How to Score Beauty Samples & Test Makeup Products for Free
Did you know the typical American woman spends over $3,700 per year on beauty products and services? That’s over $10 per day! American men don’t fall far behind, either, with an average spend of $2,928 per year.
Whether you’re filling your shopping cart with skin care creams, eyeshadow, hair gel, or all of the above, you know that it can add up quickly. Fortunately, there’s a way to save — a lot — on beauty, hair, and makeup products. Read on for our top tips for scoring free beauty products!
1. Become a makeup product tester
Many tips in this article will help you score free beauty samples. That’s great, but you know what’s even better? Scoring full-size makeup products, totally for free.
To do that, you’ll want to become a makeup product tester. Sign up to be a BzzAgent and you can test makeup products for free.
All you have to do is share a few demographic details about yourself (like your age and zip code), and tell us which types of beauty products you’re most interested in. Then, whenever a new campaign comes up that matches your interests, we’ll email you. If you’re a match, you’ll receive a free product in the mail, which you can try out for a few weeks before submitting your review. It really is that easy! This blog breaks down the process.
Here are a few of the full-size beauty products our BzzAgents got to review and test for free.
As you can see, lots of cosmetics companies offer free samples for reviews. Whether you’re interested in haircare, skincare, perfume, or makeup, you can start testing makeup products with BzzAgent here.
2. Join consumer research panels
You can also join consumer research panels for a specific beauty brand. For example, with the L’Oreal VIP Testing Program, you may be invited to test makeup, hair, fragrance, and skincare products from any of L’Oreal’s more than 30 brands.
You’ll need to be a U.S. resident aged 18 and over. With this product testing program, you may be asked to complete surveys, speak to an interviewer, and use the product in specific ways. Becoming a product tester is a great way to try L’Oreal’s wide range of beauty products for free.
3. Join beauty brand loyalty programs
Do you want free samples from your favorite beauty brands? Then join their brand loyalty program! Try products for free.
By joining a brand’s loyalty program, you can earn rewards with every purchase. Sometimes these rewards translate to dollars you can use for a discount on your next purchase. Other times, you can redeem them directly for free beauty and perfume samples.
Here’s a look at Ulta’s reward program:
Plus, many loyalty programs celebrate your birthday with a free gift, including Ulta and Sephora:
4. Subscribe to beauty company newsletters
Don’t forget to subscribe to a brand’s email newsletter, too. Often, the beauty brand will reward you with a decent discount just for subscribing, like IT Cosmetics does:
Brand newsletters are also the first place you’ll hear about the latest Gifts With Purchase offers, which may include free makeup samples and gift sets from your favorite cosmetics brands. Speaking of which, here’s a pro tip for regular shoppers with Nordstrom, Ulta, Macy’s, or Sephora: always check the Gifts With Purchase page before you checkout.
5. Schedule an in-store makeover
It’s always fun to try a free sample. But, it’s even more exciting when you know a product will look great on you, right? That's where store makeovers come in.
Stores like Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, and Macy’s all offer beauty makeovers. Not all services are free, so check before you book. But, even with the free services, you often get to take home some free beauty samples!
6. Follow brands and beauty influencers on social media
Finally, you can win free makeup products on social media. Follow your favorite beauty brands for exclusive promo codes and to be the first to hear about sweepstakes and contests.
Brands often partner with beauty influencers on these contests, so be sure to follow them, too. Typically, all you have to do to enter is follow the brand and the influencer, and comment on the contest post and tag a friend. Easy peasy!
Ready to test free makeup samples?
Become a BzzAgent today and you can test makeup products for free. We partner with the best beauty brands who are looking for honest feedback from makeup lovers like you. We can’t wait to send you free stuff. Sign up today!