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    Updated on Jun 18, 2020. Posted on Jun 10, 2020

    25 Things From Sephora You'll Probably Wish You'd Bought Years Ago

    Lipsticks, blushes, and pretty creams...."why, why, why did I wait this long?" you'll lament once you try these.

    1. Tatcha Japanese Blotting Papers whisk away the oil on your entire face with natural abaca leaf (which are highly absorbent) and 23-karat gold flakes (which give a subtle and flattering gleam). It's so opulent no one will be able to ~gold~ a candle to your fresh face after you use these! ✨

    The sheets
    Tatcha

    The sheets are super soft and strong, doing their job without disturbing makeup or stripping skin of moisture. The use of abaca and gold in the sheets are steeped in history that goes back to the geisha and gold artisans of Kyoto. How cool is that?

    This is formulated without synthetic fragrances, powder, and mineral oil. It's also biodegradable and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "Where have these been all my life?! OMG! If I hadn't tried it, I would not have believed it...seriously. I have tried what seems like BILLIONS of blotting papers and devices. Some were 'OK,' most were 'meh.' Until now. I am shocked by any negative review of this product because for me, the oil on my face (which is plentiful as the day wears on) practically jumps on to the paper without disturbing any of my makeup and keeps me shine-free for another three to four hours! I will definitely keep this in 'notify me' status and restock at EVERY opportunity. These are magical for me!" —Rockin50

    Price: $12 for 30 sheets

    2. Glow Recipe Watermelon + AHA Sleeping Mask delivers some serious TLC to your skin, gently exfoliating, refining pores, moisturizing, and boosting your glow. With watermelon, hyaluronic acid and AHAs, it unveils fresh, lovely skin that'll feel so nice you won't be able to stop touching your face. Proof that watermelon isn't just for your tummy 🍉.

    @glowrecipe / Via instagram.com, Sephora

    Watermelon will soothe, hyaluronic acid will hydrate, AHAs will exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, and peony root will brighten. This one's great especially for oily and combo types. It's also vegan and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I've never been the type of person to leave reviews, but with this, I have to. I've been using this for almost a month. When I have breakouts, I apply this at night, and the next morning I wake up and the breakout has shrunk tremendously or is almost gone. Not to mention, it's made my face so much brighter and softer! I use this religiously and have found a little goes a long way. I love this product so much. Even with my oily skin, it doesn't cause my skin to feel oily. It is PERFECT." —kaitykaitt

    Price: $22+ (available in two sizes)

    3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder serves as your personal Instagram filter: it's a universal finishing powder that plays with light to soften the look of skin and impart a beautifully subtle ✨glow✨. Whether you want to mimic the gleam of the moon upon your skin, a ray of morning light, or a gorgeous candlelit glow, this powder's got your back.

    @hourglasscosmetics / Via instagram.com, Sephora

    You can use this powder all over (recommended), as a highlighter, on your lids, or even as a bronzer. So many ways! Plus, reviewers say the compact has so much product in it that it lasts them a super long time! And it's paraben- and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "Let me say something...if you want to look refined and glowy, I'mma need you to buy this. This finishing powder pulls it all together. It's meant to be one of the last steps of your makeup to add some oomph. It plays with light to make the skin appear more smooth and glowy. I usually use this all over and sometimes add extra on the high points of my face. I also use this as a glow on my eyelids. Dim Light is THAT girl and if I were to recommend any, it would be her. The powder is soft, smooth, and pearlescent without glitter or shimmer, and it doesn't cake up. I have texture in some areas and this doesn't amplify any little bumps on my face. There is so much product that I don't foresee running out any time soon. I understand if you pass on buying this finishing powder because you don't really, really need it. But if you're asking me...you need it." —BlueRobin

    Price: $24+ (available in two sizes and six shades)

    4. Kaja Mochi Pop Blush tints your skin with a sweet ~pop~ of candy-like color, using a unique powder-gel formula. If you run out of mochi at home, use this to get in the mood with cute ~mochi~ cheeks before heading out to buy some more!

