What’s *Actually* Worth Buying at Nordstrom’s Winter Sale, According to a Beauty Editor

Once-a-year discounts you don’t want to miss.

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I love beauty products so much, I made a career out of testing ‘em. I’ve sampled more makeup than I care to admit, swatch skincare like it's going out of style, and have smelled a headache-inducing number of perfumes over the years. But that’s what makes me beyond qualified to tell you what items are worth adding to your cart during Nordstrom’s Winter Sale. The once-yearly event, which is running February 10 through February 20, offers up to 50 percent off more than 100 beauty items—and the many, many, many options can get a little overwhelming. 

Cue my handy little guide that’s about to break down what items are worth your money across every category. From starter kits that are simply never slashed in price *this* much (it’s my job to know this) to luxury perfumes that I was jaw-droppingly shocked to see in the sale section, I’ve got you—and your beauty needs—covered. Scroll ahead to see exactly what I recommend scooping up before the sale wraps. 




Samantha Holender
Beauty Editor

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and keeps up with the latest trends in the beauty space. She has previously written for Us Weekly, Popsugar, Makeup.com, Skincare.com, and Philadelphia Wedding. Follow her on Instagram @samholender.