Here is the list of the 10 best places to get your luxury beauty gift with purchase in 2018. I’ve been reviewing beauty gift with purchases for years, and every year there are more stunning gifts! I’d like to provide a very critical view of how they can be way better. Also, let’s vote for the best place to get free gifts in the comments below!
The Ten Best Places to Get Free Beauty Gift with Purchase 2018
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Price: Normally with a $125 purchase, you’ll get their B-glowing beauty bundle.
Why it is the best: The b-glowing beauty bundle is AWESOME. They carry brands that are more towards the luxury and natural groups. The major gift is always high in value, comes with a full size item and coupon for your next purchase. Sometimes, we can get one gift with purchase from this page on top of one discount code (I list them every Thursday). Choose three free samples at checkout too, good hah?
What could be better: I wish that they would allow us to get the freebies on sale items. Because their sale page is the best among premium to high-end beauty retailers. Everything must go and we are talking about at least 40% off.
I recommend applying to the Bloomingdale’s Loyalist membership. It’s free and we get points, free shipping – double to 5x points on beauty majority of the time.
Price: Gift bag contains 15+ beauty samples with a $125 – $150 beauty purchase.
Why it is the best: They have choose 5 free samples from select category with $50 purchase very often and the brands are mostly high-end! The Bloomingdale’s beauty event pops up almost every month. During their event, we normally get Bloomingdale’s sitewide gift together with brand’s gifts and $25 back on any $100 beauty purchase promotion. Not even mentioning the Space NK gift yet. Bloomingdale’s is the only place that runs a bi-annual Space NK Beauty Edit Gift other than Space NK direct.
What could be better: They’re sort of like Macy’s – their gifts are too well thought out and planned. Loosen it a bit, let us get more.
#8 Saks Fifth Avenue
Price: Saks offers seasonal beauty bags and they are around 20-piece with $200 purchase. Saks cardholders will get an extra Saks beauty box gifts with purchase starting from $250+ see more details here.
Why it is the best: You can use up to 5 promo codes per order and shipping is free almost year-round. The gift with purchase items are mostly exclusive and only the top lines from upscale beauty brands. They have a bunch of cool upscale beauty samples with any $25 beauty purchase. The coupon codes for 10% off are offered very often. They usually send a 10% – 20% off unique coupon code to your inbox – sign up for free here.
What could be better: I’d like to see $100 – $125 buy-in offers from Saks.
Ulta Ulta Ulta, you’d easily be in the top three only if one thing is improved.
Price: Big random swings. It could be a 20-piece gift with $75 purchase or a 19-piece gift with $150 purchase. The Beauty Break gifts are usually 4-5 deluxe samples with $50 purchase and run 4 – 6 hours.
Why it is the best: Stacking! They stack — all gift with purchase offers, coupon (printable version) and all things we can add to our cart will likely be stackable. We really like the secret $10 value gift with any online purchase – I list them (literally) every day in my daily post. It felt satisfying, didn’t it? The three tier membership and Ulta rewards are awesome. You can treat your points like money. See the chart here.
What could be better: The samples are a mix of drugstore and premium brands. It’s convincing when you can buy drugstore items and get premium gift with purchase but not vice versa. It’s a love/hate relationship. What do you think? They normally ship free with a $50 purchase, come on.
Their point system is so complicated. The ‘must’ activation bonus is also too much work. In-store shopping is not a good choice either. The clerk said I can only get one gift per transaction and denied me the brand specific gift that was advertised in the catalog and only gave me the Benefit brow sample.
#6 Cult Beauty
Bravo Cult Beauty! Your Cult Beauty goody bags deserve a big applause!!
Price: Cult Beauty is like an international phenomenon. They are trustworthy and ship worldwide with a 40 GBP purchase. In addition, non-EU shoppers will get approximately 17% off the price listed on their site! I’m serious.
Why it is the best: Cult Beauty Goody Bag and Cult Beauty Box are deserving of our adoration and loyalty. The Cult Beauty Goody Bag only lasts a few days and runs four times per year. This Cult Beauty Goody Bag usually contains three+ full size beauty products, 15+ deluxe beauty samples and a coupon code. The minimum purchase is usually 150 to 175 GBP (lower for non-EU). They contain all ‘cult’ beauty brands, Europe’s most loved brands, US brands and a bunch of Korean brands. Good wellness selection. All Cult Beauty goody bag and gift with purchase are provided here. Brands like Charlotte Tilbury, Omorovicza or Caudalie are a little cheaper compared to here.
