Try Foundations For Free by Stephs World

Saving Money // Try Foundations for free

As a Blogger who like to dabble in Beauty Blogging (occasionally), I am always trying to find ways to try new products without having to spend money. Aren’t we all? As I am on the search for a new Foundation, I have come across a good tip for saving money without having to spend £20+ for a product you may not like.

For me, I personally love the Clinique: Superbalanced Silk Foundation and use it every single day; but sometimes you want to shake up your routine and this is where I learnt these tips.

How to try new Foundations for free!

These tips only work for those brands who actually have a stand in like Boots, Debenhams, House of Fraser etc…

Do your research…

I am rarely an impulse buyer and will always do my research before purchasing. I find that when I bought on a whim before, the foundations have been either been the wrong shade for me or they have caused me to break out in spots or small lumps where it has clogged my pores.

Ask to try…

If I call into a counter and know I want to try out a new Foundation, I always see if they are available for a colour match as I know some shades look really yellow on me. Usually, they offer to do this, but sometimes they leave you to just have a browse around and then I feel too nervous to ask for help.

Clinique Foundation Samples

See if the company offer free samples…

This is another thing counters usually offer up, but I always ask for a sample of the Foundation to trial at home to see if it is worth the money. I currently have a sample of the following:

  • Clinique: Superbalanced (Original – not Silk)
  • Clinique: High Impact
  • Estee Lauder: Double Wear
  • Lancôme: Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation

Usually the samples last around a week or two, which gives it a good trial and also the sample pots are handy to use (or keep) to travel with without having to take a huge Foundation bottle with you.

Estee Lauder Foundation Samples

Show around or purchase online…

After I try out the sample and know I love the Foundation and the colour is right for me, I usually look around for the best deals or shop online. Most online deals offer free gifts (which come with sample size products – win win).

Grab your reward card…

If you’re like me, I am a hoarder of reward cards from anywhere and everywhere. So I always remember to collect my reward points, they all build-up and I can then spend them on more make-up.

Sign up for the brand’s newsletter…

We all hate junk emails from brands and companies trying to sell us one thing or another, but sometimes they are useful. Some of the emails contain free gifts, voucher codes and competitions, which are always good 🙂

Lancome Foundation Samples

Thanks for reading…

I know a lot of people will already know these tips and use them already, but I hope it helps someone save money while on the quest for a new Foundation 🙂

Are there any foundations which you think I should give a go?

  • marclamberts

    I love the way you make photo, they really look good! I can’t really say I use foundations, but I think that others will find this really useful!

  • Tasha Louise

    I really want to try the estee lauder foundation, i recommend the YSL touche eclat

  • Stacey

    There are some great tips here to save money. Makeup purchasing can get so expensive! I really like Revlon Colourstay and according to some bloggers it is just as good as the Estee Lauder double wear for a fraction of the cost.

  • Hollie Byrne

    Some really good tips here, Steph! I’m on the lookout for a new foundation so I might have to go and have a colour match somewhere!

  • ADoseOfChatter

    I really need to use my Debenhams reward card more, it’s so silly I dont! And samples are an absolute must, I used to feel bad about asking for them but not anymore!

    Love Izzy |

  • Aqy✨

    This is a great handy post! Thanks for sharing, I always struggle to find the right foundation shade sometimes and these tips would help me out a lot! xo

  • I want to give double wear a go but don’t want to pay all the money for it if it’s not right for me. I’m going to give this a go, I’m always to shy to ask

    Tasha x

  • Sian…

    I’m a reward cards hoarder too! High end make-up is definitely something I want to try next as I’m trying to choose quality over quantity. I also have a different email address for all my shopping emails so they don’t get clogged up in my regular email account!

    Sian x

  • Charlene McElhinney

    I collect reward cards here, there & everywhere! They definitely are rewarding! I’ve collected over £30 on my boots card and I always save up good points with the likes of Tesco, The Works, Superdrug etc!

    I never really thought about the foundation samples! Will have to start asking at counters etc and give this a go!

  • Amy Eade

    I always try and get a sample before I buy if it’s high end – I can’t afford to buy a foundation I might not like! Great tips.
    Amy xx

  • These are great tips I don’t have that many foundations but I do always try to get samples of them if I can! X

  • Holly

    I remember when I first started blogging 5 years ago, PR samples weren’t really a ‘thing’ so I used to go from counter to counter to ask for a mini sample to review for my blog haha those were the days! still a great idea though!

    Holly xx

  • Tania Ribeiro

    I always make the mistake of buying the foundation without giving it a proper run and most the time end up hating it! I’m going to give this a try next time I’m in town and pick up a few samples.

    Tania ||

  • Lucy

    Great tips! I’m tempted to try the Clinique foundation

  • Ooh I like your ideas! I recently bought a foundation that I do not like at all, so I’ll try a sample next time!