ulta vs. sephora
June 6, 2011 § 3 Comments
I’ve only recently gotten into high-quality skincare and makeup. Like… 3 months ago.
I started buying from Sephora, because they have a store in a mall close to me. My first ‘splurge’ beauty purchase was Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. I bought it at Sephora, and the sales lady handed it to me in a pretty little bag (reminded me of Victoria’s Secret packaging) with a free sample of Laura Mercier face lotion and a rewards card with points on it.
Sephora boasts a great in-store experience. I left happy and excited to shop there again. Sephora really isn’t doing anything wrong.
And ohhh, am I glad I did. Ulta is AWESOME. I bought two products from Ulta and got 4 free things. Not just samples – I got 3 of those as well, but an adorable umbrella and a whole makeup set from Benefit. I got WAY more in free stuff from an average order than what I spent. AND they gave me a coupon. AND I earned rewards. AND there’s a store near me.
Sephora does offer 3 free samples with every order, free returns and free shipping on orders over $50. But so does Ulta.
Sephora isn’t doing anything wrong, but why would I buy from them when I can buy from Ulta and get free stuff?