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I just like samples that are actually big enough for you to USE lol. I mean you can’t really test something out if there’s not even enough of it to use it.

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Exactly! A “single use” foil packet isn’t generally enough of the product to be able to know if you like it, if it will work well for you or if it will irritate your skin/cause breakouts or a reaction.

Mascara, because I can easily use them up and swap ’em out at the “recommended” date to throw them away 🙂

Otherwise, I generally skip them, though I have also liked some nail polish samples I’ve gotten in the past!

Yes! Forgot to mention that. I love travel-sized mascaras. In fact, I usually won’t buy a mascara that doesn’t come in travel size for that reason.

Every one I’ve ever gotten, whether as a GWP/PWP, as a sample, or a “kit” has been dry and/or crusty, with the exception of Lancôme…

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I like the single use facial cleansers and face lotions, because they’re perfect for a weekend trip. If they don’t have something I really want I choose no samples.

Urban Decay is nice because they often have great deluxe free samples. I recently got a mini eye liner, mini lipstick, and travel size setting spray from them.
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I’m very disappointed with how they are making perfume samples right now… The last ones I got (from Burberry and Gucci) were just a tiny piece of wet wipe… Miss the perfume vials, that would allow you to use the fragrance a little bit so you could be sure about liking it (or not).

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I have a TON of perfume samples from Sephora, but they’re all in the little glass vials. I’d hate it if they came in tiny wipes or even those ones where there’s some some tiny bits of powder behind a flap.

I prefer skincare samples and the occasional makeup ones but most of the time they’re gone before I can nab them.

I like lipstick samples the most. It’s a good way to see if a color works on you and they usually last quite a while!! I’m still using up that urban decay lipstick color card from last summer or fall when their new line came out. Sephora has samples of the new dior fluid stick lippies on their site right now and it’s making me want to buy something just so i can get it!

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Lip stuff, mascara, primers, and fragrances I might actually like and haven’t tried yet–no florals!!
I give haircare to my mom, ignore almost all skincare, and most powder samples are just a turnoff because of how tiny they are, just a dusting of powder stuck to a piece of paper! (The exception is an Anastasia brow powder duo sample, which I was able to swatch without completely depleting.)

Mascara’s cuz I get so many sample ones of them I don’t have to buy a big one. Plus it’s more hygienic. And perfume samples, cuz I don’t like to travel with a full size bottle of my perfume. I just pack 2 or 3 of those and I’m good.

Haha, I never use my samples either, but I’m a makeup packrat so I still love ’em. I will occasionally use eyeshadow primer samples actually, so I guess that’s the answer to the question.

Christine, I have a totally unrelated question just because I recently wondered and I thought you were most likely to know: Do you know what sort of fiber is used in MAC’s synthetic brushes? Anyone else is welcome to answer too of course. Please and thank you!

One peeve though, I think samples and freebies should be universal. For example, right now at Ulta, you’ll be given a deluxe sample of Too Faced Chocolate Soleil with a TF purchase of $30+ (I think it’s $30). I now have three since I happen to have bought three separate Too Faced products in the last week and a half, and they’re useless to me! I’m way too fair for bronzer. Waaay too fair.

I don’t know, I just feel like that’s not fair since it doesn’t include everyone, but maybe I’m just bitter!

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I like travel-sized make-up and skincare, but only if I’d actually use them.

On another hand, I buy loose eyeshadow samples like a madman, because they take the least amount of space, which means I can have a large variety in my eyeshadow selection even while living out of my suitcases. 😛

Minis all the way. Urban Decay’s pretty good about offering them somewhat regularly. And Ulta often does minis as Gifts with Purchase during their howevermany Days of Beauty. Actually, I bought a Tarte palette at an actual store during that promotion period, got the Tarte GWP (a lipsurgence, and a small container of powder), and they threw a full size leave in conditioner in my bag.

I don’t mind packets/sachets of a few types of products…primers come to mind, the occasional moisturizer. When I order stuff from Korea, I’ll often get some BB cream ones, too…which can come in handy if I wait too long to order a BB cream replacement and I’m completely out waiting for the next to ship from Korea.

I HATE fragrance samples. Most commercial perfumes make me sick. I have to go through catalogs and magazines and rip out all the perfume sample inserts, too.

I like to try skin care products, for eyes and face,
especially those wich are too much pricy for only 15ml or 30ml.
With some samples, in my mind i accept better the overpriced product.
And i like to keep some of my favourite skin care products in sample form for travels.

But i received too much perfums.
They are travel friendly but i’m not easy with perfums,
i dont like most of them.
I aske sometimes a sample of my favourite perfume, also for travels.
But most of the time it doesnt make me feel more happy to receive random perfums.



Also foundation samples ! It’s a nice way to try different shades at home and make my decision by seeing it under différent lights (indoor, out door, shadow, sun, night, etc…). I dont totaly trust the lights in the shops.

But most of the time they only have 1 shade as sample. In some shops they have some sample containers and can put a little bit of product from the tester.
When i see that the tester is a pump bottle, i feel more safe to try the product.
If the tester is in a pot, i’ll refuse.


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I ADORE samples and have discovered so many great items via samples (so maybe it’s not such a great thing….?). I like the kinds that are more than just a foil packet. The Point Perk “samples” (do they count as “samples”) are a perfect example – they’re usable sizes with enough product in them to be able to tell if you really like the product or not. Some that come to mind that compelled me to purchase the full size are Alterna Caviar CC Cream for Hair, Bobbi Brown mascara, Philosophy Purity Made Simple, Ojon Restorative Hair Serum (the small bottle I have is still going strong and I’m keeping it to refill for travel from the full size I bought as a result of loving it so much). All of these smaller but still usable samples are perfect for travelling. So, I guess I’d say skin and hair care. I’m pretty particular about fragrance, even when travelling, so would rather purchase a small bottle or roller ball of the fragrance I like rather than something that was a “freebie”.

MINI MASCARAS! I always ask for those if there are any! Also skincare samples that I actually am interested in trying, but a lot of the times those end up in my “to-give-away” bin.

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