I’ve loved Ulta for as long as I can remember and there’s a ton of reasons why. Although I also love Sephora, Ulta brings so much more to the table. Their brand energy is amazing, their prices are great, and their rewards system is superior. Not sorry!
I’ve purchased countless products from Ulta throughout the years and decided to make a list of my favorite items for makeup, skin, and hair. So keep reading to see the 15 best Ulta products and why you should add them to your cart ASAP! Let’s get into it.
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5 Best Ulta Makeup Products
Bare Minerals Original Powder Foundation Broad Spectrum
This foundation is for all of my oily friends out there. If you’re looking for a new foundation and you’re over liquids/creams, the Bare Mineral Original Powder Foundation is perfect for you. I don’t wear foundation very often (shoutout to my clear skin thanks to this product mentioned below), but when I do, this is what I consistently reach for.
This foundation can be built from light to full coverage and last all day without clogging pores or settling into any fine lines. Plus, it has SPF! I mean, SPF 15 really isn’t great (you need something higher than 30 for ya face) so definitely don’t bank solely on this product to protect your skin from the sun. Nonetheless, it’s my go-to foundation and I can’t recommend it enough.
Nars Matte Bronzing Powder
As an incredibly pale and pasty person, my face always appreciates some bronzer. I previously used drugstore bronzer (which was totally fine but I knew there was better out there) until I discovered the Nars Matte Bronzing Powder, and oh my god, what a game-changer.
This bronzer is easy to apply and is buildable depending on how bronzy you want to look. They have 4 different shades for various skin tones, of which my personal favorite is Laguna (a matte warm brown). They also offer the same bronzer with shimmer, which is just as stunning although I much prefer a matte finish a majority of the time.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush
There’s really no better way to describe this blush other than pure perfection. The Tarte Amazon Clay Blush is iconic for a ton of reasons, but mainly because of how smoothly it applies and how long it lasts throughout this day.
This blush isn’t chalky or flaky and it also comes in a bunch of universal shades, with “Seduce” being my favorite, which is a rosy nude. This blush also comes in a variety of finishes including matte and shimmer. If you need a new blush in your life, this one is it.
Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Polish
Buxom, please take all of my money. This Plumping Lip Polish is life-changing. Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic but it is one of my favorite lip products out there. This lip polish is perfect for someone looking for a subtle shiny look that also gives a slight plump to the lips.
I love the shade variety this product has. My favorite is the ever-so-famous White Russian which is a nude pink sparkle, although I also really like Alison, which is a beige with pink sparkle. All of them are fantastic and you’re sure to find the perfect shade for yourself.
Tarte Tartelette 2 in Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte has always been my go-to makeup brand for eyeshadow palettes. I’ve owned a ton of them and find myself reaching for the Tartelette 2 In Bloom palette the most often. This palette offers a combination of various shimmer and matte shades that you can play with to create a variety of looks.
My favorite part of this eyeshadow palette is the neutral shades. This is a great palette for someone who likes their neutral tones and who wants a palette they can reach for every day and never have any doubts about creating something awesome with it.
5 Best Ulta Skin Products
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
This is one of the best Ulta products for obvious reasons. It’s also one of Clinique’s most famous products. Their Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is iconic because it dissolves all the makeup off your face by turning from a solid balm to an oil, upon application.
This cleansing balm also has no fragrance and is vegan. It’s so important to make sure all of your makeup is off after a long day to maintain healthy, clear skin! If you’re sick of makeup removing wipes, then I highly recommend this cleansing balm.
Murad Acne Control Clarifying Cleanser
This face wash changed my skin forever. This, along with a few prescription topical treatments, I’ve finally been able to achieve clear skin after years of horrible acne. This cleanser is pricey but well worth it. I would pay double the price for it, it’s that good. Plus, it lasts for months at a time cause a little goes such a long way.
I use this cleanser both in the morning and the night. I use it once in the morning and during the night, I double cleanse with it to make sure any leftover makeup is gone. It’s truly been life-changing for me and I will never use anything else to wash my face. Mark my words!
