While some may flaunt their big house, big cars, and big rings, here in the beauty realm, Sephora Gold pass holders evoke perhaps the greatest envy of all time.

Besides receiving early-bird access to sales, exclusive events, and new launches, Sephora Gold cardholders stand to enjoy custom makeovers and a myriad of other lifestyle benefits too — for instance, a complimentary 6-month Hayu subscription.

Jealous? Well, don’t be. All you’ve got to do is spend a whooping S$1,500 at any Sephora store island-wide over a period of 12 months to gain membership.

So trust us when we say these certified beauty junkies know what’s best in store for us — no pun intended — along the many aisles of our favourite one-stop destination for all things beauty. Read on to find out what are the most popular skincare, makeup, haircare, and body care products Sephora Gold cardholders having been loving all year.

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Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Tackles dryness, skin sensitivity
Suitable for normal, dry, oily, combination, sensitive skin types

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser Jumbo

It’s only befitting we start off with one of the most raved about cleansers in the past five years or so. This cult-favourite has been touted as one of the best cleanser for folks with sensitive or acne-prone skin due to its ultra-gentle and soothing blend of soy (brightens), aloe vera (anti-inflammatory), and cucumber (soothing). Its refreshing gel texture is also said to be effective in removing light make-up while keeping skin moisturised with a serious dose of glycerin and sunflower and borage seed oils.

Reviewers have also commented that their skin feels softer with continual usage. With over 9,000 reviews and a close-to-perfect score on Sephora, it’s no wonder the Jumbo sized version of this cleanser is currently OOS.

Retails for S$23 (50ml), S$63 (150ml), and S$113 (400ml) at Sephora.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

Tackles acne, blemishes, blackheads, dryness, dullness, oiliness, pigmentation, uneven skin texture, uneven skin tone, visible pores
Suitable for normal, dry, oily, combination skin types

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

One look at the number of skin concerns this award-winning sleep-in mask targets and you’ll understand why it’s been sold out more than SEVEN times (and counting!) on Glow Recipe’s official site since its grand launch in 2017. This luxuriously powerful product is a multi-tasking exfoliating and hydrating mask that gently buffs away at dead skin cells with its potent combination of AHAs, hyaluronic acid, and anti-oxidants.

Layer it on and catch some Z’s, we promise you’ll wake with unbelievably radiant, clarified, and baby-soft skin. This formula is also pillow-proof (read more about it in our honest review of the Glow Recipe watermelon line) so rest assured, knowing your sheets will stay dry throughout the night. Alternatively, use it as a rinse-off mask for a quick boosting in hydration levels or to keep pores cinched before heading out for date night.

Retails for S$34 (30ml) and S$69 (80ml) at Sephora.

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum

Tackles dryness, dullness, fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin texture
Suitable for normal, dry, oily, combination, sensitive skin types

 

Drunk Elephant B Hydra Hydra Serum

Another brand that’s been receiving heaps of hype throughout 2020, the Drunk Elephant B-Hydra serum has been particularly well-loved for its lightweight texture that combats dryness with a uniquely formulated combination of pro-vitamin B5 and pineapple ceramides. The long-chain fatty acids work to attract and lock moisture within skin for 24-hours of intense, continuous hydration. This cruelty-free product also contains AHAs that help smoothen out fine lines and uneven texture.

A fan shared that despite her oily T-zone, the product glides on smoothly without greasiness and is quickly absorbed by skin — making it an adequate day moisturiser. However, those with drier skin might want to pair this serum up with another cream.

Retails for S$68 at Sephora.

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner

Tackles dryness
Suitable for normal, dry, oily, combination, sensitive skin types

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner

Let’s face it, the Deep Hydration Toner from Fresh makes for such a sight on the vanity table, we’d gladly purchase it solely for aesthetic purposes. Lucky for us, this revolutionary product has widely proven itself effective in minimising the appearance of pores and softening the skin in a single swipe.

Infused with rosewater and moisturising angelica leaf extract, not only does this product tone the skin while increasing hydration levels by 46% for six whole hours post-cleanse, it preps skin well for optimal absorption of products that follow as well. However, one qualm many have expressed is the obstruction of flow from the rose petals towards the end of their bottles.

Retails for S$38 (100ml) and S$69 (250ml) at Sephora. Find the best toner for your skin type here.

