One of the best-known beauty-sampling clubs is also one of the most cost-effective. With a vast, cherry-picked roster of brands, deliveries include everything from Malin + Goetz hair care to Chantecaille makeup, and offerings vary widely according to preferences you supply in an online questionnaire.
THE GOODS: Four or five samples of varying sizes (less than an ounce to full size) from brands like Dr. Jart+, Kérastase, Kiehl's and Stila, with one lifestyle item, such as stationery or tea. Selections are tailored to your responses to questions about hair or skin type and concerns, plus your stated level of makeup proficiency. Occasional partnerships, such as past ones with Goop and Gossip Girl, also add variety.
THE FINE PRINT: Sign up online for an invitation to join the monthly subscription service (that's $10 a month and $110 for 12 months, shipping to the U.S. included). After about four weeks, you get an emailed link to place your order, and in less than a month you should receive your first box. Subscriptions renew automatically unless you pull the plug (online or by phone at 877-487-7272). If you want to stop an annual subscription, you must do so within the first month.Read MoreLess