2017 Sephora VIB Sale Buying Guide

Guys….today is the day. It is the day that beauty lovers wait for every year…that our wallets wait for every year… Today starts the annual Sephora VIB sale (round 2 if you are Rouge member like mois). I am quite sure that some of you already have a list long enough to rival a child’s Christmas list, but in case you still need help narrowing it down, for everyone else who does not know where to start, I am here to help. Here are some of my MUST HAVE products that I think are absolutely worth picking up at this sale. Some of the items are splurges, while others are staples in my collection. Either way, though, who doesn’t want to save money when they can?

To make this guide a little easier to navigate, I will divide the products by use, explaining each item individually. Then, have all the items in a chart at the end of each section with the prices and whether it is limited edition or not. The prices listed are the regular prices, since the discounts vary by Insider status.

Tools

I am starting with tools because really make a difference in how your makeup applies and performs.

Two of my favorite foundation brushes are from the Sephora Collection: PRO Flawless Airbrush #56 and Classic Mini Multitasker Brush #45.5. The #56 brush is amazing and an absolute must-have for me. Since I’ve gotten it, it has been the only brush I’ve used to apply my liquid foundations; I even use it to blend in my concealer. The #45.5 brush is a travel-size version of Sephora’s Multi-tasker brush that I think is great for traveling. You really can you this brush for almost all of your face products—both powders and liquids. If you travel, or want a good brush to keep in your purse for touch-ups, this is a great option.

SEPHORA COLLECTION PRO Flawless Airbrush #56 $32.00
SEPHORA COLLECTION Classic Mini Multitasker Brush #45.5 $14.00

Eyes

Starting with my favorite eye shadow primer, I have to recommend the TOO FACED Shadow Insurance. Even when compared to the legendary UD primer Potion, this one comes out on top for me. Although the primer is a beige cream, unlike the Primer Potion, once applied to the eyelids, this disappears. I also think it does a much better job of not creasing throughout the day.

TOO FACED SHADOW INSURANCE

Another TOO FACED product that is my regular rotation is the Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette. This classic palette is a solid neutral palette that really works for most skin tones. As a deeper skinned woman, this palette contains my all-time favorite transition shade- Puree. Overall, this palette is so versatile and has such great colors that even though I can easily create tons of looks with it by itself, I find myself reaching for it regularly to help pull together looks using other shadow palettes.

TOO FACED SWEET PEACH

There are two limited edition, splurge palettes that I think are worth picking up during the sale (and while they are available): Marc Jacobs Beauty, The Wild One Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette &  SEPHORA COLLECTION, Sephora PRO Editorial Palette. Starting with the Marc Jacobs palette, since I just did an entire splurge-worthy post on it <here>. I won’t go too much into it other than saying if you want a good high-quality shadow palette that is versatile, this is a great one to get. The Editorial Palette is absolutely fantastic if you are into brightly colored eye shadows. I will admit that I do not reach for this every day, however, it an awesome pigment palette to have when you want to do some fun looks. One way you can get a lot of use from it is to use the pigments as eyeliners. Just wet a liner brush with some setting spray, and these work really well for that. It also keeps you from having to buy a ton of different liners in different colors.

Listen guys, if you are looking for a mascara that eliminates the need for falsies, the MAKEUP FOREVER Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara is it. That’s all I have to say about that—get it. Period.  It is kinda expensive for a mascara, so now is the time to get it.

MUFE excessive lash

If you are the kind of person that likes a more natural looking mascara that just slightly enhances you lashes, or if you want a great option for your lower lashes (which is what I use this for), the Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara is perfect for you. It separates and lengthens your lashes and does not transfer (which is especially critical if you use it on your lower lashes).

roller lash

I am also going to include two brow products in this section, both from Benefit Cosmetics—ka-BROW! Cream-Gel Eyebrow Color with Brush and Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel. In general, Benefit Cosmetics has some pretty solid brow products, but these are my two current favorites. Using them together has been giving me the best brow days of my life…and that is without having to pluck, wax or thread my eyebrows.

