As we were sniffing out deals yesterday, we landed on a trove of luxury beauty products — a category that rarely goes on sale — that were, in fact, on sale. Several products you can snag at a discount are things we’ve written about and praised on the Strategist before, including fashion-editor-at-large Amy Larocca’s favorite lip stain, Retta’s favorite mineral concealer, Rio Viera-Newton’s trusty SK-II essence, and many, many more. These probably won’t stay on sale for long, though, so make smart decisions and grab them while you can.
There’s a natural-beauty sale taking place at Dermstore, where you can pick up products from culty (natural) skin-care line Sunday Riley, like this beloved wrinkle-smoothing facial oil.
Original Price: $80
Now, a bunch of highlights from Nordstrom’s massive beauty sale, where thousands of products are 15 percent off. First up, this facial-treatment essence from SK-II, which is part of Rio Viera-Newton’s famed Google-doc beauty routine. She writes: “Essences keep your skin plump, hydrated, and glowy. And they have regenerative properties, so they can even help with breakouts and hyperpigmentation … This product is very expensive. But I believe it’s worth it — there’s a reason it’s pretty consistently one of the items I’ll splurge on when I get my paycheck. Drop four drops in your palm and pat it into your skin for a full minute. If you’re thinking, I don’t have time for this, well, neither do I, but you have to.”
Original Price: From $99
These facial masks are from the same Google doc, and from the same brand. Viera-Newton writes, “I love, love, love it, and my heart breaks every time I look at its price tag. It’s soaked in all that SK-II juice — actually called Pitera — that clears your skin and keeps you looking glowy.”
Original Price: From $95
This is the lipstick (in Feels So Grand) that Jemima Kirke’s character, Jessa, wore throughout the final season of Girls.
Original Price: $21
A favorite of actress Retta’s: “Whenever I use this, people are like, ‘Your skin is so smooth! It’s so soft!’ And I know it’s just because of the Mac. It completely hides your pores and gives you this flawless complexion — it’s like the last bit of magic at the end of your beauty routine.”
Original Price: $34
Our own fashion-editor-at-large Amy Larocca buys this “almost lipstick” lip stain in droves and stashes them in her purses, coat pockets, medicine cabinets, and desk drawers.
This Dior lip balm shows up in Rio Viera-Newton’s guide to achieving the no-makeup makeup look. She writes: “It’s really rich and doesn’t wear easily. I also love how it gives you a subtle rose tint, and actually does plump your lips. I usually don’t believe any lip-plumping products work, but once I was wearing this, and my sister asked me if I was having an allergic reaction (of which I have many). Chic!”
Original Price: $30
A tinted moisturizer from Laura Mercier that Cut beauty director Kathleen Hou included in her “How to Look Amazing in Under 10 Minutes” guide.
Original Price: $44
A set of sponges from Beautyblender that will save your shiny forehead.
Original Price: $20
Recently, Ashley Weatherford wondered if this, Clarins’ number-one seller, is actually worth it. The answer: “Double Serum is not a miracle potion, but it does a lot. It’s a product that makes your skin look better, even when you think your skin already looks pretty great.”
Original Price: From $89
On sale today only as part of Ulta’s 21-day Beauty Steals event: a longwear liquid eyeliner from Tarte.
Original Price: $20
Another Beauty Steal from Ulta: this creamy, intense “Russian Red” lipstick from M.A.C.
Original Price: $18
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