Whoever said that the best things in life are free was absolutely right — especially when it comes to beauty products (and shipping is included). But aside from the joy of unwrapping a new luxury cream or perfume, samples also serve a real functional purpose. They can help you determine if a foundation is really the right shade when you step out of the brightly-lit storefront. Or, if that intense acne product really works for your skin — before dropping $18 on it, and some hydrocortisone cream to soothe the dry patches.
But we know that not all samples are created equal — and sachets and one-swipe stickers are definitely not worth a trip to the mall. So, we set out to find the very best freebies that are currently flying under the radar. We're talking deluxe tubes and packets, and even 8-piece custom skin regimens. (Hello!) Check them out, ahead.