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Demystifying the Community Rank System



UPDATE 10/19: We're excited to announce that these rank updates here in the Beauty Insider Community are officially LIVE! 😊🎉 Please join us in the celebration by hitting "Reply" and sharing your rank. Whether you're rocking a brand new rank icon badge, or parading the same rank icon badge with pride, all are welcome to the rank party. 🥳




In the coming months, we’ll be making some further tweaks to our Community, including expanding and evolving the Community rank system. With more changes on the horizon, now seemed like an excellent opportunity to answer some common questions we’ve seen in the Forum.


What is a Community rank?


A rank is a visual representation of your level in the Community, earned through your Community contributions. The more you’ve been involved in helping others and engaging in Community, the higher your rank is likely to be (more on this in a second).


Your rank is visible in two places – on your profile in the form of a rank badge and next to your nickname in the Community Forum and Gallery.


Is my Community rank the same as my Beauty Insider Loyalty status?


Community ranks are specific to your Community contributions. Your Loyalty status is not connected to your Community rank. For example, you may be a Boss III in the Beauty Insider Community and a VIB Loyalty member. Or a Rising Star I in the Community and a Rouge Loyalty member.


What changes can I expect?


When the Beauty Insider Community started, we could only guess at how we’d grow. With over a decade since our first launch as Beauty Talk, and more than five years since the Beauty Insider Community relaunch, now it’s time to rework and expand the available ranks to match the growth of our community.


In an effort to make sure that everyone is recognized for their contributions, the rank system will be expanded from 12 ranks across 4 categories to 40 ranks across 8 categories. We want the community as a whole – from the community newbies to our community leaders – to be included and rewarded.




How do I move up the ranks?


The short answer is by helping and inspiring other members of the community. Do what you would normally do – share, connect, and appreciate others – and the rank ups will follow. Naturally, we can’t share the secret sauce, but we can offer some guiding principles:


  • Post content with our BIC guidelines in mind. Reactions to your contributions are really important. So post the good stuff – threads and replies that are helpful, funny, fabulous, and inspire your fellow Community members to engage.


  • React to others’ great contributions. If you see a post you like, be sure to give it a heart and tell your fellow members how much you appreciate it. Everyone loves a little love. This helps to bubble up the best posts and makes Community a really welcoming place to be.


  • Show up in all your glory. Who are you? We’d all love to know who is behind all those awesome posts. Make sure you’ve completed your profile. This is an easy way to get started in Community and connect with fellow enthusiasts. It’s never too late to complete your profile for a little boost if you haven’t already.


  • Contribute good photos and reviews. Not everyone is born to be an author in the Forum – we love photos and reviews too. Show us what you’ve got! Thoughtful reviews and great photos (either as part of your review or on our Gallery) can be really helpful to other members. Photos don’t need to be of your face if you’re feeling camera shy. We love seeing swatches, hauls, shelfies, and routines as well.


  • Ask for advice and dole some out. This community is the best place to ask your burning questions, get recommendations and opinions, and share your own. You can feel secure knowing you’re surrounded by fellow beauty enthusiasts. Ask for advice or opinions in both the Forum and on the Questions & Answers area on product pages. 


  • Operate with integrity. The backbone of our community is trust – without trust, it doesn’t work. Trying to game the system and move up the ranks will be noticed by the community admins and moderators. If you have questions, our community guidelines (linked here) are clear about what is and isn’t acceptable behavior.


What about the Community Ambassadors? Is that a rank?


In short, “Community Ambassador” is a designation as part of an official recognition program. It’s not specifically tied to rank but those individuals with a higher rank are more likely to be considered.


Sephora Beauty Insider Community Ambassadors (or Sephora Community Ambassadors) are highly engaged Community members across all areas of Community (Forum, Gallery, Reviews, and Questions & Answers). These members regularly help other members by sharing their favorite products and beauty routines, posting honest reviews, and uploading looks or “shelfies.” To recognize them, we created the annual Sephora Beauty Insider Community Ambassador program and invited them to participate. All opinions expressed by the Community Ambassadors are theirs alone.  


