Best & Worst| Sephora Beauty Insider Rewards

In today’s blog post, we’re asking the age old question. What are the best items to spend your coveted Sephora Beauty Insider points on?! For once, I feel like I am well versed and super prepared for this. Over the years, I’ve spent my Beauty Insider points willy nilly on every kind of reward item you can think of. Some turned out to be major duds and others are now staple products in my everyday routine. So in celebration of Sephora’s bi-annual sale and a new month full of new Beauty Rewards goodies, I thought I would share my recommendations for the best and the worst samples from Sephora.

Starting with a line-up of bests, here are some Beauty Rewards that are definitely worth your Sephora points!


Tarte Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer: this is a relatively new find. I love mixing this with my daily moisturizer to give my skin a nice glow. Once I finish the sample size, I’ll likely purchase the full size to have for the summer months.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum (in bottle): this is another relatively new find. What I love about this is that the sample size is quite generous. I actually had two of these mini bottles and finished the first one just the other day after about three weeks worth of use. I felt that the sample provided enough product for me to be able to determine that it worked for my skin. This serum is another product that I will likely purchase the full size of when my second sample runs out.

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask (in jar): I actually own the full size version of this product and absolutely love it, especially in the winter. I picked up the sample size from Sephora for travelling. I can easily get two or three masks out of this sample, which will be great for a couple of over night trips we’ll be taking this summer.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (bottle or foil packet): this is another great product that I’ve owned the full size version of. This primer is amazing at keeping a full face of make-up fresh for hours. The full size is an expensive one, so I always use my Beauty Insider points for mini versions when they are available. This is one of the few products that I will recommend picking up even if its in the single-use foil packets. You typically only need to use a primer one or two times to figure out if it’s for you. Trust me, a 100 point foil packet is worth it for this one!

Any Glamglow Mask (in tube or jar):  another skin care product that is absolutely bomb. Glamglow makes some of the best facial masks on the market. I personally love the Gravitymud and  Thirstymud best, but honestly I haven’t used a Glamglow mask that I didn’t love. Full sized versions of these masks will put a substantial dent in your wallet at about $70 CAD per jar. So I will always surrender my Beauty Insider points to sample versions when they are available.

Mini Nars Blush: this easily one of my greatest Beauty Rewards finds yet! Nars blushes, highlighters and bronzers are so beautiful! It’s easy to see why they’ve become cult classics over the years. I was lucky enough to spot the shade Orgasm in the Beauty Rewards Bizarre a couple months ago. The mini version is amazing for travelling and the pan is just big enough to comfortably fit a decent sized blush brush in. Super happy to have this in my sample collection.


Well friends, we’ve come to the part where I go through some of my worst Sephora Beauty Rewards. This photo makes me so sad! What a waste of Sephora points! Don’t get me wrong, I’ll likely still use all of these products in one way or another(minus the mascara, it was THAT bad). But there is some serious regret.


Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara: here’s the thing. The packaging for this mascara is super cute and for this reason alone I wanted so badly to like the formula. But oh man was it bad. I’ve never experienced a mascara that was as Sahara desert dry, super flakey and crumbly as Lights, Camera, Lashes. Ugh, so much bad news bears. While I regret wasting my Sephora points on this, I’m really glad I didn’t waste my money on the full size. This mascara is literally going in my garbage as I type this. RIP.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder: I want to be very clear here. I absolutely love the full size of the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. It’s holy grail status in my books and I have been using it faithfully for years. My regret with the sample resides solely with the teeny tiny packaging. What am I supposed to do with this? How am I supposed to apply it when the package is so tiny?! Like most people, I apply loose powder by dumping a little bit of it into the cap and dipping my powder brush in little by little. The cap of the sample is so tiny that application is next to impossible. Because my powder brush is so large and fluffy, the powder I dump into the tiny cap ends up depositing in one concentrated section of the powder brush. In the end, I’m left with patchy application and a lot of regret and frustration. Hard pass.

Any serum or moisturizer in a foil packet: again, what am I supposed to do with this? Foil packet samples from Sephora are easily the thing I hate most, and yet are the thing I think I have the most of. Why do I do this to myself?! Here’s my main complaint. Foil packets are one time use. I mean if you’re desperate enough you could fold them back up and extend over two uses, but they are meant to be used once and thrown away. When was the last time you used a serum or moisturizer once and were able to determine if it worked for you or not? Never? Yeah, same. Unless it’s a product I know I love, I stay away from these at all costs.


Do you struggle with what Beauty Insider Rewards to spend your points on? What are some of your favourite finds from the Rewards Bizarre? What are some reward items you would recommend staying away from? Let me know in the comments below.

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