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There are a lot of perks that come with a free Beauty Insider membership at Sephora: exclusive deals, a points system that can result in free Beauty Insider Cash, and more. But one of the best benefits? The free Sephora birthday gift, which is exactly what it sounds like: a special gift just to celebrate your big day.
Beauty Insiders always get a choice between a few different gift bundles. Depending on your point status, you choose between five or six options. The sets usually feature two to three sample-sized (or deluxe sample-sized) items from some of the most popular brands sold at Sephora. The freebie gifts can feature makeup, skincare products, hair care, fragrance, or a mix of items. Hey, it might not be the biggest gift you can get on your birthday, but who wouldn’t want a few new beauty items for free?
Below is a look at the Sephora birthday gift selections for 2023 so you can start making your decisions accordingly.
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You don’t need to make a purchase if you get your Sephora birthday gift in store.
It really couldn’t be easier to score your free birthday gift from Sephora. To redeem your birthday gift in stores, you don’t even need to make a purchase. Just go to the register and give them your Beauty Insider email.
To redeem your gift online, you do need to make a purchase, and then you’ll find that the gift is available at checkout.
You have your whole birthday month to get your Sephora freebie.
Redeem your Sephora Birthday Gift at any time during the month of your birthday. You can walk into any Sephora or Sephora at Kohl’s and ask which birthday gifts they have in stock, or you can redeem it with any Sephora purchase you make online during your birthday month.
TIP: Keep in mind that some gifts might be available online only (like the Farmacy set) or to VIB or Rouge Beauty Insiders only (like the Dior perfume gift set).
Choose from six Sephora birthday gifts in 2023 — plus an exclusive only at Kohl’s.
This year you have six different options to pick from for your free Sephora birthday gift. An additional gift is only available from Sephora locations inside Kohl’s (or on Kohls.com).
For most of these birthday gifts, the sample or mini sizes aren’t available for individual sale, so you’d have to consider their price per ounce and do the math to calculate their total value. Lucky you, we did all that work for you in the roundup below!
Here’s the full list of freebies this year, listed from highest value to least:
1. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Skincare Birthday Gift Set — $35 value
Glow Recipe is a Sephora exclusive brand, and this birthday gift set comes with mini sizes of two of their bestselling products. Dew Drops is a highlighting serum that gives your skin a glow, while PHA- and BHA-infused watermelon toner hydrates your skin and minimizes pores.
- Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops, 0.5 oz — reg. $20
- Watermelon Glow Pore Tight Toner, 0.84 oz — reg. $15
2. Ilia Makeup Birthday Gift Set — $29.57 value
This makeup set comes with two basics from the clean makeup brand.
- Limitless Lash Mascara, 0.1 oz in the shade “After Midnight” (aka black) — reg. as low as $103.70/oz
- Multi-Stick, 0.08 oz in the shade “At Last” (mauve rose — reg. as low as $240/oz
3. Ouai “The Ouai of Life” Birthday Gift Set — $27.29 value
The haircare birthday set comes with four sample-sized items. Here’s what you get:
- Detox Shampoo mini, 1 oz — reg. $4.67/oz
- Leave-In Travel Conditioner mini, 1.5 oz — reg. $16
- St. Bart’s Body Cleanser mini, 1 oz — reg. $2.80/oz for equivalent cleansers
- Melrose Place Eau de Parfum mini, 0.05 oz — reg. as low as $76.47/oz
4. Farmacy Clean Skincare Birthday Gift Set (VIB or Rouge Members Only) — $21.73 value
This Farmacy gift set is only an available option for VIB or Rouge Beauty Insiders. It includes three mini-sized skincare items:
- Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm, 0.7 oz — reg. as low as $8.82/oz
- Honey Halo Ultra-Hydrating Ceramide Moisturizer, 0.5 oz — reg. as low as $21.76/oz
- Honey Potion Plus Ceramide Hydration Mask, 0.32 oz — reg. as low as $14.63/oz
5. Dior Fragrance Birthday Gift Set — $17.55 value
Only available in Sephora stores due to how popular it is, the Dior fragrance set features mini sizes of two popular scents. Here’s what it comes with:
- Miss Dior eau de parfum, 0.17 oz — reg. as low as $40/oz
- Sauvage eau de parfum, 0.34 oz — reg. as low as $31.62/oz
6. Maison Margiela Birthday Gift Set — $13.17 value
This option is only available at Sephora locations inside Kohl’s or on Kohl’s.com. It comes with three mini versions of the brand’s popular scents:
- Beach Walk, 0.2 oz (reg. as low as $47.06/oz)
- By the Fireplace, 0.04 oz (reg. as low as $47.06/oz)
- Jazz Club, 0.04 oz (reg. as low as $47.06/oz)
7. Extra 250 Bonus Points — $5 value
This option gives a 250-point boost to your Beauty Insider account. Since 500 points is equal to $10 at Sephora, 250 points has a $5 value, and you can redeem 250 points for a deluxe sample-sized item.
The Ouai birthday gift set has the most items, but the Glow Recipe set has the best value.
The only hard part about getting your Sephora birthday gift? Settling on just one option.
If you want to maximize the total number of free goodies you get (and the most total ounces) go for the Ouai set. It includes four items, which is more than any of the other options.
For the best overall value, pick the Glow Recipe set, which adds up to a whopping $35 in total value.
And if you just want to make other people jealous of what you scored, the Dior perfume gift set might be your ticket. It’s so popular that it’s no longer available in stores.
None of them sound appealing this year? The 250 bonus point option works just fine.