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Tiny Beauty – Free and Affordable Makeup Samples

Let’s face it – miniature things make us happy (and when that miniature item is makeup, the cute factor is undeniable).  I’ve been amassing an adorable collection of mini and sample-sized beauty products, so now, I’m ready to let you know how you can find affordable and free beauty samples.  
Smaller makeup products are useful for two reasons. First, you have the chance to experiment and try a product without paying full price on a full-size item (your wallet will thank you if that product is not your favorite).  Second, you will always be prepared with easy to transport products that do not take up much space and can be easily stored at your desk and in your purse. Alongside the post below, I’ve also included some of my favorite mini products and makeup kit links.


Counter Samples: When purchasing from a counter, I tend to ask the sale representative if there are any samples that he or she recommends. Most often, you will not even need to ask as associates will offer potential samples. When I purchased my much-beloved Chanel Candeur lipstick, the Chanel representative offered me the Chanel Le Lift Firming Anti-Wrinkle sample creme. Be sure to also consider Gifts with Purchase promotions where brands offer free makeup products if you spend a certain amount (Clinique Bonus Time helps us keep track of the most popular gifts with purchase offers).

Sephora Free Samples and Value Sets: From free deluxe samples to free birthday gifts and affordable value sets, Sephora is one of the best places to find mini beauty products. Every year, my sister and I take advantage of the free birthday gift which includes two items from popular brands (past gifts included Fresh Sugar, Benefit, and Make Up For Ever). I also discovered some of my favorite beauty items in the checkout section at Sephora which features mini kits with their highest rated products (consider the $15.00 Benefit highlighting kit, the $20.00 Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darlings kit, and the $16.00 Stila Pretty Pick-Me Up blush and gloss kit). Around the holidays, Sephora also curates deluxe value sets with a multitude of beauty products (one of my best friends gifted me the Sephora Give Me More Lip Kit so I’m set for life with my mini lipstick collection).

Reward Points Systems: The majority of beauty stores have purchase reward systems that come with many perks. Sephora, Ulta, Beauty.com, and Drugstore.com are just a few examples where you can redeem points and select samples (as an example, Sephora currently offers a mini-mascara and Tory Burch perfume as rewards). Add in free shipping codes and additional purchases to receive more points, and the never-ending cycle of samples and beauty goodies starts again.

Beauty Box Subscriptions: This one is a no-brainer – for a set monthly price, you receive deluxe makeup samples and full-sized beauty products. If you review the products and earn points, you can further receive free samples from each respective subscription (popular services include Ipsy, Glossybox, and Birchbox although there are numerous options suited for your budget and makeup preferences). If you are unhappy with your samples, you can also trade and exchange for whatever products you’d like.

Influenster and Free Sample Services: As companies realize that consumers are more comfortable purchasing products only after trying them, free sample services have recently become increasingly popular. For example, I received several makeup and nail polish products to review from Influenster and PINCHme. And because there is no such thing as a “free lunch,” keep in mind you often have to complete a review or survey after sampling the items.

As if makeup couldn’t get more fun, tiny beauty items add just a pinch of cute – start researching, get to purchasing, and happy sampling!

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10862446140920373700 drinkcitra

    Mini products are my favorite to have! I love how easy it is to travel with them or keep with you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16757611222415772717 Sharlynn Ng

    I’m so jealous! I love minisized products but they used to be very hard to find/ buy/ get in singapore but now with sephora bringing in a lot of minisized kits I’m so happy. I’d love to grab that benefit mascara and that instain blush!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14236602901223400396 Coco N

    My fave deluxe samples are Sephora perks <3

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12078237985914434258 kfc

    I love mini/deluxe samples! I have that Watts Up, another color in that Hourglass lip color and the Sugar rose fresh mini samples at home too! I lowkey like making online orders especially when they have good samples to send with you too, haha. If I don’t immediately need a product, I’ll wait till I find a good offering on Sephora or Ulta an then make a purchase >.< Sample sizes are so convenient and of course, perfect for travel too!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06461827637471206126 Natalie

    Adorable! I love samples.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04373737784876340906 Pretty Squared

      same boat, love love tiny little samples! even better when I later buy the full sized product knowing I’ll love it

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06410444708299905760 Celina

    I love samples and sample or travel sized products. They’re great for travel and it’s always nice to try something out first before going for a full size! xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04373737784876340906 Pretty Squared

      agree about the travel, it really makes a difference when my makeup bag isn’t as big as my luggage haha thank you for your lovely comment Celina!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10739871291480400915 Taslima Rahman
    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04373737784876340906 Pretty Squared

      thank you Taslima!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11167691407303970475 Sara Strauss {Sincerely, Sara}

    I love getting mini products! They’re so cute and make it easy to carry around in my crossbody bags! Thanks for the great tips!
    ~Sara

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04373737784876340906 Pretty Squared

      they’re adorable and very useful! I have them stashed everywhere just in case I have a beauty emergency

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09721289655425362151 Rebecca B. Bird

    Mini products are the best! Aside from being cheap/free and travel-friendly, it’s easier to use them up. I mean how many of your full-sized products do you use up completely? It’s not a large percentage for me…

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04373737784876340906 Pretty Squared

      I love your icon hehe! I totally agree with that statement – makeup does expire so why not pay less and use it fully (I often have to put away old makeup that I never finished).