Products that cost more when you live in the UK

New research shows that many of our favourite clothing items and cosmetics cost far less in the US and parts of Europe.

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Last updated:04 February 2018 - 02.19pm

Research by challenger bank Revolut for MailOnline found a number of products that will cost you more if you buy them in the UK rather than abroad.

For example, it highlighted how No. 7’s Airbrush Away primer and Dramatic lift mascara both cost more in the UK than in the US, despite being a UK brand.

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Levis for less

Another item that costs a lot less outside of the UK is a pair of Levi jeans.

The brands popular 501 skinny jeans cost an average £85 in the UK, but you can pick them up for just £60.88 in Latvia, or £69 in the US.

If you enjoy shopping at Zara then be prepared for a shock: the brand is known to charge more for its products in the UK than elsewhere in Europe.

For example, the research highlighted how a checked jacket that retails for £119 in the UK costs just €99.95, or £87.85 at current exchange rates, in Spain.

Pricey perfume

However, the biggest price difference was Marc Jacob’s Daisy perfume which cost $49.99 (£35) in the US compared to £55 in the UK.

With a £20 price difference, fans of the perfume should consider buying it on a US website and paying for it to be shipped to the UK as they could still find it is cheaper.

Another brand charging a premium to UK customers is MAC. The luxury makeup firm’s Power Hungry eyeshadow palette costs $39.50 with VAT on the official US Mac website. That is £29.89.

Head to the UK website and the price is £32.

Is there anything you can do about it?

Obviously, buying while abroad isn't always going to be an option. Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take to at least minimise the extra costs levied on UK shoppers.

For starters, you can put all your purchases on a cashback credit card and repay the interest in full every month.

There are also a host of tricks you can employ to save hundreds of pounds when you shop online.

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