July 24, 2011

Ulta or Sephora?

c0ral asked beautyforum:  Which do you prefer: Sephora or Ulta? I’m throwing away a bunch of old makeup & I want to shop for new things (that I’ve seen on your blog, naturally), but I’m not sure which store would better suit my needs.
 Hi lovely! This is a great question. It’s pretty obvious that Hannah and I spend a lot of time shopping at both of these places. We definitely prefer Ulta to Sephora, actually. Both of these stores have rewards programs. Ulta gives out rewards a few times a year, but I usually get catalogs a few times a month, each with a wonderful coupon (that always gets used!). Sephora is on a points reward system called the Beauty Insider program. I rarely ever (maybe once a year) get coupons from Sephora. There are gifts available for you when you reach 100 points (deluxe size sample), 500 points (full size), and on your birthday!!

Besides preferring the constant coupons of Ulta to Sephora. I also prefer the selection. Ulta has everything from drug store brands (Revlon, Maybelline, Covergirl), they also carry NYX (the only store I know of that does), and also high end brands (Benefit, Urban Decay, Too Faced, Smashbox). I love being able to buy things from a variety of brands at a variety of price ranges. Sephora doesn’t carry any drugstore brands, but does carry other high end brands such as Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, and Nars that Ulta does not.Being the nail polish girl I am, that’s a big reason I prefer Ulta to Sephora, they have almost every nail polish brand out there, while Sephora only carries their brand of polish.

Overall, Ulta appeals more to us because of variety (and because Hannah has one within walking distance, so jeal!). I feel like for our wallet and preferences, it’s the best for us. Definitely check out both of their websites and see the brands and products they carry for yourself. It will be more helpful to do the research before making the trek to either and finding out maybe the other would be a better option. :)

SWAK - Danielle

1 comment:

  1. Hi dolls!! We actually prefer Sephora. Our Ulta is not a very big one and we have discovered that there are many other brands sold at other larger Ulta's just not ours. But we do love Ulta for the nail polish selection. And it is nice to pick up some drug store products as well as high end ones. But Sephora for us is our home away from home. The associates in our Sephora store are so helpful. We love the brands and the Sephora brand products. We do wish that Sephora's rewards were a little more like Ulta though. :-)

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings