By GWP, I mean a real gift with purchase. Technically a single deluxe item is a GWP. Although, I do appreciate that MAC started offering a free deluxe sample with direct orders once it resigned the site, I prefer my GWP in bundles. It is also possible to get a single MAC deluxe sample with select department store purchases. My MAC collection is relatively small. As a deal shopper, I do not find many deals on MAC items. I actually addressed this last year when I finally purchased the 217 brush. MAC items are cheaper than most stores that sell their own items and have counters in department stores, but I still need to feel like I am getting a deal. The number one thing that urges me into a purchase is a GWP, followed by a discount. Granted, I would choose the discount if it was better than my (I always calculate the value of what I would use) GWP value.
Estee Lauder owns MAC, so I always wondered why it left MAC in the cold for gift with purchases considering it was a GWP King. Discounts for MAC are almost as rare. When ordering from a department store, we can always get a GWP (usually not MAC branded items) or shop during their sales. For direct orders, expedited shipping is usually as good as it gets. I’ve used their expedited shipping, and I never seem satisfied paying full price but only getting the items a little faster. MAC did offer $10 off every $50 spent in June 2015, using the code MACFAN1. Depending on the amount spent, that discount was from 10% ($99) to 20% ($100). That was a special offer to launch the new website, so I thought it was a one and done discount. Then, it released a code 15% off in June 2o16, MAC15. I wondered if we could expect a discount every June, because those offers set a precedent. If a discount returns in June 2017, I will call it. Until then, it could still be a fluke.
My mind was officially blown yesterday when I saw the first official MAC GWP bundle I’ve ever seen. It’s possible there have been others that I’ve missed. Of course, I start wondering if MAC is playing with us or if this is the start of a beautiful thing. This GWP offer is not large by any means, so Estee Lauder is still reserving those blockbuster gifts for the main brand. Any GWP from MAC makes me happy. It also makes me want to explore the brand a little more. My husband just purchased a bottle of MAC Fix+ in person at Dillard’s a few days ago. He heard me say I needed some when I was watching a Youtube video, but he did not realize I was waiting for the right deal. If he ever read my articles, he would have known! Unless I get a deal with something, I usually do not even share it on this site.
I had no intention of sharing that purchase at all until yesterday when I saw that MAC is finally doing gift with purchases. Of course my husband bought me a MAC item for full price with no freebies days before the first official MAC GWP came out. Now, it’s too funny not to share. So, here’s my brand new bottle of MAC Fix+ that my husband purchased for $24 and got nothing else. Yes, it is $23 at Dillard’s online! This means, he purchased the complete anti-deal. Paying more in store is unusual for department store items. He meant well though, so I am trying not to complain.
Nordstrom still has a 19-piece skin care gift with a $100 beauty purchase. This gift has a $150 value. It raises to a $188 value if you spend $125. These offers combine with the MAC GWP. Nordstrom Rewards is also offering another $10 gift certificate to anyone who joins. That certificate will be valid 11/26/16 through 12/24/16.
It is always a great time to shop Nordstrom with free shipping and exemplary service. Stacking offers is the best time to shop though. Before placing an online order, remember to check all offers. See all Nordstrom articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.