TOO FACED Shadow Insurance $20.00
TOO FACED Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette $49.00
MARC JACOBS BEAUTY The Wild One Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette $99.00 LIMITED EDITION
SEPHORA COLLECTION Sephora PRO Editorial Palette $68.00 LIMITED EDITION
BENEFIT COSMETICS ka-BROW! Cream-Gel Eyebrow Color with Brush $24.00
BENEFIT COSMETICS Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel $24.00
MAKEUP FOREVER Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara $25.00
BENEFIT COSMETICS Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara $24.00

Lips

I pretty much exclusively use only one kind of lip liner: SEPHORA COLLECTION, Rouge Gel Lip Liner. These liners come in a million shades, and deliver such  intense color that I have used them with a balm and skipped the lipstick. The gel texture makes them very easy to apply. You don’t have to worry about skipping and tugging on your lips.

SEPHORA leg lip liner

One product that I know I personally want to try is the Tarte Limited-Edition Tartiest Lip Bling Top Coat – Holiday Kiss Collection. This lip topper looks like it adds the perfect amount of bling to make the lipsticks you already own holiday party-worthy.  I’m definitely going to grab this, especially since it is limited edition.

Tarte Lip bling top coat

SEPHORA COLLECTION Rouge Gel Lip Liner $12.00
TARTE Limited-Edition Tartiest Lip Bling Top Coat – Holiday Kiss Collection $20.00 LIMITED EDITION

Face

So… since there are QUITE A FEW face products that I love from Sephora, I’ll just group them by product category.

Primers:

Although I have several primers myself because I use them depending how I’m feeling that day, if you are looking to get a new one, I would suggest you purchase one depending on what you want your primer to do MOST of the time.

Blurring- The YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer is the best for completely blurring any imperfections and large pores on your face. There are gold flecks that are supposed to make your skin look radiant, but if you want a primer for radiance, I have a way less expensive one in this list.

YSL TOUCHE ECLAT PRIMER

Radiance- The Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance makes your skin look like gold. I wore this faithfully all last winter. It added a gorgeous glow in the months where skin can easily look dry and dull. Even with my oily skin, this did not make my skin look too oily. It also kept my makeup looking great for 12+ hours per day, even after heavy gym workouts.

LAURA MERCIER RADIANCE PRIMER

Mattifying- The Givenchy Mister Mat Mattifying Foundation Primer is fantastic. It is smooths and mattifies your skin to perfection. The only reason I prefer the Touche Eclat pirmer for daily use is because this one will clog your pores if you wear it all day, everday. I generally save it for parties or other special occasions that I really want to guarantee a matte face.

GIVENCHY MISTER MAT PRIMER

Color correcting/skin perfecting-The Stila One Step Correct primer (not to be confused with the One Step Prime primer) is a gel serum primer that color corrects and perfects you skins tone and texture over time. I used this all summer and loved it. Let me give you this word of warning, though, if you need significant color correcting, you will still need to use additional color correctors. This is for more mild color correcting.

STILA ONE STEP CORRECT

Foundations:

I give the same advice for all of the face products as I did for the primers: go with the one that best suits your needs.

Mattifying (Liquid)- The MAKEUP FOREVER Mat Velvet + mattifying foundation is a really good liquid matte foundation. It is pretty full coverage and definitely matte. Keep that in mind. Matte. Not skin-like. There is a difference that not everyone picks up on until they put on a truly matte foundation and realize that they wanted a more satin matte finish.

MUFE Mat Velvet

Mattifying (powder)-The SEPHORA COLLECTION Matte Perfection Powder Foundation is really nice and is reasonably priced, even before the discount. I have tried applying this foundation various ways, and using a damp Beauty Blender/ makeup sponge is the best way in my opinion. This is how I would get the fullest coverage.  This is one of the first products I ever hit pan with. I really do love it.

