The checkout aisle at Sephora is such a tease. You’ve just spent hours slowly going up and down each aisle, checking out the latest releases, revisiting your tried-and-true products, and turning your arm and hand into human swatch palettes. But then, after filling up your basket like you just won a shopping spree, you hit the (usually lengthy) checkout line, and there, right in front of you, lie travel-size products galore. They’re just waiting there for you to go through every single one, until you end up with at least five more items in your cart and suddenly the person behind the counter says, “Next!”
The best part about these small products is that you don’t have to commit to buying the whole kit and kaboodle straight away. Samples are nice, but having half of the product to give a try for a few weeks is even better. What we also love about this section of the store is that there are some full-size offerings, too, that just so happen to be affordable (and completely convincing purchases while you’re standing there for those five to 10 minutes). Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best checkout-aisle items that may be worth bypassing the rest of the store to get to (maybe). Check ’em out (before you check out!).
Beautyblenders are such a popular staple in our regular makeup routine that it’s sometimes hard to remember to clean them. Bacteria can build up in the sponge over time, but with this simple solid cleanser, you won’t have to worry about it. Just rinse, rub, rinse again, and go!
A quick, effective way to clean your favorite brushes, this cool blue liquid dries fast so you can use your tool right after it’s cleaned. The accompanying tin is also great for swirling your brushes around in while you cleanse.
Bring the spa with you when you travel. This refreshingly light cleanser dissolves makeup in seconds—no rubbing necessary.
Painting your nails is mess-free with this quick-drying liquid tape. Use the pen to draw a line on your cuticles to block smudges and bleeding. Then, when you’re done, just peel it away (taking any stray polish with it).
Get this—all you need is warm water and this super-soft cloth to remove all the makeup on your face (even waterproof!), no cleanser necessary.
If you follow @byrdiebeauty on Snapchat (and you should!), then you know that this balm is my absolute favorite summer lip product. It’s sheer enough to wear virtually anywhere while still delivering gorgeous, bold pigment. The best part is it hydrates while it’s on for those with dry, cracked lips (guilty).
Think of this as an adult Lip Kit. This nude-mauve set from Marc Jacobs allows you to blend shades, wear them on their own, or just rock some liner—no matter your preference, you’re covered.
- Quench your lips, give your skin a dewy glow, gloss up your lids, and so much more with this hydrating balm that does it all.
Melt away stubborn raccoon eyes with this ultra-luxe waterproof eye makeup remover. It’s gentle and oil-free, so your eyes will feel cool and hydrated without any greasy aftermath.
These double-sided wipes allow you to slough away dead skin with the slightly abrasive side and wipe away makeup and impurities with the soft, cleansing side. They come in coconut water, yuzu, charcoal, and green tea.
We’re adding this one in here because we love testing out top-of-the-line concealers without spending the full price. This offering from Urban Decay is deserving of the full-size product, but save a few dollars by taking it for a test drive first.
Is there another Sephora checkout-aisle staple you can’t resist? tell us about it in the comments!