14 Under-the-Radar Products Sephora Employees Wish More People Knew About

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Fact: Sephora is one of the best shopping destinations for beauty products. It’s shelves are jam-packed with the latest and greatest makeup, skin care, hair care and fragrances out on the market, which—while that may sound like a dream for most of us—can be a bit overwhelming for others. So, in order to save you time sifting through the thousands of mascaras and face creams, we asked Sephora employees for their best, unknown products that usually need a bit of prior research to find. Read on!

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Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain ($14)

“Considering liquid lipstick is now all the rage, there’s a million choices at Sephora, making it easy to overlook the Sephora Collection products. Working at Sephora, I’ve had a chance to try so many products and I can honestly say our cream lip stains are one of my favorites. I have super dry lips but these don’t dry them out and they still pack a bunch of pigment and are long-wearing so it’s a winner for me.”

—Naowshaba Ferdous, Sephora Color Artist & Editor at A Luxe Life

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Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser ($45)

“Even oily skin types will benefit from this lightweight cream cleanser that won’t strip your skin of natural oils or make you break out.”

—Anonymous Sephora Employee in NYC

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IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream With SPF 50+ ($38)

“Now this is a holy grail for the babe on-the-go—the everyday woman. It’s an all-in-one sunscreen and an anti-aging, full-coverage foundation that’s packed with antioxidants, vitamins and hyaluronic acid. A little goes a long way and it leaves your skin bright and flawless. I love it!”

Arianna DeJesus, Sephora Makeup Artist

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bareMinerals Revamped Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara ($19)

“This mascara is amazing and I’m so surprised not many people know about it! The winding brush with plastic bristles really helps comb the lashes out. You’re left with super long, curled, black lashes after use.”

—Naowshaba Ferdous, Sephora Color Artist & Editor at A Luxe Life

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Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk ($28)

“It’s a perfect cleanser for me to use while doing mini-makeovers in the store because it can be tissued off. It’s perfect for even sensitive skin that may be reactive to other cleansers. Plus, it’s safe to use around the eye area as well.”

—Anonymous Sephora Employee in NYC

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer ($28)

“There’s a million choices for concealer, but this one is my favorite! I think when people read ‘naked skin,’ they think it’ll be a really natural, sheer coverage but that’s totally wrong. This concealer has full coverage, is moisturizing, radiant and looks super natural.”

—Naowshaba Ferdous, Sephora Color Artist & Editor at A Luxe Life
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GlamGlow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment ($69)

“This has a blend of actives containing hyaluronic acid and citric acid for deep hydration. It boosts and locks in moisture for a dewy, youthful look and can be rinsed off or used as an overnight mask. It’s great for all skin types, but I prefer to use this mask on drier skin.”

—Anonymous Sephora Employee in NYC

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AmorePacific Moisture Bound Sleeping Recovery Mask ($60)

“This is absolutely my favorite mask. Even though this is a ‘mask,’ I love using it during my facials in-store or on myself at-home as a moisturizer on the days that I need extra moisture. The skin absorbs this mask beautifully and you’re instantly hydrated. It’s a gel form so it’s on the lighter side and even oily or combination skin types will love it.”

—Anonymous Sephora Employee in NYC

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NARS Dual Intensity Blush ($45)

“This is meant to be a 2-in-1 but really it serves three purposes. These illuminating blushes are stunning and easy to apply can be worn dry as a soft, velvety veil of color or applied wet for extra punch and sheen.”

Arianna DeJesus, Sephora Makeup Artist

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Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution ($88)

“This is a must-have product for every morning. It’s a vitamin C and ferulic acid combination. Being water-based instead of oil-based, it penetrates the skin beautifully and instantly gives the skin a glow. It’s concentrated so only a few drops a day will be more than enough.”

—Anonymous Sephora Employee in NYC

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Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($65)

“If you have problems using sunscreen, those days are now over! With this sunscreen you will be protected and no one else will know. It’s 100-percent clear and goes on like a primer. It has a silky formula that disappears very quickly and provides amazing protection for all skin types and complexions. No more excuses for why you are not wearing SPF.”

—Anonymous Sephora Employee in NYC

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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer ($52)

“I use this to prep every face I work on when applying makeup. This luxe, essential oil-packed primer is a must. Its shimmering, silky texture blurs the appearance of fine lines and large pores while leaving a moisturized and radiant finish—perfect for foundation applications.”

Arianna DeJesus, Sephora Makeup Artist

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner ($25)

“This eyeliner has made its home in my kit. It has a built-in sharpener, it’s incredibly soft, requires no tug-lining or smudging, and sets with a 12-hour wear. Plus, it’s safe for inside the waterline, making this waterproof, multifunctional liner a must!”

Arianna DeJesus, Sephora Makeup Artist

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Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($31)

“The name says it all. This lightweight mist for all skin types will lock-in all your hard work for up to 16 hours. It lowers the temperature of your makeup, helping it stay put even in the most humid of occasions. Dance off anyone?”

Arianna DeJesus, Sephora Makeup Artist

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