Sephora Rouge VIB

via Sephora

There’s nothing like the promise of lipstick, to get us to buy more lipstick. It’s not like we wouldn’t buy the lipstick–or two–without a rewards bonus, but it certainly helps. Beauty reward programs makes it easier to justify the purchase (it’s crazy not to get it, because it will save us in the long run) especially if we’re splurging on something fancier than our drugstore favorites.The programs not only help us save on purchases but some offer free samples, bonus points and even birthday treats. And who doesn’t want an extra surprise on their bithday–or any time of year?

Here are 11 beauty rewards programs that are worth signing up for:

1. Nuxe

Nuxe Rewards Progra

Online shopping can be dangerous. Somehow when you’re just clicking a mouse, it doesn’t seem like you’re spending real money–until you get your credit card statement that is. Nuxe rewards you for being click-happy with their Loyalty Program. You earn 1 flower point for every $1, and you get a $10 e-coupon when you have accrued 100 flower points (aren’t flower points such a fun-sounding currency?) Not to tempt you more, but you get $25 e-coupon for 200 flower points and a $75 e-coupon for 500 points. Just saying.

2. Sephora

Sephora Beauty Rewards

The Sephora Beauty Insider program is like Angry Birds, where you have to get to the next level. The tiered program, starts with the free to join, Beauty Insider. You get free beauty classes and a no purchase necessary birthday gift (this year it’s a mini Make Up For Ever lipstick and mascara). You collect points (1 point for every $1) which get you deluxe size samples, when you collect over 100 points.

If you spend over $350 per year, you are upgraded to the VIB program (Very Important Beauty Insider, duh), which gives you advance access to sales, new products and exclusive events. If that wasn’t enough to put a dent in your wallet, if you spend $1000 in a calendar year, you get to the VIB Rouge level. This gets you free shipping on online purchases, special gifts and invites to exclusive Rouge events. What a very dangerous excuse to buy a lot of lipsticks…

3. MAC 

MAC Lipstick Back To MACBefore you run out the door at the words “free lipstick,” hold on for just a second. MAC‘s Back to MAC program allows you to get a free lipstick of your choice when you return six “primary packaging containers” online or in store. FYI: “Primary packaging containers” pretty much covers everything including eyeshadow and blush compacts, gloss, mascara and liner tubes, and foundation bottles. Try to resist the urge to decant all your foundation into a glass, just so you can get the free product now.

4. Smashbox

Smashbox Pretty Points In addition to being the cutest name for a discount ever, Smashbox Pretty Points Loyalty Rewards Program is a dangerous excuse to order four primers (I like to stockpile them, I’m obsessed). For every dollar you spend, you earn 5 points. When you reach 500 points, you get a $10 certificate to use on your next purchase. If that doesn’t have the credit card burning in your hand, you get a deluxe sample with every order over $35 and a birthday gift. There’s also free gifts at Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimea much better way to spend the hour than eating a soggy sandwich at the corner deli.


ULTAmate Rewards

ULTAmate Rewards isn’t just a great program because of the clever pun name. You get one point for every dollar, and your points are good for an entire year. During your birthday month, you earn double the points and you also get a free full-sized CK One Mascara. Plus, if you send over $400 in a year, you’ll earn points 25% faster.The redemptions start at 100 points, which gets you $3 off, and  go up to 2000 points, which gets $125 off.

6. Kiehl’s 

Kieh's Recycle and Be Rewarded Progra

Is there a better incentive to recycle than the promise of a freebie? Kiehl‘s Recycle and Be Rewarded Program, err, rewards you for bringing back empty full-size bottles. Each bottle earns you a stamp, and 10 stamps gets you a free travel collection product (2.5 oz).

7. Bare Escentuals

Bare Escentuals Fab Friends Benefits

Don’t confuse Bare Escentuals Friends And Benefits program with that Justin Timberlake movie. This is much better. Sign up for the free program and you’ll receive a birthday gift, invites to events and your very own Personal Sale Day, where you get 15% off anything. How VIP. If you spend $150, you’ll get $10 off future purchases. Better make that two Get Started Kits then.

8. Sally Beauty

Sally Beauty Club

As soon as you hear that you have to pay for a rewards card do you immediately refuse it? Don’t make this mistake with the Sally Beauty Club. The yearly membership is only $5, and you get a $5 off your next purchase coupon, making the membership free (provided you use the coupon). Plus you get special member pricing, which saves you a dollar or two, compared to those poor people who refused the membership.

If you spend, $25 before taxes in a month, you’ll get 15% off your next purchase in the next month, so why not buy that extra nail polish.

9. Clarins

Clarins Rewards Program

We spend a lot of money on skincare, so it’s nice to be rewarded for buying the essential things that keep our face clean. Join Clarins Loyalty Program and you’ll be credited 1 point for every $1 spent. As an incentive to sign up, you get 20 points just for registering. When you reach 200 points, you get a promotion code for $20 off your next purchase of $50.

10.  Tarte

Tarte Pretty PointsTarte‘s Pretty Perks program (trying saying that fast five times) is a program that apparently loves us right back (unlike some others where the love isn’t reciprocated. Sniff) Like most programs, you get a point for every dollar spent, but unlike others you get an additional point for each review you do (up to 10 points a month). Plus you get a deluxe sample with every purchase when you accrue 100 points. There’s even a birthday gift and 20% discount, and $50 credit when you reach 500 points. This love affair just got serious.

11. L’Oréal Paris

L'Oreal Hair Dye Rewards

This L’Oréal Paris Gold Rewards program, is a very good reason to cancel your next salon appointment. Register for the program, purchase five hair color products, then get the next one free. If that wasn’t enough of a reason to try Demi Lovato’s purple and silver ombré, they will also give you bonus perks, as you’re collecting products.