from the Sephora Collection website :
the beginning of something beauty-full
Once upon a time, way back when, there was a woman named Zipporah, who happened to be the wife of Moses, and was renowned for her exceptional beauty. Fast forward to ancient Greece, where the locals called pretty things Sephos, their term for beauty. Fast forward even further, where the two words were merged to form a name that would become synonymous with 'Beauty Authority'-Sephora.
While it may seem like Sephora's been around forever, we're actually fairly new-to the US at least. Sephora was founded in France in 1993 and acquired by Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton ( a.k.a. LVMH) in 1997. We opened our first US store in 1998 in the stylish Soho section of New York City. Now the leading beauty retailer in France and the United States, there are over 400 Sephora stores worldwide in Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, the UK, and the US.
And of course, there's Sephora's largest store: Sephora.com. Born during the Internet explosion of 1999, Sephora.com brings our unrivaled product selection to the comfort of your own home. It's also the major beauty information hub, offering everything from beauty advice and in-depth product reviews to the latest beauty news, expert tips and seasonal trends.
Sephora stores and Sephora.com offer an unrivaled assortment of makeup, skincare, fragrance, hair care, tools and accessories from over 230 brands, as well as our own Sephora Collection. The Sephora Collection, which first launched in France in 1994 with a kaleidoscopic bath collection, has evolved into one of the top makeup, skincare, fragrance, bath, body, hair and accessory lines, providing our customers access to all the essentials, and lots of fun extras. Makeup artists worldwide rely on The Sephora Collection for our immense color assortment (between our lipsticks and eye shadows, we got every color covered) and professional makeup brushes, while skin specialists love our vitamin-packed skin and body care lines.