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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! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰ 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. ๐Ÿฅณ




In the coming months, weโ€™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 weโ€™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 youโ€™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 โ€“ 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 weโ€™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 itโ€™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 โ€“ from the community newbies to our community leaders โ€“ 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 โ€“ share, connect, and appreciate others โ€“ and the rank ups will follow. Naturally, we canโ€™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 โ€“ threads and replies that are helpful, funny, fabulous, and inspire your fellow Community members to engage.


  • React to othersโ€™ 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? Weโ€™d all love to know who is behind all those awesome posts. Make sure youโ€™ve completed your profile. This is an easy way to get started in Community and connect with fellow enthusiasts. Itโ€™s never too late to complete your profile for a little boost if you havenโ€™t already.


  • Contribute good photos and reviews. Not everyone is born to be an author in the Forum โ€“ we love photos and reviews too. Show us what youโ€™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 donโ€™t need to be of your face if youโ€™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 youโ€™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 โ€“ without trust, it doesnโ€™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 isnโ€™t acceptable behavior.


What about the Community Ambassadors? Is that a rank?


In short, โ€œCommunity Ambassadorโ€ is a designation as part of an official recognition program. Itโ€™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 โ€œshelfies.โ€ 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 โ€œCommunity Ambassadorโ€ badge.


Edited 7/28/2022

Will my rank reset once the changes are made? 


No! ๐Ÿ˜Š Your rank will not reset, and no one is starting over. All the contributions youโ€™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! ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโœจ๐Ÿฆ™

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Newcomer ||| ๐Ÿ™‚

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Newcomer III

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Newcomer III๐Ÿ˜Š

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Newcomer V !

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Wow, only 4 HOF and 6 Icon...I thought they'd be small, but not that small! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I am honored to part of this tiny group, and can't wait to see it grow!


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@RGbrown I saw my icon and had to come creep hahaha. With the new rankings I went from GG3 to GG5, but was stuck at that forever it feels like. Member since โ€˜12โ€ฆ wow I didnโ€™t realize itโ€™s been that long. When it made the switch from BT to BIC my engagement definitely fell, I still find it a tad overwhelming sometimes. BT also felt so privateโ€ฆ BIC feels so public so Iโ€™m not as comfortable posting as much. 

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I've wondered myself lately if Sephora is doing another big membership drive/advertising campaign. I pretty much stick to the nails and Ulta threads these days, and those are usually fairly quiet with the same few folks posting over and over, but even the nails thread has seen lots of new participants over the last few weeks. I'm always happy to see more manis to oooh and aaah over, but it is definitely a reminder that BIC isn't the small group it was back in BT times. I barely browse the front page at all anymore, as there's just too much to keep up with on a regular basis like I used to. 

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Oh wow, thank you for bringing this up, @RGbrown! I didn't even realize how few were at those ranks at the moment. I'm sure it will change in due time LOL. 

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Oh wow! Congrats to you all, lovely friends! @RGbrown ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

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@RGbrown congrats to everyone at the top!!!!!  thatโ€™s awesome!  And so are you so no surprises!!! 

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Congratulations on your rank @RGbrown ! Youโ€™ve certainly been a Community icon for years, and now you have the title to show for it!

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@RGbrown , how are you able to view this? ๐Ÿค”

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On the main Community feed, there is a link to Search Members (on the bottom of the page on mobile or on the right of the page on the full site...not sure where it is in the app as I don't have it), and on that page, you can sort by rank!

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Thanks @RGbrown , I bounce back between app and mobile, so this helps

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Newcomer โค๏ธ

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@RGbrown I am actually a Hall of Famer 3 but I have the Ambassador badge.

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Ahhhh, good to know there are a few more out there, even if hidden from the rest of us!

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โค๏ธ โค๏ธ โค๏ธ @TeamBIC!! Thank you all for your work on this!! Excited to be a Boss IV (behind the Community Ambassador tag). 

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@haleyvvvv Yay!! Another Boss babe ๐Ÿ’• 

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Newcomer III ๐Ÿฅณ I donโ€™t post enough on Sephora but a lot on INFLUENSTER. Should probably post more here, thanks to everyone who reviews every product especially with the November sale coming up! 

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@rabidfaery Definitely post on both if you can! It helps that a lot of the Influenster campaigns ask to post on here too. 

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