Free Samples To Try Before You Buy

Even if your vanity is bursting under the weight of serums, lipsticks and a million other beauty products, it’s hard to resist free skincare and makeup samples. Those complimentary sachets let you try new products with no commitment to buy them and, best of all, without burning a hole in your wallet. If you’re cautious about the lotions and potions you slather on your face, here are 14 brands you can get free samples from in Singapore to try before you buy.

Online redemptions 

1. Bifesta

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Whether you’ve been glamming up to go out every night since Phase 2 or are still wearing makeup while you work from home, makeup remover wipes are a fuss-free way to help you wind down at the end of the day. 

Bifesta’s makeup remover wipes are free from oil, alcohol, colourances and fragrances so your skin doesn’t have to touch harmful chemicals. If they’ve been on your radar for some time, here’s your chance to give them a go.

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

2. Cetaphil

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There’s no better time than this WFH period to reset your skin with a dermatologically approved skin cleanser. Cetaphil lets you redeem free samples including its popular Gentle Skin Cleanser, Moisturizing Cream and sunscreen. Young parents can also opt to redeem Cetaphil’s baby products for their little one.

How to redeem: Sign up for an account on the Cetaphil Friends website and wait for the welcome pack to be delivered to you.

3. Clarins

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If you’re already planning to make an online purchase from French beauty brand Clarins, you can add a little more excitement to your checkout by picking 3 free samples. Clarins offers numerous sample options, including skincare, makeup, body care and even mens’ products.

How to redeem: Before you check out your cart on Clarins’ website, add 3 free samples. They will be delivered to you along with your purchase.

4. Curél

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Curél has face, body and hair products targeted to work with sensitive Asian skin. Its Whitening Moisture Care line is suitable for millennials looking for ways to keep their skin soft and supple. Those wishing to get a head start on their anti-ageing regime can try its Aging Care series.

How to redeem: Register with your address on Kao’s website for Curél’s Aging Care Series or Whitening Moisture Care series. The products will be mailed to you in 6 to 8 weeks.

5. Hada Labo 

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Hada Labo is all about that bouncy “mochi-mochi” skin that will keep you looking fresh and dewy. Its new Hydrating Lotion is made with 4 types of hyaluronic acid to moisturise your skin thoroughly for the mochi-like texture.

Before you commit to the full-size bottle, you can test the brand’s free sample-sized lotion (9ml) to see if it works for you.

How to redeem: Register with your address on the Hada Labo sampling website. The sample will be mailed out 3 to 4 weeks later.

6. MINON Amino Moist

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MINON Amino Moist is a Japanese skincare brand that goes by its “3 Nons”; namely, non-allergic, non-toxic and non-alkaline, so you can be assured that the products will be gentle on the skin. The brand is offering free samples of its Moist Charge Lotion I, Moist Charge Milk and Moist Essential Mask so you can get a little feel of what it’s like to have it on your skin.

How to redeem: Register with your address on MINON Amino Moist’s website for its Moist Charge Lotion I or Moist Charge Milk and Moist Essential Mask. The items will be mailed to you in 2 to 3 weeks.

7. Sample Store

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A project by SingPost, the concept behind Sample Store is exactly what its name suggests. Redeem free makeup and skincare samples from familiar brands like Vichy, Suisai and more. 

How to redeem: Sign up for an account on Sample Store’s website. Add the free samples to your cart, check out, and wait for them to be delivered to you.

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In-store redemptions

8. AMORE Store x Lazada 

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All Korean skincare fans will rejoice when they step into AMORE Store x Lazada at Funan mall. The store brings together both familiar and rare K-beauty and skincare products such as Innisfree and Espoir.

How to redeem: Head over to the samples wall and pick out the samples you’d like to bring home (limited to 3 sachets or 1 travel-sized bottle). Scan the QR code and redeem your free samples.

9. LANEIGE

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There’s no need to envy child-actress-turned-successful-Hallyu-star Kim Yoo Jung and her clear, radiant skin. You can follow in the footsteps of the LANEIGE ambassador by speaking to its staff about your skin concerns and requesting for free samples of LANEIGE products.

How to redeem: Tell the staff about your skin concerns and request for a sample of the recommended product to bring home.

10. Kiehl’s 

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The next time you pass by that store with a skeleton, pop in for a consultation with their skincare professionals and get a free sample according to your skincare needs. Kiehl’s Sampling programme lets you kill two birds with one stone as you learn about your skin issues and get products to treat them. 

For a limited time, you can also nab the brand’s best-selling moisturiser, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. Simply fill in this form with your name and mobile number, then flash the SMS you received at any Kiehl’s store to collect your free Kiehl’s 12-Pc Ultra Trial Kit.

How to redeem: Tell the staff about your skin concerns and request for a sample of the recommended product to bring home.

11. Lush

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Oh, the land of vibrant colours and strong scents. If you’ve been eyeing Lush’s face and body masks or lip balms for some time, the good news is that Lush gives out free samples in-stores, so you can ask about getting one to try before you buy.

How to redeem: Tell the staff about your skin concerns and request for a sample of the recommended product to bring home.

12. THANN

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THANN, a luxury wellness brand hailing from Thailand, has products for aromatherapy, skincare, body care and hair care so you can simulate a spa experience at home. Some of its bestsellers include the Oil Free Facial Sunscreen and the Rice Oatmeal Face Scrub. Both items are chock-full of antioxidants to rejuvenate your skin.

How to redeem: Tell the staff about your skin concerns and request for a sample of the recommended product to bring home.

13. The Body Shop

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With everything from body care to makeup, The Body Shop is a familiar one-stop shop when it comes to beauty products. Some of its more popular skincare lines includes the Tea Tree, Drops of Youth and Roots of Strength ranges to cater to your skin’s specific needs.

How to redeem: Tell the staff about your skin concerns and request for a sample of the recommended product to bring home.

Online and in-store redemptions

14. L’Occitane en Provence

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You won’t ever have to sniff the amazingly scented creams from L’Occitane and stay satisfied with just that anymore. L’Occitane en Provence offers free samples in-stores and online so you can smell like a snacc anywhere you go.

How to redeem: Tell the staff about your skin concerns and request for a sample of the recommended product to bring home. You can also anticipate some free samples in your delivery package when you purchase products from L’Occitane en Provence’s online store.

Bonus: Laurier Super Slimguard Cool

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This isn’t related to beauty but hey, the more freebies, the merrier. After all, it’s always important to keep your options open, even when it comes to menstrual supplies. Designed with an innovative cooling sheet that contains menthol, Laurier Super Slimguard Cool keeps you feeling fresh all day. It’s also only 0.1cm thick, making it easier for you to carry out your usual activities like exercising. 

How to redeem: Register with your personal particulars on Laurier’s website. You will receive 2 of the Laurier Super Slimguard Cool 25cm pads within 3 to 4 weeks. 

Free Samples For The Thrifty Millennial

There’s nothing to be paiseh about when you’re looking for a skincare product that will work for you. These free samples let you make wise choices on the items to include in your skincare regime before committing to them. For more beauty- and fashion-related deals, stay updated by following SG Budget Babes on Telegram.

This post was first published in July 2020 and last updated on 8 January 2021.
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