    Sephora

    This is cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I've nothing but good things to say about this blush. I wish I had tried it before! It has a good amount of product, plus I love the little mirror in there. The packaging is cute as well! I just dip my blush brush in and sweep it all over my cheeks. It's sheer but not in a bad way, and not glittery or overly sparkly; it has just the perfect amount. I even swipe it over my nose and across my cheeks for that cute, blushing look, which is what I love to use with this blush. You can keep building it up to the intensity that you want, which impressed me so much about this blush. I can have light or darker blush if I want. The product is soooo amazing!" —Meliths

    Price: $19 (available in three shades)

    5. Verb Ghost Hair Oil saves your hair texture with a lightweight moringa oil and bamboo formula that strengthens, smooths frizz, detangles, and moisturizes. It's designed as a daily restorative oil, meaning it won't weigh hair down. Your dry, frizzy strands will become a ~ghost~ of the past.

    Before of a model with frizzy long hair and then an after of the same model with sleek, frizz-free hair after using the product
    Sephora

    I use this after showers and it always makes my hair easy to comb. It also makes my ends look nice! It's so lightweight that it pretty much vanishes as soon as I put it in my hair, so my hair isn't oily and there's no residue left behind (love that). It also has a light citrus scent that's so lovely you'll be sad when it disappears (I know I always am).

    This is free of parabens and mineral oil. It's also vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

    Promising review: "i have very fine, dry, and damaged hair from years of bleaching and dyeing. I’m trying to go natural so I've been looking for anything to help soften and prevent breakage. I usually hate hair oils, and feel they make my hair sticky or greasy even only using a few drops. With this, I never have any issues! I use two drops when my hair is damp and spread it through, then one more drop mostly on the ends after styling. My hair looks glossy and is super soft. Never a greasy residue! Very lightweight, and I love the scent. Really can’t recommend it enough for fine hair. It seems like you can never use too much!" —tempestrune

    Price: $18

    6. Saturday Skin Waterfall Glacier Water Cream luxuriously hydrates for a supple, dewy, and clean complexion. It uses magical-sounding (and mineral-rich) ingredients like Alaska glacier water and Iceland moss to get you the best skin you've ever had. Where was this magic cream all your life?

    The cream and its whipped gel texture
    Sephora

    Promising review: "This is my second bottle of this moisturizer. I love it, and my skin loves it. No noticeable scent, and the gel formula absorbs nicely into my skin. No breakouts, and it doesn’t pill under my makeup. I think it’s lightweight enough for summer weather (I have more oily skin) but packs enough hydration to keep that plumpness on my face. For me, it’s just a really good everyday moisturizer." —Stefanie0023

    Price: $39

    7. Kaja Wing Eyeliner Stamp & Pen takes away all the stress of drawing your own wings — now you can treat yourself to a perfect cat eye every time. Just stamp and go; no more spending an hour trying to get them symmetrical! No more, I say! Your time is precious!

    Sephora

    This is a double-ended wing stamp pen that comes with an accompanying felt-tip liquid liner. It's also smudge-proof and waterproof! Shake it before use.

    This is vegan and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I’ve always struggled with a cat eye. I can do it, but it takes me a while and they’re sometimes uneven. Or end up bigger than I wanted. This changes everything! I had both eyes done EVENLY in under five minutes. Not only that, but the liner is actually amazing. I love me a black liquid liner and I’m using this one more than my other expensive ones. It goes on so smooth! I also have crazy oily skin and it holds up all day with a primer. I will definitely buy this again!" —Shann2122

    Price: $25

    8. Laneige Lip Glowy Balm moisturizes with ingredients like murumuru and shea butters, leaving you with tinted and tempting oh-so-kissable lips. It's also long-lasting so you don't have to keep reapplying. Flaky, chapped lips? Yeah, no thanks.

    All four balms together
    Sephora

    Promising review: "AMAZING. I have tried many lip glosses, looking for moisturizing and lasting qualities; this has both. I have berry and grapefruit. Not much color, looks like a clear shine. Smells good, not too strong. Highly recommend if you want something natural and moisturizing for everyday use." —Kristen

    Price: $17 (available in four shades)

    9. Stila's Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow because life's too short not to sparkle and we all need some sparkle in our lives anyway.

