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Could we start a Mumsnet Style and Beauty petition to ask Sephora to open up in the UK and Ireland ? I don't understand why they don't. To my knowledge it is owned by whoever owns Louis Vuitton etc. It's only a hop ,skip and a jump from France to the UK. Mystifying why they don't have stores in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and Dublin.
I guess if they closed their UK shops it was for a reason. Very sad.
I'll never forget the time I discovered them in Paris. I was gobsmacked. I was in Heaven. And a sales assistant who asked where I was from (San Francisco) told me that an SF store would be opening that year - the first in the US. Sure enough, they did! It was just so awesome.
No one quite knows why they closed, they just mysteriously pulled out of the UK market,mostly blaming high rents.
It would be interesting to see how they perform in the uk market again, which is a very difficult market to break into, I think ,places like boots are more popular, they don't carry a lot of perfume and makeup like sephora does though, but then you have places like JL ,etc to fill other gaps.
I was all excited when I discovered that Sephora shipped to the UK and gaily filled my basket with loads of goodies. But by the time I went to checkout around 75% of my items couldn't be shipped out of the US. The bargainous Marc Jacobs fragrance sets, super cheap Nars palettes and the Olsen twins fragrances (not one to buy 'celeb' scents but the YouTube peeps all rave about them), etc etc. I think in the end I was left with some eyelash curlers, hair bands and a Kat Von D eyeliner! Didn't bother going ahead with it. Whenever I travel I always look if they have a Sephora, my last one was in Moscow but it was far too expensive in roubles.
I go to France,(Paris ,and south) regularly, but a sephora trip is never on my "to do list" , too noisy and crowded, there is absolutely no pleasure in a trip to the champs élysées store.
I'm not a huge makeup fanatic,so maybe I'm not the right person to say this, but I honestly don't think the uk is missing much. It was a clever concept,15 years ago, but now almost every possible makeup brand imaginable is available on the high street,
And you have to remember, that some brands like smashbox ..etc, were only available through sephora in France, i think that a lot are still exclusive to sephora. but that is not the case in the uk.