11 Ways to Score Free Beauty Products & Samples

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I love beauty samples, especially when they are free! Free samples give me a nice way to try a new product without committing to a full-size purchase. If I like it, I’ll probably buy it. And if I don’t, I’m glad I didn’t pay for it.

Although I do purchase most of my beauty arsenal myself, I’ve found several sites where I’ve received some great beauty samples and products for free. If you’re on the hunt, start with this list:

ipsy Points and Birchbox Points
I’m not talking about the sample bags you receive, but the points you earn when you’re a member of ipsy or Birchbox. Both of these subscription beauty boxes give you points when you review the products you receive and for referring friends to join. The points can add up quickly, which equals free goodies! I’ve redeemed points on ipsy for a free NYX Butter Lipstick, Too Faced Foundation (x2), Amazing Cosmetics Concealer and more. I’ve also redeemed points on Birchbox for a free Beauty Blender, Benefit Cosmetics Benebalm and Smashbox Double Exposure Palette.

PINCHme gives you various free samples to try in exchange for your feedback – beauty, food and lifestyle related products. They release samples once a month, but you have to hurry to grab them as they do run out quickly. I’ve received several free boxes from PINCHEme, so I’m one happy customer..

Swaggable is a site similar to PinchMe with beauty, food, pet and lifestyle samples. They want you to share reviews on various products on their website. Sign up, fill out your profile, then mark the things you are interested in on their site. Eventually, you’ll receive a notification or email offer of a product sample to try. Claim your sample, try it and review it on Swaggable to be eligible for more offers.

CrowdTap is another site similar to PinchMe, but also offers a chance to win prizes in return for your honest reviews on health, beauty, food, pet and lifestyle products. With CrowdTap, you go on “missions,” which are just tasks, and answer a few questions about a product or something you just read, upload snapshots of a specific object, answer polls, and rate other members’ responses. Honestly, it’s a bit confusing at first, but once you delve into it, it becomes easier.

Listia is an auction-style site with their own currency-type credit. You get some coins when you sign up and as you sell things you don’t need, like your unused sweater with an image of a cat riding a horse (I would totally buy that, btw), you earn coins to spend on the website. Coins you can use to buy cool products.

The Pink Panel runs surveys and questionnaires through their Facebook page. Join the group, then qualify to try and review products for free. You might even get paid for testing out a new item.

BzzAgent and Influenster
BzzAgent and Influenster are 2 popular product testing panels with a variety of products to test. Sign up, answer surveys to improve your score, and eventually you’ll be invited to join campaigns. Actively participate in each campaign to ensure you’ll get invited to more. {I receive products to try from Influenster several times a year, like YSL mascara & primers or a box of mixed beauty goodies. I don’t personally use BzzAgent.}

WomanFreebies & FreebieHunter
Both of these websites link to free samples, sweepstakes, and coupons around the web. Plus, WomanFreebies showcases fun ideas & tutorials like campfire s’mores cones, and FreebieHunter offers freebies beyond the US: UK, Australia and Canada.

Allure Free Samples
Allure offers free samples you can sign up for and try to receive. I believe they send them at random. If you do receive a product, it usually comes in the mail weeks later unannounced, which makes for a nice little surprise.

Gifts with purchases
Of course, there is always the easiest way to score a free sample: gifts with purchases. Both Ulta and Sephora offer samples when you shop online. And brands like Clinique and Estee Lauder will often have a fab free gift with a minimum purchase. Check out http://gwpaddict.wordpress.com/ for a list of gift with purchase deals.

Asking for samples at the counter or at Sephora
This is a no-brainer, but some people are still afraid to ask for samples. I get it. I’m shy, too! Sephora can create a sample out of almost anything in store. And many department store counters will offer small samples of skin care if you simply ask.

EDIT: Originally published 8/7/14. Revised 11/11/15.


  1. Courtney Capshaw says:

    These sound like great ways to score some freebies! thanks for sharing!!

    • Beautzy says:

      Thanks for visiting!

  2. Allison says:

    I had no idea there was so many ways to get beauty samples! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Sherry says:

    ohhhhhh I love subscription boxes but they can get expensive! Then theres the sample sachets that don’t have enough to use 🙁

  4. Tori tsang says:

    Great tips!

  5. I didn’t know about all of these. Thanks!!!
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  6. I always keep up with the latest GWP offers. Also Holiday time is a great way to get more for your money in gift sets.
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    • Beautzy says:

      Yes – very true! I’m excited to get in on the holiday beauty deals.

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