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream

Tackles ageing, dryness, uneven skin texture
Suitable for normal, dry, combination, sensitive skin types

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream

Of course, the bestselling trio from Fresh isn’t complete without the Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream. Formulated similar to the toner, this cream moisturiser features a handful of nourishing benefits from key add-ons, plum seed oil and hydro-patches. While the latter isn’t an ingredient per se, hydro-patches help form a protective veil that sits over the skin, preventing the excessive evaporation of water.

Not to mention this network of moisture has also been engineered by time-releasing technology to ensure your skin receives timely, around-the-clock doses of hydration.

Retails for S$70 at Sephora.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Tackles acne, blemishes
Suitable for normal, dry, combination, sensitive skin types

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Thanks to its powerful concoction of salicylic acid, sulphur, calamine, and zinc oxide, the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion has been lauded a “miracle worker” and “life saver” by those who’ve given this unassuming spot treatment a try. Despite acne patches becoming a no-fuss go-to for pesky zits in the recent years, fans of this blemish-busting formulation still return to this trusty choice mainly due to its non-irritating application alongside the control it affords over the area of treatment.

Besides, you’ll likely get more uses out of a bottle compared to a sheet of pimple patches. One reviewer shared how this drying lotion is effective in dissolving blind pimples overnight as well! As we continue to see an increase in “maskne” conditions, it’d definitely be handy to keep a bottle nearby.

Retails for S$36 at Sephora.

Tatcha The Water Cream

Tackles ageing, dryness, dullness, uneven skin texture, visible pores
Suitable for normal, dry, combination, oily, sensitive skin types

Tatcha The Water Cream

Ask anyone for a lightweight moisturiser best suited for oily skin and chances are you’ll have someone answering with the suggestion of Tatcha’s The Water Cream. And it’s no surprise, given that this anti-ageing moisturiser is formulated oil-free and non-comedogenic which means acne-prone users don’t need to fret over having clogged pores. “The cream turns into a watery consistency the moment it touches my skin,” one user shared.

Furthermore, this deeply hydrating product contains Japanese botanicals that work to control sebum production for a shine-free glow. Made with nutrient-rich Japanese Wild Rose, Leopard Lily, and Hadasei-3™ (an anti-ageing trinity of green tea, rice, and algae), watch week after week as your complexion smoothens out drastically.

Retails for S$102 at Sephora.

Drunk Elephant Protini™ Polypeptide Cream

Tackles ageing, dryness, fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin texture, uneven skin tone
Suitable for normal, dry, combination, sensitive skin types

Drunk Elephant Protini Cream

Another Drunk Elephant favourite on the list, the Protini™ Polypeptide Cream utilises an edge-cutting concentrate of amino acids, signal peptides, growth factors, and pygmy waterlily to deliver younger, renewed skin within a few applications. Rid of sun damage, wrinkles, and fine lines with both day and night use on dry skin.

Amassing over 4,000 reviews with a total of four-stars to its name on Sephora, users sang praises for the smoothening effect that comes accompanied with an increase in skin’s firmness. Free from essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, fragrances, and SLS, this protein moisturiser falls under the effective pH range of 4, rendering it an effective form of exfoliant as well.

Retails for S$96 at Sephora.

Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

You might have guessed, but this cult-favourite definitely belongs to the list of most frequently purchased makeup products of 2020. Known for its super fine powder that helps control sebum and eliminate shine throughout the day, fans of this setting powder often rave about the soft-focus effect it brings to the complexion — even when worn alone!

Use this to avoid creases under the eyes or the entire face to keep skin matte and fresh-looking all day. Not up your alley? You’re sure to find something among the 16 other loose powder options here that’ll keep your makeup flawless under the mask!

Retails for S$70 at Sephora.

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

Matte Lipstick — Freckle Fiesta

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick Freckle

Incredibly rich and colour-intense yet weightless, this cream lipstick was designed to flatter all skin tones with its petal-soft, long-wearing matte finish. Expect a light-as-air texture that glides smoothly onto lips, with bleeding or feathering!

It’s no shocker Sephora gold cardholders have been turning to coppery-orange Freckle Fiesta for a nude lip.

Matte Lipstick — Spanked

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick Spanked

For a pop of colour, warm-toned Spanked in a medium plum shade seems to be a crowd-favourite as well.

Retails at S$14.50 (50% off now!) at Sephora.

Natasha Denona Glam Palette

Natasha Denona Glam Palett

If you think neutral shadows are bland, we urge you to take a good look at this 15-pan palette from Natasha Denona. Comprising matte, metallic, and sparkling finishes, this is the ultimate everyday palette that allows for the creation of endless daytime (and night out) looks with its versatile golden taupe and champagne shades.

