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I lean more towards finding sample sizes for products I really want. Things like eyeshadows, I will freuquently swatch on my hand; everything else is rarely awatched.

This is why I go to check out collections on the release date! Sometimes I’m unsure if it’ll look good on my skintone and I really want to test them out. So when it’s the release date the products are still really new and barely touched so I don’t feel too weird if I get them to sanitize it and let me use it 🙂

nope. if i really want to try something i’ll swatch i on my hand. but i would never dare try it on my face. it always seriously grosses me out when i see people trying things on in the store. seriously lady? you couldn’t spritz that lipstick with alcohol at the very least before putting it to your lips? it’s like asking for herpes.

I will test stuff on the back of my hand and arm if it is shadows, liners, face powders, glosses, mascara… etc.

But if it is lipstick in a tube, I will try it on after asking [nicely!!!] for one of the employees to wash it first and this is because matching lipstick to me is tricky.

I also have them test liquid foundation on my skin if I am not wearing anything so I can really see the product in action.

i only swatch on the back of my hand never on my face. i never trust the testers that stores have out. if i truly want to try out a product i’ll most likely buy.

Just to swatch the colour on my hands… for using them as make up on myself ABSOLUTELY NOT! They’re so full of bacteria! Totally unhygienic!

Same as you – I only swatch on the back of my hand or on my arm.

Well, that’s not entirely true. Every so often I will sanitize a lipstick and try it on (I really like that at the MAC counter they do this for you) but I’m not about to try wanded gloss or mascara in the store and I’m definitely wary of putting blush on my face that everyone’s been sticking their fingers into… =/

No, never. At most I test the stuff on my hand. The testers at the makeup counters are DISGUSTING and incredibly unhygienic.

There are also rude people that test lipsticks directly onto their lips when SAs aren’t looking. Any chemist will tell you that viruses CAN host themselves on lipsticks. Not so comforting after you keep in mind that 20% of the american population has the herpes simplex virus in some form.

I know that plenty of SAs are lazy and they never bother with the daily 70% isopropyl alcohol sanitation routine. Even that routine does not guarantee that you won’t contract a virus or get a bacterial infection. I remember reading about a casual study at Cambridge that took samples of makeup counter testers at the beginning of the day (lipsticks, mascaras, foundations… etc) and put them under microscopes. There was rod-shaped bacteria in the mascara, and they found the most bacteria in the lipsticks. (Powders are generally safer, because dry powder is not an ideal place for bacteria to grow. But if you use your eyeshadows wet, you should be careful… My friend got a eye infection from tester eyeshadow)

Next time you use testers at a makeup counter, avoid using them anywhere other than your hand. I always carry a small spray bottle of 75% ethanol solution to sanitize the products before I test them. Remember to sanitize your hands afterwards!

I did when I was younger and missed something in my morning makeup routine (yes I know, shame on me). Nowadays I only swatch them on my skin.

Ummm…. Yes but only like you said,
to swatch in my skin
no offense to anyone but I don’t know where
other peoples lips/mouth have been or if they
had pink eye or something… NO WAY!
Just test on my hand 🙂 Why is there a reason
why u DONT test them out on yourself?

Hi!
I sometimes use tester at makeup counters , but in Italy there is not much care for the testing of cosmetics. Little hygiene………

Only for swatches on my hands, and then only if the tester isn’t totally scuzzy. I know there’s alcohol available for example in Sephora but even so I wouldn’t try on shadows, mascara or lipsticks on my face like I see some people doing! I can be a happy germ-o-phobe!

I -only- swatch on my hand/arm using testers. I find it very gross and annoying when I am at a Sephora and I see a girl hogging a section because she wants to do her ENTIRE FACE.

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