Free Samples To Try Before You Buy

Chances are you’ve experienced buying a skincare or makeup product, to only find out later that it doesn’t suit you. To help you save money and test new products with no commitment, there are actually brands in Singapore that give out free samples. 

In case you’re wondering what you can start stocking up on, below is a list of 20 brands that you can get free samples from online and in-store redemptions. 

Online redemption 

1. Bifesta ‒ Micellar cleansing sheets

There’s no denying that Singaporeans love efficiency, even when it comes to removing makeup. As a quick and fuss-free way to clean your face in a jiffy, Bifesta’s Micellar Cleansing Sheets work as a makeup remover, cleanser, and toner. 

How to redeem: Register with your address on their website. The sample wipes will be delivered to you in 2 to 3 weeks. 

2. Cetaphil ‒ Skin cleanser, moisturiser, and sunscreen

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Reset your skin with dermatologically-approved skincare products like the ones from Cetaphil. The brand offers free samples of their best-selling skin cleanser, moisturiser and sunscreen. Young parents can also opt to redeem Cetaphil’s baby products for their little ones.

How to redeem: Sign up for an account on their website and wait for the sample pack will be delivered to you. 

3. Moist Diane ‒ Shampoo and treatment 

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More than just a Japanese haircare brand, Moist Diane also promotes green living with their eco-friendly products. FYI, their range of products are vegan, sustainable, as well as free from animal testing.  

Embark on a sustainable lifestyle with Moist Diane’s sample kit that includes Diane Be True Relax and Healthy 10ml shampoo, 10ml treatment samples, and a customised sample.

How to redeem: Register with your address on their website. The sample will be delivered to you in 3 to 4 weeks. 

4. Neutrogena ‒ #BeSkinFit sample kit

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Achieving healthy skin ain’t rocket science, and you don’t have to break your bank to do so either. As suggested by Neutrogena, 3 simple steps ‒ cleanse, moisturise, and protect ‒ are all you need for a flawless complexion. 

Try it out with their #BeSkinFit sample pouch that includes their Deep Clean Gentle Foaming Cleanser, Hydro Boost Water Gel Mini, and Ultra Sheer Face Lotion Sunscreen. 

How to redeem: Register with your address on their website. The sample will be delivered to you in 3 to 4 weeks. 

Update: Samples have been fully redeemed for now. Stay tuned to their website link for future updates. 

5. Biore – UV aqua protect 1.8ml sample

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If you have yet to include SPF in your skincare routine, here’s a sign for you to start now. 

Protect your skin from harmful UV rays and slow down ageing with a sample of Biore’s UV aqua protect. The SPF product has a water-like texture for easy skin absorption and rest assured, it won’t leave your skin with a white cast. 

How to redeem: Register with your address on their website. The sample will be delivered to you in 3 to 4 weeks. 

In-store redemption 

6. Sum:37 ‒ 5-day trial kit

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Fine lines and wrinkles are unavoidable signs of ageing, but instead of getting stressed out, why not slow down time with anti-ageing products by Sum:37. The K-beauty brand uses fermented ingredients that penetrate the skin quicker, allowing them to be easily absorbed.

As an added bonus, Sum:37 is also providing free skincare consultation when you drop by any Sum:37 counters to collect your 5-day trial kit. Do note that the 5-day trial kit is valid for redemption till 31 July 2022. 

How to redeem: Sign up online and collect from any Sum:37 counters.

7. L’OCCITANE ‒ Immortelle reset serum sample kit

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Many of us would love to have a reset button for our skin for that youthful glow every day. As a “solution” provided by L’OCCITANE, the skincare brand came up with their Immortelle Reset Serum, which targets skin concerns like sensitivity and dryness. 

Experience the change yourself when you sign up for a trial kit that comes with samples of their Immortelle Reset Serum.

How to redeem: Sign up online and collect from any L’OCCITANE counters.

8. Shu Uemura ‒ Oil-based cleansers

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Not every makeup remover targets different skin concerns, but Shu Uemura’s ensure that you can cleanse and nourish your skin with the same product. 

Choose from five oil-based cleansers that have properties like nourishing for all skin types, deep relaxation for stressed skin, anti-pollution from tired skin, brightening for dull skin, and pore-refining for oily skin. 

How to redeem: Sign up online and collect from selected Shu Uemura counters.

9. La Roche-Posay ‒ Effaclar Serum & Hyalu B5 Serum sachets 

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FYI, some people still suffer from acne even in adulthood. Enter La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Serum and Effaclar Duo(+) Anti-Acne Moisturiser, a dynamic duo that reduces breakouts and blemishes. 

The former is suitable for those with oily and sensitive skin, and is said to even lighten acne marks by 50%. As for the latter, it has a non-greasy finish, and doubles as a makeup base.

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If your main agenda is to reduce wrinkles on your skin, try using a sample of La Roche-Posay’s Hyalu B5 Serum instead. The hydrating serum includes Vitamin B5, which is a key ingredient in repairing the skin barrier. What’s more, it also helps to soothe skin and reduce irritation. 

The redemption for Hyalu B5 Serum sample sachets is only available till 31 June 2022.

How to redeem: Sign up online here and here, and collect from selected Watsons or Guardian stores.

10. Shiseido ‒ Ultimune and New Essential Energy trial kit

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Believe it or not, Shiseido is giving away samples of their award-winning Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate serum alongside their Essential Energy moisturising cream. The serum works wonder in rejuvenating dull skin, and the moisturising cream uses citrus unshiu extract which helps to provide a glowy complexion. 

How to redeem: Sign up online and collect from any Shiseido counters.

