7 Clever Hacks We Learned From Sephora Reviews
Allow us to unveil what we at Byrdie HQ describe as a “Sephora black hole.” You’re going about your business, catching up on your daily beauty reading, and you find a product that catches your attention. You click the product to shop it, and you land on Sephora.com. You check out the ingredients list, the description, and scroll down to read the reviews section. Fast-forward half an hour, and you’re suddenly on page 20, ravenously consuming every word of every review and taking it as gospel—after all, these are real women (your very own peers) who have no reason to cushion their feedback. Hours later, you’ve finally made up your mind, and you excitedly either add the product to your cart or click out of the screen, relieved your fellow beauty aficionados warned you the buzzy pick was just subpar. Resume this cycle every few days; repeat as needed.
If this sounds all too familiar, you’re not alone. As beauty editors, we get to try so many products firsthand—yet we constantly find ourselves reading reviews online to see if other people’s reactions match our own, or if the product only worked for our specific skin type or hair texture. Along the way, we started noticing something: There are some smart beauty tips within Sephora reviews. And we’re talking truly ingenious and clever—these aren’t your average run-of-the-mill, universally known hacks. Some of them have changed our lives—our wallets are forever grateful for the self-tanner wipe tip—which is why we’ve compiled some of our favourites in one place for you, dear reader. From primer-mixing to a clumpy mascara cure, keep scrolling for the best beauty hacks from Sephora’s reviews section!
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick ($37)
The user: emmy064
The hack: It's no secret that Fenty Beauty is one of the most sought after beauty brands right now, which is why Sephora reviewer emmy064 gave her recommendation on how to use the shimmer stick perfectly. "It is best applied with a brush, I would not recommend applying the stick directly to your face," because they're really pigmented. So if you're looking for a healthy glow, try out her advice.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow ($37)
The hack: Any thick-browed girl is lost without her brow gel, and people rave about Make Up for Ever’s version. But there are secret ways to use this brow gel in your beauty routine. User jem1 says she applies it over her brow pencil to lock it in all day, and then over her mascara to prevent raccoon eyes. Meanwhile, melissa929 says she uses it to tame flyaways and baby hairs along her forehead, especially when pulling her hair into a ponytail. Genius.
Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation ($49)
The user: courtneyolsen
The hack: People rave about Kat Von D’s cult foundation for its full-coverage, last-all-day finish, but—as with all full-coverage foundations—you run the risk of a slightly cakey finish. User courtneyolsen says she remedies this by mixing the brand’s water-based Lock-It Featherweight Primer with the foundation. “It helps thin out the thick foundation and gives a beautiful finish,” she says. “It also lasts me about 14 hours without oxidation, separation, or oiliness.”
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner ($28)
The user: review1219
The hack: Say goodbye to the days of your eyeliner drying out. Review1219 suggests storing it upside down to coax every last bit of product out. And, as an added bonus, this method will help you avoid "the dry out from one eye to the next that some complain about."
CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops ($62)
The user: anisamk
The hack: These highly pigmented drops are meant to be added to your products for a completely customisable effect. Anisamk likes to use them with a primer but also suggests trying them under foundation "for a subtle, lit-from-within glow." And for more colour, "Tap on areas you want to highlight before applying foundation for a little more intensity." The possibilities are endless.
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence ($112)
The user: Stylist430
The hack: This cult-favourite can be upgraded in a simple way: Forgo applying with a cotton pad. This will help stop any product from being absorbed by the pad before it gets to your face. "Place a few drops (3-4) on the palms of your hands and press the product into the skin of your face and neck," suggests Stylist430.
This story was originally published on August 28, 2015.
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