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I WISH I could test them before buying… Swatching on my hand doesn’t tell me if the colour fits my lips.

That’s why I’m afraid of buying more expensive brands. I don’t want to get disappointed :-/

I was told once that testing lipsticks on the tip of your fingers gives the closest match to how they would look on your lips, because they’re much pinker than the top of your hand. That might help you. 😉

I definitely have to swatch, but sometimes, it doesn’t tell me much. (ie: how lipstick looks on my lips, what foundation shade is right for me when MAs aren’t feeling helpful). It makes me wish Asian boutiques and counters weren’t so sparse with their samples.

I’ll definitely ask the MUA to test the foundation on my face before I buy it! I don’t think it matters so much with eye products but sometimes I wish I could test the lip products (apart from looking at your swatches) to see if it suits me.

I always try to check it out before i get it, but when i can’t i look for swatches online (aka temptalia!) hehes 🙂

Oh definitely! As much as I can anyway! I have sensitive, reactive skin (allergy-wise) and even more sensitive lips so trying is almost always a must. Even when I buy online (rarely and usually only when there’s a better deal or it’s something I just can’t get in-store), I try to swatch or get a sample in-store first. That being said, I do tend to have better luck with blushes so I’m a little more lax about buying them untested.

Depends, most of the time yes. If not, I make sure that wherever I buy from will take the product back if I’m unhappy. (And then, sometimes, I just let you swatch them for me!) =)

With makeup, I usually do a swatch on my hand/arm. I like seeing what the product looks like pigment wise/consistency wise before buying so I have a great difficulty ordering something online without seeing it in person first. With skincare products, I mostly buy trusting the company. Even with testers out, I really don’t know where it’s been and it is not going anywhere near my face.

I like to do research before buying a product, so I don’t always feel the need to swatch or test first, unless it’s perfume. I also tend to stick w/ the same brands, so I feel pretty comfortable buying stuff w/o testing. If the product really doesn’t work for me, I can usually return it anyway. MAC and Sephora are really good about that.

Definitely! Only on my hand/arm though.

It is not so much to see what is going to suit me, as I generally know what is going to work with my complexion, but more to see the colour payoff and whether the colour of the product is actually accurate when you apply it (heres looking at you, MAC Beauty Marked!)

I like to swatch whenever possible. Some colours can look so different on the skin than in the container. I just wish there was a MAC store or even a MAC counter near me, as I have to buy mine online and find most of the colours are way off how they appear on the MAC website. Thank goodness for people like you posting real swatches so I can see how colours compare to things I already have. MAC is expensive, and I’m not made of money. Here you can’t return cosmetics just because the colour doesn’t suit you or you don’t like the texture

I always swatch on my hand, unless it’s drugstore in which case I often don’t bother (the testers can be kind of manky…and if it’s cheap anyway I don’t mind too much). In HE I’ll often ask the MUA to sanitise lipsticks and foundations and try it on properly. Eyeshadow and blush I’m less bothered – I trust my own judgement, pretty much.

I’ve gotten better at asking for samples if it’s something like foundation, primer or skincare. Otherwise I rely on swatching on my hands. I will admit to ordering a lot from QVC, however it’s usually on trusted beauty companies such as Smashbox, Laura Gellar or Mally Beauty. I’ve only had to return one item because I was not happy with it in the many years that I’ve been purchasing make up from QVC.

Products that I know well, I will just swatch on my hand, like Mac Eyeshadow for example.
Foundation though, I have trouble finding ones I like, so after researching one I want I go to the department store with no makeup on and have the associate put it on me to test.
I am terrible at swatching lip products on my hand and being able to tell if I will like it on my lips.

Only on the hands but it doesnt look the same when on the eye. I would never swatch it on my face. TOO SCARED Thank God for Sephora and Mac’s return guarantees.

Whenever possible YES. If its a really cheap item, I may splurge without trying, but the more the item costs, the more insistent I am on seeing how it looks on me/whether i have a reaction to it/etc. before I buy.

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