    Model wearing a shimmery pink-gold shade
    Sephora

    Promising review: "This is such a dreamy product. It not only blends and stays on beautifully, but it adds the loveliest shimmer to eye looks. Even on its own it’s lovely. I bought this for a bridal look. Perfect for that soft, romantic vibe." —wudeva

    Price: $24 (available in six shades).

    10. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Lip Pop works overtime as a three-in-one scrub-balm fusion that'll leave you with lips so lovely your crush won't be able to resist them. Sorry, was that a little ~melon~-dramatic? It hydrates with watermelon, gently exfoliates with coconut flower sugar, moisturizes with coconut oil and flower-derived AHA, and tints in a flattering and universal shade of pink. So lovely!

    Sephora

    You can use this several ways: alone to boost the natural color of your lips, over your fave lipstick or gloss to enhance the color, as an everyday treatment to rid lips of flakes, as a daily lip balm for an immediate smoothing effect and kissable lip color (apply several times to build up color), or as an early prep and primer before your lipstick to keep your lips smooth and your color fresh.

    This is vegan and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I cannot rave about this product enough! Some people have been writing reviews about how it didn’t last them long...I have no idea how! I’ve had mine for two months now! I started using it when I had pretty chapped lips so I was using it a few times a day. Honestly you DO NOT need a lot of product. It rubs in very well! So my routine is lathering it on before bed (again, you don’t need a lot). When I wake up, man they’re soft! And I put it on in the morning too! But throughout the day, I’ve never needed to reapply it. Sometimes I do because I like the hint of color it has! So pretty! AND THE SMELL! So amazing! —sierramae97

    Price: $22

    11. Becca Cosmetics Pressed Highlighter makes you feel like a golden goddess — such is its heavenly, iridescent glow upon your cheeks. It's all buttery but not glittery 😉.

    Three models showing how flattering the shade is on different skin tones
    Sephora

    This is my holy grail highlighter and it really does last forever! It's so pigmented you only need a little to get any kind of highlight and if you wanna go full glam and not natural, just build it up!

    This is cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "This is one of my favorite highlighters and let me tell ya I’ve tried them all! I’m obsessed with highlighter and this one gives me the most pop to my skin. I go over it with a cool beauty blender and it just melts into skin giving you that icy glazed look that can be hard to achieve with other highlighters. The compact lasts a while as well. This is my automatic go to." —Fashionlver5

    Price: 22+ (available in two sizes and twelve shades)

    12. Benefit Cosmetics Cakeless Concealer diminishes everything from dark circles to blemishes with a full-coverage formula that won't crack or settle. Its algae-derived ingredients means it goes on smooth for 24-hour wear so if you stay up all night again swooning over your fave shows like I do, no one will be the wiser. And that pencil packaging is ~ah-dorable~.

    @benefitcosmetics / Via instagram.com, Sephora

    Promising review: "It may be lightweight in texture but definitely not in coverage! I have very dark circles and fine lines and nothing else worked, and this has now become a holy grail concealer for me. You do not need a lot; you just apply a small sweep of it and let it sit for 15–20 seconds, then blend, and the coverage you get is amazing plus it DOESN'T SETTLE INTO FINE LINES because that is a HUGE deal breaker for me!" —lindaeikeland

    Price: $22 (available in 14 shades)

    13. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush goes seamlessly onto your cheeks for a pretty, rosy flush. It uses Amazonian clay to control oil and provide moisture for long-staying power, meaning you'll look fresh and flushed all day.

    Sephora

    This is dermatologist-tested and mineral oil-, gluten-, and paraben-free.

    Promising review: "I am obsessed with this blush. This is the perfect everyday blush. It looks great with my complexion and lasts all day! Would recommend for everyday use." —goldengirl88

    Price: $15+ (available in 13 shades)

    14. Erborian CC Cream ensures that your natural beauty shines through with pigments that transform to match your skin tone for a glowy and smooth complexion. Great for daily use, it blurs pores, evens skin tone, hydrates with Asiatic pennywort, and protects with SPF 25. Beware: this cream will spoil you!

