I Spent 5 Hours Ranking Beauty Products From Nordstrom's Sale—Here's the Verdict


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By now you know what to do. We're a number of days deep into Nordstrom's highly anticipated Anniversary Sale, and all of the most coveted items are quickly flying from the retailer's (theoretical) beauty- and fashion-stocked shelves. From August 19 through 30, you can score up to 40% off on a significant portion of your beauty wish list, and folks, the going is good. As in, high-demand brands like La Mer, Charlotte Tilbury, Nars, NuFace, Oribe, Dermaflash, and so many more, are offering some of their most beloved items at significantly reduced prices. What's more, some of said products are available in limited-edition jumbo sizes, two-packs, three-packs, and every other conceivable way we like to take our beauty products.

With so much to choose from (and because I'm a beauty nerd—what can I say?), I've spent the past five hours or so sifting through all of the goods. Of course, you can't go wrong, and overall, the assortment is full of the crème de la crème, but below, I'm ranking 20 of the most exciting finds in order of how I'd stack them in your shopping cart. Keep scrolling! 

#20: Trish McEvoy Power of Skincare Collection Carpe Diem Volume II

#19: Estée Lauder Full Size Perfectionist Pro UV Fluid & Brightening Treatment

#18: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer & Translucent Setting Powder Duo

#17: MAC Cosmetics MAC Brush With the Best Set

#16: BeautyBio GloPro Microneedling Regeneration Facial Set

#15: Nars Vacances Face Set

#14: RevitaLash RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner Duo

#13: Slip Pure Silk Caramel Queen Pillowcase Duo

#12: Jo Malone London Mini Discovery Set

#11: Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Skin Secrets Set

#10: Moon Juice SuperYou Set

#9: GHD Curve Classic 1 1/4-Inch Curl Iron

#8: Chantecaille Energizing Eye Kit

#7: Fresh Travel Size Soy Face Cleanser & Mask Set

#6: T3 Cura Professional Digital Ionic Hair Dryer

#5: PMD Personal Microderm Classic Device and Hand & Foot Kit

#4: Dermaflash Lilac Exfoliation & Peach Fuzz Removal Device

#3: Drybar The Smooth Crew Kit

#2: La Mer The Replenishing Moisture Collection

#1: NuFace NuBody Skin Toning Device Set

Beauty Director

Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.