Woo-hoo! I’ve complained about Sephora’s rewards program, but recently I received an offer for $15.00 off orders of $50.00 or more. If your order is at the baseline of $50.00, that works out to be 30% off regular priced items – better than Sephora’s twice yearly 15% off for orders of $75.00 or more for Beauty Insiders.
I had been curious about Gucci’s much ballyhooed lipstick launch, but at $42.00, well, that’s too rich for me. However, the $15.00 off gave me incentive to buy Gucci’s Rouge à Lèvres Satin Lipstick (I reached the $50.00 threshold by buying Sephora’s Daily Brush Cleaner). I chose Moira Sienna, which is described as sienna raspberry satin. As the description suggests, the color is somewhat ambiguous. When I tried the lipstick, it seemed that more raspberry than sienna.
GUCCI Rouge à Lèvres Satin Lipstick in Moira Sienna
- The lipstick leaves a nice gleam after application.
- It’s not particularly lasting (although I don’t expect lipstick to be lasting) but leaves behind a light stain. Top it with a similar shade of lip balm.
- It’s not drying and feels pleasant on the lips.
- Gucci also has Rouge à Lèvres Voile Sheer Lipsticks and Baume à Lèvres Lip Balms in its lineup. I don’t care for mattes, so it’s gratifying to see a lipstick line with no mattes.
- Faithful reproduction of vintage tubes – Gucci gives Gabriela Hernandez and her Bésame lipsticks a run for their money in this department.
- Gucci’s website uses women with the ugliest teeth to model the lipstick. Gucci might think that this is edgy, but I think it’s ugly and unappealing.
- While you can shop Gucci lip color on Sephora’s website now, you’ll have to wait until February 21, 2020 to buy them in store 🙁
- Finally, you can probably find equally good lipsticks for less than $42.00!
Exciting news! The insanely inexpensive skin care line The Ordinary is now available at sephora.com. I hate using the term “disruptor,” as it has become an hackneyed term, but here it applies, as The Ordinary has proven that you buy cheap skin care that works. It’s already been picked up by luxury brand e-retailer Beautylish.
I shopped The Ordinary for its foundation, but it wasn’t blendable. On the other hand, I liked the skin care products that I bought:
Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (formerly Advanced Retinoid 2%)
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is among the products that you can buy on sephora.com:
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
It’s a gentle, non-irritating exfoliating liquid. I apply it at nighttime. I love AHA products because the results are evident when I wake up in the morning. They also provide me a smooth surface for applying makeup.
I am a fan of beauty.com – and I’m not saying this just because I’m an affiliate of beauty.com. Beauty.com offers many premium brands, with terms more attractive than those of Sephora.com:
- Single checkout with drugstore.com, which means that you can stock up on things that you might find at CVS, Walgreens, and Rite-aid while you are shopping for beauty. There’s more: for example, I bought a Northern Light desk lamp through drugstore.com to manage SAD.
- Credits of 5% off every order that you can redeem later. Sephora offers a crummy sample for 100+ points earned (or $100+ spent) – I say “crummy” because often I don’t care for the samples offered.
- Lower threshold for free shipping (Sephora.com’s is $50)
Well, beauty.com/drugstore.com increased its threshold for free shipping from $25 to $35, but still it’s a better deal than Sephora.com. Of course, you will not find all the same brands that you might find at Sephora.com.
PS If you join Ebates, you get cash back every time you shop online – on top of the beauty.com/drugstore.com credits earned. The going rate on Ebates is 5% for beauty.com/drugstore.com.