The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here—and if you’re a Nordstrom card member, it’s already been here, with Early Access deals that started July 12. Luckily, all the good deals haven’t been nabbed up just yet—there’s more than enough going on in the beauty department. Cases in point: incredible deals on beauty names like Nars, Kiehl’s, Le Labo, and Trish McEvoy. But if there’s one thing better than the words on sale, it’s the word free, and there are plenty of great ways to score some free beauty products during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Yes, you read that right.
We’re talking about gifts with purchase, the old staple of tempting beauty discounts. But this isn’t your usual makeup-bag-with-purchase situation. Instead, the gifts with purchase at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale are actually good. An eight-piece Kiehl’s skin-care set with a $125 purchase? Done. Not all of the freebies are going to be full-size products, but there are a ton of beauty products that (a) expire so quickly that a full-size product almost isn’t even worth it (hello, all mascaras), or (b) you use so little of that a sample-size product can actually last you a heck of a long time (e.g., serums, eye cream). It’s perfect for testing out a new product to see whether it’s worth shelling out for a full-size product—or just adding to your gym bag.
Here are some of the best gifts with purchase going on—and our fave picks for how to score them. (Just keep in mind some are for online purchases only.) Be quick: Once everyone’s in on the secret, supplies are sure to go quickly.