Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sephora Clearance Finds (& Holiday Gift Ideas!)

If you never check the Sale section on Sephora, you should start! I always find some great deals. You have to check often to see a big variety though. There are a bunch of products that go on clearance and just sit there for a long time, but the best deals go on clearance and are gone fairly quickly. Here are a couple great deals that are available now and would also make good gifts.

(A $331 value!)
Original Price: $52
Sale Price: $36.50

This palette contains 17 new limited edition eyeshadows that vary in different finishes. There are a couple of matte shades, a couple of glittery shades and many with frosty or metallic finishes. It also comes with an EmphasEYES Aqua-Gel Eyeliner in Black, a Lights,Camera,Lashes! Mascara in Black and a Lifted Natural Eye Primer. All three of these are in limited edition True Blood packaging. The eyeshadows are all 0.07oz. It does not say if these are full size, but they are larger than the 0.04oz eyeshadows in The Starlet Makeup Vanity holiday palette and the same size as the eyeshadows in the Rising Star palette. I am assuming these are full sized. The eyeliner is full size at 0.003oz. The mascara is 0.1 oz, which is about 40% of the full size. The eye primer is 0.06oz, a little less than half of the full size version. I had considered purchasing it when it came out, but I'm glad I waited to get the sale price! One of these is on it's way to me, so watch for my review and swatches. This would make a great gift for a True Blood fan and makeup lover!
image from Sephora.com

(A $54 value!)
Original Price: $29
Sale Price: $24

This set contains a full size of my holy grail mascara, BUXOM Lash in Blackest Black. It also has a full size of another BUXOM product I love, the Stay There Eyeshadow in Beagle. I love to use eyeshadow primer, then apply a thin layer of the Stay There Eyeshadows to use as a base for my powder eyeshadow. The kit also includes a 0.07oz travel size BUXOM Big & Healthy Lipgloss in Dani, a pretty berry pink. The BUXOM Insider Eyeliner in Black Jasper, a dark blue-gray, is also travel size at 0.007oz. Let me put it this way, the mascara alone is $19 and worth every penny in my opinion. So for $5 extra, you get a full size cream eyeshadow and two travel size products. The Stay There eyeshadows retail for $17 each when purchased separately. Honestly, I thought this was a great deal at it's regular price of $29 but it only got better when they cut the price by $5. Read my review of the Buxom Stay There Eyeshadows. This would be a fun gift to give or receive. 
image from Sephora.com

(A $62-65 value!)
Original Price: $14
Sale Price: $9

 These are fun sets of four eyeshadows and complimentary face powders. There are five different versions currently available on Sephora's website, but six are pictured. There are five from this year, but one is currently out of stock. There is also one left from last year's collection of palettes. The difference between the new ones and the old one is the blushes. In the new Beach palettes, you get a blush and a bronzer or highlighter. In the older Travel palette, there is a cream bronzer. The older version is the $65 value and the newer are a $62 value. I believe the difference in value is due to the switch from cream blush to powder. They are compact enough to travel with and since there are several color options, there is a little bit of something for everyone. I have one Stila eyeshadow palette (none of these) and do enjoy it. I think these would make a great stocking stuffer, small gift or be a fun addition to a gift basket. Click the photos to go directly to that palette on Sephora. I will also link the currently out of stock one (Stunning in Sayulita) in case it becomes available again. 
All the above images are from Sephora.com 

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