When a vanity full of makeup just is not enough, beauty sample boxes can be a great way to explore a variety of unfamiliar products. Beauty sample boxes, which have increased in popularity in recent years, are a low risk option for discovering and testing new products without the commitment or high price tag that comes with purchasing a full-size product.
One of the most popular sample boxes is offered annually by Allure. 2011’s Allure Beauty Box contained everything from eye shadow to dry shampoo from a variety of drug stores and specialty shop brands, including Aveeno, Benefit, and Oscar Blandi. In the past, Allure’s sample kit has ranged in price from $29.99-$39.99 plus sales tax, and a portion of the proceeds has benefited the Skin Cancer Foundation. Look for 2012’s Allure Beauty Box to drop sometime in May.
Sephora, the global beauty superstore, hosts an array of sample boxes available for purchase in its stores and on its website. Kits targeted for eyes, cheeks, lips, and skin are sold on a continual basis, with new kits often released in conjunction with holidays. Each sample box normally contains over half a dozen trial sizes of popular products. At the start of every summer, Sephora also sells a limited edition sun care sample kit that contains multiple sunscreens and SPF items.
In addition to its beauty sample boxes, Sephora frequently offers bonus products with qualifying purchases. Additionally, L’Occitane, Murad, Benefit, and other major beauty brands and suppliers typically provide a selection of free samples when minimum-purchase requirements are met.
Other sites offering beauty sample boxes include Birchbox, TestTube, and BeautyFix. Terms and conditions for each program vary, with some featuring exclusively trial-sized products, and others providing an assortment of full and sample sized products.
For true makeup mavens and beauty babes, sample boxes are a fantastic way to make your vanity even more comprehensive.