This past Sunday I went to the VIB Rouge event at my nearest Sephora, which was definitely a first for me. I shop almost exclusively online when it comes to makeup, and I hate the parking situation at my nearest Sephora store. It’s pretty much all street parking, and guess who sucks at parallel?
But since they were opening the store 3 hours early on a Sunday, I figured there wouldn’t be too much of a crowd to fight over parking spots with. Plus they were offering a bag of samples with a $25 purchase, and I can’t ever say no to more sample. AND it was the first day of 4x points for VIB Rouge, so I had a big list of goodies to buy.
Getting up before 9AM on Sunday is already brutal (all my admiration to church-going folks. seriously.), so as I was driving there I was thinking “this better be worth it”. I’m pleased to say that it was. I think I definitely could have shown up an hour or two later and the experience would have been almost the same, but there were a few perks to getting there right as they opened the doors. This is the bag they gave to all Rouge shoppers. Nothing special, but a nice gesture.
They had a big platter of breakfast pastries, Starbucks coffee, orange juice, tea, and fruit. They also had name tags printed, which I thought was cute. It was a little weird to constantly be addressed by my name by all the employees (the first few times it happened I was frantically thinking if I had met them somewhere, before I remembered I was wearing a nametag), but it did feel very friendly and I appreciate their effort.
The best part about the event was how generous the employees were with samples. I asked for a sample of the GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment, and she filled up 3 little containers of it! She said she wanted to give me enough for at least 5 applications. And later when I was looking at the Perricone MD moisturizers, the same employee came over and handed me a sample of Photo Plasma because it’s her favorite and she thought I would like it.
There were two brand reps at my store. One was from Laura Mercier, and she was handing out deluxe samples of the Foundation Primer SPF 30 and Matte Radiance Baked Powder. The benefit of arriving right as the doors opened was getting more time to talk to the reps and also getting more samples from them. As I was leaving, I noticed she had run out of these samples and was giving out foil ones instead.
The other brand rep was from Yves Saint Laurent, and she had these cute little bags of samples that she wrapped up the night before. She was also the sweetest person ever, answering all my (kind of stupid) questions and being amazingly cheerful. Just like the Laura Mercier rep, she ran out of these bags pretty quickly.
Although the bag didn’t contain any deluxe samples, YSL makes such great lip samples that I don’t even mind. They’re about as generous with the product as deluxe samples, and I’ve been dying to try the gloss.
And here’s what was inside the sample bag with $25+ purchase. I’m very satisfied with it, since there are several products that I wanted to try. I recognize some of these items from previous 100 point perks from Sephora, so I’m glad I didn’t use my points on them back when I had a chance.
And now my actual haul!
I mostly stocked up on my necessities, so I won’t go into detail about each product that I purchased. But I did want to mention something weird about the pricing of the GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment that I never noticed before.
I went to the store with the intention to buy the full size 1.7 oz of the GlamGlow mask. However, the employees were kind enough to point out the pricing inconsistency. A 0.5 oz travel size jar is $19.00, but the 1.7 oz is $69.00. It’s actually cheaper to just buy a bunch of the travel size jars, since it comes out to $38/ounce compared to $40.59/ounce for the full size version. And you have the added benefit of the mud not drying out, since you use it up faster. So for all you ladies out there who love this mask as much as I do: buy the travel sized jars! They’re usually in the bins at the checkout area.
Overall I thought it was a fun event. I’m super impressed with all the employees who were there! They were all very knowledgeable and very helpful. And of course, the samples!
So if you’re on the fence about a Rouge event, I recommend you try it (at least once)! I have heard some people being super disappointed, but I think Sephora has been making more of an effort to cater to their VIB and VIB Rouge customers. Did anyone else end up going on Sunday? I know each store does their events a little different, so I’d love to hear your experiences!