The Best Beauty Products to Buy at Sephora, According to Their Buyer
There's no denying that Sephora is a beauty wonderland, but with hundreds of brands (and growing) stocking the shelves, it's hard to know what to buy. Sure, Sephora cast members are skilled at sussing out what could work well for you, and the site's online reviews are a great place to discover lesser-known products, but to truly separate the good from the GREAT there's one more opinion we need—that of Australian category manager and buyer, Kirrily Ellison.
With much-anticipated new brands hitting shelves on the regular (including Ouai—coming June 1!), we reached out to Ellison for the insider intel on what she's loving and using right now. (Because she's literally tried it all.) Want to know what this beauty pro considers her autumn must-haves?
Keep scrolling to find out.
Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Bi-Phase Peel ($112)
"Let me precursor this by saying, I'm getting married in September and have become somewhat of an all-consuming beauty monster (more so than usual) when it comes to anything skin-related in the lead up. With the seasons changing, and on the advice of my facialist, I have recently amped up my skincare routine and I love this product so much! It leaves your skin feeling soft and super-clear; it sloughs away dead skin cells that tend to accumulate at this time of year while the skin is adjusting to the drop in temperature and drying winds. As the name says, this product is genius—it offers the powerful effects of a peel with glycolic and salicylic acid, but nourishes at the same time with microalgae oil."
Oaui Hair Oil ($43)
"Don't get me started on this! I am beyond obsessed—I think I walked around the office four times when reviewing this for launch making everyone smell it (and my hair). Every time I talk to the team at Ouai, I strongly insist they need to make a fragrance out of this, the smell is beyond divine. It is a mix of African galanga, ama and borage oils, can be used on wet or dry hair, and smooths frizz without being greasy. On post-summer hair you can go heavy-handed and work in a generous amount, then leave it on overnight as a treatment."
This product launches June 1.
Commodity Goods Wool EDP ($150)
"I am so excited about this brand launching in July; it has a really cool story behind it and offers unique scents like Book, Whiskey, Moss and Mimosa. I absolutely love the Wool fragrance—I wear it alone or layered with Mimosa if I want to add another dimension. It's a cozy and slightly spicy scent, and has notes of Bourbon vanilla and Haitian vetiver."
This product launches July 1.
June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Masque ($86)
"I have a bit of a sick obsession with masks at the moment—if I am sitting on the couch, 9 times out of ten it's with a mask on. I normally do 2 in one sitting; one exfoliating one and then a hydrating chaser. This mask literally digests surface dead skin cells and at the same time delivers a host of antioxidants. As my facialist says, 'It's all about removing dead skin cells, boosting antioxidants, hydration and protection.' I use it once a week and follow up with a hydrating Dr. Jart Mask. Which leads me to..."
Dr. Jart Soothing Hydra Solution Deep Hydration Sheet Mask ($7)
"The ultimate hydration therapy! It is a cellulose sheet mask that's seriously hydrating and calming. You can really notice a difference to the bounce of your skin afterwards, and as a result, the finish of your make up—when your skin is quenched, it won't try to suck moisture from your foundation."
Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid ($67)
"Further on the hydration bandwagon, this product is incredible. It's super-light in texture, but immensely hydrating, and acts as a liquid cushion that retains moisture in the skin and protects it from the elements. This is another product you're able to see an immediate difference in the texture of your skin after using. From autumn through winter, I apply this on top of my antioxidant serum and underneath my moisturiser with SPF."
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask Champagne ($33)
"I have tried A LOT of products, and this is the only thing that cures my dry lips. It has a thick, sticky texture, which might sound off-putting, but actually ensures that it lasts so you don't have apply it 40,000 times a day. The formula is 99% natural (which is great because I basically eat it), and packed with resveratrol, lanolin, jojoba oil and shea butter."
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer ($45)
"The angled tip on this pen is brilliant for avoiding too thick strokes, and makes it easy to use in car or office application situations. Nothing quite says autumn beauty like strong brows with a bold berry lip."
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara ($40)
"I've been hooked on this mascara ever since the Marc Jacobs Beauty team sent through a sample, along with a Twiggy-esque face chart and dramatic mood board. The curvy brush creates dramatic volume and the super-concentrated black pigment is like no other. I either use it alone or pair it with the brand's Feather Noir Ultra-Skinny Lash Discovering Mascara ($39) for a more defined look."
"My fiancé loathes foundation, it completely freaks him out. He would much prefer me wear no makeup at all—but obviously I'm not down for that. Needless to say I am always searching for the most lightweight, natural-finish foundation in order for it to go undetected. Enter, Ultra HD. There is a reason this foundation sells out time and time again; it's super-light and buildable. The newly launched HD concealer is infused with light reflecting pigments that visually erase shadows. (Enemy #1 = dark circles.)"
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