SEPHORA MATTE PERFECTION

CC cream- The IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ is fantastic. This CC cream has just as much coverage as some foundations I have used (which is why I put it with the foundations). This was my everyday foundation all summer. Not only does it have great coverage, but it is good for your skin. I can honestly say that I saw a noticeable improvement in my skin while wearing it. There really are no negatives to this other than shade range (I wear the darkest shade…and I’m relatively light on the dark/deep foundation spectrum)… I just prefer a more matte, foundation during the winter. I know it seems backwards, but I like lighter, more fresh-faced makeup during the hotter months. Less fuss. If I want a no makeup look, this will always be my go to.

IT COSMETICS CC CREAM

Budge-proof- I have not tried this foundation for myself, but I have heard pretty great things. I want to try the ESTÉE LAUDER Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup. So, I put this on the list. As I have said before, now is the perfect time to try new products since you can get them at a discount instead of paying full price.

ESTEE LAUDER DOUBLE WEAR FOUNDATION

Concealers/ Color correctors:

The SEPHORA COLLECTION Bright Future Gel Serum Concealers and Bright Future Color Correctors are fantastic. I think both of these products are on par with their higher end counterparts. For example, I own the Nars concealer that everyone loves. I think that the Sephora concealers have a lighter, gel-like texture and work just as well, if not better. I have already repurchased this several times. I have even used them in place of foundation this summer. The color correctors have a similar feel. I like the texture better than the Urban Decay correctors which feel similar. I have also repurchased these.

Contour/highlight:

I have tried several contour palettes, both high-end and drug store, cream and powder, and my favorite is the SEPHORA COLLECTION Contour Palette. This is a powder contour palette. The formula is great and blends easily. I believe there is only one palette that is supposed to work on most skin tones. I think the colors will work on most.

sephora contour palette

The BECCA, BECCA X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette is the best. The colors are gorgeous for tan to deep skin tones. I use this literally every day. I’m not a person who likes my highlight beaming to the heavens, so this palette is perfect for me as it gives a gorgeous natural glow. This palette is limited edition, so if you are interested, move quickly.

BECCA CRISSY TEIGEN

Finishing spray/powder:

Powder: No, I am not going to say everyone’s favorite translucent powder. What I am going to say is one of my current obsessions (and was featured in our October Monthly Obsessions post <here> and my OctoberGlam Bag review)- the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed™ Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder. I use this before applying liquid foundations to perfect my skins texture and provide extra matte staying power. I also use it to set my foundation. I ALSO use it to touch up my makeup throughout the day. Check out the obsessions post to get my full list of reasons as to why this is so great. Just know that it is.

IT COSMETICS PRESSED POWDER

Spray: The TOO FACED Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray is just as versatile as the IT Cosmetics pressed powder. I use it to prime my face, set my makeup AND refresh my makeup throughout the day. It is hydrating, but does not make my skin oily. It dries down quickly, and it also smells like coconut. All the thumbs up.

TOO FACED HANGOVER 3-IN-1

FACE

SEPHORA COLLECTION Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer $14.00
SEPHORA COLLECTION Bright Future Color Correctors $14.00
SEPHORA COLLECTION Contour Palette $28.00
MAKEUP FOREVER Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation $41.00
SEPHORA COLLECTION Matte Perfection Powder Foundation $20.00
TOO FACED Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray $32.00
YVES SAINT LAURENT Touche Eclat Blur Primer $52.00
BECCA BECCA X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette $46.00 LIMITED EDITION
IT COSMETICS Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ $38.00
IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Pores Pressed™ Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder $29.00
STILA One Step Correct $36.00
GIVENCHY Mister Mat Mattifying Foundation Primer $38.00
LAURA MERCIER Foundation Primer – Radiance $38.00
ESTÉE LAUDER Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup $42.00

Skin care

So I have two things on here specifically for men, both relate to grooming.

THE ART OF SHAVING, The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave™ is a really great kit for men with sensitive skin, or who just want the best shave they can get at home. My husband could not use razors on his face before he found this. This kit gives the guys everything necessary to get a close shave without the skin irritation and razor bumps. It comes in the full-size and travel size. I suggest either one, honestly.