    A range of models wearing the cream to show that it fits many skin tones and provides smooth glowy skin
    Sephora

    Promising review: "Love, love, love this stuff. If you want a no-makeup makeup look that actually works and blurs your imperfections but still allows your beauty to shine through, look no further. It blends so perfectly with your skin color (tip: blend it in front of natural light for the best look). I also wear this under a more full makeup as it really helps blur any issues I’m having that day, and it acts as a first layer of SPF to help control sun damage. I have repurchased this product at least three times now and a little goes a long way so it lasts. Cannot get enough of this product!" —BermieGirl

    Price: $24+ (available in two sizes and three tones)

    15. Dr. Jart+ Water Hydra Solution Sheet Mask helps you achieve luminous dewy skin by hydrating with supercharged but gentle ingredients that prevent water loss and support collagen production. Welcome to your new go-to sheet mask for dryness!

    Model having taken off the sheet mask, revealing bright, dewy skin
    Dr Jart+

    This mask is paraben-, sulfate-, and phthalate-free.

    Promising review: "This was the first product I have ever used from Dr. Jart+ and the experience was AMAZING! There was a lot of product on the sheet itself, and it left my skin literally glowing. I looked like I had just stepped out of the spa! I washed my face before using this mask, and then I left it on for about 20–30 mins (a little longer than the package says). The results were incredible. I plan on going back to my local store to buy more of these and potentially some other Dr. Jart products! I would definitely recommend, especially if you have dry skin." —mpratt1

    Price: $6

    16. Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Gel naturally volumizes your brows so well that from brow on, you'll only reach for this.

    Model showing before and after of brows with the product, with the product-less brow light and wispy and the brow with the product thick and dark
    Sephora

    Promising review: "I have naturally thick and WILD eyebrows and this helps to keep them in place without looking too dramatic. I like a more natural brow so I apply lightly, but you can apply a little more heavily if you'd like. I have a scar in my brow and this camouflages it perfectly! I've never been one to do my brows because it's too much work but this makes it easy."jgltan

    Price: $14+ (available in three sizes and ten shades)

    17. Touch In Sol No Poreblem Primer makes your pores nonexistent — it'll glide over your skin with its silky texture and make those pesky things vanish. Plus, soothing green tea extract will leave an all-day matte finish. Whoop whoop 🙌!

    A hand swatch the silky texture of the primer
    Touch In Sol

    Promising review: "This goes on very smooth, but stays light. It really does blur out my pores and blemishes very well! Best base for makeup I’ve ever used. It is super easy to use too!" —sophster14

    Price: $18

    18. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Longwear Foundation delivers a matte finish that leaves you just about ready for a much-deserved photoshoot — that's how good your skin will look! It flawlessly becomes part of your skin, offering coverage and a lightweight feel perf for every day.

    All the shades swatched on four different-toned arms
    Sephora

    This is cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "The best for oily skin. I’ve never had a foundation not slide off my face. I could even go swimming with this and it would still hang on. I’ve been using it since it was released in the stores a couple years ago and haven’t ever thought of finding a new product to replace it."K1991

    Price: $35 (available in 50 shades)

    19. Saturday Skin Brightening Eye Cream feels nice and cool due to its gel-like texture (good for when it's super hot out). It uses date seed and apple fruit water to brighten, peptides to firm, and avocado protein and hyaluronic acid to nourish so you can actually get through summer without someone asking you "Wow, did you not get enough sleep?"

    saturday_skin / Via instagram.com, Sephora

    This cream is ideal for dryness, dark circles, and puffiness. Date seed extract is also high in antioxidant properties. It's free of sulfates, parabens, formaldehydes, mineral oil, coal tar, and hydroquinone. It's also vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and comes in recyclable packaging!

    Promising review: "This eye cream really felt amazing on my first try. It's lightweight yet hydrating (unique gel/cream texture). It softened some of my fine lines and brightened my under eye a lot. Also, I like that it's gentle as my eye area is really sensitive. The size is an amazing value too! Love it!" —alwayzg

    Price: $25+ (available in two sizes).

    20. Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb grants the most enviable shine, plump, color, and glow to your lips that'll make everyone do a double take. This one is for sure holy grail-worthy.

