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What to buy at Sephora Hong Kong this September

By Doris Lam 2 September 2019
Header image courtesy of Tarte

Beauty lovers will have already marked their calendars for this, but for the uninitiated, let it be known that Sephora is returning to Hong Kong on September 3. Bringing highly-coveted make-up brands, skincare, and beauty products, this global cosmetics brand will take up a retail space in traffic-heavy IFC Mall. Whether you’re a Korean skincare enthusiast or long-time eye palette collector, here are seven cult favourites and exclusive products you should look out for when you’re swinging by Sephora Hong Kong this month.

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Sephora Hong Kong IT Cosmetics
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IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

Developed with the expertise of plastic surgeons, IT Cosmetics’ award-winning CC Cream ($320) is a powerful, all-in-one product. It provides medium to full coverage, as well as SPF 50+ protection for those looking to prevent sun damage. The holy grail of all foundations for people with dry to normal skin, this cream is hydrating, light, and does not cling to dry patches. It also helps to cover up the weirdest, bumpiest spots and acne patches. You’ll surely see us stocking up on this cult favourite!

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Tarte Water Foundation

This vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free Water Foundation ($320) from Tarte has amassed a loyal following over the years. Suitable for most skin types, it is made with antioxidant-rich plant extracts and ingredients to provide defensive protection against the elements. Make sure to shake well before application to keep blend the formula evenly.

Read more! These are the best SPF foundations to have this summer.

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BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter

Glow like a goddess with Becca’s Pressed Highlighter ($325). Apply some on your cheekbones, the tip of your nose, cupid’s bow, and chin, and watch yourself become the brightest beacon in a busy room. The product claims to give you an elegant finish that avoids looking glittery or tacky. With a choice of 10 shades and different skin tones available, Becca’s highlighters aim to amplify your natural radiance by enhancing your features.

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Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream

Searching for the holy grail to younger-looking skin and complexion? Drunk Elephant’s A-Passoni Retinol Cream ($580) is jam-packed with vitamins and 1 percent vegan retinol, which helps diminish the appearance of deep wrinkles, sun damage, and fine lines. Add it into your nighttime skincare routine and apply it underneath your moisturiser and face oil for maximum benefits. Definitely try to avoid wearing it in the mornings, as retinol tends to make skin quite sensitive to the sun.

Read more! We rounded up the best organic and cruelty-free beauty products in Hong Kong.

Sephora Hong Kong Kat Von D
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Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Winning Allure’s Readers’ Choice award in 2018, Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner ($180) is as impressive as the name may suggest. Promising smudge-proof beauty for over 12 hours, this liquid liner is highly pigmented and water-resistant, so you won’t even have to worry about touching up your make-up.

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Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

As your mother may have told you, prevention is key for youthful, healthful skin. Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 ($256) is a lightweight, scentless, and invisible formula that is suitable for all skin types. Certified vegan, cruelty-free, sulfate- and paraben-free, it won’t make your skin look greasy, nor will it leave a chalky cast on your skin.

Sephora Hong Kong First Aid Beauty

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

A must-have during cold months (hahaha, cold months in Hong Kong?), First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream ($280) is a moisturiser that provides hydration and instant relief for irritated and dry skin. Highly recommended as a lifesaver during eczema flare-ups, be prepared to say bye to dry skin with this wonder cream.

Sephora, Shop 1073–75, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central

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Doris Lam


Doris Lam is a freelance lifestyle writer based in Hong Kong. Her work has been published on Localiiz, HuffPost, Vice, Time Out, Hong Kong Tatler, and more. While she wishes that she’ll become a hiker gal one day, you’re probably most likely to find her slurping up bowls of ramen or enthusiastically petting chihuahuas on the street. Follow her on her website.