Cerave AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion
This is the sunscreen I use every day on my face, neck, and chest. Friendly reminder you should be applying moisturizer with SPF to more areas than just your face! This lotion has SPF 30 in it, which is super important. If you have anything less than SPF 30 in your moisturizer, it’s time to get a new one with higher SPF.
This moisturizer is lightweight, has no fragrance, and doesn’t leave a white cast on my skin. I use it only in the morning, while I use the CereVe Moisturizing Cream at night (another great Ulta find).
Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Duo
These pimple patches are truly a lifesaver. I discovered them within the past year and let me tell you, they are an absolute game-changer. If you’re looking to combat acne as quickly and discreetly as possible, then these patches are for you.
Hero Cosmetics offers their Might Patch Duo in two versions. Original for the nighttime and invisible for the daytime. Yep, that means you can walk around wearing these bad boys and they’re barely noticeable. I cannot recommend them enough.
Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 30
I strongly encourage everyone to be better about applying sunscreen. No matter what you’re doing, if you’re going to be exposed to the sun, then you need to have sunscreen on! There are few key spots that people tend to forget about when it comes to applying sunscreen, with lips being of those areas.
I love the Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm because it has SPF 30 which means my lips are protected from the sun throughout the day. They have a bunch of different flavors including coconut, pomegranate, banana, key lime. mango, watermelon, and pineapple. I personally like coconut the best. Plus, they have a mineral option which you can check out here.
5 Best Ulta Hair Products
Redken Color Extend Shampoo & Conditioner
Starting strong in the hair section we have my all-time favorite shampoo and conditioner duo, the Redken Color Extend line. If you have color-treated hair, then this is for you.
This shampoo and conditioner help keep your hair color looking vibrant and radiant while also giving a gorgeous shine. After using this line for a few washes, I immediately noticed a difference. Plus, the smell is amazing and stays on my hair throughout the entire day.
Redken One United Multi-Benefit Treatment Spray
Another Redken favorite of mine is this Multi-Benefit Treatment Spray. I’ve tried a ton of treatment sprays and this one is by far my favorite. It gives you 25 benefits, including conditioning, detangling, anti-frizz, adding shines, and much more.
I use this spray after I shower when my hair is wet. I use it with my Wet Brush (which I talk about below, stay tuned), which makes for smooth and hassle-free brushing. Plus, it smells amazing! My only warning with this spray is to try not to let it fall on your hardwood floors because it makes the floors so slippery. Fair warning!
Wet Brush Pro Detangler
I will never go back to any other hairbrush after using the Wet Brush. This is my favorite brush ever because it can be used on both wet and dry hair, and it doesn’t rip your hair out when brushing through it.
I use my Wet Brush combined with the Redken Multi-Benefit Treatment Spray mentioned above, which helps for even smoother brushing. 10/10 would recommend. Don’t forget to check out my in-depth Wet Brush review here!
Kenra Professional Volume Spray 25
I can thank my mom (who is a professional hairstylist) for putting me onto this hairspray. I’m obsessed with it because it helps give you a professional, salon finish to any hairstyle. It doesn’t leave your hair crunchy or will hold the style all day, even in humid conditions.
My favorite thing about this hairspray is the smell. Normally, hairsprays have a very obnoxious, almost chemical smell, but this one smells so good. The scent is called “Tropical Paradise”, but in my opinion, it smells sweet like cotton candy.
Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Hot Air Brush
I use this hair styling tool more than any other one I own. The Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer is perfect for anyone looking to both dry and style their hair at the same time. I have naturally straight, flat hair so tool this is perfect for when I need some volume.
The price is incredibly affordable for what it is, and it makes your hair so soft and smooth. Read my entire Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer review here!
Let’s Wrap It Up
There you have it! A list of the best Ulta products, many of which I use regularly. This was such a fun article to write. I hope you had as much fun reading it as I did writing it.
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With love or whatever,