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Sephora vs. Ulta — we break down main differences between the 2 beauty stores, from their rewards programs to shipping costs

  • As two one-stop shops for all things beauty, Sephora and Ulta are often compared.
  • The stores are actually pretty similar and both are great places to stock up on all the makeup, skin-care, and hair-care products you need. 
  • Wondering where you should go for your next beauty haul? We break down everything you need to know about both stores, from membership programs to shipping costs. 

If you're an avid shopper of all things beauty, you've probably been to a Sephora or an Ulta — maybe even both. As one-stop shops for all things beauty, from makeup to skin care to hair care and everything in between, many people compare the two stores. 

Sephora has a reputation of selling more luxury beauty brands, while Ulta has long been considered as a retailer of drugstore brands. The reality is that these two stores aren't so different. With competitive rewards programs, strong selections of products and brands, beauty services, tips, and more, both stores offer great shopping experiences. 

Wondering where you should go to get what? We've covered the membership programs, rewards, product and brand selections, ways to shop, and how to decide which is best to you.

Keep reading for a complete breakdown of what you can expect to find at Sephora and Ulta.