth a visit if you have very particular tastes. ;) 

Reader Comments (14)

OMG kainis sold out na yung Shu Uemura set na gusto ko :(

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrownOso

They don't deliver outside Manila? The shipping address can't be edited e. Only Metro Manila ang province/region.

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJean

Hi Ms. Liz, I'm so happy you featured Taste Central! They will always be my favorite shopping website! Some of my favorites are the Belgian choc covered polvoron (extremely addicting), Delightful Miss Joyce's cookies & all the Shu Uemura sets - The summer fresh set works wonders for me (This in my opinion is the best deal at their website)! They never fail to deliver my package within 3 business days! What I love the most is that Deal Grocer's elite & platinum members get free shipping! You just have to log in using your Deal Grocer account. Joy!

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Joyce Arbis

I guess the prices aren't all that constant. I just checked today and the Shu Uemura set is already at Php840. :(

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

@Jean whuuut. hope they open deliver to other provinces.

@mary joyce i must check the food!

@Pat weird! i wrote it this morning lang ha and the site said P750. i'll change the price as well.

April 29, 2013 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

I have the fresh sugar lip treatments. They're super moisturizing! :)

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkurochanizer

I don't really consider myself a snob but I'm terrified by the idea of shopping online then being duped. This post, however, changed my mind because of how you described it Ms Liz! And the way some commenters praise the site convinces me that this is a trustworthy one. I'll check it out :)

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKris

I want Chantecaille's powder but I am not sure if Im ready to blow my pockets for this, at least at the moment. Love Taste Central. We need more sites like this in Manila.

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManilaJen

Hi Liz, yah I contacted them and they told me they only deliver to Manila.

Their reply: "You're a genius! Yes, that's 100% correct. We only deliver within MNL for now. But hey, our Logistics Chief is whipping something up so we can deliver to your lovely city! *Crossing fingers*".

I hope they do something about this soon.

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJean

yeah Taste Central I subscribed and I'm lucky for having Shu Uemura for 70% sale.:)

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOhms

Very timely! I was eyeing the Shu Uemura trial set nung weekend. Sana di pa ma-sold out until Friday. :)

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAubrey

i love online shopping and taste central is really a legit store. deal grocer their partner here is also very legit and professional. the products and services they offer are far way better than the others. a few weeks ago taste central sent me an email early in the morning re the shu uemura sale and i grabbed it right away! the items they offer are hard to find but definitely worth it. i'm so happy!

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersoleil

Omg Aesop. I weep out of joy and also because I am terrified for my pockets. I also have the parsley seed mask and it cleared up some of my smaller pimplish spots!

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarina

Really interesting site! I just want to ask though - are they local? Because I've heard horror stories of people having to go to the post office and pay customs for international orders

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYsabelle

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