What could be better: I don’t know. Do you have any message for them? Do you think having a warehouse in the US and offering 3-day shipping? Enable us right now please!
I know! If you are a Sephora fanatic why it’s only #5?.
Price: Sephora and Sephora.ca offer new gift with purchase almost every day at Sephora.com/beauty-offers. They are 1 – 2 deluxe samples with $25 purchase. They offer Sephora sample bags that contain 7+ samples with $35+ purchase several times per year. Their sample bags are well curated and contain items that are loved by several … clans.
Why it is the best: First, Sephora, Ulta and Space NK offer free birthday gift (reviewed here). Sephora’s 3-tier membership consists of Beauty Insider, Sephora VIB (spend $350) and Sephora VIB Rouge (spend $1000). VIB and VIB Rouge members will get extra coupon codes and more perks that are reserved for them only. We can choose 2 free samples at checkout with no minimum required. Sephora Flash subscription is $15 per year for unlimited free shipping.
They also have Sephora Favorites— awesome multi-brand kits. We can redeem the points for free samples or full size for VIB and Rouge at Sephora.com/rewards-bazaar. Sephora Play beauty box is only $10 and is one of the best beauty boxes. The return process at Sephora is among the best. It’s reasonable – no pressure, they really do care about our satisfaction – beautiful and bravo!
What could be better: I like all the perks and online customer service. They are very good but there’s room for more and I know that they listen.
- Send free samples that we picked from checkout process. We appreciate that you substitute the out of stock items. We know that warehousing and logistics are a tough thing, but it’s so disappointing when you don’t get what you picked.
- Sephora Rouge perks, something epic for big spenders, can you do a 20-piece gift with $200 purchase? I want that $125 Pat McGrawth palette and can’t really take the beauty bag with $45 purchase. Wouldn’t Sephora want to get more Rouge members and make everybody happy?
- Add more to your rewards bazaar. They are sold out at 9:01 AM.
Top brands: Anastasia Beverly Hills | Beautyblender | Bite Beauty | Drunk Elephant | Fenty Beauty by Rihanna| GLAMGLOW | Huda Beauty | Kat Von D | Make Up For Ever | Marc Jacobs Beauty| Milk Makeup | PAT McGRATH LABS | Sunday Riley| Surratt | TATCHA | Tarte | Too Faced | | Urban Decay | Violet Voss | Viseart
Rising star Bluemercury, a luxury spa-like shop, is owned by Macy’s and their gift with purchase has improved like a dream.
Price: The major ones are approximately 10+ deluxe samples with a $75+ order.
Why it is the best: We can choose three free samples at checkout and it could be as cool as full size Guerlain lipstick! We can choose one free gift with purchase and use one discount code – always stackable. The Bluemercury Anniversary gift are their best gift and only run once per year every fall. They have the Skinceuticals brand that nobody else with brick and mortar stores carry.
What could be better: The cool gift with purchase will sell out in less than 24 hours unless it’s a monthly one.
#3 Barneys New York
Price: $125 – $175 for their major bi-annual gift bags.
Why it is the best: Barneys almost made it to the runner-up rank. There’s something about their epic Barneys Love Yourself Beauty Event that is so addictive. The upscale full-size or deluxe beauty samples are so divine and to-die-for. You just have to pop up a few days per year when it’s offered. It’s the beauty gift with purchase event that is worth saving up for and it’s bi-annual. See my review of the Love Yourself gift bags for spring and recently for autumn here. No coupon codes are needed for any beauty gift or beauty event at Barneys, they will be automatically added to your cart. Shipping is always free on any US order. They have the Barneys Warehouse that are worth checking out. The Barneys Beauty Boxes are phenomenal (reviewed here).
What could be better: They could offer seasonal $125 – $150 gift bags way more often. Then overall I have nothing to add, and you?
Top brands: Antica Farmacista |Armani | Bobbi Brown | CHANEL | Chantecaille| Cle de Peau Beaute | Kjaer Weis | La Mer | Le Labo | MDNA SKIN | NARS | ReVive | Rituals | Serge Lutens Beauté | Sunday Riley | Surratt | Tatcha | Westman Atelier | Zelens
#2 Space NK US and Space NK UK
Price: Space NK’s major bi-annual gift bag events require approximately a $250+ purchase.
Why it is the best: Space NK Beauty Edit Event is phenomenal and is the highest value beauty bag among all US beauty retailers. We are talking about $500+ worth of freebies and $300+ worth of step-up gift. Space NK US hosts these Space NK Beauty Edit Gift Bags twice – Space NK Spring Beauty Edit and Space NK Autumn Beauty Edit. It’s the Real Deal (reviewed here).
