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Same here, I absolutely cannot buy foundation online. My skin-tone is very hard to find a good match for.

I refuse to take a risk with buying new foundation online. I have a hard time already matching foundation at stores that its most likely gonna be wrong if I get it online. Everything else is fair game.

I agree with the foundation and concealer, I can never buy that online. I don’t like buying primers or lotions either because I like to make sure they feel okay on my skin, not to heavy or greasy. I also don’t like to buy MAC brushes online because they’re all a little different and I like to pick out exactly the one I want.

I don’t like buying foundation online, but I don’t have much of a choice. My local makeup shopping options are pretty much limited to Macy’s and Ulta. Between the two of them, that’s a lot of brands, but I have extremely pale skin, so I can easily fail to find a good match there. I read a lot of reviews before buying a new foundation online, though, so it’s not too bad.

This isn’t makeup related, but I hate buying clothes online. I bought MAC foundations online, but I had a general idea of the shade I needed, so they worked out great actually. And I also just bought a 100% pure tinted moisturizer online and I have never tried any of their products before. I just don’t mind returning products.

Definitely foundation, I have a hard enough time even when I see it in person. I would also never buy perfume online if I didn’t know how it smelled beforehand.

I took a big risk awhile back and bought a MAC foundation based on the swatches,and it was perfect match.Also tried philosophy flirty girl lip gloss and I was very happy with the risk I took.Its beautiful.


I use the one brand and shade of foundation and powder all the time, so I don’t mind purchasing that online now as I know my match.

Foundation. Blushes, eyeshadows, and other color products are pretty much one-size fits all. Foundation, even 1 shade off, can go horribly wrong.

Same here. No foundation, or even powder, they need to blend well. but think about it, if i buy the same one, i can do on-line.

i would never buy a new foundation online.
but i would buy it, if i had it before and just run out of it. then i know that it matches.

i would buy lipsticks, eyeshadows, liner and all that colored stuff online. i don’t matter, it its not really the same color. i like all the colors. *LOL*

Honestly, I don’t like buying anything online if I haven’t had a chance to swatch or try it out first. I have pretty sensitive skin and lips so I think that’s a major contributor. I try to do as much shopping as possible in-store (better for the environment that way too, especially since I walk!). The only time I’ll order something online is if I’ve read RAVE reviews and can’t get it anywhere near me. I don’t think there’s any product I wouldn’t buy online, but I’d definitely do my research first.

Foundation and concealers are a big no-no when it comes to online orders (in my opinion). I can also be a little apprehensive about ordering blushes online sometimes.

I agree – you really need to see foundation and concealer and be able to test them to find the right shade. You can waste far too much money buying the wrong shade online. You can’t go by colour swatches, and especially those on the MAC site which seem way out on everything.

definitely foundation!! but i’m a bit hesitant on lip products too, you can never trust the mac swatches online!!

Foundation – definitely. Other makeup – unless I know the texture already I would hesitate to buy/use it. I might give it away unless I tested it in a store

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