Sephora is like Target when it comes to popping in for one item and 15 minutes later leaving with a bag of $100 worth of little nothings. The struggle is real and the need for saving money tips is even more real.
Despite the damage to the wallet, we will stop shopping at Sephora when we are dead, so we have come up with some frugal strategies for the time when you run out of lipstick again. Girls and ladies that love beauty and love savings - read on for some exciting Sephora shopping tips heard from readers, beauty shopping experts, and Sephora employees:
If you are at school, don’t go shopping another time without that student ID. This might not help you with student loans very much, but getting 10% cash back on Sephora purchases from studentrate.com is sure nice.
Sephora is coming to your aid here. All you have left to do is visit this part of the site regularly and hand-pick what deals appeal to you and your beauty needs. You will find discount codes, deals, and free samples that change often, so don’t miss great opportunities to save.
It’s time to skip singles and opt for palettes instead. You will save money and will have so many choices. It will save you space a swell, especially when it comes to travelling. Think eye and lip palettes if that is what you use most. For example, Urban Decay Junkie Vice Lipstick Palette is $20 for 12 colors, when a single Vice Lipstick bullet costs almost this much. Can you see the savings?
This club is free and very easy to sign up for. Once you do that, a world of options opens up to you – free birthday gift, in-store events invitations, and points that never expire. You will thank us for the points when the time to cash them in comes.
Sephora organizes these sales events twice a year and sends early invitations to Beauty Insiders. You will get a ton of products to choose from that can be 15% off. You should make your wish list and wait for this biannual event for bigger splurges.
When you are ready to spend some money on a new look, schedule a makeover. You will have to spend $50 or more, but a certified specialist will help you choose products and give you useful tips based on your experience. You will save money and time by knowing what can work best for you.
If you are spending $1,000 and more per year, you are VIB Rouge level member and are eligible for free unlimited custom makeovers, so you can use it when you have some events coming up.
If you don’t want to spend $50, but need some advice or make-up tips, you can get a free mini-makeover or mini facial. You don’t have to make an appointment for little pampering time while learning a trick or two in the process.
Sephora is known for free classes where you can learn something new and find out about popular trends in beauty world. You don’t have to buy anything, but you most likely will want to.
More and more people are realizing that the same product can have a few functions. Companies are catching on to that and making more universal products. There is no reason why your bronzer can’t be used as a contour and neutral eye shadow too. You will save money and space in your makeup bag with such multi-tasking items.
Sephora brand is often more affordable than fancy name brands and of very similar quality. Sephora learns from most popular brands and has a great line of glosses, mascaras, eye and lip pencils that can rival famous designers. They are not expensive, so you are not sacrificing quality – only saving money.
The store policy states that if you bought make-up and it goes on sale within two weeks of your purchase, you can get a refund of the price difference. This will require vigilance and frequent visits to the store or website.
You can collect some great deals and discounts if you will visit Sephora’s online sales section at least once a month. It’s not hard to do and is a good place to start your shopping adventure when you need something. It’s not only Sephora brand that ends up there – little gems from Urban Decay, Smashbox, and Make Up For Ever can be found and scooped in the sales section.
There are free samples offered at every section in Sephora, so don’t ever skip them. You can get skin care, makeup, hair, and fragrance samples every time you shop. And those samples will get you covered for some time, which transfers to savings. Once you try something and like it, consider buying it without wasting time and money on returns. Sephora has great return policy, but who wants to spend time on that?
Beauty Insiders can trade points for purchases online, but not only. You can come to shop in-store and cash your points at the register. It’s easy, simple, and very convenient.
Gift sets are often where the best value hides. Some sets are packed with great options that would cost significantly more if bought separately. Even if you don’t use every single thing in the kit, this is the cheapest way to find new favorites without buying full-size tubes and bottles.
Sephora has a number of value-size options in-store and online. You will have to do a bit of math to see if price per-ounce is really better when you buy a bigger bottle. Most of the time jumbo sizes are better priced. One thing to keep in mind – you have to be sure to use the entire package before expiration date. Some things like mascara are not advised to be bought in large sizes because the formula tends to dry out, so choose travel size instead.