THE ART OF SHAVING

I heard about the TOM FORD Conditioning Beard Oil from a popular beauty guru’s husband. Beards are itchy to the women who have bearded men. This oil softens the beard to help that out, it also acts as cologne. I plan on getting this for my hubby to try.

tom ford beard conditioning oil

The third item under my skin care list is also something that I have not tried personally yet- the Peter Thomas Roth Mask-A-Holic 6-Piece Kit. This limited edition holiday set of deluxe size masks (they look like full sized, but are not as big as the regular individual products). I have heard that the PTR masks are fantastic. I think this set is a wonderful value considering you can pay the same price for ONE of the masks regularly that you do for the set. I grabbed one last weekend in the early Rouge VIB sale. If you are not into face masks, this would make a great gift for someone who is.

PTR MASK A HOLIC

THE ART OF SHAVING The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave™ $120.00
PETER THOMAS ROTH Mask-A-Holic 6-Piece Kit $75.00 LIMITED EDITION
TOM FORD Conditioning Beard Oil $50.00 ONLINE ONLY

Fragrance

The last item on my list is also primarily for the guys (although there is a perfume version). Sephora released their SEPHORA FAVORITES Cologne Sampler for the holidays. It may seem pricey for a bunch of samples, but the value in this set is that once you (or the other person) picks their favorite sample, they can bring the sample (can be empty) to a Sephora store in exchange for the full size cologne for no extra cost. There are some higher-end fragrances in here, so it is definitely worth the price.

SEPHORA COLOGNE SAMPLER

SEPHORA FAVORITES Cologne Sampler $65.00 LIMITED EDITION

Well, guys, we made it to the end! Yay! I hope this guide has helped give you some direction on what you may want to purchase this year at the VIB sale. In the comments below let me know what you are thinking about buying. Do you agree with my list? Is there anything different that you are planning to purchase?

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BRAND PRODUCT PRICE AVAILABILITY
MUFE Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation $41.00
MUFE Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara $25.00
SEPHORA COLLECTION Bright Future Gel Serum Concealers $14.00
SEPHORA COLLECTION Bright Future Color Correctors $14.00
SEPHORA COLLECTION

Contour Palette

$28.00
SEPHORA COLLECTION Rouge Gel Lip Liner $12.00
SEPHORA FAVORITES Cologne Sampler $65.00 LIMITED EDITION
SEPHORA COLLECTION Sephora PRO Editorial Palette $68.00 LIMITED EDITION
SEPHORA COLLECTION Matte Perfection Powder Foundation $20.00
SEPHORA COLLECTION PRO Flawless Airbrush #56 $32.00
SEPHORA COLLECTION Classic Mini Multitasker Brush #45.5 $14.00
TOO FACED Shadow Insurance $20.00
TOO FACED Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray $32.00
TOO FACED Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette $49.00
YVES SAINT LAURENT Touche Eclat Blur Primer $52.00
BECCA BECCA X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette $46.00 LIMITED EDITION
IT COSMETICS Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ $38.00
IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Pores Pressed™ Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder $29.00
STILA One Step Correct $36.00
MARC JACOBS BEAUTY The Wild One Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette $99.00 LIMITED EDITION
GIVENCHY Mister Mat Mattifying Foundation Primer $38.00
BENEFIT COSMETICS ka-BROW! Cream-Gel Eyebrow Color with Brush $24.00
BENEFIT COSMETICS Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel $24.00
BENEFIT COSMETICS Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara $24.00
LAURA MERCIER Foundation Primer – Radiance $38.00
THE ART OF SHAVING The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave™ $120.00
TO TRY:
TARTE Limited-Edition Tartiest Lip Bling Top Coat – Holiday Kiss Collection $20.00 LIMITED EDITION
PETER THOMAS ROTH Mask-A-Holic 6-Piece Kit $75.00 LIMITED EDITION
ESTÉE LAUDER Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup $42.00
TOM FORD Conditioning Beard Oil $50.00 ONLINE ONLY

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored in any way. All thoughts are my own. 

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