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Any power beauty shopper appreciates a free gift. (It's kind of the industry's M.O.) But what if your freebies weren't just another branded tote? What if you got products you actually wanted to use? Here, three well-known brands that offer incentives to hold on to empty containers. All you have to do is bring them back to claim your prize. 

This cult-favorite brand is already among the most eco-friendly ones out there, using 100 percent recycled plastic packaging for most of its products. The 5 Pot Program keeps the green going by rewarding customers with one free face mask (might we suggest the Catastrophe Cosmetic?) for every five empties you bring in.

You know that tube of Ultra Facial Cleanser or bottle of Creme de Corps you can’t live without? Well, you can benefit from your addiction through the brand’s Recycle & Be Rewarded program. Bring in your empty container to get a stamp. Once youcollect ten stamps, you can choose a free travel-size product—which means no more decanting expensive cleanser into TSA-friendly (but certainly not user-friendly) travel tubes.

MAC Cosmetics
Between the on-trend colors and limited-edition collaborations every season, there is perhaps no beauty brand more collectible than MAC. And thanks to its Back-to-MAC program, you can steadily add to your stash by trading in six empty bottles (makeup or skin-care) for one free lipstick of your choosing. We’re thinking a juicy berry shade for this time of year.


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