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What was your very First purchase at Sephora and Why take the plunge?

We've all been there...a bag full of unused or disappointing make up from the drug store, which I still like but without the ability to try before buy you end up with a lot of fails. Then you find Sephora and wonder, is the price worth it? You try a few things, you like a few things, you see the price tag and tell yourself: "Eh, I can go with ramen noddles for a week to afford this." And then you buy it. What was your first purchase? Why did you choose it? I always like hearing other stories like this. Share on!

Re: What was your very First purchase at Sephora and Why take the plunge?

Too Faced exclusive holiday pallet in the tin, 2012. I used to think Sephora was too high end for me but the tin was on sale and too pretty to pass up. Then the strangest thing happened...my eyes didn't burn, sting or tear up like it always did with the drugstore brands. Now the only pain my beauty cause is on my bank account but it is soooo worth it!

Re: What was your very First purchase at Sephora and Why take the plunge?

My first purchase was when i went to sephora for my birthday and i picked out the naked 2 pallet that my bf bought for me. This led to many more purchases haha. Once I experienced higher quality cosmetics it opened my eyes that there are so many products that i need to try

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My very first purchase from Sephora was the Naked palette. I received a $50 giftcard from one of my friends for my 16th birthday (October 2011) and when I went to spend it was the first time I ever stepped into a Sephora store. Before then, my sis and I were not allowed to go in there. It was taboo. I chose the Naked palette because I had been lusting over it since the day it came out in 2010 and that was the moment I was finally able to get my hands on it. That started my addiction, hahaha Smiley Happy

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Last year and it was Nars One Night Stand. For some weird reasons, I thought Sephora is a shop with drug store and low end cosmetic brands. ignorance me lol Smiley Wink That what I got for not having BTs around Smiley Wink

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Urban Decay 15th Anniversary 24/7 Eyeliner Set.  I had never set foot in Sephora before, much less bought anything really high end other than Laura Mercier at Nordstrom, so it was totally a spur of the moment purchase when the Clackamas Town Center location in Portland opened up.  Then I found out there was a Sephora inside JCP...and that's where I found the Naked palette.

 

And such began my makeup collecting days.  I'm sure my husband hates Sephora with the passion of a thousand fiery suns by now.  We've agreed NOT to tally up how much I spent at Sephora this month.  And I can't buy anything else unless I run out or the VIB sales start around my birthday in November.

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You know what I was actually no stranger to mid and high end makeup by the time I decided to step into a Sephora.

 

I had been buying the majority of my makeup from counters at a major department store in my city. I randomly walked into a Sephora maybe 4 or 5 years ago when I was in the States and I had no idea what it was. It was a last minute stop and I was on my way out of the mall but I remember I needed a mascara and I just happened to pass by this store that sold just makeup I guessed at the time. I asked the associate for something to give me volume. She suggested one by Sephora. I bought it and was on my way. It was a pleasant experience but I still didn't quite know what Sephora was. It wasn't until a year later that I remembered this store existed when I was on the hunt for a bronzer in a shade that wasn't available in my area. I happened to be in the States, popped in and saw what Sephora had to offer. From that point on I was semi-hooked as it still wasn't available in my area but on a trip to a major city a few of my girlfriends who loved the store decided we needed to go to every Sephora in the city and my addiction when into over drive. I have been pretty loyal for the past few years.

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It was the Naked Palette for me, which led to Naked 2, which then evolved into an obsession with high end beauty and skin care products.

 

I never wore make-up before then, but after using that palette and some really well matched MUFE foundation, I was hooked.

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I was in high school or just graduated and needed a Too Faced fix (I was first introduced to Too Faced when I was about 8 or 9 because my mom let me buy a pink lipgloss from them and have been hooked ever since!). I bought the Smokey Eye palette (this is back when there was still a Fashion Smoke section lol), Bad Gal from Benefit and Diorshow. 

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My first purchase(s) were in 2010.  I was in Hollywood for a conference and went for a stroll the first evening I was there.  There was a Sephora in the mall attached to my hotel.  I had no idea what it was and went in for a look, and I was instantly like a kid in some kind of store.  I needed one little thing (and I cannot remember for the life of me what it was), but I walked out with a foundation, concealer, a MUFE metallic gold eyeshadow (which I still have and love) and a few brushes.  And a foil of the Smashbox Iconic primer.

 

Fast forward to November last year.  I was travelling for work again and found the foil in my travelling makeup bag.  Thought I'd give it a try just for fun and LOVED it.  It was still ok after all that time!  And was reminded of my Sephora fun years back, but thought nothing more of it.

 

Then, Feb this year.  I went to my usual department store to get another Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, only to find the LM counter was gone and they had pulled out of Australia completely, as far as I could tell.  I cannot live without my LM tinted moisturizer.  I remembered Sephora again and thought I'd see if I could order it online. And I could.

 

I pretty much don't shop at that department store anymore.

 

And that is the story of how Aunty End0ra became enabled, addicted, and will be triple Rouge by the end of the year.

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Does anyone remember the Benefit "Her Name was Glowla" Palette?  That was my first purchase.  It had about 5 shadows, and all the classic Benefit samples like a High beam, Moon beam, Coralista, Bad Gal lash, and a lip gloss-so I learned a lot about their products. It must've been about 5 years ago!

