CCO/CCS Cosmetics Company Store in the UK – Cheap MAC!

Posted by Lipglossiping On May - 12 - 2010

OK… bit of a sensationalist title… apologies, but I’m thinking of the google keyword search!

A reader requested a list of the CCS/CCO outlets in the UK as she was struggling to find the information on Google.

Here are the ones that I know of… if you know of any others, please let me know so I can update the list!

1). Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Harbour
2). Bicester Village, Oxon
3). Designer Outlet, York
4). Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port
5). Designer Outlet, Swindon
6). Junction One, Antrim

What is a CCS/CCO?

If you’re not sure what it is, let me explain…  CCS/CCO stands for Cosmetics Company Store/Outlet.

They sells discounted Estee Lauder owned company’s cosmetics… which includes brands such as: MAC, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown and Origins… I would imagine there’s probably a shed-load of Prescriptives in the outlets at the moment aswell.

The discount is generally in the region of 30% and often includes discontinued or hard to find products (including past MAC collections).

Stock changes frequently, so if you see something you like… buy it.  It probably won’t be there next week.

If you’re looking for something in particular, it’s worth googling for the phone number of the store you’re planning to visit.  Give them a ring and check to see if it’s in stock to avoid disappointment.

Sounds good, why isn’t there one in London?


But… if you’re in London, your nearest would be either Bicester or Gunwharf Quays.

Gunwharf Quays is my local and boasts a train station right outside (Porsmouth Harbour).  You can purchase a megatrain ticket from London Waterloo which costs around £12 for a return and takes just over an hour and half journey time.

I’m biased… but Gunwharf Quays makes for a fabulous day out, especially in the Summer… if your other half isn’t interested in the discount shopping, Portsmouth’s historic dockyard is worth checking out next door.  Just make sure he leaves his wallet for you to look after ok?

34 Responses to “CCO/CCS Cosmetics Company Store in the UK – Cheap MAC!”

  1. Karleigh says:

    fab post, i badly want to go to bicester village! x

  2. liloo says:

    omg. thank you!
    I cant believe I went to cheshire oaks once and I didnt know there was a CCO there, perfect, thank you xx

  3. Kim says:

    Thanks so much for posting, I had no idea where they were. I didn’t realise there was one at Cheshire Oaks! I’ll have to go before I leave uni xxx

  4. Mhairi says:

    I went to Cheshire Oaks when I was down in England recently, it’s such a nice place. Didn’t get anything from the CCO but the retail park itself is awesome!

  5. Ashwini says:

    I love going to my CCO in the US. The MAC eyeshadows are $10.50 compared to 14.50, and the blushes and foundations are also around $5 off. I’ve picked up things from the HK collection and also seen the Style Warrior collection there.

  6. Lucy says:

    Ooh I discovered the Cheshire Oaks one a few weeks ago, it was amazing!

    I blogged about it here:

  7. Lenny says:

    Fab post as per usual lovely. I was actually asking on twitter earlier if there were any in Wales. Needless to say I think that’s another thing that Wales has been left out on. Sucks :(

  8. Great blog! Oooo i sooo want to go here!! x

  9. Louise says:

    Ahhhh love these shops…. Handily my parents live in Chester, funnily enough near to the Cheshire Oaks one, and my boyfriend close to Portsmouth! Win Win! xx

  10. Eyelining says:

    None in Scotland? Oh :'( I’m not upset…. honest. Think I may have to go visit Cheshire oaks sometime soon! x

  11. Sophie says:

    I’m pretty sure there is one in the Freeport Designer Village Outlet in Braintree, Essex. It’s awesome :) And the Cheshire Oaks one is being revamped I think!

    Love your blog! <3 x

  12. Nishi says:

    omg! ive been to portsmouth so many times and i never knew there was a cco there :( how annoying. thanks for sharing though, now i will have to make a trip specially!

  13. Anitacska says:

    Thanks a lot for this! :) Unfortunately I live in Surrey and there aren’t any near me. :( I can’t justify travelling for an hour and a half to Portsmouth. Oh well, maybe one will open near me – hopefully…

  14. Claire says:

    Eeee ta! I’ve always wondered and now I know there’s one 40 mins from me I’m going to be subtly suggesting it to the bloke for the next time we’re off 😀

  15. Lillian says:

    Oooh my girlfriends family live in Antrim! If we ever go over i will have to drag her there 😛

  16. Nic says:

    I liked what you said about looking after your other half’s wallet. That made me laugh :)

  17. I love CCOs and I’m so happy to hear that you guys have them in the UK too (and more than one for that matter). =)

  18. Nicola says:

    any near edinburgh?? i cant bear to go visit the MAC girls in Harvey Nicks again……and be ignored, yet again!

    • becky says:

      nicole i think the nerest would b 1). 3). Designer Outlet, York
      6). Junction One, Antrim

      • angela weir says:

        Hi there, I just came accross this blog, can ypu please elaborate on junction one in Antrim? I live in Northern Ireland and I am pritty sure there Is’nt one here, or at least I hadn’t heard anything before now, really hope ur right, please reply xx

  19. Sian says:

    We need to have a lunch and CCO day. Def.
    I’ll be in touch once this frigging flat has been bought, you have been warned!

  20. Cheryl says:

    Thanks for this! I think a day trip to York is in order soon… :)

  21. Daisy says:

    Gunwharf Keys! I love a good day out there- especially when the sun is shining and you go for dinner after a great shop. Always enjoy a visit to the CCO! x

  22. Tasha says:

    i was just looking this up on google and came across your blog :) This definately helps a lot! Thank you :)

    Planning a trip to the Bicester on i think :)


  23. […] I was (semi) well-behaved in my local CCO on Friday.  I don’t have a MAC counter near me… so I usually target the MAC stand […]

  24. jD says:

    No way, I didn’t know the Swindon designer outlet had one of these! Looks like I’m about to get a lot poorer, but at least my makeup bag will be full..!

  25. I think there is one in Bath too but I have never been :)

  26. Ellie says:

    Just to say if you’re in West London then Swindon is probably closer then Bicester or Portsmouth. :) It’s about an hour from Paddington to Swindon

  27. Emma says:

    None near me at all!! When Sophie said theres one at Freeport designer village, Braintree, i nearly had a heart attack cos that is right near me!! but i looked and its not listed on their website :( and I’ve never seen it there. But i havent been in ages so if anyone knows whether they do have one..? or whether there are any near the south-east at all??
    they need to open more in the UK!!

  28. Lorraine says:

    There NEEDS to be one in Scotland… just one! We’re not greedy, just one north of the border would be lovely, thank you very much.

  29. Naomi says:

    …I never realised how close Bicester was. YES! *walks 28 miles to swipe tasty cheap MAC*

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