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11. Giorgio Armani ‒ 3-day power fabric+ trial kit

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Makeup junkies would know that matte foundation is a wise choice thanks to the sweltering weather of Singapore. If you happen to be searching for one that is long-lasting and doesn’t cake easily, Giorgio Armani’s power fabric + foundation is worth a try. 

Claiming to last for 24 hours, the foundation includes SPF 25, and comes in a wide range of shades to suit everyone. 

How to redeem: Sign up online and collect from selected Giorgio Armani counters.

12. NARS ‒ Light reflecting foundation sample

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Taking photos at night is quite a bummer especially when you have to rely on flash to brighten things up. If you’re concerned about your skin washing out in photos, chuck that worry away with NARS’ Light Reflecting Foundation. 

The foundation features their Photochromic Technology, a “photo-friendly” powder that adjusts your skin tone according to the intensity of the light. Furthermore, it is suitable for most skin types including sensitive and acne-prone. 

How to redeem: Sign up online and collect from selected NARS boutiques.

13. Kiehl’s ‒ 8-piece sample kit

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You’re not alone if you recognise Kiehl’s by their skeleton display at the storefront, but beyond the decor, they also have a 8-piece sample kit to take home. The samples include their Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum, which helps to soothe redness, dryness, and peeling of the skin. 

You can also expect samples of their best-sellers like Calendula Herbal-Extract Alcohol-Free Toner and Ultra Facial Cream.

How to redeem: Sign up online and collect from any Kiehl’s stores.

14. The History of Whoo ‒ 5-day trial kit 

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Experience what it is like when traditional skincare ingredients from the Korean royal palace meet the latest technology. The History of Whoo marries the two elements together, and they are now providing a complimentary skincare consultation alongside a 5-day trial kit. 

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to try out the luxurious Korean skincare, as the offer is only available till 31 July 2022.  

How to redeem: Sign up online and collect from selected The History of Whoo counters.

15. YSL Beauty ‒ LIBRE Eau de Parfum sample vial 

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Committing to a scent is a common fear, especially when some don’t smell like how they first did at the store. Putting aside those concerns, YSL Beauty lets you bring home a sample vial of their Libre Eau de Parfum, so you can see if it fits your vibe before you buy. 

With ingredients like lavender oil and orange flower absolute, the perfume might pique the interest of those who prefer a citrusy and bold scent.   

How to redeem: Sign up online and collect from any YSL Beauty boutiques.

16. Elemis ‒ 10-piece sample trial 

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For the unacquainted, Elemis is a UK skincare brand with a foundation in aromatherapy. This means you’re bound to engage your sense of smell when you apply any of their products. Rest assured their products are created with natural fragrances, and they cater to people of all ages. 

Collect your 10-piece sample trial that includes their most popular items like Pro-Collagen Marine Cream and Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm.  

How to redeem: Sign up online and collect from any Elemis counters.

17. est ‒ Gel wash & cleansing wash sample kit 

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There’s no better feeling than having a thoroughly cleansed face, and est allows you to do so with their Clarifying Gel Wash and Clarifying Cleansing Milk. Both facial cleansers help to renew your complexion, and they even brighten up your skin by removing keratin build-up, the culprit behind dull skin. 

Try it out yourself with their sample kit that includes est’s Clarifying Gel Wash and Clarifying Cleansing Milk.

How to redeem: Request via Facebook, and collect from any est counters. 

18. Lancome ‒ 7-day eye cream and serum trial kit 

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Wrinkles around your eyes are probably the earliest sign of ageing as the skin is thinner in those areas. To slow down the formation of those fine lines, Lancome has a 7-day trial kit of their Advanced Genifique Serum and Eye Cream for you to bring home. 

Using the anti-ageing duo would allow your skin to form a stronger protective barrier that results in youthful skin and brighter eyes. 

How to redeem: Sign up online and collect from any Lancome counters.

19. Fresh ‒ Rose deep hydration face cream sample

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Keeping our skin hydrated is never an easy task, considering how unforgiving Singapore’s weather can be. As a solution to retain moisture in our skin for as long as possible, Fresh came up with their Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream. 

The moisturiser uses Damask rose extract to lock in moisture and strengthen the skin’s barrier, soothing dry skin for a dewy look. 

How to redeem: Sign up online and collect from selected Fresh counters.

20. Skin Ceuticals ‒ H.A Intensifier trial kit

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ICYMI, hyaluronic acid contributes to your skin moisture level, and is essential when it comes to reducing the appearance of fine lines. Boosting the level of hyaluronic acid in our skin by 30%, Skin Ceuticals’ H.A. Intensifier also improves our skin’s firmness and smoothness. 

How to redeem: Visit any Skin Ceuticals counters at TANGS, Tang Plaza and BHG Bugis.

Bonus

Kotex ‒ Pad starter pack

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Many women would agree that they spend quite a fair amount of money on sanitary pads. And as a way to save a few bucks, why not sign up for Kotex’s Pads Starter Pack? The pack includes one Kotex Soft Overnight 35cm, and one Kotex Soft Air 28cm that promise leakage protection. 

How to redeem: Register with your address on their website and wait for the sample pack to be delivered to you. 

Laurier ‒ Super slimguard 

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If undergoing menstruation isn’t uncomfortable enough, imagine how much more icky you’d feel with a thick pad. That’s where Laurier steps in with their Super Slimguard series that promises both protection and comfort. For those looking to switch to a thin pad, here’s your chance to have a trial first. 

How to redeem: Register with your address on their website and wait for the sample pack to be delivered to you. 

These Skincare And Makeup Samples Let You Try Out New Products Without The Commitment to Buy Them

There’s no shame when it comes to taking free samples. After all, you’ll want to make sure they suit you before committing to it. 

Free Samples To Try Before You Buy

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This post was first published in July 2020 and last updated on 10 June 2022 by Jou Teng Tan.

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