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I was already using Bare Minerals which I was pretty happy with. But I completely lacked a skincare routine and had one significant wrinkle between my brows, with another appearing plus one higher up on my forehead. It was time to be better to my skin.

 

I was reading articles online, and the owner/creator of a high-end skincare line and spa in California had a list of her top favorite products, the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Pads being one of them. So I looked online for a place to buy - enter Sephora. That was almost two years ago. Then I liked a few of the samples I got so I purchased more things. When I started posting on these boards it was highly enabling Smiley Happy as I was able to get direct feedback about the things that would work best specifically for me and my skin type from other beauty addicts. Smiley Happy

 

I haven't used drugstore in a long time, but what is significant is the scope of my collection now, Smiley Happy But it makes me happy, so I think that's worth it, Smiley Happy

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Oh, I remember now. It was Ipsy!!! They sent me a sample of Benetint and other little samples and that was how I started wearing makeup. a little blush here, face powder there, then shadows and mascara, Before I couldn't care less about how I looked but now I can't even go to work without stuff on my face. Ipsy made me do it. I blame Ipsy!

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The first things I remember buying from Sephora was NARS Outlaw blush (from the first time it was in production) and an Iman stick foundation in the New York store. I may have ordered a Smashbox LE lipgloss from the catalog before that, but it may have been after. I started shopping with Sephora because the catalogs seemed so glamorous. (That's right, this was pre-internet shopping y'all!) The other thing that really drew me in is there was makeup targeted to brown women. I had no interest in the standard counter brands. Sephora just seemed extra special. They let you play in the make up for goodness sakes!

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My first Sephora haul was a Smashbox eye makeup set (there was different sets for different eye colors), Korres lip gloss trio, and a Stila foundation sampler set that came with a convertible color. On another beauty forum I had originally won an e-gift card for Estee Lauder, but there ended up being an issue with the prize and the forum site replaced it with a Sephora e-gift card. I had never even heard of Sephora before then. After receiving that first haul and trying and loving what I bought, I was hooked. That was four years ago.

 

Before then, the only higher-end makeup I owned was what my grandma gave me of the free-with-purchase items she got at Macy's. Being on a retail worker's budget, I didn't understand why anyone would pay more than $10 for a single makeup item. I have since come to realize that you get what you pay for. I have no problem making VIB every year. Rogue is still a stretch for me, though. I've since discovered a face powder that keeps my combination-skin face shine-free all day long and shadow primer is the key to keeping my eye shadow on without creasing. 

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i was already using MAC make up for the past 3 years but than i discovered the naked pallet 2 and my bank account went down hill from that haha

 

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First purchase at Sephora was SMOKED by Urban Decay. I was in this only smokey eye look phase. After that, I venture deeply into Sephora to never look back....except for Chanel of course Smiley Happy

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My very first Sephora purchase was the Urban Decay Skull Shadow Box! I was in seventh grade and used it wildy! I went through it crazy fast and repurchased it! I soon became obsessed with Midnight Cowboy Rides Again and that shadow really did ride with me until the very end of my glittery eyeshadow phase! 

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My first knowledge of Sephora came in those gorgeously put together catalogs of yore, which really enticed me. Prior to that, my experience of high end cosmetics was Dior, Clinique, & Lancome.  I remember buying a UD "Heavy Metal " set that  included glitter, glitter eye liner, primer, and a shade or two. It was great, and appropriate since my SO was in a metal band.  Next I ended up getting bath products in the Sephora White and Sephora Brown line ( wish they still had them).  There just always seemed to be more to try, and here I am!  And I love Urban Decay!

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I bought a Sephora quint in 2008 or so after a few friends talked me into it.  It was my only eyeshadow palette for years, but I didn't wear makeup every day.

Then in 2011 I was complaining about trying to find a face powder in a drugstore and my mom took me in to get color matched.  I walked out with Benefit Hello Flawless foundation and powder in ivory shades.  Still the best match I've ever found!  I wasn't interested in wearing it every day though, and couldn't ever see myself being addicted to makeup!

Last year after our wedding I started experimenting more - I loved the Lancôme stuff I had purchased for the big day, and a friend recommended the Fresh balms, so I became a BI.  I quickly fell in love with trying fun sets and new products. It's still amazing to me that a year ago I didn't wear makeup out regularly and now it's one of my favorite things!

 

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My first Sephora purchase happened years ago when they opened a store in Canada.  I'd heard of Sephora from friends in the US, and was itching to check it out.

 

If I recall correctly, the first thing I bought was a Tarte 8 pack mini lipgloss set and an eyelash curler.  

 

After that, I was hooked.  My office at the time was right across the street from a Sephora, so I was in there easily once a week on my lunch hour, if not more.

 

I think what drew me in was the sheer volume of products.  I also find the way Sephora stores are laid out more conducive to shopping.  And, unlike some department stores here that sell luxury and midrange cosmetics, I never found the Sephora staff to be snooty or make me feel like I shouldn't be there.

 

 

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What a fun question! I'm almost positive my first Sephora purchase (2003-ish, in France) was a Lancôme Juicy Tube in Violette -- it was the most beautiful pale violet color that looked like clear gloss on the lips (I bought Mûre (blackberry) right after that…I really wish they still made these colors), and Benefit's The Gloss in Kiss Me (it was an orchid color). I also bought the Benefit BadGal liner (the discontinued chubby one) on one of my first Sephora trips. My first blush purchase was definitely NARS Orgasm -- I was obsessed with it.