Catch yourself coming back to this beginner-friendly, ultra-pigmented, and easy-to-blend palette, featuring crushed pearls and crystals for a fun play up of textures. Here are 15 more festive-themed palettes if you’re looking to rock the season with holiday glitz and glamour.

Retails for S$98 at Sephora (currently sold out). The Mini Glam Eyeshadow Palette is available at S$37.

Hourglass Unlocked Instant Extensions Mascara 

Hourglass Unlocked Instant Extensions Mascara

Transform your lashes in a single swipe; add lift, length, and darkness with this smudge-proof mascara that gives the look of lash extensions in an instant. Using film-forming technology, this product coats each lash evenly in lightweight fibres that stay locked in place for a fanned-out finish.

Retails for S$49 at Sephora.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

As the wearing of facial masks continues, it seems beauty enthusiasts have adapted to a new era of makeup focused on amping up the eye game. Shoppers have been snagging Stila’s best-selling felt-tip eyeliner, possibly due to its smudge-resistant formula and laser-sharp tip that makes for perfect application every time.

Available in nine high-impact shades, including emerald, white, and blue.

Retails for S$34 at Sephora.

KVD Vegan Beauty Tattoo Liner Liquid Eyeliner

Trooper — satin black

Kvd Vegan Beauty Tattoo Liner Liquid Eyeliner

If you’re looking for a slightly cheaper alternative, the award-winning liquid eyeliner from KVD’s definitely a go-to. Waterproof and smudge-resistant as well, reviewers have commented on its ultra-fine brush that works well to create a continuous flow of liquid.

Mad Max Brown — rich chocolate brown

Kvd Vegan Beauty Tattoo Liner Liquid Eyeline Mad Max Brown

Be it for an intense look or natural day wear, fans have been loving both colours of this waterproof liner — satin black and rich chocolate brown.

Retails for S$32 at Sephora.

Urban Decay All Nighter — Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

To seal it all in, Sephora shoppers have been placing their complete trust in the ultimate OG in long-lasting, makeup setting spray to protect against fading, melting, and the cracking of makeup.

Formulated with a patented Temperature Control Technology, this ingenious formula keeps makeup locked for up to 16 hours, delivering smoother-looking skin with matte finish.

Suitable for combination, dry, normal, oily, sensitive skin types

Retails for S$48 at Sephora.

NARS Bestie Makeup Set Box (Limited Edition)

Nars Bestie Makeup Set Box (limited Edition)

Featuring some of NARS’ bestsellers, this super-worthy bundle consists of two full-size Blush in Orgasm and its sister-shade Orgasm X, cult-favourite Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder, limited edition Explicit Lip Color Duo in Sex Machine, and a mini Climax Mascara.

Whether you’re seeking a healthy-looking complexion or a glossy lip, this exclusive set’s got you covered. Looking to snag this as a Christmas gift? Sorry, you’re out of luck! This bundle’s currently OOS but here are 55 other gift sets beauty lovers will actually want this season.

Retails for S$100 (currently sold out) at Sephora.

Olaplex N°.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo

Tackles dryness, damaged/split ends, frizz
Suitable for coloured, curls/permed, dry, normal, oily hair types

Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo

Celebrity and hair professional-approved, Olaplex is a brand that works unlike any before it to repair and restore all kinds of hair from the inside out.

Watch as your tresses appear shinier, healthier, and less frizzy with each wash as this colour-safe shampoo helps reduce breakage effectively while cleansing and protecting.

Retails for S$22 (100ml) and S$46 (250ml) at Sephora.

Olaplex N°.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner

Tackles dryness, damaged/split ends, frizz
Suitable for coloured, curls/permed, dry, normal, oily hair types

Olaplex No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner

To relink broken protein bonds within hair strands, adequate moisture is needed. Reach for the Olaplex N°.5 to ensure hair stays hydrated and in reparative condition, all while achieving a smooth, glossy finish without adding excess weight to lengths.

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Retails for S$22 (100ml) and S$46 (250ml) at Sephora.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

Tackles dryness, damaged/split ends
Suitable for dry, normal hair types

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

An intensive hair treatment that enhances resilience against future damage (dryness, brittleness, over-processed hair) with an optimal blend of b-vitamins, rosehip, argan oils, collagen, and algae extract. Replenish nutrients in damaged hair by up to 75% in four uses.

