BY: HOLLY BARTTER
When the doors of the Sephora Australia opened in Pitt Street Mall in Sydney in December last year, you could scarcely get in the door to browse. The pull of being able to finally swatch the Sephora exclusive brands was strong, and even twelve months later you’d be hard pressed to find the store with less than 20 people perusing the two-level flagship.
If you’re not a Sydney-sider, or you simply prefer to do your beauty shopping in your pyjamas, then the Sephora Australia website Sephora.com.au is your answer. And just as you’d expect from the cosmetics behemoth, the Sephora Australia website is pretty enormous!
Encompassing all of the most drool-worthy brands, everyday essentials, exclusive gift packs, men’s cosmetics, tools, brushes and so much more, you’d be forgiven for not knowing where to begin – or where to start parting with those hard-earned dollars!
Overwhelmed? Don’t be! We’ve scouted the top buys from the Sephora Australia website and our top 10 are as follows…
#1 Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop Lipstick (RRP $42.00)
While his whole makeup collection is unsurprisingly chic, we love these chunky silver bullets that come in an array of shades from soft neutrals to ultra brights. Infused with honey, they apply like a nourishing lip balm with long lasting power – you’re sure to want to collect more than one.
#2 Alpha H Liquid Gold (RRP $56.00)
This exfoliating acid treatment has a cult following, and for good reason. Working on the top layers of your skin to brighten, smooth and accelerate cell turnover, this product truly deserves its namesake.
#3 Kat Von D Ink Liner (RRP $28.00)
Best known as a tattoo artist extraordinaire, Kat Von D is equally as skilled at achieving that perfect winged liner. Her signature beauty line is a Sephora exclusive and filled with highly pigmented and long lasting products. We love the Ink Liner for ultra fine and smooth application of your own masterpieces.
#4 Sephora Collection Face Konjac Sponge (RRP $12.00)
If you’ve been curious to try this squishy, natural cleansing tool, now is the time. At an unbeatable price, the Sephora line Konjac sponge is perfect for normal to combination skin types and provides light, manual exfoliation. It will team up with your regular cleanser and is made entirely out of the root of the Konjac plant.
#5 Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (RRP $34.00)
With a fine brow pencil on one end and a spooly brush on the other, the Brow Wiz can transform your arches in under a minute, and the colour range is the most natural we’ve ever seen.
#6 Tarte Sculptor – Amazonian Clay Contouring Face Slenderiser (RRP $32.00)
The highly anticipated US brand Tarte has delivered with flying colours. The one step crayon style cream contour defines your face in a flash and won’t take up too much space in your makeup bag.
#7 Make Up For Ever Mist + Fix (RRP $17.00)
Available in a handy 30ml travel size, Mist & Fix works as a barrier for your makeup, holding it in place for up to twelve hours and leaving a soft glow to the skin. A simple final step to seal in your look this summer.
#8 Dr Jart Radiance Beauty Balm (RRP $54.00)
With holy grail status amongst Korean pop stars and actresses for the youthful finish it provides, this BB cream is a step above the rest. Providing SPF 30 protection and luminous coverage, it acts as both your base and a skin care boost.
#9 Philosophy Pure Grace Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel (RRP $42.00)
This 3-in-1 lathers up quickly and is the ultimate in squeaky clean scents, in a burst of clean ivory soap and lavender. The fragrance lasts well on the skin but is fresh enough so as not to interfere with your signature daily fragrance.
#10 Sephora Supreme Cleansing Oil (RRP $20.00)
For a thorough cleanse in a flash, an oil cleanser is a must. Sephora’s own version comes in a generous size at an affordable price and turns from a silky oil into a milky lotion formula when you add water. It’s perfect for all skin types and removes even the toughest of waterproof makeup.
Have you made the pilgrimage to a Sephora store in person, or will you be shopping online? Let us know in the comments.