2021 Sephora Sale Recommendations, Part 2: Makeup and Fragrance

Welcome to part 2 of my Sephora sale recommendations! This post will feature my makeup and fragrance recommendations, as well as my top 10 overall recommendations from part 1 and 2, and what I’m planning on getting.

If you missed part 1, which features skincare, bodycare, and haircare, you can catch up here.

As a reminder, the sale dates are as follows:

The sale dates are as follow:

VIB ROUGE – 20%: 11/5-11/15
VIB – 15%: 11/9-11/15
INSIDER – 10%: 11/11-11/15

And if you’re looking for even more recommendations, I have a recommendations post from last year’s VIB sale, and from the sale this past spring.

If you want to skip to specific sections, you can click on the section that interests you the most:

Let’s get started!



Foundation: Armani Beauty Neo Nude Foundation ($40 for 1.1 oz/35 ml)
VIB Rouge 20% off: $32
VIB 15% off: $34
BI 10% off: $36

I wrote about this in my last post. This is a wonderfully light and radiant looking light coverage base that still works for combo-oily skin. It has a light almost gel-cream texture that blends in effortlessly. I have this in shade 6, which is a tan olive shade.

Foundation: Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation ($47 for 1 oz/30 ml)
VIB Rouge 20% off: $37.60
VIB 15% off: $39.95
BI 10% off: $42.30

I also wrote about this foundation in my Fall Base Edit, but I’ve been loving this as an everyday medium coverage foundation. It’s easy to apply, lasts all day without getting greasy, but isn’t too fussy. It’s very natural looking and maintains some of my natural glow without being dewy. While I normally opt for light coverage during the day, this is what I reach for when I want a slightly more perfected look. I wear the shade Oak, which is pretty much a perfect match for me, with slight golden olive tones.

Foundation: Urban Decay Hydromaniac Glowy Tinted Hydrator Foundation* ($29 for 1.1 oz/35ml)
VIB Rouge 20% off: $23.20
VIB 15% off: $24.65
BI 10% off:$26.10

If you love a dewy finish, this is the foundation for you. This was too dewy for me to wear on its own when I first tried it in the summer, but I did love to mix this into more matte foundations for some more glow. I wear this in shade 40, which is a light medium warm shade that matches me well.


Dior Rouge Blush ($44 for .23 oz/6.7g)
VIB Rouge 20% off: $25.20
VIB 15% off: $37.40
BI 10% off: $39.60

The rosy glow blushes are getting a lot of hype right now thanks to TikTok (I recommended the coral shade in last year’s post), but the regular blushes are gorgeous too. I love the shade Charnelle, which is a rosy tan shade that I love wearing all year round. It has a bit of brown in it, but it also has a slight red tone to it that makes it really nice for a sunny flushed look. It’s constantly out of stock, but for good reason.

Jouer Blush and Bloom Cheek and Lip Duo* ($32)
VIB Rouge 20% off: $25.60
VIB 15% off: $27.20
BI 10% off: $28.80

These cream blush duos are so convenient to swipe on, and they work for both lips and cheeks. I have the shade Celebrate, which comes with a deeper rose shade and a cooler mauve shade. Both shades work into my everyday routine, and they have just the right balance of pigment and creaminess to be blendable and long lasting.

Jouer Blush Bouquet Dual Blush Palette* ($32 for .39oz/11g)
VIB Rouge 20% off: $25.60
VIB 15% off: $27.20
BI 10% off: $28.80

For a powder blush option, the Jouer blush duos are beautiful. They come with 2 large pans of blush, one deeper and one lighter, for  multiple blush options. For an ultra subtle and nude blush look for light-medium skintones, Adore is the blush palette I reach for. These are silky and long-lasting powder blushes, and I like that they’re not too powdery, nor are they too hard pressed.

Laura Mercier Blush Color Infusion* ($32 for .2oz/6g)
VIB Rouge 20% off: $25.60
VIB 15% off: $27.20
BI 10% off: $28.80

I can’t believe I haven’t recommended these blushes before, but they are some of the silkiest and seamless powder blushes I’ve tried lately. I have one specific shade recommendation if you have a similar skintone as me and want a nude blush: Fresco. It looks like the most boring blush in the pan – it’s basically a slightly shimmer beige, but on the cheeks, it gives a slightly sculpted look with just a hint of dimension on your cheeks. It’s great for a minimal look, or if you’re wearing heavy eye or lip makeup and need something toned down on your face.

Shiseido Whipped Powder Blush ($29 for .17 oz/5g)
VIB Rouge 20% off: $23.20
VIB 15% off: $24.65
BI 10% off: $26.10

These blushes have a totally unique texture. They feel ultra light and really do have a light whipped moussey texture. However, they blend like a dream just with a few taps (instead of swiping), and have a powder finish. These are great if you have oily skin. I think some of the shades are no longer at Sephora, but I love the Setsuko rose shade for a warm flushed look.

top to bottom: Dior Charnelle, Jouer Darling blush duo, Jouer lip and cheek in Celebrate, Laura Mercier Fresco, Shiseido Setsuko


I actually don’t have too many new recommendations to add to what I’ve already previously recommended. I do have a couple eyeshadows:

Armani Eye Tint Long Lasting Liquid Eyeshadow* ($30 for .13 oz/3.9ml)
VIB Rouge 20% off: $24
VIB 15% off: $25.50
BI 10% off: $27

I’ve always loved Armani’s liquid eyeshadows, and I’ve rediscovered them in the last year.They are sheer and lightweight, but last all day. These are great if you prefer a more natural or subtle look that is still glam and elegant. My favorite shade of all time in 10 Senseo, a plummy brown shade, but all of them are gorgeous.

