It's the most wonderful time of year for beauty lovers: Sephora's Beauty Insider Event. This week, the store generously opens up its highly-anticipated sale, formally known as the Beauty Insider Event Spring Bonus, to all its rewards members. And depending on how much you’ve spent at the retailer this year, you can score anywhere from 10 to 20 percent off your entire order. Here’s the catch: Sephora is huge, its inventory is vast, and whittling down your wishlist to the best of the best is no easy feat when everything is begging to be bought. That’s where three Sephora Beauty Directors come in.
“Summer is just around the corner and luckily, the Beauty Insider Event is the perfect time to stock up on some of the hottest must-haves at Sephora,” Jeffrey English, a Sephora Beauty Director, tells The Zoe Report. His strategy? Go for sets, like the Milk Makeup Kush Stash Bag Set or the Sephora Sun Safety Kit, to get the most beauty bang for your buck. “Lately, I’ve been loving this trend of weatherproof eyeshadows and an allover body glow,” Myiesha Sewell, another Sephora Beauty Director, adds. She suggests stocking up on Sol de Janeiro Glowmotions to look sun-kissed for summer — minus the sun damage. “Whether it’s a limited-edition treasure or a new innovative launch, the Beauty Insider sale is the ultimate guilt-free shopping opportunity,” Beauty Director David Razzano tells The Zoe Report. So honestly, you really can’t go wrong.
Ahead, a peek at three Sephora artists’ personal Beauty Insider shopping lists. (And FYI: Rouge-level members can use the code HEYROUGE fo 20 percent off, VIB members can use the code HEYVIB for 15 percent off, and Insiders — anyone with a Sephora rewards card — can use the code HEYINSIDER for 10 percent off.) The sale runs through Monday, May 6, so don’t spend too long contemplating your cart.
David Razzano’s Picks
"Whether you’re feeling a soft romantic pink or you want to heat it up with a bronze tangerine, this palette has you covered. The texture of the Jouer blushes is heavenly and the pigment is finely milled, so it doesn’t feel like a powder, but rather like soft silk. For me, this is a must-have product."
"As a professional makeup artist, I am very particular about the powders I use — they are vital in a makeup routine! This blurring powder from Marc Jacobs Beauty is a brand new touch-up powder that will make you look flawless with one sweep. The powder itself has no texture yet will control shine like a boss. This product is perfect for the summer months, when you don’t want something too heavy on your face. The hint of perfecting pearl in the powder gives a soft blur to your skin and makes it perfect for on the go!"
"I am obsessed with this Bite Beauty product. It is a longwear, waterproof lip stain that is extremely hydrating yet rich in pigment. The creamy formula glides on effortlessly and delivers high impact color in one stroke. Shade Strawberry Froze is the perfect hot pink tone for a summer night out. On top of how well this lip stain looks and performs, it is also vegan, cruelty-free and part of the Clean at Sephora initiative."
"This incredible eight-piece skincare collection has all you need to hydrate your skin and achieve an amazing glow from within. This Drunk Elephant set is good for all skin types from dry to oily and will really help create smoother, more balanced and radiant skin, right in time for summer. Many of the products in this set are already cult-favorites in the skincare world, but this set also offers more at an unbeatable value. I urge you to get your hands on it before it disappears!"
Myiesha Sewell’s Picks
"Since its release, I haven’t gone a week without my Kora Organics Turmeric 2-in-1 Brightening & Exfoliating Mask. As a Beauty Director, I have a ton of skincare to choose from, but this is always the first step in my masking routine. It uses turmeric to brighten, papaya enzymes to exfoliate, and aspen bark, which is a natural salicylate, to deal with any pesky breakouts. It’s also a part of the ‘Clean at Sephora’ initiative and a great alternative to those who are sensitive to AHAs but are looking for superior results."
"I have extremely sensitive eyes, and I’m also pretty sun-sensitive, so making sure I have SPF on every inch of my face, including my eyes, can be quite difficult. I’ve been a longtime fan of Supergoop! and its new Sunshade! Shimmershade Illuminating Cream Eyeshadow SPF 30 is no exception. Supergoop! absolutely killed it with the shade range and texture. It also has broad spectrum SPF to protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. The long-lasting formula can stand up to sweat so it’s the perfect beach day accessory."
"I love this formula because it’s not sticky, comes in a ton of inclusive colors, and smells delicious. It has the perfect balance of pigment — it is translucent enough to not appear ashy but pigmented enough to even out imperfections. I have tan skin and my favorite shades are Copacabana Bronze, which is a warm bronze shade, and Rio Sunset, which has a champagne tint. You can even use the formula on your face, mixing it into your foundation or wearing it as a highlighter."
"The Beauty Insider sale is a great way to explore new products, but you can’t forget to replenish on your staples! The Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 is amazing if you love the concept of a BB cream but want something that controls oil, has a skin-like finish, and has buildable coverage. It’s amazing to throw on in the summer when it’s too hot for foundation but you still want to look polished."
Jeffrey English’s Picks
"The BI Sale is the best time to splurge on those items you wouldn’t necessarily buy otherwise. So, for those of you that have been looking to upgrade your tool collection, this one is for you! These brushes are not made with traditional brush hairs, they are created with Synthetic Fibers that are exponentially smaller and more compact than a standard brush. This allows for smooth, even, streak-free application all while using minimal product and minimal effort. This 10-piece collection has everything you need to complete a full face."
"One product that I keep an eye out for every summer is this limited-edition set from Sephora Favorites! This adorable beach clutch is stuffed with 12 of the latest and greatest in sun-protection from your favorite brands across Sephora. Think of this as the easiest way to try out all the best sunscreens we offer and pick the one that feels right for you; or even mix and match the formulas like an SPF wardrobe! Best yet, with every purchase of the kit, Sephora donates $25 to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, up to $1 million."
"I love Kush Mascara for a hydrating and conditioning daily lash that builds an ample blacker-than-black volume. The heart-shaped fibers infused into the lush formula stack and build on themselves, yielding a false-lash effect that remains soft and pliable, never brittle. The kit also contains the Kush Lip Balm in Green Dragon, which is a sheer translucent green lip balm that softens the texture and adds to the natural rosy hue of my bare lips. I like to think of it as a color correcting filter that hydrates and soothes with hemp-derived cannabis sativa seed oil. Lastly, there is a new and exclusive Cannabis Hydrating Face Mask that I am anxious to try, and has all of my favorite skin-saving hydrators like aloe, sunflower oil, and vitamin E."
"I am obsessed with the Wellness category at Sephora. We’ve done an excellent job of curating products that work from the inside out to help promote healthier skin and a more balanced you. Over the past six months, I personally have started to really discover the direct connection between what I put in my body and how that manifests itself outwardly. If I were new to this category at Sephora, I would definitely reach for this set of our best-sellers and most-buzzed about supplements and mix-ins."