Rue La La! Have you heard The Skinny? Exclusive Beauty VIP members-only sample sites are Haute!
And new ones are cropping up all the time — sites that sell collections and sets filled with sample beauty products at prices that often amount to HUGE savings of 50-75% off (versus purchasing the products separately at retail). Some, like Beauty VIP, go a step further, delivering members-only coupon codes and discounts on cosmetic surgery, beauty services and spas.
Membership’s usually free but required to browse the deals or to place orders online. Ironically, there’s rarely anything exclusive about joining these sites. A name and email address are all that’s typically required, but there’s just something alluring about the promise of exclusive goodies. 🙂
10 Top Beauty Sample Sites
Site: Gilt Groupe
Shtick: Mainstream beauty (Jemma Kidd, Mario Badescu and more) and fashion stuff, too
Site: Rue La La
Shtick: Luxury fashion, house stuff and beauty
Site: The Fairest
Shtick: Big mix of brands including Anastasia and FusionBeauty
Site: The Skinny
Shtick: Simple concept and not a lot to it; brands featured like Bare Escentuals, Dermaquest and Perricone MD
Site: NewBeauty TestTube
Shtick: Little choice; they send you a new sample set/tube once every three months
Site: Beauty VIP
Shtick: Actually charges an annual fee (about $50/year); has a huge array of deals, but their discounts are usually around 20% off
Site: Haute Look
Shtick: Fashion, beauty and stuff for home
Site: Market for Drama
Shtick: Typically just one discount/sale at a time; I like their product writeups, though.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,