Thanks so much to readers @pretty_matte, Loving Life, Stephanie Cole, Sue and ysolano86 for the tips about this new coupon!
It's that time again! If you are an Ulta Platinum member, check your email ASAP for a unique code that was sent to members today (4/13) for 20% off your entire purchase (includes prestige beauty and fragrance!). This unique code is valid in-store and online, now through April 22nd, and can be used toward one purchase (not one item--this discount applies to your entire purchase).
FINE PRINT: Coupon offer valid on all regular price and sale merchandise. Not valid on Chanel Fragrance, Lancôme Makeup and Skincare, Clinique Makeup and Skincare, Dyson, Beauty Deals™, Beauty Steals®, 5 for $5/5 for $10, Salon Services, Benefit Brow Bar Services, purchase of Dermalogica Skincare Services & Clearance.
Not all Ulta coupons are created equally...
As most of you know, Ulta sends these 20% off coupons a few times a year. If you're new to Ulta, this coupon is NOT the same as the 20% off coupons they often offer on the homepage of their website, since those coupons do not include prestige beauty or fragrance. And sometimes these special coupons don't include fragrance--it's rare that they DO include fragrance, so this is a nice opportunity to save on prestige fragrance. NOTE: if you see "excluded from coupons" in an item listing, that is in reference to the regular Ulta coupons, NOT this special Ulta coupon. Only the brands listed in the fine print above are excluded from this special coupon.
But I didn't get a coupon!
If you are Platinum and did not receive an email today, don't panic. They may send them in waves, meaning you may receive your coupon tomorrow or the next day. If you do NOT receive your coupon in the next few days, I would call Ulta customer service and ask if they can give you a code over the phone. I can't guarantee that they will, but this has worked in the past for readers of this blog.
Is this better than the Sephora VIB Sale?
The last time Sephora ran their VIB Sale (which is coming up very soon), Ulta sent Platinum members this same type of 20% off coupon. So this is not a new occurrence. If you're new to the Sephora VIB Sale, which comes around twice a year, they offer 20% off all purchases in the fall (for VIB and Rouge) and 15% off all purchases in the spring for VIB and Rouge (10% off for Beauty Insiders). Obviously, 20% off for Ulta Platinum members is a better deal than the upcoming 15% off for Sephora VIB/Rouge. But Ulta and Sephora don't have 100% overlap when it comes to the brands they carry. And as you can see in the fine print above, certain brands are excluded from the Ulta coupon (no exclusions at Sephora). So it's time to strategize, figure out what you want, and plan accordingly. Want some Ofra lipsticks? Use your Ulta code. What some Bite lipsticks? Use your Sephora code. See how easy that is? 😉
Don't forget those multipliers...
If you're planning an Ulta order, you should definitely consider which multipliers you may have in your account right now, since you'll be getting a discount AND extra points (and extra points lead to free money to spend on future purchases!).
There are several new multipliers that you MAY have in your Ulta account right now. Not all customers have these offers so sign into your account here and go to your My Rewards tab to see if you have them available to activate:
5X Points - Pure Grace Fragrance Crush 4/1/17 - 4/30/17
Earn 5X points on all Pure Grace Fragrance Crush purchases!
(Thanks to reader Nikki Reynolds for the reminder about this one!)
5X Points - Clarisonic 4/4/17 - 4/15/17
Earn 5X points on all Clarisonic purchases!
5X Points - Urban Decay 4/11/17 - 4/22/17
Earn 5X points on all Urban Decay purchases!
5X Points - Happy Anniversary 4/10/2017 - 4/15/2017
Earn 5X points on all purchases!
The Anniversary offer is one that I received because it's my Ulta anniversary, BUT, some Ulta Platinum members received a 5x points offer WITHOUT having an anniversary this month, so be sure to check your account!
And thanks to reader Meghan for the tip that you may also have an offer for 5x points on Pacifica, SheaMoisture, Skyn Iceland, Honest Beauty, Burt's Bees, Phyto, Nyakio and Organic to Green.
That's cool, but I need more ideas...
I will do a post soon with personal recs for both the Ulta code and the Sephora VIB Sale. But in the meantime, since this 20% off Ulta code includes sale items, I think it's important to remind you of some things that are already on sale or already have a great value before the 20% off discount:
- Thanks to reader A.M for the tip that all Urban Decay Revolution Lipglosses are 50% off here. I don't know how long that sale is going to last but this code DOES work with them (I just tested it). That brings these glosses down to $8.80 each instead of $11 (reg $22). That's pretty much drugstore prices!
- Fiona Stiles cosmetics still 50% off here and this sale is also happening in-store due to an upcoming repackaging of the line. So you'll be getting an extra 20% off the 50% off sale prices.
- All Models Own cosmetics are currently 25% off. Again, you'll be getting an extra 20% off the 25% off sale prices.
- And of course my favorite category of all on the Ulta site: Value Sets. So many sets on the Ulta site are already a great value, and it's even better with that 20% discount. So definitely take some time to sift through the pages in that section.
Thanks again to @pretty_matte, Loving Life, Stephanie Cole, Sue and ysolano86 for the heads-up about this coupon!