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5 Things You Might Be Overpaying For at Sephora




I consider beauty products one of my vices. It’s one of those things that I can always manage to find money for even during my most stringent savings-streaks. It doesn’t help that beauty products are expensive. Never fear! There are other ways to save your money so you can still splurge at Sephora.

For instance, sometimes you are better off buying the travel-size of an item. I’ve calculated several items by price-per-ounce, and have composed a safe list at the bottom of this post. But first; here are some items that are cheaper per ounce in the travel size.


  1. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Full Sized Per Ounce: $36
Travel Sized Per Ounce: $32 (2 units)
*Value Sized Per Ounce: $29

I found similar pricing on all of their Photo Finish Primers (color correct, etc.). In this case, you are going to save the most money, of course, if you buy the “Value-Size.” However, this size is 1.7 oz, so only buy it if this is your go-to primer.If you’re trying it out and haven’t settled on your holy grail yet, buy the travel-sized.

s870337-main-Lhero.jpg2. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Full-Sized Per Ounce: $26 (1.7 Ounces for $44)
Travel Sized Per Ounce: $22

Now, some products I can see that perhaps the weight of the packaging is counted in the travel vs. full sized pricing. However, I don’t believe this product is one of them. If you were to buy two “Travel-Sized” of this product, you would get an entire .3 ounces more for the exact same price as if you bought 1 Full-Sized. This is a no-brainer for a product that many people are head-over-heels for.

3. Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

Full Sized Per Ounce: $36
Travel Sized Per Ounce:  $28

This is an entire $8 difference between the two. The math on this one is easy. Travel-sized is only .5 ounces for $14, while Full is $36 for 1 ounce. It’s such a huge difference that I find it hard to believe it slipped past Tarte’s team. Or did it?

4.Cover FX Mattifying Primer With Anti-Acne Treatment

Full Sized: $38 per ounce
Travel Sized Per Ounce: $32 ($16 each)

A $7 difference here for another product that has great reviews. You’re better off buying the travel-sized.


5. Contour Kits! We’re going to compare 3 here:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit: .66 Ounces for $40 ($53)
Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette: .72 Ounces for $46
Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit: 1.2 Ounces for $45

Okay, you got me. This is not exactly something you could be “overypaying” for, but if you’re more concerned about getting a lot of product and you think these three are all of similar quality, well read on.

There is more of a subjective problem here, and I threw this in to introduce a new way of looking at makeup. Maybe you’re on this blog to save a couple dollars here or there, or maybe you desperately need some contouring product for that party that’s coming up and you want to make sure you get a lot of product for the inevitable $40+ you’re going to spend. I get it, definitely. These are all great products in this post, however….

Speaking just value for ounces, Smashbox is the clear winner here. You are getting double the product of ABH for $5 more. You’re getting .31 ounces more than the Kat Von D for $1 less! If ABH’s contour kit is your holy grail, then go for it. I always feel it’s worth the money for a product that you love as opposed to one you don’t. But to be completely honest, I’ve owned all three of these and Smashbox is the one I turn to the most. But, like I said, each and every one of these is great and well-loved by reviewers.

Tell me what you think! Would you like more value-comparisons between different products (like in #5), or would you prefer to know which option is all-around better for your money (#1-4)? Let me know in the comments below!