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How to Get Free Sephora Samples (and 6 You MUST Try This Year)

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Did ya know this Sephora hack? You can request free Sephora samples of pretty much any product in store (even perfume and eye cream) even if you’re not a Sephora Beauty Insider! In fact, associates will usually let you take home up to three samples per “world” at Sephora — think fragrance, skincare, and hair care. Sample sizes depend on the product, but most are sized between 0.03 ounces and 0.10 ounces, which are good for one to two uses.

I’ll show you three top ways to get free Sephora samples and list the six best samples to request based on their price, ratings, and popularity.

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How to get free Sephora samples:

Free sample of product in Sephora.

1. Ask a Sephora store associate for free samples as you shop.

As you shop in store at Sephora, find a few products you want most and let an associate know you’d like to try them before you buy. Sephora associates are typically more than happy to provide you with free samples and give you helpful information about the products you chose.

Now, if you keep going back to the same Sephora store asking for samples without making a purchase, they may suspect you’re gaming the system and could be less willing to help. So don’t abuse these Sephora freebies. Even a small purchase can go a long way.


2. Ask for free samples when you check out in store.

Sometimes, Sephora associates will just throw one or two samples in your bag when you check out. But if not, ask if they have any available behind the counter. You may not get to pick specific product samples, but you could still get a few top-notch products to try out at home.


3. Pick two free Sephora samples when you make an online purchase.

When you shop online at, you get to pick two free beauty samples to add to your purchase. You’ll usually get to choose from a variety of 12 samples, including fragrance, foundation, shampoo, concealer, face cleanser, and more.


6 Sephora Free Samples You Have to Try This Year


Skincare Samples

Creme de la Mer Moisturizer: $200 per ounce.

a jar of creme de la mer moisturizing cream by LA MER from Sephora

The Creme de la Mer Moisturizer is almost too expensive to believe — at $200 for a 1-ounce jar — but its price reflects its power. This stuff works wonders on fine lines and wrinkles, plus helps with other skin care problems like redness, dryness, and loss of firmness. Even clinical tests report that women saw noticeable differences in just four weeks. But give it a shot and see if a free sample lives up to the hype.


Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil: $105 per ounce.

a 1.18-ounce bottle of Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Retinoid Night Oil from Sephora

The 1-ounce Luna Sleeping Night Oil ($105) is the sample I’m most excited about from this list. It fights against all the things I have: lines, wrinkles, and big pores, to name a few.

GoopGlow Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator: $84 per ounce.

A 0.5-ounce jar of goop GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator from Sephora

The GoopGlow Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator is another one of Sephora’s bestsellers. This dual-action face exfoliator comes in at $84 per ounce ($42 for a 0.5-ounce jar), but free Sephora samples will do just fine. Why? Because just one use brings your skin back to life. It turns dullness to radiance and leaves behind a glowing, fresh scent.

Perfume Sample

Viktor & Rolf Flower Bomb Perfume: $88 per ounce.

A 1.7-ounce bottle of Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb perfume from Sephora

The Flower Bomb Eau de Parfum is one of the hottest-selling fragrances at my Sephora store — and one of the most expensive. Plus, KCL’s own Heather Wheeler is obsessed with it, so I got her a sample size instead of the full one. Because a 1-ounce bottle would have put me back $88. No can do, Heath. Sorry, friend.



Foundation Sample

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Mattifying Oil-Free Foundation: $60 per ounce.

A bottle of Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Mattifying Oil-Free Foundation from Sephora

If you’re looking for a full-coverage foundation, you have to try the Immaculate Liquid Mattifying Oil-Free Foundation. This liquid-to-powder stuff costs $60 for a 1-ounce bottle, but ask for a free Sephora sample and watch all your facial flaws disappear. It’s cruelty-free and absorbs oils on acne-prone skin, leaving behind a velvety, matte finish.

Related: Insider Hacks from a Sephora Employee

Hair Care Sample

K18 Leave-In Molecular Repair Hair Mask: $58 per ounce.

A 0.5 ounce bottle of K18 biominetic Hairscience Leave-In Molecular Repair Hair Mask from Sephora

The K18 Leave-In Molecular Repair Hair Mask is a highly-rated fan favorite. This little number comes in at $58 per ounce ($29 for a 0.5-ounce bottle), but it turns frizzy, dry hair to luscious locks in no time. It helps reverse the damage of heat, bleach, and color in just two uses.


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