Natasha Denona Mini Nude and Mini Zendo Palette ($25 for .14oz/4g)
VIB Rouge 20% off: $20
VIB 15% off: $21.25
BI 10% off: $22

The mini palettes are a really wallet-friendly and easy way to try out Natasha Denona eyeshadow formulas. Since big palettes can be overwhelming sometimes, I like that these 5 pan palettes are more approachable and wearable. I love the mini nude for a really simple neutral look, or the mini Zendo for shades that are a little more unique, but still wearable.


Armani Lip Power Long Lasting Satin Lipstick* ($38 for .1oz/3g)
VIB Rouge 20% off: $30.40
VIB 15% off: $32.30
BI 10% off: $34.20

Armani Lip Power Lipsticks: Review and SwatchesThis is one of my favorite lipstick launches of the year, and I reviewed them in this post. These have the perfect blend of a balmy texture with a long-lasting formula. I don’t know how they do it, but it manages to be as comfortable as a balm, while delivering great pigmentation that lasts 4-5 hours, easily. I can’t think of a single thing that’s wrong about this lipstick.

Fenty Glossy Possy 4sum Gloss Set ($38 for 1 full size and 3 minis)
VIB Rouge 20% off: $30.40
VIB 15% off: $32.30
BI 10% off: $34.20

This is my first time trying Fenty glosses – I know, it’s only taken me YEARS, but now I’m a full convert. This set is a great way to try the formula if you are also a late convert like me, but it comes with all new shades so even if you’re a long-time fan, you’ll find something new with this set. It includes one full-size creamy rose shade, and 3 mini glitter shades. They’re cushy, moisturizing, smooth, and long-lasting, all without being sticky or too thick – what more could you ask for?

I also swatched all the shades here:

Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Voile + Balm Holiday Lip Gift Set ($90 for 3 full size Gucci lipsticks)
VIB Rouge 20% off: $72
VIB 15% off: $76.50
BI 10% off: $81

Gucci lipsticks have made my recommendations posts before, but this year there is a new trio with 2 lipsticks and the balm for basically the price of 2 lipsticks. It includes their iconic Goldie Red, and the matte lipstick in They Met in Argentina, a beautiful warm coral shade. If you’ve never tried Gucci lipsticks before, this is a great way to try some of their formulas.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment ($28 for .18oz/5.5ml)
VIB Rouge 20% off: $22.40
VIB 15% off: $23.80
BI 10% off: $25.20

I’ve had one of these Powermatte lipsticks for awhile now and I’ve really rediscovered it this year. It’s a super light watery liquid lipstick that sets down to a barely-there finish. I love it for a lightly blotted look instead of full on opaque pigmentation. I have the shade Slow Ride, which is a warm toned brown with a slight rusty red tone.

Shiseido VisionAiry Gel Lipstick ($26 for .05oz/1.6g)
VIB Rouge 20% off: $20.80
VIB 15% off: $22.10
BI 10% off: $23.40

These are also not new lipsticks, but I’m having a major moment with them. As the name suggests, they have a gel-cream formula that glides on smoothly, while setting down into a pretty long-wearing stain. The bonus of this is that is also feels feather-light, and a very little bit goes a long way. I have the shades Shizuka Red, a deep rusty red, and Woodblock, another warm brown. 

L-R: Shiseido Woodblock, Shizuka Red, Nars Slow Ride

Urban Decay Vice Hydrating Lipstick* ($19 for .1oz/3.4g)
VIB Rouge 20% off: $15.20
VIB 15% off: $16.15
BI 10% off: $17.10

Urban Decay reformulated their lipsticks (again) this year, and they came out with some fabulous new shades. The formula feels nearly the same, though I feel like they have even better wear than they used to have. Urban Decay lipsticks have always been underrated, in my opinion, and these new versions are worth checking out as well.

Urban Decay Vice Plumping Shine Lip Balm* ($20 for .2oz/8.1ml)
VIB Rouge 20% off: $16
VIB 15% off: $17
BI 10% off: $18

The balms are also reformulated, and I like how easy this formula is to wear. It’s not quite as thick or cushiony as the Fenty ones, but that makes it easier to just apply a light layer sometimes. I don’t think these are a true plumping formula, though there is a minty tingle. I have a reel where I try on a few of the lipsticks and lip balms:

The sale is also a great time to try out some sets, as many brands come out with them in preparation for the holiday season. A set that I already picked up is the Rare Beauty Selena’s Faves 4 Piece Mini Set, which includes some of their best sellers. I’ve actually never tried any of these 4 products and this was a great way to try some formulas without committing to full size products. The set has the mascara, blush in Joy, highlighter in Mesmerize, and Souffle Matte Lip Cream in Inspire. After trying these products, I am super impressed with everything! They all apply beautifully and last all day on my skin.