This 100% vegan formula works in minutes. Use after shampooing, leave it on for 5-10 minutes for a quick no-fuss treatment or up to 30 minutes for deeper conditioning.

Retails for S$15 (30ml) and S$55 (236ml) at Sephora.

Coco & Eve Like A Virgin Super Nourishing Coconut & Fig Hair Masque

Tackles dryness, dullness, damaged/split ends, frizz
Suitable for coloured, curls/permed, dry, normal, oily hair types

Coco & Eve Like A Virgin Super Nourishing Coconut & Fig Hair Masqu

Super-charged with a handful of natural ingredients like coconut, fig, shea butter, linseed, and argan oil, this one’s definitely a must-have if you use heat styling tools or dye your tresses frequently. You’ll find that you can easily improve the appearance of split ends and eliminate frizz in a snap!

Leave in for 5-10 minutes on clean, towel-dried hair before rinsing off and you’ll be left with baby-soft hair.

Retails for S$32 at Sephora.

Olaplex N°.3 Hair Perfector Treatment

Tackles dryness, dullness, damaged/split ends
Suitable for coloured, curls/permed, dry, normal, oily hair types

Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector Treatment

Strengthen your hair from within with a first-of-its-kind, patented, Bond-building Technology which relinks the broken disulphide bonds that result from chemical (dye jobs, hair relaxing), thermal (heating/styling tools), and mechanical damage (tight hair styles, environmental damages) to hair.

Use the Olaplex hair perfector on clean, towel-dried hair for up to 20 minutes on severely damaged hair to restore shine and radiance for good hair day, every day.

Retails for S$46 (100ml) and S$89 (limited edition, currently sold out) at Sephora.

Olaplex N°.6 Bond Smoother

Tackles dryness, dullness, frizz
Suitable for coloured, curls/permed, dry, normal, oily

Olaplex No. 6 Bond Smoother

A multi-tasking styling creme that keeps hair hydrated while well-styled. Nourish your tresses with the Olaplex Bond-building Technology (found in N°.3 as well) for instantly manageable and supple strands.

Best worked into damp hair starting at the ends, massaging upwards towards the scalp. The perfect leave-in that repairs on-the-go.

Retails for S$46 at Sephora.

Olaplex N°.7 Bonding Oil

Tackles dryness, dullness, frizz, heat protection
Suitable for coloured, curls/permed, dry, normal, oily hair types

Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil

Can’t help but use heat styling tools on the daily? You’ll definitely want a bottle of this reparative hair-styling oil. Containing fermented green tea oil that enriches and hydrates, this highly-concentrated oil offers heat protection up to 230°C as well as UV protection to reduce environmental damages.

Dispense a small amount onto hands and apply to damp or dry hair to dramatically increase shine, softness, and colour vibrancy while reducing fly-aways.

Retails for S$46 at Sephora.

Drunk Elephant Sweet Pitti™ Deodorant Cream

Drunk Elephant Sweet Pitti Deodorant Cream

Keep odour at bay with Drunk Elephant’s formulation of deodorant cream that soothes and moisturises delicate underarm skin with its calming mix of marula, baobab, mongongo seed, marula and shea butters.

Remove stubborn odour-causing bacteria effectively while absorbing excess moisture with Sweet Pitti™ at a pH level of 4.0 Suitable for all skin types — even sensitive skin.

Retails for S$23 at Sephora.

Sephora Organic Cotton Pads

Sephora Collection Organic Cotton Pads

Made with 100% organic cotton fibres, Sephora’s cotton pads are always a convenient addition to the cart. Remove make-up or tone skin with this double-sided pad that gently exfoliates with its embossed side and remove any residue with the other.

GOTS certified by Ecocert, these extra-soft cotton pads are suitable for sensitive skin too. Plus, its eco-friendly packaging makes it all the more a worthy buy!

Retails for S$5 at Sephora.

Sephora Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner

Sephora Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner

It seems when the global pandemic spotlighted the need for the regular sanitisation of, not just our hands, but also the objects we come into frequent contact with, these no-rinse instant cleansing spray were high up on must-get lists.

Keep brushes clean without going through the hassle of washing them after each use as this liquid spray removes all makeup residue for immediate use of tools again. Spritz on tissue, cotton ball, or pad and sweep brush across to clean — perfect for on-the-go cleansing or when changing between eye shadow shades.

Retails for S$12 at Sephora.

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