I’m going to be really honest. I am such a makeup addict. I spend my free time browsing the Sephora app and playing with the latest products. Unfortunately, makeup is an expensive hobby. But if you are willing to invest at first, it can go a long way. How to save at Sephora is a must if you are anything like me!
The key is to be wise when you walk into that Sephora. THAT MEANS NO IMPULSE BUYING. Swatch products, and if you like them, don’t buy them, get a sample first. Sephora will give you a free sample of anything but pressed powders, like eyeshadows.
By getting these samples, you can test out new makeup for a couple of days a couple different ways. You can test wearability, color match, application, and any other important factors. If you find the sample to be up to par with the price, invest in buying the product.
When it comes to buying the actual products in Sephora, it may seem expensive, but if you’ve tested the products, and they wear well, they will also go a long way. These products last longer, wear better, and have a better finish to them, which I find to be worth the price difference.
Another benefit to purchasing your makeup at Sephora is their rewards program. You receive points on your beauty insider card with every purchase, achieving different levels as you go. The different levels have benefits. So if you are going to invest your money make sure to sign up for the free stuff too!
Along with the benefits, beauty insiders can get free makeup for special occasions, like their birthday, and they can spend points on other free makeup. They can also get free makeovers and free classes on certain items.
Additionally, the people that work at Sephora told me that you should always redeem your points online. You can get better rewards for your points online, making the money spent worth it.
Sephora also has a yearly sale during the Holidays for their beauty insiders. You can get anywhere from 15% to 20% off your whole purchase with the coupon they send you. So if you need high end products but can’t afford them at full price, consider buying during these times.
And of course, it pays to be thrifty even in high end places. Sephoras do often have a sale rack and a clearance rack, so always check there first if you need some products but you don’t have to have the latest and greatest.
Use Drugstore Products
While all these benefits have me sold, they may not leave you convinced. If not, watch reviews on the products you are looking into, and be sure you watch reviews from people with your skin type. You could also consider watching videos that have the same effect you are going for using drugstore products.
Personally, I use drugstore products to contour my face and do my eyebrows, but you can find any combo that works for you. I also find that most drugstore brand makeup brushes work just fine for me as opposed to their expensive counterpart.
I purchase drugstore contours because they have the same effect on my face. Your contour is not the highlight of your makeup. You can also get some nice highlighters that may not be as glam, but they are cute for casual makeup looks.
Brow products also have some nice drugstore counterparts. Brow gels work about the same no matter what brand, however I would note the application of drugstore brands may be a little tricky.
Mascaras typically follow the same rules as the brow gels do, so I find myself switching between high end and drugstore.
Another money saving tip is to purchase brush kits online. I don’t see much difference in application between brushes sold online and high end ones. Just be sure to get these brushes from a reputable seller or read the reviews for the product.
Overall, I view makeup as a form of art and expression, so if you are having fun it’s worth the investment, and honestly the rewards programs and quality of the products outweigh the price for me.