If you've heard of Sephora, you'll know it is essentially Mecca for beauty fans.
Yet despite the French beauty behemoth’s reputation travelling as far as the UK, bricks and mortar stores are yet to follow.
Not only that, but in 2018 Sephora stopped shipping to the United Kingdom entirely, meaning unless you had international travel plans (not likely at the minute) you couldn’t get your hands on those juicy Sephora beauty brands.
But when it comes to beauty, where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Sephora has an excellent reputation for finding and curating little-known and niche brands, but as anyone who has set foot inside on of their stores will tell you, plenty of those brands are available to buy online in the UK too – you just have to know where to look.
You probably already know where to pick up major brands that Sephora stocks like Chanel, NARS and Clarins, all of which are easily available in department stores or our own beloved beauty mecca, Boots.
And if you’re into niche beauty you’ll probably have some intel when it comes to finding brands like Anastasia Beverley Hills or Living Proof too.
As for the rest of us, who don’t spend hours trawling online for the latest brands or perhaps aren’t aware of exactly what is stocked at Sephora, but know by reputation that it must be good stuff. We’re here to help.
Read on to discover our pick of the best beauty brands stocked at Sephora that you can buy in the UK, too.
From ultra-luxe skin treats by a natural beauty guru to the hippy-chic haircare that will stand out in your bathroom, these are the Sephora brands to know – and buy – from the comfort of your sofa. Happy shopping!
Where you can buy Sephora brands in the UK
This cool brand was founded by a collective of creatives in Brooklyn with a focus on fun, cruelty-free, ethical hairstyling.
Anastasia Beverly Hills
Anastasia Soare is the go-to brow artist for Hollywood’s A-List, and her excellent beauty range more than matches up to her impeccable reputation.
Obviously, the eyebrow products are top drawer, but the gorgeously toned pigment-packed eye palettes have earned a huge cult following with good reason too.
Ask any US or French Beauty Editor to name a hairdressing guru and chances are Christophe Robin’s name will come up.
His legendary Atelier has welcomed every supermodel going and his ultra-luxurious range makes the best of natural botanicals to create effective solutions.
If you try one thing, make it the Cleansing Purifying Scrub With Sea Salt.
This classy perfume brand creates scents that are as exactly as they sound: Clean.
They burst onto the scene with fragrances based on Clean Laundry and Warm Cotton, and have now moved into citrus and warm solar styles without losing their refreshing, unisex characteristics.
So many brands claim to be ‘clean’ but this New York born brand really lives and breathes the philosophy, sustainably growing and farming their own fresh, chemical-free ingredients.
This cleanser, made with fruit seed oils and exfoliating papaya enzymes is a great example of how natural products needn’t compromise on efficacy.
Four words: Best dry shampoo ever. Seriously.
This product actually makes hair feel clean, not dull or claggy or padded out with oil-absorbing powders, just fresh and lovely like it’s just been washed (minus the flyaways).
Anyway there is much more to this brand than just the dry shampoo, their shtick is science and plenty of it, so the shampoos and masks are well worth a go too.
This brand is the brainchild of possibly the coolest hair stylist in the world right now, Jen Atkin.
As well as her roster of A-List clients Jen is a star in her own right and has amassed millions of online followers for her fun video tutorials and likeably direct approach to making hair look great.
This, her product line, is an absolute smash with innovative products (hello dry shampoo foam) plus my favourite Fine Shampoo (there are medium and thick versions too) with the most gorgeous fragrance that actually sticks around, giving you in lovely little wafts throughout the day.
Peter Thomas Roth
Skincare that really works is the philosophy of first PTR, and it shows in the products.
This brand is particularly well known for its active-packed masks and treatments, which are crammed with high levels of active ingredients and often have the tingle to prove it.
If you’re not particularly sensitive and like to get bang for you buck try the cult Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, it deeply exfoliates leaving skin ultra smooth and glowing (and in my case, a touch pink too)
Say the name Tata Harper in a room full of beauty fans and you’ll be met with a sea of superlatives. ‘Amazing’, ‘incredbile’ and ‘life-chaging’ are all likely to come up, and here’s why.
Most ‘clean’ beauty aims for simplicty – the fewer ingredients the better – but this brand prides itself on its complexity.
This is serious, active thoughfully-formulated skincare that just so happens to be green.
The high end packaging and gorgeous textures reflect the steep prices, and just about everything is designed with healthy, glowing skin in mind.