Get your Sephora rewards cards ready, folks — it’s time to do some shopping.
Starting as early as Oct. 28 (for some members), beauty lovers and skincare extraordinaires can score some of their makeup bag favorites (and items on their beauty wishlist) during the Sephora Holiday Savings Event.
While this sale isn’t open to the public, make sure you sign up to be a Sephora rewards member here to reap the benefits.
Depending on your rewards program status, you can earn up to 20% off with the promo code SAVINGS. Even better, all Sephora Collection products will be 30% off from Oct. 28 to Nov 7. (Related: best holiday beauty gifts).
“Much-anticipated by beauty lovers, the Sephora Holiday Savings Event is where Beauty Insider Members can save big on all of their favorite products just in time for the holiday season,” Melinda Solares, Sephora beauty director, told the New York Post. “The coveted promotion will be available to all three tiers of Beauty Insiders, and Sephora’s Beauty Insider program is free to join, so everyone can get in on the deals.”
That said, now’s the best time to pick up all the skincare sets you’ve been eyeing (either as a treat-yourself moment or to shop early for your bestie), along with salon-quality hair straighteners, top-rated serums and more.
When is the Sephora Holiday Savings Event?
The Sephora Holiday Savings Event will take place as early as Oct. 28 for Rouge Members with 20% off. It begins on Nov. 1 for VIB Members (15% off) and Nov. 3 for Insider Members (10% off).
How to shop the Sephora Holiday Savings Event
This event’s promotions are dependent on your status as a Sephora rewards member. Here’s an outline of how you can save:
- Rouge Members: 20% off with code SAVINGS from Oct. 28 to Nov. 7
- VIB Members: 15% off with code SAVINGS from Nov. 1 to Nov. 7
- Insider Members: 10% off with code SAVINGS from Nov. 3 to Nov. 7
We rounded up the 30 best Sephora Holiday Savings Events grabs, according to each of Sephora’s beauty directors. You’ll want to grab every. single. one.
“The Pattern Hydration Shampoo and Leave-In Conditioner are curl staples I tell everyone about, so I’ll be a friend and tell you to give the incredibly practical and amazingly useful gift of clean, hydrated hair with the Pattern Wash Day Essentials Kit,” Myiesha Sewell, Sephora beauty director, shares.
“If you haven’t heard of the K18 Biomimetic Hairscience Leave-In Molecular Repair Hair Mask, I’m about to be your new BFF!,” Solares said. “It’s a peptide-powered, leave-in mask that works for all hair types to [help] reverse damage from bleach, color, chemical services and heat in just four minutes.”
What’s more, Solares says she “gets compliments on how healthy [her] hair looks” after it helped reverse her hair from splitting and breaking.
“A little gift of luxury is so chic for the holidays,” David Razzano, Sephora beauty director, notes. “This lipstick collection of four stellar Dior Rouge shades is perfectly suited for creating some glam holiday looks as well as being incorporated into your daily beauty routine.”
Plus, the velvety texture and ultra-rich tones will make you look like a Hollywood bombshell.
“This set has all the brushes you need in a handy little wrap to easily toss in your bag to go,” Helen Dagdag, Sephora beauty director, shares. “It’s amazing for a road warrior or for a makeup artist’s touch-up kit.”
Not to mention, it’s ultra-compact and the quality of the brushes is unmatched.
“Three full-size dae Haircare products in one gift set is insane!” Sewell exclaims. “I’m a huge fan of the Signature Conditioner and Prickly Pear Hair Oil, which are super hydrating and smoothing.”
What’s more, the yummy scented citrus essential oil blend is heavenly and one you don’t want to skip for your next wash day.
“It’s time we start thinking of haircare as an extension of skincare,” Solares highlights. “Technology has come so far and the best formulas on the market are incorporating high-quality, science-forward, skincare-like ingredients that are making all the difference.”
That said, the Oribe Gold Lust Collection is one you’ll come to appreciate, and one she recommends, clad with the brand collection’s shampoo, conditioner and Nourishing Hair Oil.
“Hourglass always creates perfect complexion palettes during the holidays,” Razzano praises. “This one encapsulates finishing powders to create filtered flawless looks, and soft luminous bronzer and blushes for the perfect wash of color.”
This palette, specifically, is great for anyone who loves the look of radiant skin (trust us, from the minute we tried it, we can’t seem to put it down).
Dagdag says the Sephora Collection Total Coverage Sponge Set is “one of the most useful gifts you can give to a makeup lover.” Not only that, but sponges are “excellent at making makeup look softer and skin-like,” she adds.
Sponges have to be replaced often, so this three-pack is a no-brainer.
“The Sephora Favorites Ultimate Holiday Hydration Kit is the perfect way to find your favorite new hair must-have,” Sewell explains. “Hydration in all forms: oils, masks, repair products.” Truly, this kit has it all (and, includes one of our favorite brands: amika).
“You know when holiday season comes around and you start styling your hair a bit more than usual? Even with heat protection, our hair can lose moisture from this, and when you add the seasonal cold and dry weather, it becomes important to give your hair back some TLC,” Solares says.
This Briogeo kit comes with a deeply nourishing hair mask paired with a new 3-in-1 leave-in spray to help detangle, hydrate and provide UV protection for all hair types.
Want to take a note from Kim K’s makeup artist’s playbook? “Mario created three holiday kits based on your preferred lip shade; they include his top-selling Ultra Suede formula Lipstick paired with the perfect shade of lipliner,” Razzano notes.
He’s even picking up all three kits for his niece since she loves a simple makeup routine with a “cute lip moment,” he adds.