    Sephora

    Promising review: "I love lip gloss, but this one is just fantastic! The texture isn’t too thick or runny, the smell is great, and the colors go with everything! It's also a very hydrating formula, which my dry lips loooove. I’m definitely getting more! The price is pretty good for the amount of product you get and the formula, you don’t need too much. It’s great by itself, with lip liner, a topper for liquid lipstick, or a lip liner, lipstick and gloss combo! I always get compliments when I wear these glosses. It’s definitely universally flattering and a must-buy! I’m hoping one day they can add SPF to it!" —oodlessnoodles

    Price: $19 (available in six shades)

    21. bareMinerals Original Loose Powder Foundation goes from powder to cream, melts into your skin like a dream, and gives a fresh, luminous finish. It's super easy to apply, has SPF 15, and leaves you with glowy, silky skin. You'll be like dang, that's my skin? 😱

    @bareminerals / Via instagram.com, Sephora

    Hot tip: Use a hydrating face mist like this one right after you apply the foundation to help it settle into your skin and give you that amazing dewy glow. That's how I use this and I love how it leaves my skin looking so flawless but natural and radiant all the time. This is made with just five clean mineral ingredients and comes recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation for sunscreen protection (Fancy, fancy!).

    It's also vegan, and mineral oil-,paraben-, formaldehyde-, coal tar-, hydroquinone-, fragrance-, and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "This foundation has completely changed my makeup routine! It’s so easy to blend when I’m in a rush and it changes from a powder to a luminous finish. Incredibly soft and I’ve never received so many compliments on my normally oily skin. Also, it didn’t cause any breakouts!" —allieecatt

    Price: $32 (available in 30 shades)

    22. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo cleans thoroughly and eliminates oil, sweat, and odor. It's a cult classic for a reason — it works! I've used this and love how it left my hair oil-free, fresh, and volumized. It also smells like a dream and leaves no itchiness like other dry shampoos do (cue side-eye).

    Before photo of model with dirty hair and after photo of model with sleek, oil- and sweat-free hair
    Sephora

    This was our mid-price pick for the best dry shampoo on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Promising review: "Best on the market. I love this dry shampoo. It is good for actually making your hair feel cleaner without weighing it down. I have fine hair that is frizzy and dry at the ends but oily at the scalp. This is the first dry shampoo that actually works with my texture!" —wolf0009

    Price: $14+ (available in three sizes)

    23. AmorePacific Cushion Compact treats your skin to a concoction of skincare and makeup, offering everything from buildable coverage to moisture through green tea, bamboo, camellia flower, and other botanicals. It has SPF 50+ (50+!!), and is super easy to apply, giving a luminous water-light finish that's far from cakey (because your skin is not a crumbly birthday cake).

    Model patting on the foundation
    Sephora

    This is cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I love this foundation. Even without a primer it looks so natural with amazing buildable coverage. I’ve struggled with finding a foundation I’m crazy about and when I initially got a sample of this I wasn’t very hopeful, but this is amazing. It doesn’t crease, look cakey or settle into my fine lines. Plus it’ll last my whole 12 hours shift in the ED. It also comes with an extra replacement cartridge and for the length of time it lasts, the price is great. Will not be trying any more foundations." —schissk

    Price: $60 (available in five shades)

    24. Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara lengthens, volumizes, and gets even your baby lashes with its specially designed custom-domed brush so you won't need to reach for your falsies (or you can, if you really wanna get flashy). Topping off with a glossy formula, you'll have yourself silky lashes you can flutter through all of summer.

    model showing a before of plain thin lashes, and an after of thick, long lashes after wearing the product
    Sephora

    Promising review: "Love this mascara! It builds a lot of volume and length with just one coat, with minimal clumping. Wears well though the whole day with no smudging or flaking!" —ald827

    Price: $13+ (available in two sizes)

    25. Sephora Collection Lipstick will grant a punch of full-coverage summery color reminiscent of the vibrant shades left behind on your lips from fruity popsicles. And look at that cute packaging!

    Sephora

    Promising review: "This was given to me in a holiday gift set, and I get so many compliments on. It makes my teeth look super white. I think that it would look good on anyone." —Josie1234

    Price: $9 (available in 52 shades and three finishes)

    You in the mirror after you've used these products:

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