Shopping at Sephora can turn into buying a million things you don’t need, but make sure you leave with these Sephora best-selling make-up and skin products. They’re best-sellers for good reasons. Here’s our definitive list of the top Sephora products of all time.
We’ve all been there. Shopping at Sephora for the elusive perfect shade of foundation, getting distracted by a million other pretty things, and walking out hours later in a kind of stunned daze, bursting shopping bags in each arm and a gaping hole in our credit cards.
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Sephora is a wonderland for the beauty-obsessed, and when everything is as alluring and shiny as it is at the makeup retail giant, trying to find the right product can be pretty overwhelming. So why not trust the thousands of shoppers voting for their favorites via their purchases?
Get your credit card ready for some more damage; these are Sephora’s best-selling beauty products of all time…
- Best Sephora Eyeshadows
- Best Sephora Mascaras
- Best Sephora Lipsticks
- Best Sephora Foundations
- Best Sephora Skincare Products
- Best Sephora Perfumes
- Best Sephora Hair Products
Best Sephora Eyeshadows of All Time
Hello to the perfect eyeshadow palette! These 14 shades, which range from neutral to berry tones, are stunning on every skin tone and bring a modern look for both day and night. Each color is highly pigmented, crease-proof, and seriously romantic. We can see why this is one of the best eyeshadow palettes at Sephora.
Ever tried doing your makeup on the train or in the car? This Sephora best-selling eyeshadow comes in a stick formula, providing an easy application on the go. With 16 shades to choose from, lovers of both matte and shimmer finish eyeshadows will be happy. And to top it all off, the budge-proof formula ensures it stays put for 8 hours.
As we’ve come to expect from the insanely cult-like makeup artist-developed brand, Huda Beauty, this eyeshadow palette features extreme pigments and intense colors that won’t fade or crease. It includes clay mattes, pearly pinks and ‘3D metal’ glitters that are blindingly bright and oh-so-pretty. This is a collection for the days when your eyes are the statement accessory.
Best Sephora Mascaras of All Time
I think this beauty staple isn’t just the best Sephora mascara, but also the best mascara of all time—at least in my books, that is! The formulation lengthens, volumizes and curls your lashes (no more having to choose just one!) and it’s also completely vegan. It comes in an intense black shade to ensure your eyes walk into the room before you do.
For long-lasting curl, volume and length, you can’t go past this Sephora best-selling mascara. “Looks like I’m wearing false lashes,” said one reviewer, although we note that this formulation might be a bit too heavy for someone with thin lashes.
It’s clear why this one made the list of best mascaras at Sephora—the long-lasting formula stays put for up to 24 hours, the brush bristles grab onto every single eyelash (even the baby ones) and the lightweight gel formula feels like you’re barely wearing anything at all on your lashes. Oh, and the tube it comes in is beautiful.
Best Sephora Lipsticks of All Time
High-impact color in a weightless, smooth-to-apply formulation. The formula is non-drying and it stays put—no feathering or smudging here. Available in 11 shades ranging from deep reds and purples, through to your staple neutrals, this is a must-have Sephora lipstick for everyone’s make-up bag.
What’s the Best Sephora Foundation?
If your skin (like mine) tends to soak up your foundation pretty quickly, this is the best foundation from Sephora for you. Its oil-free formula promises to stay put for 24 hours and gives you a flawless, natural, matte finish. I usually shy away from long-wearing foundations, as I prefer lighter coverage, but this foundation gives you buildable coverage.
Though technically this one isn’t a foundation, it’s a full-coverage CC cream, which means that you can definitely wear it as a foundation. It works to color correct while delivering a natural finish, with an added hit of SPF 50 to protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. It gets bonus points from us for using a physical mineral sunscreen rather than chemicals.
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Best Sephora Skincare Products
It’s hard to believe a moisturizer when it claims to be good for ‘all skin types, but this face cream has the research to back it up. IT Cosmetics is known for makeup that’s actually beneficial to your skin, and their skincare range is no flop. The line’s hero product, Confidence In A Cream, is easily one of the best skincare products at Sephora. It was developed alongside plastic surgeons and dermatologists to create a face cream with ultra-hydration, quick absorption, and anti-aging properties.
Sticking with the theme of Sephora’s best skin care products that are suitable for everyone, this whipped-cream-texture body butter is the ideal all-over moisturizer for the whole fam, including toddlers and bubs, thanks to its sensitive skin-friendly formulation. With oatmeal and shea butter, this is a drink for thirsty skin that won’t leave you feeling greasy afterward.
