Yesterday I wrote about how to save money when buying beauty products.
Today I’m covering beauty rewards programs, which you may not know even exist. Again, like yesterday, the source for this information is ShopSmart magazine, which took a look at the major rewards programs in the beauty category to identify ones that really pay off and where the gotchas are!
Here are 4 you might want to consider joining–based on where you buy your cosmetics:
Back to Mac – MacCosmetics.com
Good to Know: For every six MAC product containers you return at a MAC counter or online, you receive a free lipstick of your choice.
Gotchas: You pay for shipping. Also, paper boxes, samples and trial sizes, packaging and applicators are not accepted.
Beauty Insider – Sephora.com
Good to Know: Get one point for every dollar you spend; redeem at 100 and 500 point intervals. Reach 100 points and you get a deluxe sample; 500 will get you a limited-edition product. If you spend $350 a year you become a Very Important Beauty Insider, which gives you 10 percent savings on your next purchase, event invites, and more. You also get a free birthday gift.
Gotchas: None that ShopSmart could find.
Drugstore.com Dollars – Beauty.com
Good to Know: This program combines purchases you make on Beauty.com, Drugstore.com and VisionDirect.com. You receive a 5 percent in-store credit for every dollar you spend per quarter.
Gotchas: You must redeem quarterly rewards on one of the sites within a month of receipt and you can’t earn or use points on prescriptions or gift cards.
Extracare Beauty Club – CVS.com
Good to Know: Get a onetime beauty shopping pass for 10 percent off when you sign up, $5 ExtraBucks rewards for every $50 spent on qualifying products, and $3 ExtraBucks on your birthday. Products include cosmetics, fragrance, hair products, skin care, and hosiery. Actually, I never signed up for the Beauty Club beyond getting my Extra Rewards Card, and I recently earned $5 for spending $50 on cosmetics.
Gotchas: Only one membership per household is allowed, which is not a problem in our household since we have only one CVS Extra Rewards card that we use. Also, trial- and travel-sized items and CVS’ Beauty 360 products don’t earn ExtraBucks.
What other rewards programs have you found to be worth your while–and your dollars–when it comes to cosmetics?