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Ulta vs Sephora

spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
Which one is better, on all accounts?

I just visted both for the first time in yrs and Ulta blew Sephora away. Or maybe I was in some kind of Sephora Express kinda thing where it had only limited merchandise.

But most noteworthy on my list was the clear absence of DevaCurl products and this TooFaced three-in one lash liner (which is the bomb) at Sephora.

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  • LuuuuucyLuuuuucy Posts: 146Registered Users
    I prefer Ulta because I like to be able to grab cheaper products in with my high end stuff. Sephora gives me sticker shock. I get that Ulta is missing some
    If the very high end stuff, but I generally find more at Ulta. I am usually in sephora for something specific that I can only find there. Ulta is my guilty pleasure place, where I browse and enjoy picking up random items. I also love their reward system- I forget about them and let them stack up and got $18 off my order the other day!
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  • VTmomVTmom Posts: 2,486Registered Users
    Ulta. I find it less snooty and I also like that it has cheaper drugstore items mixed in.
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  • Corrina777Corrina777 Posts: 3,193Registered Users
    It depends on what I'm looking for and how far I'm willing to travel. I have to go to Ulta for my Deva stuff and AG Re:Coil, but I usually end up at Sephora for make-up, mainly because it's much closer (20 minutes vs 1 hour). I also like a few Bumble and Bumble hair products that I can only get at Sephora. Most of my other less expensive items I can grab elsewhere in my local travels.
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  • CurlyCutie1394CurlyCutie1394 Posts: 348Registered Users
    ULTA! They are much friendlier there compared to sephora or maybe I'm going to the wrong sephora
  • PerriPPerriP Posts: 6,613Registered Users
    I actually find sephora to be more helpful and friendly.
    However, ulta is more convenient. I used to pass by a sephora at least once a week so it was more convenient. I will admit that I don't love sephora enough to go out of my way when I can just go to ulta.
    I'm not sure about ulta's sample policy but the thing I loved about sephora is I could walk out with loads of samples every time I went.
    All of that being said, I usually know exactly what I want when I go into a store (or have it narrowed down to a few choices), I don't go and just browse. I know what questions I need answered, etc so I rarely have people pushing product and often times don't need to actually speak to anyone

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  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    Sephora. More knowledgeable staff, better quality of products.
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Looking up three-in-one-lash liner.

    It's my favorite eyeliner now!

  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Corrina777 wrote: »
    It depends on what I'm looking for and how far I'm willing to travel. I have to go to Ulta for my Deva stuff and AG Re:Coil, but I usually end up at Sephora for make-up, mainly because it's much closer (20 minutes vs 1 hour). I also like a few Bumble and Bumble hair products that I can only get at Sephora. Most of my other less expensive items I can grab elsewhere in my local travels.

    I didn't realize ulta carries AG: products, too! One more reason to love Ulta!

    But @ TNB - yeah, I didn't find the staff to be especially knowledgeable at Ulta.

  • lcl0706lcl0706 Posts: 959Registered Users
    Maybe Im a weirdo, but I went in Ulta for the first time ever a couple weeks back & was really unimpressed. Maybe it's because it's new to the area (still 45 mins away) & I have a feeling it's a small Ulta? I don't know. The sephora in the same town is small too so maybe it's just our locations. Or maybe I'm a cheapskate. Maybe it's just me lol. It coulda been that my expectations are too high or I really didnt have anything specific in mind & didn't know what to look at first.
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  • WurlyLoxWurlyLox Posts: 4,858Registered Users
    Sephora, but on-line - huge selection compared to either store, easy returns, good bonuses for points you accumulate with each order, and I pay w/Discover and get double cashback bonuses - 10% - got back $13+ the other day for one order - pays to check it out anytime you're shopping on-line, not just at Sephora. I never carry a balance, so I pay no interest, and it's just found money.

    If I want drugstore brands, I can get them cheaper elsewhere than at Ulta.
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  • pinksugarpinksugar Posts: 2,346Registered Users
    Ulta! I have pretty much quit going to Sephora since they opened Ulta in my area over a year ago. I definitely take advantage of their coupons (which you can get online and use for every purchase (some products excluded). Plus, I redeem my rewards on anything when I bank enough.

    I love that I can go there and get Deva products, Paul Mitchell Tea Tree for my men, and Burt's Bees facial cleanser in one stop!

    I still have to go to Sephora or Macy's for the only mascara that does not bother my eyes (Clinique Lash Power).
  • claudine191claudine191 Posts: 8,220Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Spider, I got the TooFaced liner; love it. Thanks!

    It's a little bit runny by the end of the day on me; does that happen to you?

    (I still get a fuller, more subtle line than with anything else, regardless.)
  • pinksugarpinksugar Posts: 2,346Registered Users
    I also agree that the staff at Ulta is not very knowledgeable. I usually do my homework online and know what I want before going in.

    On another note, I was told that Sephora is going to start carrying Deva products in-store at some point, she just didn't know when. They already sell them online.

    I also feel really bad if I return anything to Sephora. I don't get that feeling if I make a return at Ulta.
  • claudine191claudine191 Posts: 8,220Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Now that I think about it, there's usually one or two people at Ulta who do know their stuff, but many more milling around, happy to give up if they can't find what I need right away.

    Still, I'm just more comfortable there. However, if there was a freestanding Sephora somewhere, I would probably try it again.
  • Britanner12Britanner12 Posts: 9Registered Users
    Ulta ulta ulta.
  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    It depends. There isn't much of a difference for me time-wise.

