Top Beauty Products to Check Out @ SEPHORA
Anonymous: Hi! I will be going to sephora soon, but there’s nothing in particular that I’m looking for. Are there any must-haves (especially mac lipstick)? Also, do you have any recommendations for a good foundation? Thanks :)
Product ranges do vary from store to store, and country to country, so I can only list some items that are available in most places, and that I’ve tried and really recommend!
Update: MAC is only available in select Sephora stores outside US.
(I’m not sure if I’m helping you or enabling you LOL!)
Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation: Absolutely one of the most amazing foundations I’ve tried for those who like the flexibility of sheer-to-heavy buildable coverage and a super-natural looking no-makeup makeup finish. It’s not cheap but if you can, do get color-matched and try it out.
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus: For those who want something quick, portable, medium-to-high coverage, and good for oily skins, this is the MAC Classic that I’ve been using for about 10 years. In Asia, MAC stores carry the Lightfull SPF25++ (white case) version, but the regular one (black case) also has SPF15.
Urban Decay Shadows: Gorgeously-rich and pigmented, and available in both singles as well as palettes. If you’ve never tried these, swatch a few and see how you like it.
Sephora Flashy Liners: These house-brand metallic pencils come in single pieces, as well as a gift set including every color in the range. Definitely check out if you don’t want to shell out for more expensive brands!
TheBalm Time Balm Concealer: This creamy pot concealer covers well, conditions dry under eye skin, and actually smells quite nice. TheBalm is not carried outside of US Sephoras though.
Make Up For Ever Full Coverage Concealer: Industry-strength matte concealer for marks and spots. Enough said.
MAC Blushes: I love these. If you can still get hold of any of the Pearlmatte Powders from recent limited edition collections, definitely check out as well.
Too Faced Bronzers: If you love bronzer, you HAVE to get yourself to the Too Faced counter to check out the bronzer sets and individuals.
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural: The best setting powder if you want a bit of extra coverage over your foundation/concealer, but don’t like to look flat and matte. This doesn’t make you look shiny. It just looks like luminous, matte skin.
MAC lipsticks: Everyone likes different textures, but I highly recommend their satins (Pink Nouveau, Faux, Rebel, MAC Red) and mattes (Ruby Woo, Diva, Please Me, Kinda Sexy), as well as Amplified Cremes (Morange, Saint Germain). I don’t particularly love the Lustres and Frosts because I prefer full coverage that I can sheer out as I like, rather than sheer pigmentation that I can’t build up, but you should check everything out anyway!
Sephora House-brand Lipsticks and glosses: There are some REALLY good lipsticks in this range, despite the fact that they don’t get a lot of love from beauty bloggers and gurus.
Soap & Glory: Affordable, kitschy and wonderful bath and body products. Try their Hot Cloth Cleanser, body scrubs, and fabulous body lotions!
Bumble & Bumble: I don’t think this is available outside the US (at least it’s not available where I am), but you HAVE to check out their dry shampoos and Surf Spray.
Prevage serums: Idebenone is one of the most powerful antioxidants around and this really works to correct sun damage. But be prepared to put up with a hefty price tag.
Lancome Visionnaire: My absolute love right now. This is not just an antioxidant serum which helps to even out the skin tone. It helped to calm and shrink my pores sooo much in the past month that I’ve used it.
Nia24: This isn’t available in most Sephoras any longer (WHY, Sephora, WHY???) but it’s one of the best and most effective anti-aging and photo-damage repair lines that I’ve tried. The face cream is one of the few that I’ve actually repurchased not once but TWICE. And then they discontinued it in Singapore. Bummer.