Sephora Beauty Insider: 19 Tricks To Save Hundreds


If you’re anything like me, you LOVE deals. My favorite saying? “Beauty gifts with purchases are like extra money in my wallet.” And that includes the ability to save hundreds on makeup and beauty, especially at Sephora, as a Sephora Beauty Insider, and more!

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Who wouldn’t like an entire set of products that’s usually accompanied by a free bag for free? And, all you have to do is buy something that meets the minimum requirement for the gift. I’ll stock up on things I already use just to get the gift without worrying that I’ll never use what I buy. Also, if you’re like me, I use different products from a variety of lines, so I tend to shop at Sephora, where they sell the most popular name brands.

So, besides gifts with purchases, how else can you save hundreds at Sephora? We all know some of those name brands can be very expensive. I’ve made a list of ideas, deals and things to do to get those products without breaking the bank. Some you may already be aware of, but some are definitely not well known.

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1.) By liking Sephora on Facebook, you’ll get discounts, contests, and giveaways. Not only that, but you’ll also have access to Fan Friday freebies, which are different every week. Easy enough!

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2.) Download the free Ibotta app and get $5 returned to you on your next $50 purchase. Since this is considered a rebate, you can also use a coupon code and a gift card. Complete as many tasks as possible on the app, and you’ll receive an even bigger rebate.

3.) This next deal is a huge secret and the number one way to consistently save hundreds:


Buy a discounted JCPenney gift card and save up to 20% at Sephora.

How do you get your hands on a discounted JCP gift card? Go to to buy an unwanted gift card at a discounted rate. In essence, you may buy a $25 gift card but only pay $20, depending on the discount percentage. Not only that, just by signing up, you’ll get $5 credit towards any gift card purchase of your choice. Now, you can redeem the JCP gift card at any Sephora location inside a JCPenny store or even on the JCP website. The only catch? You cannot use these gift cards at stand alone stores.

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4.) When purchasing online, you normally get three free samples per order.

Sephora has freebie promotional codes in their Beauty Deals section on their website.

Always check here for additional samples and discounts before making a purchase online, and you can get the choice of a fourth free sample using one of their coupon codes.

5.) Get a free take-home sample of just about any product in the store. You may choose up to three samples in makeup, skin care, and fragrance without a single purchase!

Become a Sephora Beauty Insider

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6.) Join the free rewards program for a plethora of additional perks! There are three levels as described in the chart below: Sephora Beauty Insider, VIB and VIB Rouge. Regardless of what club you’re in, you earn points for every purchase, and those points can be spent like free money.

7.) You’ll get a free birthday gift and the option to participate in free 2-hour beauty classes. Upon completion, there is absolutely no obligation to purchase anything. Your earned points will never expire, so let them add up!

8.) You’re eligible for a complimentary fifteen-minute mini makeover. It could be makeup or skin care; it’s your choice! The consultant will explain every product she uses on you, and most likely, you’ll be tempted to buy something. However, there is no purchase obligation.

9.) When you walk into a Sephora store, like a grocery store, start at the outer perimeter. You’ll find products along the edges of the store that are either on sale or the least expensive. While shopping in the aisles, start at the bottom shelf and move up. The products you see at eye level are the most beautiful and expensive products. The products located on the bottom shelf are the most affordable.

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10.) After a purchase, keep your receipt and stay on the lookout for sales on makeup. Should you find that the same product you bought goes on sale a week later, you’re automatically eligible for a price adjustment. If your purchase was within 2 weeks, you’ll get that extra money back that you paid before the sale.

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11.) Just as Amazon Prime offers a discount on shipping, Sephora offers Sephora Flash. Sign up for this program and get unlimited free 2-day shipping for just $10. And, for VIB Rouge level members, it’s free!

12.) The return policy at Sephora is outstanding. Without a receipt, you may return any product, for any reason, and at any time for in-store credit. With your receipt, just show your ID and get a refund. The product does not have to be unopened, either. It could be half gone, and Sephora will still honor the return. This could help you save hundreds in unwanted products.

13.) Semi-annual sales are held every April and November for a Sephora Beauty Insider. In April, the sale is 10% off for a Sephora Beauty Insider and 15% off for VIBs.


In November, Sephora offers 15-20% off, respectively.


When speaking of Black Friday, it’s not necessary to go out and fight the crowds for the amazing sales. Why? Because they can be bought from the comfort of your home between Black Friday and the holidays!

14.) Sephora, like other stores, has sales sections. And, like other stores, the products can be picked over already, it can’t hurt to check them out anyway. Beauty Steals are usually found on endcaps at the end of a row. Sale items are switched up weekly, but Sephora “stores” that are located in JCPenny’s, mark down items even more often.

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15.) Get more bang for your buck by purchasing value sets. These sets can be brand name products or a Sephora brand value set. The savings on them can be huge! Sometimes up to 70% of the original value.

16.) Makeup palettes are similar to value sets in the amount of money saved. The products included in the box are close to the same size as the full-size product. They’re great gifts, too!

17.) When contemplating a fragrance purchase, head straight for the perfume samplers. They include approximately 10 samples that are a bit bigger than your average perfume sample. However, the real prize is inside the box. You’ll find a certificate included for a full-size bottle of your favorite sampler perfume! So, now you have $55 worth of perfume samples and a certificate for a free $95 fragrance. You can’t beat that with a stick!

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18.) Sephora offers free shipping to your address on any product that’s currently out of stock.

19.) Besides being a Sephora Beauty Insider, you can become a Sephora beauty consultant! Employees receive 20% off brand names and 40% off Sephora brand. Also, every few months, Sephora offers gratis to all employees. What’s gratis? It’s a variety of full-size products given to employees for free! Now, that’s one way to save hundreds.

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Know any other tips to get smart discounts and save hundreds at Sephora? Let us know in the comments below.