    Sephora for makeup because Ulta doesn't have MUFE.

    Ulta for my summer Joico conditioner.

    At my location, the Ulta staff are snootier and pusher with products. They also push hair straightening. No one at Sephora is trying to change my hair. Sephora also has given me better color help. Ulta tries to push me into medium foundations 'so I won't look so pale' or bronzers for the same reason.

    Body sunscreen and bobby pins and some nail polish at Ulta.

    Ilamasqua nail polish at Sephora.
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  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,654Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    Sephora for me, also online only. I have an ULTA that I can walk to, but I never go in there. To be honest, it was usually the $5-off-$10 or $5-off-$15 that would lure me into ULTA but then I would see that many of the high-end brands that I use were excluded from those coupons, so I stopped going in. And purchased from Sephora instead. I keep a running list of stuff for Sephora so I can get things when they have a VIB event for discounts.
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Spider, I got the TooFaced liner; love it. Thanks!

    It's a little bit runny by the end of the day on me; does that happen to you?

    (I still get a fuller, more subtle line than with anything else, regardless.)

    The three-in-one with the three little prongs? It's good isn't it? I had my doubts when I first saw it but it's working out well. I seem to be having some kind of allergies that are causing me runny eyes and/or itchy eyes most days, so btwn the tearing and the rubbing, some of it does get smudged. But on the rare nonallergic day, it holds up pretty welll for me. I use MAC Studio Fix on my eyelids first, tho.

    I like that it's so easy to use. You can be as simple or as fancy w/ it as you want. And you can correct mistakes w/ a second coat...if you don't mind a little thicker line.

  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    pinksugar wrote: »
    I also agree that the staff at Ulta is not very knowledgeable. I usually do my homework online and know what I want before going in.

    On another note, I was told that Sephora is going to start carrying Deva products in-store at some point, she just didn't know when. They already sell them online.

    I also feel really bad if I return anything to Sephora. I don't get that feeling if I make a return at Ulta.

    The Sephoras here already do! I'm so happy about that. And Ouidad...my new favorite hair gel.

  • pinksugarpinksugar Posts: 2,346Registered Users
    I went into Sephora today because I was at the mall. I purchased Sugarbomb Cheek Powder by Benefit. I absolutely love it! After I left the store I was thinking I should have bought this at Ulta because I get 3x the bonus points right now! Oh, well. LOL I need to cut back on my Ulta shopping anyways.

    The Sephora here also has Ouidad. I didn't think to check and see if they have DevaCurl yet. Probably because Ulta is my go to the for those products.
  • LanikaiLanikai Posts: 52Registered Users
    Oh Ulta all the way. You can get a majority of all the expensive brand make-up for a huge retail discount. If you shop at Ulta long enough you can became a beauty club card member and get additional discounts as well as some sneak peak perks to new lines that come out. As well as free samples. Sephora is good, but I always shop at Ulta now for all of my higher end cosmetics.
  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    I've only been in Ulta, and just recently for the first time. Blew me away! I can't imagine anything better.
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  • LanikaiLanikai Posts: 52Registered Users
    Fifi.G wrote: »
    I've only been in Ulta, and just recently for the first time. Blew me away! I can't imagine anything better.

    I know what you mean Ulta is a great store for all your cosmetic needs.

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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    Lanikai wrote: »
    Fifi.G wrote: »
    I've only been in Ulta, and just recently for the first time. Blew me away! I can't imagine anything better.

    I know what you mean Ulta is a great store for all your cosmetic needs.

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    I went in on a strict mission for Real Technique brushes by Samantha Chapman. I had read several great reviews on them, and like the fact that most have dual fibers and can be used with creams or powders. (They sell them in some Walmart store, but none anywhere near me, which stinks b/c we have a Walmart in every county) Of course, that's not all I made it out with. I had a beauty supply heart attack.
    When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

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  • LanikaiLanikai Posts: 52Registered Users
    Fifi.G wrote: »
    Lanikai wrote: »
    Fifi.G wrote: »
    I've only been in Ulta, and just recently for the first time. Blew me away! I can't imagine anything better.

    I know what you mean Ulta is a great store for all your cosmetic needs.

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    I went in on a strict mission for Real Technique brushes by Samantha Chapman. I had read several great reviews on them, and like the fact that most have dual fibers and can be used with creams or powders. (They sell them in some Walmart store, but none anywhere near me, which stinks b/c we have a Walmart in every county) Of course, that's not all I made it out with. I had a beauty supply heart attack.

    LOL. I know what you mean I have lots if those attacks when I go to ulta after getting my membership coupons and when things are half priced or on sale.

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  • pinksugarpinksugar Posts: 2,346Registered Users
    Ugh...the staff at my Ulta have been bugging me lately. They seem so put out. Even about minor things like finding a product. They didn't have the Deva product I was looking for on the shelf (where it's normally located) so I asked if they had any product in back. She said no. Well, I wandered around the store and found it on an end cap. She was so surprised that I found it!

    The shelves have been empty and the Manager told me they are really behind. He told me to check back at 7:00 pm (this was at 10:30 am). Seriously, 8 1/2 hours later? It could be this manager. I've never seen the shelves so empty before. The store seems disorganized.

    Phew...sorry about venting! I still prefer Ulta as a whole. The variety they offer is hard to beat!