If we had to choose just one place to shop on the Internet for the rest of our lives, Amazon would be a top contender. It’s our go-to for most things we need for basic survival, like food, clothes and every new makeup and beauty product that launches — ever. If you’re a dutiful Amazon shopper (like us) with a passion for two-day shipping, you might consider Amazon Prime to be a godsend. I digress on my passionate Amazon-related ramblings, but we do advise you to take a seat because your love for the online shopping platform is about to grow exponentially, thanks to a tip from our friends at Allure. Enter, Amazon Samples, a way for you to test the latest and greatest beauty for just $2 or $4.
So how are your beauty samples free if they’re charging you $2-$4? Well, after you checkout, Amazon will refund the amount you spent on the sample to your account in the form of credits. You have 180 days after your sample purchase to buy a full-size version of a product from the sample brand. For example, if you purchase a sample of L'Oréal Infallible Lip Paint for $2, you’ll get $2 off the full-size version when you purchase it at a later date.
Amazon Samples are divided into different categories, but the only ones we can focus on at this very moment are “Beauty and Grooming” and “Sample Boxes.” Within the beauty category, you can sample a ton of different products, like the aforementioned L'Oréal Infallible Lip Paint, La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Serum with Sunscreen and Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mineral Water Gel Facial Moisturizer. Then there’s the sample boxes, which are a great gift idea for yourself and your beauty-obsessed friends. The Luxury Sun Care Sample Box, for example, costs $14.99, but it contains samples of nine top-rated, luxe products for you to test out. Just like the singular samples, you’ll get $14.99 back in credits to spend on one full-size product from your box.
In the meantime, you know where to find us. Happy sampling!