I somewhat impulsively purchased the Nars Bord de Plage palette last month and one of the reasons I did was because Nordstrom had a really great gift with purchase if you spent $75 on beauty. While the offer is now long over (it ended before my package even arrived), Nordstrom does these larger gifts every few months so keep an eye out for the next one! GWP Addict and I Can GWP are great reference blogs for current gifts with purchase.
Nordstrom's gift with purchase offers are great because the buy-in is not too high - these days $75 will not get you much in the high-end beauty market. Barneys and SpaceNK do really great gifts twice a year (spring and fall) but the buy-in is usually $200 or $250. While you do get more samples from higher end brands, you're also spending a lot more money (that you might not need to spend otherwise). Nordstrom has a really wide selection of beauty products including some mid-tier brands like Mac as well as a lot of prestige brands so you'd be hard pressed not to find something worthy of adding to your basket.
My one complaint about this gift with purchase is the number of fragrances samples included. But then again I'm not much of a fragrance person so take that for what you will. If you like trying new scents, this would be a plus for you.
I really like that this gift bag included a lot of well known brands as well as an assortment of samples that could be used more than once. Above are the samples I'm most excited to try and the ones I personally think are the best value. I haven't tried any Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks before and this mini of So Marilyn is adorable. I've had a mini tube of the GlamGlow Thirsty Mud Hydrating Treatment before and I love it as an overnight mask - I'll be saving this one for my Asia trip in October. I've been intrigued by Odacite's serums but they're seriously pricey. The full size of the Ac+R Serum Concentrate is only 5ml and $55! I think the Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid is quite popular so I'm interested to see how my skin reacts to this. I know Bare Minerals more for their makeup than their skincare but their Vital Power Infusion (weird name for a skincare product) is a pretty decent size. I'm not gonna lie - I know nothing about the Saturday Skin mist other than the fact that this packaging is super cute.
Overall I'm really happy with what I got in my order. I also was able to choose 3 free foil samples at checkout and opted for Chanel, La Mer and GlamGlow samples. I can't remember the last time Sephora actually sent me the 3 free samples I actually selected. I assume their order volume is just too high and samples go out of stock too quickly but it's still incredibly annoying. Thumbs up to Nordstrom who can deliver on their free samples. I swear I'm not affiliated with Nordstrom (in my dreams) - I just think their beauty department and gift with purchases are on point!
Are there any gift with purchases that you wait for? Which ones are your favorite?