Community Ambassadors help curate the content that you see within the main feed on the Community Forum and they can be identified by their “Community Ambassador” badge.


Edited 7/28/2022

Will my rank reset once the changes are made? 


No! 😊 Your rank will not reset, and no one is starting over. All the contributions you’ve made since the 2017 relaunch of the Beauty Insider Community will contribute to your new rank. 



We hope this helps to answer any questions you have had about the Beauty Insider Community rank system. Stay tuned for when the changes are planned to go into effect! 🤩💖🙏🏻🦙

Re: Demystifying the Community Rank System

Hehe glad you like the new intro name, @danielledanielle! We heard the feedback over the years that Rookie (which meant new to the community) didn't translate to members' varying experience with beauty. Wanted to be  sure to respect that. 💄 💅

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@danielledanielle, “Window Shopper” makes me smile; it reminds me of the few years I lurked window shopped 😉 off and on the threads, learning about products, technique, etc. 

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Same @itsfi @danielledanielle !  I window shopped for a looooong time on BT!

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Right @missjeanie?!! I was such a late comer to the makeup and skincare (and hair care and …) game. 😝 Having a resource like BT/BIC to go to whenever I just didn’t quite know what to do (which was often) was super helpful. 😃 

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@danielledanielle  Hahaha,  we have been trying to  sort it for a very long time. We really tried hard too😅 well we still technically ‘don’t know’ but it’s good to have some pointers to help us along.  

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@TeamBIC This is exciting, I cannot wait! I remember when we went from BT to BIC and got that amazing Hall of Famer lipstick, which I still have! 

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ME too! @Samtian 

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I appreciate all of the thought and planning that went into this, @TeamBIC. Returning full circle to designating HoF as top status is a very thoughtful touch. I was just starting to get more involved when this was still BT, and this seems like a wonderful nod to all of those who were already ‘in the know’ 😄


Thank you for the explanation and details on the new ranking system. Hopefully this will help open up more discussions and generate more involvement overall 🙌🏼💖

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Awww @eshoe 😭 thank you for noticing 😍 It was important to us to honor part of our past.

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Thanks for the information about this upcoming update, @TeamBIC

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Thank you so much for the transparency and for bringing back HoF!!!


Do we have to start all over again? I already worked my way up to HoF on Beauty Talk (RIP) and then up to Boss III when we switched to BIC.


Will we be grandfathered (at least to some degree) when the new rankings take effect?


Thank you so much!!!  XOXOXO

Re: Demystifying the Community Rank System

OooO that's a great question @Tamara76 and one we didn't think of! (and we spent literal months trying to think of the possible questions 😁) YES your current rank will simply be translated to your future new rank once they are launched and live. 

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Woohoo! Thanks, @CarolBT , this is fantastic news! 💋💋💋

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@Tamara76@Guessgal, and @Titian06 - thanks for the questions/comment around restarting with the ranks! We've edited the post to add that question in to help other members when they see this post. Thanks again!! 🙏

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It's a relief @CarolBT ! I love this community, but don't think I have the time/energy to start all over again!


i appreciate you!💋💋💋 

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Thanks, @CarolBT !  I'm glad we don't have to restart! 👍

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I feel like in honour of Hall of Famer coming back, and National Lipstick day right around the corner.... I'mma have to break out the Bite Hall of Famer lipstick again. 

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@missjeanie I know you saw my IG post, but I had to share my treasured HoF lippie here - thanks again for the reminder!💋




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I definitely still have mine too! I also have the pins and socks. Wasn't expecting to feel all nostalgic logging back in today 🥲

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@Tamara76 I just love it!  I'm much more of a tinted balm gal these days, but I pulled this one out on Friday.  

No idea why I'm sideways, but I take full credit for the blurry, it's too early in the day photo lol.No idea why I'm sideways, but I take full credit for the blurry, it's too early in the day photo lol.

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Gorgeous!This was a stunning color, need to uncover mine! @missjeanie 

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