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The 2019 Sephora Rouge Qualification gifts have been officially announced. For 2019, this is referred to as the Sephora Tier Celebration Gift. See the VIB gifts, which were also announced. This is a major change from 2018. There was a welcome kit in the past, but the 2019 welcome gifts are intangible (other than the certificate options). Each member can select the option s/he likes best. These changes will officially launch on January 16th. Members of each tier who qualify can redeem the gift of his/her choice on the 16th this year and starting on the 1st in each year that follows.
I have one timeline where I list all major: Promotions, Sales, Deals, GWP, Promo Codes, and Events. Those who want to see an overall idea of what to expect this year should stop by. See where these Sephora VIB Rouge Welcome Gifts line up with others on the calendar. You can also visit my Sephora retailer page to see active and upcoming offers of all types.
You login to your account and access your Beauty Insider Profile. The gifts you are eligible for are listed there. Select the one you want and checkout. Choices for 2019 were available based on 2018 spend, but I am not sure it will work the same way in 2020. We used to select the gift after we qualified, and it could return to that format next year. If it were to return to that format, everyone could select a VIB gift on their way to Rouge and another gift once they qualify for Rouge.
There are a few changes from the start of 2018 to the start of 2019, but most of these were discussed when the program relaunched on August 9th.
Members can select from 3 choices.
Certificates for 4 free 60-minute Makeup Deluxe: The Full Face Makeover sessions. Rouge members can still redeem as many as they want without a certificate (a perk that is not listed but still available). These certificates are meant for friends. The friend does not need to be a Rouge, VIB, Beauty Insider, or even make a purchase to redeem it. For non-Rouge members, these makeover usually have a $50 minimum purchase, so this is a nice gift for whoever the Rouge member gifts it to.
Get 750 points. It was only 250 points when this was added on as an option in November of 2018, so this is a nice improvement.
Free 2-Day Flash shipping for the year. *This is something we’ve always received in the past (for those who took the time to activate it) in addition to the welcome gift. Having to choose it over another gift definitely waters down the program.
Rouge members who do not activate Flash shipping have always received free 3-day shipping anyway. If you do not select the 2-day shipping as your choice, you can either pay $15 for Flash or just get your deliveries for free one day later.
When I placed an order on January 1st (to take advantage of the Sale on Sale), my Flash shipping was still in place. I wondered if it would disappear after January 16th, because a Sephora employee informed me that is when the new changes would take place. However, I received an email on January 2nd welcoming me to Flash. This was a feature we received as a Rouge member, but we always had to manually renew it in the past. On the 17th of January, I logged into my account and saw a notice that I have Flash through 12/31/19, so I selected the 750 points as my welcome gift. If I start 2020 without Flash and do not start with the option to choose the gift until I qualify, I am fine getting free three-day shipping in place of Flash.
This change disappoints me a little, because I was hoping to curate an entire set of Rouge brushes after the 2017 and 2018 gifts. They are mini brushes that I rarely use though, so I guess 750 points is probably better. Welcome to the Sephora VIB Rouge program or welcome back.
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