When it comes to shopping at Sephora, it’s always a struggle knowing which products to buy. The rows of lipsticks and compacts illicit a high all beauty junkies know… the rush of finding a new product you’re obsessed with, and the satisfaction of buying a tried and true favourite.
What isn’t fun is the let down when you end up spending your hard earned cash on something that’s a total dud. While there’s no way of knowing every product you’ll like or dislike, this list will definitely help out.
Here are five products at Sephora that are worth every penny and five you shouldn’t buy:
WHAT YOU SHOULD BUY
If you asked me one thing I couldn’t live without, it would definitely be dry shampoo. Ever since the product hit the market, it’s been flying off the shelves; dishevelled hair has never been more in. Bumble and Bumble’s version may be $34, but it’s one of Sephora’s tried and true favourites, with a 4.5-star rating and over 10,000 website likes.
This shower gel is toted by fans as being incredible, with an almost 5-star rating. While the name states, ‘shower gel’, it’s more like a shower cream and is super hydrating. There’s nothing more irritating than lathering up in the shower and then feeling dry after.
Even if you’ve only shopped at Sephora a few times, I’m sure you’ve heard of the Naked Palette by Urban Decay. Call it the OG of eyeshadow palettes, but this bad boy is a must in anyone’s cosmetic bag with a whopping 8K reviews and 260K website likes.
If you’re looking for products that are good quality for not a bad price, Sephora’s in-house collection will surprise you. The majority of their products, ranging from cosmetics to brushes, and everything in between, have at least a 4-star rating if not higher. See the highest rated Sephora brand products here.
While Benefit sure knows how to hype up a product, many of them are worth the noise, especially the ka-BROW Brow Gel. Nowadays, a makeup look isn’t complete without a badass brow! Top beauty blogger Desi Perkins even lists it as one of the top beauty essentials she can’t live without.
WHAT YOU SHOULD SKIP
Okay, I know a lot of people are going to have a difference of opinion on this, but I just can’t get behind the $26 price tag. If paying that much for what is essentially a sponge doesn’t give you anxiety, then go for it… otherwise, there are SO MANY good beauty blender dupes out there.
While a lot of people love this hair scrub and gave it a good review, a lot of other people also hated it and gave it a bad review. One person on the Sephora forum even listed it as “a purchase they regret the most,” “expensive product that wasn’t worth it”, as well as “the most hyped product that didn’t live up to its reputation.” Given that it’s $67, I’d recommend avoiding this one.
Fenty Beauty has been making waves in the industry and I will agree that the majority of the line’s skin-focused products are amazing. The Galaxy Eye Shadow Palette? – not so much. Reviewers on Makeupalley and Sephora forums have informed us on how “none of the colours have a lot of pigment” and that “it’s a dud.”
Deluxe Sample Sephora Lipsticks
It isn’t so much a complaint about the actual formula of the lipsticks, but more the design of the shipping container. A number of customers complained about lipsticks being broken upon unpacking them, mainly in regards to beauty box subscriptions. Either the lipstick packaging needs an update, or Sephora needs to ship them differently.
DO NOT buy this mascara! It may be one of the lowest ranking products at Sephora with only a 1 star rating. The few reviews that it does have on the website caution about how clumpy and disappointing it is. Considering that it’s $31 (more than double the price of a drugstore mascara), I would definitely skip.
If you’re looking for more advice and reviews on Sephora products head over to the Sephora Community: this forum, in particular, is super helpful.
Have you tried any of these products? Share with us your experience in the comments section.
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