According to Dagdag, this is “the most amazing holiday palette for someone who loves to do up their eyes.” With incredible berry tones and glitter finishes, it’s the easiest way to spice up your holiday glam.
“Shani Darden’s Retinol Reform saved my skin, so needless to say I recommend it a lot — like a lot a lot,” Sewell shares. “This kit is perfect if you’ve been wanting to try an effective but gentle retinol.”
Pro tip: alternating between the Lactic Acid Exfoliating Serum and Retinol Reform (in short: ‘skincycling’) at night will give you great results without overworking your skin, according to Sewell.
“Farmacy’s Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm is hands down one of the best makeup removers out there,” Solares says. “This trio comes with three limited-edition, festive flavors. The Pear Punch is my personal favorite, but I’ll switch depending on my mood.”
Not to mention, Solares entered a contest to remove a full face of Halloween makeup in one go, and this formula melted away her face paint, foundation, mascara and more.
“This palette is for me — it’s my holiday treat to myself!” Razzano shares. “As a professional makeup artist, I anticipate Pat’s holiday palette every year [which is true, he’s the one who turned us on to these eyeshadow palettes from the jump] and she never disappoints.”
Namely, this palette has a stunning selection of runway-worthy eyeshadows, making it the ultimate gift for anyone who wants to play with eyeshadows and get creative.
“If you know someone who loves long-lasting lip colors, you need to snag this right away before it sells out,” Dagdag recommends. “With this value, you get four free lip stains in our best-selling shades.”
For personal favorites, she prefers ‘Always Red’ and ‘Marvelous Mauve’ above all else.
“Pair the Caudalie Vinoperfect Set with your favorite sunscreen and have brighter skin by skintime!” Sewell notes. Though the set won’t guarantee ultra-bright skin, it’s a wonderful trio that happens to be extremely nourishing and effective for all skin types.
“It’s almost 2023 and we’ve done a great job of bringing awareness to self-care, but as your resident Sephora Mental Health Advocate, I’d like to take it a step further,” Solares begins. “Historically, women have not been given the societal freedom to explore their sexuality and Maude is here to say otherwise!”
This flutter-tip, soft-touch external vibe and travel-sized shine organic lubricant is one she’s gifting to her BFF. Not to mention, it’s “the perfect gift to normalize sexual wellness and encourage more women to explore their sexual well-being,” she adds, thrilled the brand recently joined the Sephora family.
Razzano is “obsessed with this gift set,” namely because it includes three incredible types of hydra-gel eye patches that help “smooth, lift and firm the under eye,” he notes. It’s perfect to use before an event you want to look your best for, too.
“I love to use these before applying makeup because they will create a perfect canvas for concealer,” he recommends.
Let’s be real — this is so much beauty in one box. “This is the perfect palette for both beauty experts and beginners alike,” Dagdag says. “It’s a fan among the theater crowd as well — so much makeup, so many characters!”
“The ability to mix and match not only colors but textures in the Patrick Ta Major Headlines Blush Palette Vol. 2 makes it a fun holiday gift that you’ll use for months to come,” Sewell shares. It’s also cruelty-free, so you’ll feel good about your purchase.
“Growing up watching Gwen, she showed me it was okay to be bold and encouraged me to present myself however I wanted,” Solares remembers. “Her bold red lips and individualism inspired me; to me and many others, red lipstick represents confidence and female empowerment.”
Solares loves this set because it comes with three different finishes of the same universally flattering ‘Original Me’ shade.
“Tatcha is so good at creating holiday gift sets that are a full three-step routine for your skin,” Razzano notes. “In this set, you get all the products you need to achieve the dewy glow effect so many people love.”
With a soft cream cleanser to start, followed by a hydrating serum and then topped with the moisturizer, your skin will thank you.
“Who doesn’t want to open something new every day?!” Dagdag says. “I really love this gift because it offers a variety of products, and it is super useful.”
Plus, she gives it to her sister every year so that they can both count down the days until they see each other and celebrate — how cute is that?
“I always get so excited to see the Fenty Glossy Posse set every year because it’s a great chance to get exclusive shades of my go-to lip gloss,” Solares notes. “This year, the Fenty Glossy Posse Volume 5.0 comes with three full-sized glosses, in three different formulas: Gloss Bomb, Gloss Bomb Cream and Gloss Bomb Heat.”
Oh, and according to Solares: if you don’t pick a few of these up (for yourself or your BFF), you may regret it.
“I always tell people to grab the Sephora Favorites Kits early because they are sure to sell out fast,” Razzano explains. “This kit is a perfect example of why — you get to try all the must-have beauty products you’ve been hearing about at an incredible value.”
Plus, this is perfect for any beauty lover.
“This set is such a good deal that multiple of my family members request it from me each season,” Dagdag notes. “It’s a limited-edition holiday set of 20 clean best-selling skincare products.”
What’s inside? Eighteen masks for your face and body and two travel wipes, which allows you to try different products and cater to your skin based on need.
“Natasha darling, this is my dream palette, too!” Sewell praises. “You’ve got purples, multi-chromes, rosey browns and reflective shimmers; this palette has it all!”
Oh, and the brand is a hit in our best eyeshadow palettes review.
“If you’re reading this and this Transcendence Palette is still in stock, consider yourself blessed!” Solares says. “This is a destined-to-sell-out kind of all-over face, multi-use palette.”
Curated by the incredibly talented Danessa Myricks, this 14-color palette features chromatic shades in multiple transcending, luxe finishes.
Dagdag describes this bundle as “the perfect set of six skincare products to enhance your daily skincare routine.” It’s especially good for travel as all products are carry-on sized. Oh, and the pouch is eco-friendly.
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