If you’re spending a fortune on beauty products, stop! There are tons of easy ways to get free makeup samples via mail.
From free beauty boxes with values topping $50 to full-size freebies from your favorite brands, here’s how to score free haircare, skincare, and makeup products.
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1. Get free skincare and makeup samples with subscription box free trials.
Subscription box services exist for just about everything these days (toothbrushes, pet toys, games), so it’s no surprise that there are dozens of monthly subscriptions for beauty products, from cosmetics to personal care.
Here are some subscription services that have free trials:
Walmart’s Beauty Box: Four times a year, Walmart will send you a box of personal care samples and seasonally appropriate makeup — we’re talking everything from toothpaste to lipstick. All you pay is $5 for shipping.
In my last Walmart Beauty Box, I received a travel-size tube of Colgate Optic White toothpaste ($1.97), a one-time sample of Herbal Essences bio:renew Shampoo and Conditioner, two NYX lipglosses ($4–$14, depending), one bottle of Color Club nail lacquer ($7–$10), and a 1-ounce tube of Curel Dry Skin Therapy Moisturizer ($8.50 for a 4-pack). That’s at least $15 worth of product for $5. Not bad!
IPSY: You can get a free IPSY bag — normally $12 a month — when a friend sends you their referral link. The IPSY bags themselves are always unique and super cute (I’ve kept and have repurposed all of mine), and contain five sample or trial size products. Recently, for example, Ireceived Benefit mascara, Tarte lip gloss, Murad Renewing Eye Cream, SmashBox foundation and other products I’ve ended up falling in love with. IPSY quizzes you on your appearance, preferences, and makeup proficiency so that the products are tailored for you.
Make sure you cancel after your free bag if you don’t want to be billed $12/month.
Lumin: Men have skin, too, and thus should have all the access to skincare that women do. Lumin, a subscription service for men’s hair, skin, and body products, will do a free trial for new customers. You get to pick which box you want — each has three generously sized products that they say should last two months — and need only pay $8 for shipping. A Lumin box typically runs $60.
Curology: Get a free trial of Curology’s individualized skincare set for just $4.95 for shipping. Curology normally starts at $19.95 per month for trial sizes of whichever products they recommend for your skincare routine.
PRO TIP: Though not as exciting as a free box or bag full or products, higher-end services like Allure Beauty Box and BirchBox will send newbies complimentary full and/or sample sized products as a bonus in their first box.
2. Receive free makeup samples in exchange for your honest feedback.
Love sharing your opinion with others? (Same, girl. Same.) Thankfully, there are plenty of companies that will send out free products in exchange for your honest review.
Some sites offer free makeup and skincare samples, while others send out full-size products. Free products aren’t guaranteed, of course, but it can’t hurt to sign up for the opportunity to receive and review products for free.
Here are some companies that send out free makeup and skincare products in exchange for feedback:
PINCHme: Sign up to give honest products reviews and they will send you full-sized products like Biore, Skittles, Elf Cosmetics and more!
L’Oreal: Fill out a survey to be considered for the L’Oreal test panel. Brands like Kiehl’s, Maybelline, SkinCeuticals, Urban Decay, Lancome, and many more fall under the L’Oreal umbrella.
Influenster: Sign up for Influenster and connect your social media accounts for the chance at receiving a VoxBox, which is full of full-sized products that you can try, review, and have discussions about with other bloggers, testers, and influencers.
BzzAgent: Fill out a survey, connect your social, and you could receive BzzKit with some of your favorite brands to review. The more you participate in BzzAgent, the more they’ll send you. Products range from beauty and makeup to even food/grocery items.
PinkPanel: Fill out a short survey and you will be considered for free samples of skincare or makeup products for you to test and then fill out surveys about. In some cases, you may even get paid $50 to $200.
3. Learn to coupon like a boss to get free beauty products from Target, CVS, Walgreens, and more.
Consistently getting your hands on free health and beauty products is best done through couponing.
Recently at Target, L’Oreal Cream Cleanser was marked down to $5.99 per 5 ounce bottle. Target had a promotion where if you bought three of them, you’d get a $10 Target gift card. Plus, there was a percentage-off Target Circle offer (Circle is a free program in the Target app), and also L’Oreal coupons for a few dollars off the product. I combined all of this and, including what I got in the form of a Target gift card, not only was this cleanser free, but I made a few bucks on the deal.
Trust me, learning how to coupon is worth it! And Target is the best place to start.
Drugstores like Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS are also little hot spots for deals on free beauty and health products because of their reward programs. At Walgreens, you could save up enough Balance Rewards from making regular purchases to get your makeup free! Find out how to get more freebies with coupons.
PRO TIP: Always look for makeup coupons and deals on the KCL website.
4. Brands like SmashBox and Aveda will send you free makeup samples by mail with purchase.
Many beauty brands will send you free samples along with your order by mail. Unfortunately, many smart shoppers miss out on these free samples because they’re often not clearly advertised or promoted. If you’re going to be spending money on certain products anyway, maybe sure you are racking up all the freebies you can in the process! FYI, some sites require a minimum spend in order to get your free sample(s).
Here are the sites we know do free beauty samples when you make a purchase online:
5. Get two or more free samples when you order from Sephora.com
When you order online from Sephora, you can select two free beauty samples from a specified list of products, but they regularly run promotions where you can get even more. If you’re a Beauty Insider, don’t forget you can exchange your points in exchange for trial-size products online, too.
If you’re in-store, you get one sample. I recommend you request the most expensive samples from Sephora.
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6. Become a first-to-know insider when you follow brands on social media.
Loads of beauty brands do giveaways that they advertise (sometimes exclusively)on their social media. If you love a brand, make sure you follow their social media accounts so you know when freebies, sweepstakes and giveaways are happening.
Here are some brands that have regularly done giveaways in the past: