Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Sephora : Now Shipping to the UK

I have Adrienne (the Sunday Girl) to thank for the news that Sephora is now shipping to the UK. I’d also have her to blame (not my lack of self-control, obviously) if I ended up ordering a truckload of stuff instead of paying my mortgage this month. When it came to ordering though, I was stumped. Instead of “Wow, what do I start with!?” it was “What do I start with…?

What brands does the US have that the UK doesn't? Kate Somerville? Can't be shipped to the UK. :(

I've been thinking of buying a glycolic facewash from Anthony Logistics (slowly recalling the mental wishlist) thats available on Space NK for £21. I put it off because in the US it costs 21 DOLLARS. Since when was the exchange rate for the dollar equal to the pound? I may buy stupidly expensive lipsticks but I'm not paying such a ridiculously inflated price! On Sephora, you can get it for £13.31 :)

Sephora uses an exchange rate rather than UK RRP, which got me thinking: what else could I buy more cheaply on Sephora? First, I looked at a few products I already use, then I looked at products that I might buy - and eventually ended up with this list :/

{ The price beside the product's name is the price on Sephora. I was too lazy to type out "on Sephora" every time. I was also too lazy to use a calculator to do the maffs so please excuse any mistakes }

Anastasia Brow Wiz $21/£13.31  /  Cultbeauty : £15.50  =  £2.19 less on Sephora

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder $39/£24.72  /  SpaceNK : £28.52 - cannot be shipped to the UK
Hourglass Liquid Powder Foundation $55/£34.86   /  SpaceNK : £50 - cannot be shipped to the UK

Givenchy Mister Radiant $39/£24.72  /  HOF : £26.50 - cannot be shipped to the UK*
Givenchy Mist Me Gently $35/£22.18  /  HOF : £22 - cannot be shipped to the UK*

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer $52/32.96  /  HOF : £34.50  =  £1.54 less on Sephora
Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick $51/£32.32  /  HOF : 31.50  =  £0.82 less on Sephora

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation $45/£28.52  /  John Lewis : £34  =  £5.48 less on Sephora
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage $32/£20.28  /  John Lewis : £26.50  =  £6.22 less on Sephora

Murad Clarifying Cleanser $26/£16.48  /  murad.co.uk :  £25*  =  £8.52 less on Sephora
Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser $36/£22.82  / murad.co.uk : £34*  =  £11.18 less on Sephora

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil $25/£15.84 /  Liberty : £18 - cannot be shipped to the UK
NARS Eye Paint $25/£15.84  /  Liberty : £18.50 - cannot be shipped to the UK

Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm $105/£66.55  /  omorovicza.co.uk : £46*  =  £20.55 more on Sephora
Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask $120/£76.06 /  omorovicza.co.uk : £57*  =  £19.06 more on Sephora
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist $86/£54.51  /  omorovicza.co.uk : £46*  =  £8.51 more on Sephora
Omorovicza Rose Lifting Serum $185/£117.25  /  omorovicza.co.uk : £80*  =  £37.25 more on Sephora
{ Sidenote: dear US readers, I feel sorry for you. }

Peter Thomas Roth 2% BHA Acne Wash $35/£22.18 / Cultbeauty : £22.50 = £0.32 less on Sephora

It's definitely not worth the hassle of ordering online for the sake of saving a few pounds. Not to mention the minimum spend of £75 to qualify for the "guaranteed all-inclusive" shipping rate of £10 - I know I'd end up ordering a bunch of additional un-needed products to meet it! And even more annoyingly, you can't use debit cards to pay!

The half-hour wasn't completely wasted though, because when it came to the very last brand there are more than a few pounds to be saved:

Sunday Riley Good Genes Serum $105/£66.55 / SpaceNK : £85 = £18.45 less on Sephora
Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser $45/£28.52 / SpaceNK : £35 = £6.48 less on Sephora
Sunday Riley Artemis/Isis/Juno Hydroactive Face Oils $125/£79.22 / SpaceNK : £98 = £18.78 less on Sephora

Those face oils suddenly look a lot more attractive... Now, if someone can confirm that they're really as good as they're made out to be... I can start saving ;p

Happy shopping?


The asterisks explained:
*Givenchy: after trying unsuccessfully to proceed to checkout with 8 different products, I'm going to assume that Givenchy doesn't ship to the UK.
*Murad: get 20% with the code < FRESH20 > Offer ends 4th March
*Omorovicza: offers 15% off your first order & free shipping

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