For those who’ve never VIB’ed before, this is the sale people wait all year for. Fancy creams that are rarely discounted are discounted, and beauty people lay in wait, ready to pounce. The sale happens in stages, starting with Rouge members who’ve spent more than $1,000 in a calendar year. Starting on April 17, they’ll have access to the sale, which runs through May 1 and will receive 20 percent off their entire purchase (those prices are reflected here). Next up is VIB, which applies to enrolled shoppers who have spent at least $350, who will get 15 percent off all purchases starting on the 21st and ending Wednesday, April 29. Finally, it’s the Insiders’ turn, which is anyone who signs up for Sephora’s free loyalty program. Insiders will get 10 percent off their purchase from April 23 through April 27. Because the entire site is pretty much up for grabs (excluding Dyson, the Ordinary, M.A.C, and Viva Glam), it can be hard to know where to start. Which is why we’ve compiled everything we’ve written about at Sephora — from cleansers to tweezers to hair tools — here in one place.
These ultragentle wipes are a good option if you have sensitive skin or eyes because they moisturize while cleansing your skin and take off makeup easily. They’re soaked in a gentle micellar-water solution, and are so gentle that you can use them on dry, flaky skin. FutureDerm founder Nicki Zevola Benvenuti even recommends them for people taking Accutane.
This cult-favorite moisturizer, packed with proteins and peptides, is a favorite of Strategist writer Rio Viera-Newton, who says, though it’s expensive, it is totally worth it. She uses it on herself and recommends it for brides-to-be, too, noting that it’s also a good dupe for rich-people-skin moisturizer Augustinus Bader (it’s still expensive, but less than half the price of the Bader).
On the topic of cultish moisturizers, the Belif True Aqua Bomb is a good option as well, and great for the transitional period between spring and summer. Strategist writer Tembe Denton-Hurst likes it as an under-makeup moisturizer, noting its ultralight gel-cream texture and weightless feel.
Rio also recommends the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, which she uses as a daytime moisturizer, which she calls “light but extremely hydrating.” That comes down to the rich nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, peptides, and shea butter, which gives skin that plump, hydrated look.
If you’re in the market for a moisturizer that won’t aggravate sensitive skin, we recommend this Sofie Pavitt–approved pick for nurses wearing N95 masks, which has calming ingredients like oatmeal and allantoin and layers well with hydrocortisone. Strategist writer Tembe Denton-Hurst is also a fan, and uses it as the first step in her double-moisturizing routine.
This redness-reducing moisturizer is great for anyone dealing with redness or rosacea, and comes recommended by dermatologist and CEO of Curology David Lortscher. In addition to being ultragentle, it also has a healthy dose of probiotics, which Lortscher says could potentially be beneficial to someone struggling with rosacea.
This cream is packed with fats and hyaluronic acid to support skin’s natural moisture barrier while also giving it an overall plump, hydrated look. Rio says it helped her eczema-prone skin look and feel good and is packed with ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E.
If you’re a dark-circle sufferer like Rio, give this serum from Drunk Elephant a whirl, which she says is the only thing that actually makes a difference in lightening and brightening her under-eye area. It contains five types of vitamin C, cucumber, and peptides, all of which work together to firm up and brighten skin.
Another good, more affordable option is this eye cream from Sephora Collection, which helps to reduce puffiness and helps to reduce dark under eyes.
One of Rio’s repeat purchases is this Biossance mask, which contains French green clay to draw out impurities and tea-tree oil to purify and calm skin. It’s a key component in her zit-fighting arsenal, and as she puts it, “does an amazing job at shrinking down pesky zits.” The equal balance of squalane and tea-tree oil also helps to reduce the drying effects that tea-tree oil can have on its own, and leaves skin soft and supple.
This cult-favorite lip mask is a favorite of Rio and the Cut’s Kathleen Hou, and is one of Sephora’s best-reviewed products. The K-beauty product contains hyaluronic acid and actually helps to retain moisture in the lips, creating a seal that helps to nourish even the driest, flakiest lips. Dermatologist Cybele Fishman recommends this for anyone dealing with dry lips in particular, noting that it’s great for preventing water loss overnight.
If you’re looking to achieve dewy dumpling status, try these SK II sheet masks, which have higher levels of Pitera (SK II’s superstar ingredient) than their cultish essence. Each mask is soaked in about a third of a bottle of essence, so your skin will definitely thank you and drink it all up.
Recommended by dermatologist Michele Green for someone in want of a beyond-the-basics skin-care routine, this alcohol-free toner is good for getting rid of residual dirt and residue post-cleanse. The calendula extract also soothes skin, and great burdock helps to moisturize.
SPF is a must, even if you spend a big chunk of your time indoors staring at a screen. But not all SPF’s are created equal, especially if you want to address blue light too. Dermatologist Marnie Nussbaum recommends Supergoop! Zinc Screen for this, which has zinc oxide along with antioxidants like winter cherry and blueberry, which protect against blue light, UV damage, and pollution too.
Another popular SPF option is Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen, which Dr. Chaneve Jeanniton says is popular among her patients because it goes on completely sheer and layers well under makeup. It’s also octinoxate-free, meaning it’s reef safe, and packed with antioxidants to help fight free radicals and environmental pollution.
This skin care–makeup hybrid is ideal if you want a little coverage with your SPF. Miami-based Dr. Laura Scott recommends this often to her patients with darker skin, noting that it has a better shade range than most BB creams. It also has turmeric (good for brightening) along with iron oxides, which help with blue light, too.
This lightweight sunscreen is a favorite of Natch Beaut podcast host Jackie Johnson, which she says helps with UV light and protects skin from HEV light too. These drops have also made a fan out of Rio, who says it’s lightweight, sheer, and don’t irritate her sensitive skin.
This eyebrow pencil is a favorite of brow expert Jared Bailey, especially for mapping out brows for tweezing. It has a sort of in-between texture — not too waxy or creamy —making it a great tool for creating sharp, precise lines. That also makes it good for filling in brows normally and creating the look of tiny, individual hairs.
If you have no plans on stepping in the sun anytime soon, try this Rio-approved bronzer from Milk, which she says gives skin a sun-kissed look and can be applied using your fingers. The formula is matte and creamy and gives skin a certain warmth. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free.