Sephora Collection Pro Foundation Brush #56 ($30)

All Sephora Collection products are 30% off for everyone during the sale, so this will be marked down to $21. I’ve mostly strayed away from Sephora brushes, though they are really nice. The one I still love to use is this one, which I like for cream or liquid products. I’ve used this for foundations and cream blushes in a stippling motion on my face, and it deposits and blends color really nicely.


Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume ($100 for 1.7oz/50ml)
VIB Rouge 20% off: $80
VIB 15% off: $85
BI 10% off: $90

I finally tried this fragrance this year, and it really is the barely there fragrance that still smells unique that I’ve always wanted. This is a super subtle fragrance – the type that I’d wear to an office, or for when I want a barely there waft. It’s so hard to pin down what this smells like. It’s fresh without being too musk-y (which usually gives me a headache), and sweet without being cloying in the slightest way. It also lasts a surprisingly long time. There are several ways to try this fragrance, including in a set with a mini spray and vials of the 7 other variations for $25, a discovery set with 6 variations, or a set that has a full size and a travel spray.

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille ($65 for the travel .3oz/10ml as pictured)
VIB Rouge 20% off: $52
VIB 15% off: $55.25
BI 10% off: $58.50

If you’re looking for a fall fragrance and love sweet, smoky scents, Tobacco Vanille is IT. I was in love with this from first sniff, and I could happily drown in this scent. Although Tom Ford fragrances are pricey, I’ve found that they have incredible lasting power – all day, and through the night.

Tom Ford Ombre Leather ($136 for 1.7oz/50ml)
VIB Rouge 20% off: $108.80
VIB 15% off: $115.60
BI 10% off: $122.40

I bought this last year as part of a set, and while it didn’t work for me, it is incredible on my boyfriend. It’s my favorite fragrance on him! If you’re looking for a gift idea for your partner, definitely check this one out.

Otherland Black Velvet Candle ($36)
VIB Rouge 20% off: $28.80
VIB 15% off: $30.60
BI 10% off: $32.40

I can’t really burn many candles anymore as they trigger my cat’s asthma, but this one is worth opening all the windows so I get air circulation as I burn this. I bought this during last year’s sale and it’s a gorgeous scent with notes of jasmine and violet. While it is a floral scent, there’s something about it that really screams winter holidays to me. Otherland also has gorgeous packaging that makes these the perfect gift. This year, I’m also curious to try either the Silk Pajamas or the Old Fashioned candle.


Since this was yet another epic list of products, here’s the top 10 products I would recommend from everything I mentioned in this post:

  1. Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation ( ($47 for 1 oz/30 ml)
  2. Dior Rouge Blush ($44 for .23 oz/6.7g) – especially in the shade Charnelle
  3. Armani Lip Power Long Lasting Satin Lipstick* ($38 for .1oz/3g)
  4. Fenty Glossy Possy 4sum Gloss Set ($38 for 1 full size and 3 minis)
  5. Youth to the People Mandelic Acid + Superfood Unity Exfoliant* ($38 for 4oz/118ml)
  6. Youth to the People Superclear Purify + Clear Power Mask with Niacinamide* ($36 for 2oz/60ml)
  7. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow AHA Pink Dream Body Cream* ($28 for 8.4oz/240ml)
  8. Necessaire the Hand Cream* ($20 for 2.2oz/65ml)
  9. Fenty Beauty Hydra Reset Intensive Recovery Glycerin Hand Mask ($22 for 2.5oz/75ml)
  10. Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille ($65 for the travel .3oz/10ml as pictured)

I also wrote what I’m planning on getting in the previous post, but I’ll repeat them here:


  1. Fenty Beauty Resting Peach Face Cream Blush and Mini Gloss Bomb Cream Duo ($25) – I love the look of this peachy blush and lip gloss set. I swatched it in store and it seems like such a fun shade. It is definitely more suited for spring/summer for me but I might pick this up anyway as I love the cream blush formula.
  2. Sephora Favorites Give me Some Favorites lipgloss set ($34) – I always love the Sephora lip sets, and this one has products I already love (Fenty lip gloss,Nars tinted lip balm, Pat McGrath lip gloss), but in shades I don’t have yet
  3. Rose Inc Blush Divine Clean Dewy Cream blush ($30) – Rosie Huntington-Whitely has made a huge splash with her new makeup line and it seems like the cream blushes are a hit. I swatched the shade Foxglove, and it’s a gorgeous terracotta red that I’m dying to try
  4. One of the other limited edition Otherland candles – I’m eyeing Old Fashioned or Silk Pajamas, or both.
  5. A restock of the Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro Exfoliating Scalp Scrub Shampoo ($24). I love the Living Proof one, but I especially love that the Briogeo one is not an aerosol, so I can travel more easily with it. Plus, I feel like non-aerosol dry shampoos always last a lot longer on me.

If any of these are on your list too, let me know!

What’s on your list for this sale?

As always, thanks for reading.

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