Everyone wants to look as good as they can, and beauty products can help you present yourself in the best way.
But beauty products can be expensive.
For those of you penny pinchers who’d like to save some money and receive free makeup and cosmetics, becoming a product tester can be a great option.
There are a dozen or so cosmetic and beauty related panels backed by some of the major beauty product manufacturers and companies out there that will actually send you stuff for free to test.
What will I learn?
Why do companies give you free beauty products to test?
The reason they do that is simple…
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They want feedback from real consumers who actually use their products.
Your feedback helps them develop new products or come up with new and improved ones, ultimately helping their bottom line.
So while it may seem like companies like L’Oréal are losing money by giving away free makeup and other health and beauty related products to product testers, they are actually making more money in the long run.
It is the exact reason why online survey sites that pay you for sharing your opinion.
Direct feedback from consumers is priceless for companies.
How to become a beauty product tester
It’s easy really.
Sign up for one or all of the sites mentioned below, fill out our profile information so they know your demographics which they can use to send you appropriate items.
Whenever there is a product testing opportunity that matches you and your profile, they’ll send you the item for free to use/test.
Some of these companies may have you fill out a questioner after a few weeks of use to find out about your experience and what you thought of the product(s).
So not only you get free stuff, you also have the chance to have an impact on products you use in your daily life.
Sephora Product Testing
A lot of our readers have been asking us about Sephora (and Maybelline) and whether they have a product testing panel.
The answer is no!
Unfortunately, neither Sephora nor Maybelline have a product testing panel, at least none that I know of. If they do exist and you are a member of, please let us know in the comment section.
20 Legit beauty/cosmetic testing panels
Ready for some free stuff?
Here are 20 legit and trusted panels you can use to score free makeup and beauty items.
1. Vogue Influencer Network
You go through a screening process to join the Vogue Influencer Network, answering various questions and giving your Pinterest ID.
Once you qualify, you’ll be kept up-to-date on the latest fashion trends and receive special offers.
- Sign up Link: https://influencers.vogue.com/
2. Oprah Magazine DevOtee Panel
This is for you then!
Oprah fans are called DevOtees here and not only you get free samples and products, you also can win prizes by participating in surveys.
- Sign up Link: http://omagonline.com/things-we-love.php
3. L’Oréal Consumer Testing
Offered by the manufacturer, this opportunity is strictly involved with beauty products.
L’Oréal has on-site opportunities in New Jersey, Ohio, and Illinois, but will mail out cosmetics to you at home for testing.
- Sign up Link: https://consumertesting.lorealusa.com/
4. Condé Nast Style Society
This advertises itself as an exclusive online community, and comes from the magazines Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, and more.
You can take a five-minute questionnaire to see if you qualify.
- Sign up Link: http://www.surveys.cnstylesociety.com/se.ashx
5. Allure Beauty Enthusiast
Another beauty only panel, which gives you access to exclusive offers, VIP events, and product surveys.
You can apply to join the “inner circle” by visiting the sign up link below .
6. People Style Watch Style Hunters
Apply to join an exclusive group of influential fashion and beauty enthusiasts and become a Style Hunter
You will be the first to know about the latest fashion and beauty, including getting product samples.
It includes a scoring system based on your influence on social networks.
- Sign up Link: https://stylehunters.theoutfit.com/
7. Elle Inner Circle
If Elle magazine is more your style, you may be tempted to join the Elle Inner Circle.
You will get exclusive access to content, members only discussions, prizes, and online chatting with special guests in the beauty and fashion industries.
- Sign up Link: http://www.elleinnercircle.com
8. Mary Claire Velvet Rope Club
This magazine presents an insider’s society for women to express their views, and to get special offers and prizes.
- Sign up Link: http://subscribe.hearstmags.com/circulation/shared/email/newsletters/signup/mar-vrc-su.html
1. Good Housekeeping Advisory Panel
If you’re selected, you can expect surveys several times a year, and the opportunity to learn about and test new products.
- Sign up Link: http://www.cybersurvey.com/GHtesters.htm
10. Team Redbook
Redbook wants you to become a panel member, where you would have the opportunity to share your opinion, win prizes, and test new products.
- Sign up Link: http://www.cybersurvey.com/Redbook_panel.htm
Influenster.com is all about beauty and makeup – and pets – and you can join on the website.
You get the usual range of benefits, including samples and contests.
- Sign up Link: https://www.influenster.com
Vocalpoint gives you an outlet to voice your opinion about brands that you use, and hopefully make them better.
You can get samples, and find out what people think about all sorts of things.
- Sign up Link: http://www.vocalpoint.com
For fans of Glamour magazine, your panel is at glamspotters.com. Join up to win prizes and have the opportunity to express your opinion.
- Sign up Link: www.glamspotters.com
BzzAgent.com is a website that is set up specifically for people who want to try out services or products, and share their opinions.
They ask you to start by filling out a survey, so that they know what you are interested in.
The website shares all sorts of goods, not just beauty products.
- Sign up Link: BzzAgent.com
The name says it all!
This website even has an online TV channel, but it’s basically set up for you to post your product reviews about all sorts of items, including books, food, Crayola crayons, movies, and electronics, as well as beauty items.
There is an active blog, and if you are a regular participant they will send you samples.
- Sign up Link: www.shespeaks.com
The homepage claims there are 700,000 Smiley members, who are all “among the first to discover new brands, content and offers for free”.
Simply go to smiley360.com and you too can sign up to give your opinions and review products.
- Sign up Link: http://www.smiley360.com
I talked about PINCHme in our “Amazon review sites to get free amazon products” post. When you sign up for PinchMe, you fill out a questionnaire about your household and your shopping habits.
Every few weeks they send out new samples, and if you login at the specified time you can request some.
Your only obligation is to provide a simple review after you use them.
- Sign up Link: https://www.pinchme.com
18. House Party
This is a different idea. It’s not limited to beauty products, but a wide range, including beer.
Parties are hosted by members, and you too can host a party and get sent the products in a Party Pack. Parties for the same products or sponsors are hosted across the nation at the same time.
When you are done, you write about it and perhaps send some photographs.
- Sign up Link: http://www.houseparty.com
Finally, a more specialized product review panel. If you home school, you should have heard of the site, HomeSchool.com, which is a resource for parents.
Sometimes they need product testers for homeschooling items, and if you connect with them, you may be able to test and review applicable goods.
- Sign up Link: http://www.homeschool.com/ProductTester/
This is a site where you tell them what kind of product you are interested in and they send you those products for free.
The only catch here is that you have to review the stuff you get (mainly on Amazon).
- Sign up Link: http://support.swaggable.com/hc/en-us
21. The Pink Panel
They don’t seem to have a website, instead they use Facebook as their main page.
You have to fill out a short form to apply and if you are accepted, you will get cosmetics and beauty products to test for free.
22. InStyle Trendsetter
As an InStyle Trendsetter, you’ll have the chance to participate in surveys sharing your opinion on style topics from fashion to beauty to home décor.
And best of all, you’ll be able to get brand-new products for free as a tester.
- Sign up Link: https://www.instyletrendsetters.com/
For most of the panels above, product testing is only occasional and so you can join several without being overtaxed.
It’s an opportunity to express your opinions to the world, and incidentally you may be given things you really like.
Try a few panels, and see how it goes.
There may be other beauty product testing sites that are not listed here.
If you know of any, please feel free to leave a comment below and we will add it to the list.