Where: L’Oréal Paris, online What: Right now, L’Oréal Paris is giving people a chance to try its moisturizing Hydra Genius line, which our editors are already loving for summer. Go to the website to sign up for a 1.5 ml sample — which is great for all that travel you have coming up, we might add. L’Oreal Hydra Genius Liquid
Where: La Mer, online What: While La Mer might not be the most wallet-friendly beauty brand, its sampling program definitely is. With any purchase, you get free shipping and three deluxe-size samples. (No foil packets or sample cards here.) La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Lotion, $260, available at La Mer.
Where: Sephora, in-store and online What: It’s little known, but in all Sephora stores, you are typically allowed to sample up to three items. Sephora employees also have access to small sample pots they can fill with whatever product you’d like to try. We recommend using this perk to test out foundation shades or luxury creams before making
Where: LUSH stores What: You can ask for a sample of absolutely anything in LUSH stores and receive it for free, according to a LUSH representative. While there isn’t a sample limit that we know of, Lush employees encourage you to use your judgement (and maybe your dignity). Lush Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub, $22.95, available at LUSH.
Where: Kiehl’s, online What: Kiehl’s also offers three free samples with every purchase — but what makes its sampling program so rad is the seemingly unlimited options. You can basically choose to sample anything from the brand from its skin care, hair, body and men’s categories. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $46, available at Kiehl’s.
Where: Space NK, online What: Because Space NK carries mostly high-end and luxury brands, its sample program is killer. Many of the samples are foil packets, but you can definitely hit some gold mines — like an Oribe shampoo and conditioner duo. Plus, you get three with any order. (Noticing a trend here?) Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo,
Where: Mario Badescu, online What: Mario Badescu might have the best, most comprehensive sampling program we’ve seen ever. Take a quick Skin Analysis Quiz on its website, pay only $2.95 to cover the shipping, and you get up to eight (eight!) samples tailored to your specific skin type. If you find something you like, they also offer three more