This is one of my all-time favorite skincare products. It serves many uses—as a primer, as an overnight mask, and sometimes even as a moisturizer on a cold, dry day. Formulated with Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, and Glycerin, this top Sephora skincare pick will hydrate and plump your skin, and make you look like you had a great night’s sleep, even if you didn’t.
This moisturizer made our list of best Sephora skincare products because it gets consistently great reviews all the time. Perfect if you’re looking for an anti-aging cream that brightens your skin, evens out the texture, and keeps your skin hydrated all day. It contains nine signal peptides (made up of amino acids, which form proteins in the skin). These peptides bind moisture to skin—visibly plumping, firming, and restoring bounce. Yes, please!
If the other creams in this list have all been a bit too heavy for your skin (I’m looking at you, oily and combination skin types), you can’t look past this oil-free moisturizer from Tatcha. It’s light and hydrating, without making you shinier or oilier than before. Japanese leopard lily helps control excess oil and purify skin by supporting natural skin turnover, and an anti-aging trinity of green tea, rice, and algae restores healthy-looking radiance. If you like your skincare a little bit extra, you’ll be delighted to know that it also uses tiny specks of 23-karat gold to add shimmer.
Perfect for the girl with a glass of red wine in her hand on a Friday night. Caudalie is a vineyard-inspired skincare brand from Bordeaux, France – it just doesn’t get more delicious and romantic than that. Grape water is a fave among celebrities like Katy Perry, who swear by the organic product for its ability to soothe, calm, and hydrate red, dry, and sensitive skin after a couple of sprays. Yeah, it’s basically witchcraft in a bottle.
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Best Perfumes at Sephora
You had us at coffee and vanilla. This fragrance is seductive and edgy, with a bold coffee scent, paired with vanilla and feminine floral tones. With more than 6,000 reviews, this is hands-down the top-selling perfume at Sephora.
I’m a huge fan of the entire Juliette Has a Gun range (if you’re like me and can’t decide, try their mini discovery set) because they’re all subtle and unique, with an edge to them. Not a Perfume is exactly what it says on the label: Not a perfume. It’s made from Cetalox, which is typically used as a base note in perfumes, but here’s it’s the main star. It’s hypoallergenic, so perfect for those who are usually sensitive to fragrances, and it’s deliciously light and fresh.
Best Sephora Hair Products
Are you surprised to see Olaplex on the list of best Sephora hair products? I’m not. Back when I thought blonde was a good look on my naturally dark brown locks, this hair treatment kept my poor, bleach-damaged tresses looking shiny and healthy. It’s not just for blondes though—this is a must-have product for anyone with colored or damaged hair.
When my hairdresser says a hair product is good, I know it’s one I have to try. This is the perfect silicone-free treatment mask that reverses damage in as little as four minutes. The formula is vegan, and it’s suitable for all hair types, including colored hair.
This spritz-on leave-in hair treatment detangles, protects your hair against UV and heat styling, and conditions your hair to leave it feeling soft. It’s blended with six featherlight oils (including Coconut Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, and Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil), it’s safe for color-treated hair and it’s free of any nasty ingredients.
This magic hair product has arguably the most superior formula around when it comes to dry shampoos. And unlike its competitors, this product doesn’t just cover up the oils, it actually cleans your hair for you, removing dirt, oils, and odor, leaving you with hair that looks (and smells) like it was just shampooed.
Other Sephora best sellers
It’s been how long since we’ve been trying to nail the perfect cat eye? Embarrassing. But at least this liquid eyeliner promises those curved lines will be easier to achieve. The fine felt tip is guaranteed not to fray over time, but remain flexible and forgiving when you glide it flawlessly across your lids. Once it’s on, it won’t budge thanks to the waterproof formula.
Who knew a sponge could make such an impact on the makeup world? Beautyblender is still relatively young, but it’s made a big name for itself as the all-round wonder makeup applicator. It’s a sponge that’s streak-free and doesn’t sop up all of your makeup; but the real bonus is the fact it can be used with all face products including primers, blushes, powders, and obviously foundation. And thanks to its tapered tip, it gets into all those hard-to-reach places – like around the nose and in the corners of your under-eyes – super easily. Just make sure you don’t make these Beautyblender mistakes when you use it.
For a reasonably priced mask with actual active ingredients, Sephora Collection is a go-to. Each mask is made of lyocell, so it hugs the contours of the face to treat every inch. Green tea is a known herbal ingredient for minimizing breakouts, making this a must-have around that time of the month when your skin goes on strike.
Comment: What are your favorite Sephora buys? Did we miss any of the best Sephora products you can’t live without?
Josie is a Paris-based writer who has a disturbingly large collection of socks and is a self-professed bookworm with a genuine fascination for the weird and wonderful world of beauty products.