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It’s holiday season at Sephora, but not for everyone

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Reina Subramanian
Isa Haggarty, a sophomore, puts on the Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm in Brown Sugar. This is an example of a shade that should be included in more Sephora Holiday Sets, according to Haggarty. “I really like this shade, I feel like it really works for everyone and it’s great for the fall,” Haggarty said.

The holidays are here, and with that comes Black Friday shopping, Thanksgiving, and most importantly, the Sephora Holiday Gift Sets.

In mid-September, Sephora started releasing their holiday makeup gift sets, which offer discounted product sets. While these sets might seem like perfect gifts to purchase for loved ones or yourself, they might not work for everyone, especially those with darker skin tones.

Nuvya Sharda, a sophomore at Carlmont High School, has trouble finding gift sets that work for her.

“I feel like some products in these sets work, but some don’t. They aren’t good shades for my skin tone,” Sharda said.

However, not everyone feels this way about the gift sets.

“I think that the sets we sell are pretty universal since they don’t come with concealer or foundation products specific to people’s skin tone,” said Beth Piper, a sales and service lead at Sephora.

Both girls expressed that Sephora has to accommodate other skin tones in their gift sets, as many of the sets are a great price.

According to Batnagar, she cannot justify spending money on the sets just to be unable to use half of the shades.

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I think if Sephora can make more sets that don’t include lip products or maybe include clear lip products, that could help make these sets more inclusive.

— Henna Batnagar

“If there could be three different sets for each skin tone, that would be much better. That way, there could be sets for people with darker skin tones,” Sharda said.

“I think if Sephora can make more sets that don’t include lip products or maybe include clear lip products, that could help make these sets more inclusive,” Batnagar said.

Despite Sephora’s efforts to become more inclusive, some people still struggle to find products that work for them.

“My friends and I just go directly to the individual brand website to get what we need. I have such a hard time finding things that work for my skin tone and undertone at Sephora,” Batnagar said.

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About the Contributor
Reina Subramanian, Staff Writer
Reina Subramanian (Class of 2026) is a sophomore at Carlmont High School and this is her first year as a staff writer for Scot Scoop. In her free time, she loves acting, listening to music, shopping, and Taylor Swift.

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