Sign up to the N.Dulge Membership here to get early access to this gift bag and earn a free Space NK birthday gift. Alternatively, simply follow the IcanGWP beauty blog by email and WordPress will send you an email every time a new post is up! Space NK has had several exclusive coupon codes for discounts or freebies for IcanGWP readers, *cough*thebiggestoneiscomingtomorrow*cough* don’t miss out! Space NK lists all current deluxe size beauty gift with purchase offers here.
What could be better: You might see a massive list of Space NK coupon codes at several coupon sites. I’d say, don’t bother. Space NK used to allow unlimited coupon codes for free gift with purchase but they have recently updated to one gift per order at checkout and no promo code needed.
Top brands Space NK US: 111SKIN | Aurelia Probiotic Skincare | By Terry | Chantecaille | Diptyque | DR. BARBARA STURM | EVE LOM | HOURGLASS |Kevyn Aucoin | Ilia | Lipstick Queen | Malin + Goetz | MD SOLAR SCIENCES | Natura Bisse | Odacite | Omorovicza | Oribe | Revive | Smith & Cult | Space NK Beauty Box | Surratt | Sunday Rileyl | VINTNERS DAUGHTER | Votary |
Top brands Space NK UK: 111SKIN | Aesop | By Terry | Becca | Caudalie | Cover FX | DIPTYQUE | Drunk Elephant| Emma Hardie | Eve Lom | Hourglass |Darphin | Oribe | NARS | ODACITÉ | Omorovicza | PERRICONE MD |Sunday Riley | Tom Ford
NORDSTROM is crowned as a king of beauty gift with purchase heaven this year!
Price: Complicated here: $75 – $125 for 11 – 25 piece sitewide gift bags. They also have category gift bag like Hair Care gift bag, Makeup gift bag, Skincare gift bag, Fragrance gift bag, Grooming and Cologne gift bag or Natural Beauty and Wellness gift bag – all combinable. In addition, they normally offer at least 50 brand specific gifts year-round.
Why it is the best: This high-end and luxury beauty destination lives up their reputation. They are always offering big Nordstrom beauty bags filled with the latest in the beauty world for us every month and you’ll receive it on sitewide beauty purchase. Beauty brands that Nordstrom carries also offer their gift with purchase and they are top notch. Nordstrom beauty sale page here is always awesome.
You can get unlimited gift with purchase as long as your cart qualifies for them. The shipping is free sitewide, big or small. We can choose an extra three (or five or even ten sometimes) samples from makeup, skincare, fragrance or grooming selections. Nordstrom doesn’t offer a Nordstrom beauty box but they are offering hundreds of Nordstrom Exclusive beauty.
Nordstrom will price match most US retailers that are on par with them, brick and mortar or online with Nordstrom live chat here. And you know what—they are matching prices even from Amazon (all shipped & sold by Amazon or beauty only here). See details in my post here or Nordstrom pricing policy.
In addition, there are more perks at Nordstrom that I can’t fit it here – the return policy is very generous, you’ll get Nordstrom Note on any beauty purchase, cardholders can set up Nordstrom personal triple points dates, the annual Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale or the biggest sale from Nordstrom called Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and more. The Nordie club launched in October 2018 make us Nordie loyalty shoppers even more happy! They put us in a tier now and with a $500+ spend, we will be in the Nordie Insider tier with more perks.
Last and most importantly, have I mentioned Trust! “Nordstrom” is a trustworthy destination for us beauty junkies – no problem whatsoever that they can’t solve to make us happier.
What could be better: I can’t be happier with their customer service and Nordstrom is the only department store that has special Beauty Customer Service – I wish that others would learn from them. You are not perfect though, there’s no beauty birthday gift or special unique coupon codes. Ahem… we can only use one promo code per order?
That’s the top ten best beauty retailers in the US!! I’m all ears to get your personal ranks and fave stores.
The VERY important factor to make a purchase or not…
One last thing and it’s a mean world for us. We deny paying $5 shipping fee. Nope. All beauty retailers that are collecting shipping fees please take a closer look at Nordstrom, Barneys, Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. It’s doable. Agree everyone?
These are my humble picks and my favorites. I had so much fun writing this post. It’s like I can let it go and get it all off my mind. I hope you enjoyed the post! Let’s do the reader-favorites in the comments below! Anything to add? Where do you shop and why?
Katie @ IcanGWP Beauty Blog
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