Sephora is a French multinational retailer based out of Paris, France. They have over 2,600 stores across 34 countries worldwide in which about 430 of those stores being located in North America. The Sephora Beauty Insiders program is a free to join program that is available to those in the United States and Canada.
Sephora Credit Cards
Sephora credit cards earn an excellent 4% back spending with Sephora and grants access to several exclusive benefits. If you shop at Sephora frequently, it could be worth picking up a card in order to maximize your rewards when spending with them.
Sephora Status Levels
Sephora has three status levels: Beauty Insider, VIB, and Rouge. Your status level in the Sephora Beauty Insider program is based on how much you spend on Sephora merchandise throughout the year. Once you earn a certain status level in the program, it is good for the calendar year in which you qualified and the following calendar year. You'll need to re-qualify for status every year.
Beauty Insider Status
When you sign up for a free Sephora Beauty Insider account, you'll have Beauty Insider status. This level offers a bunch of benefits to start, so I would highly recommend signing up if you plan on making purchases with Sephora even if it's just a few times per year.
Here are the benefits that comes with being a Beauty Insider member:
- Ability to earn Beauty Insider Cash
- 10% off at two Seasonal Savings Events per year
- Free standard shipping with $50 minimum purchase
- $15 off savings offer (end of year)
- Free birthday gift
- Sample rewards
- 2x points during multiplier events
- Option to redeem points for discounts, sweepstakes, services, and more
VIB (Very Important Beauty)
In order to achieve Very Important Beauty status, you'll need to spend $350 on Sephora merchandise during the calendar year. Once you obtain status, you'll be able to enjoy the following benefits:
- 15% off at two Seasonal Savings Events per year
- Free standard shipping with $35 minimum purchase
- $20 off savings offer (end of year)
- Exclusive gifts
- 3x points during multiplier events
- Remaining benefits of Beauty Insider Status
In order to achieve the highest status of Rouge, you'll need to spend $1,000 on Sephora merchandise during the calendar year. Once you obtain status, you'll be able to enjoy the following benefits:
- 20% off at two Seasonal Savings Events per year
- Free standard shipping with no minimum purchase
- $25 off savings offer (end of year)
- Rouge Reward
- Exchange 2500 points for $100 off your purchase
- 4x points during multiplier events
- Exclusive events
- First access to products
- Remaining benefits of VIB status
Earning Sephora Rewards Points
As a Sephora Beauty Insider members, you'll earn 1 Sephora Rewards Point per US$1 or CA$1 spent on Sephora merchandise. This includes merchandise purchased at:
- Sephora retail stores
- Sephora's located inside JCPenney stores (U.S. only)
- Sephora merchandise purchased at www.jcpenney.com
Sephora Points Earning Calculator
Use the Sephora Points Earning Calculator to estimate how many Sephora Points you can earn purchasing Sephora merchandise. You can also specify your Sephora status level in the program if you want to factor in a Point Multiplier Event.
Sephora Points Expiration
Sephora Rewards Points will expire when you have not engaged in point activity for 12 months or more. In order to keep your account active, you'll want to make sure you're adding points to your account either through purchase, redemptions for Rewards, or using the Birthday Gift benefit.
Redeeming Sephora Rewards Points
Sephora Rewards Points have an average value of 2 cents each. As a Sephora Beauty Insider member, you can redeem points towards:
- Cash off purchases
- Sephora Rewards Bazaar
- Meet & Greets, Trips & More
- Select Services
Sephora Points Value Calculator
Use the Sephora Points Value Calculator to calculate the dollar value of Sephora Rewards Points based on redemption. The value you get out of items in the Bazaar will vary depending on the retail price. If you want the exact point value of your Sephora Rewards Points on an item out of the Bazaar and you know the cost in points and retail cost in cash, you can use the Points and Miles Cash Value Calculator.
Cash Off Purchases
The simplest redemption of Sephora Rewards Points will be applying them towards your purchases made in-store or online. You can redeem 500 points for $10 in Beauty Insider Cash which will give your points a value of 2 cents each. In order to use Beauty Insider Cash your purchase must be $10 or greater and it can only be redeemed once per transaction on qualifying purchases.
You'll have the option to use Beauty Insider Cash in-store or online at checkout. It can also be used towards purchases made in the Sephora Rewards Bazaar.
Sephora Rewards Bazaar
The Sephora Rewards Bazaar is an online store in which Sephora offers Rewards in exchange for a various amount of points ranging from 50 points to 100,000 points. Offers in the Bazaar are for a limited time, while supplies last, and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The value that you get out of rewards in the Bazaar will vary. There's usually some solid options to choose from that can get you some great value out of your points.
If you make a rewards purchase that cost 750 points or more, you will not be required to make a merchandise purchases and you'll receive free standard shipping. Do note that rewards redeemed for more than 750 points without a merchandise purchase are not eligible for free samples and cannot be used in conjunction with other promo codes or discounts at checkout.
Sephora Beauty Insider members with Rouge status will be able to redeem Sephora Rewards Points for a Rouge Reward. This is a redemption of 2,500 Beauty Insider points for a $100 reward which gives your points a value of 4 cents each which is double the normal redemption value.
Rouge Rewards can be used online or in-store for the purchase of merchandise only in the country where the Rouge Reward was purchased. These rewards expire 90 days after the date of the confirmation email. Rouge Rewards cannot be towards e-gift cards, gift cards, a FLASH Shipping subscription, a Play! subscription, taxes or shipping.
Sephora Credit Card Rewards
If you own the Sephora Visa Card or Sephora Credit Card, you'll earn Sephora Credit Card Rewards. These rewards are separate from the Sephora Rewards you earn in the Beauty Insider program meaning that credit card rewards are in addition to your Beauty Insider Points.
Sephora Credit Card Rewards are added up at the end of every billing cycle and converted into one Sephora Credit Card Reward that you can use towards purchases made in-store or online directly with Sephora.
Do note that Sephora Inside JCPenney purchases and Sephora purchases made on jcp.com with the Sephora Visa Card will earn at the non-category rate of 1% since it's tied to the VISA network. The Sephora Credit Card (aka Sephora Store Card) can only be used in-store or online directly with Sephora and cannot be used at Sephora Inside JCPenney or on jcp.com for Sephora merchandise since it has no network.
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How do points work at Sephora?
Sephora Rewards Points are earned when you spend money on Sephora brand merchandise in-store or online with Sephora, at Sephora in JCPenney stores, or on Sephora merchandise on jcp.com. Earned points can then be redeemed towards purchases made with Sephora.
How many Sephora Points is $100?
If you're at Rouge level, 2,500 points is worth $100. If you're no a Sephora Rouge member, 5,000 points is worth $100.
What is the Sephora Rewards Bazaar?
The Bazaar is an online store in which Sephora offers Rewards in exchange for a various amount of points ranging from 50 to 100,000 points.
Do you need the Sephora credit card to earn Sephora Rewards Points?
No. Sephora Credit Card Rewards and Sephora Beauty Insider Rewards Points are totally separate programs. You can earn both together to maximize your earnings with Sephora.
Do Sephora Points expire?
Yes. Sephora Points expire after 12 months of not earning any rewards.
What can you use Sephora Points towards?
Sephora Points can be used for cash off purchases in-store and online and for purchases within the Sephora Rewards Bazaar which includes merchandise, Meet & Greets, select services at Sephora, and sweepstakes.
How much are Sephora Points worth?
Sephora Points are worth 2 cents each when redeemed for cash off purchases. If you're a Rouge member, you can redeem 2,500 points for $100 Rouge Reward which will give your points a value of 4 cents each.