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I will only buy drugstore items without testers, and then only if I can return it if it doesn’t work. Thank goodness for the Internet, beauty blogs, and their swatches because I would be buying lots more duds than I am now!

You can’t return beauty products in NZ so I want a tester if at all possible. Samples, even of high end brands aren’t usually given either.
However, with the wonder of Temptalia and other beauty blogs, Makeup Alley and so on I am more likely to buy makeup sight unseen if there are decent reviews and/or swatches. Not for skincare thoguh!

I will buy something without a tester only and only if I have done my online research. If it’s something I am not familiar with or haven’t seen reviewed on a blog then no way.

This is definitely why I only buy from department stores. Macy’s, Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, etc… they all have amazing return policies. So if I don’t like something and there are no testers/samples, that’s okay. If I can bring it back, it doesn’t hurt. Simple as that. Period. :]

NEVER. I know if i buy a product regardless of its return policy I hardly ever return them…just out of pure hassle and slight awkwardness at the counter lol. So I have to be sure I like the product before I purchase it!

only items I’ve already tried, DS stuff on sale cheap, or items I’ve got very high confidence in already

Where I live there is no such thing like a “return policy”. You can’t return anything, not in the drugstore and not even at MAC. At MAC you can only return things if you haven’t used it and the MUA made a mistake (e.g.: you ask for a Cyndi lipstick and she gets you the Cyndi gloss)

So for me: no testers, no purchase.

If I read a good review and fall in love, I´d buy it with closed eyes. Some brands are not availeble where I live and I have to buy them online, I need to trust in reviews, not tester or samples

the sad part of where i live is that sa’s look at you as if you re crazy if you ask for samples.no really.most places i go to do have testers,which is great.dont think i would buy anything if they dont have a tester.

Drugstore makeup…yeah I would…
But not high-end brands! The clinique in my city, doesnt give testers for its Acne range, and it has a no-return policy. So it doesnt make sense buying the whole skin care range at all!

Growing up in a small town, I’m pretty used to no or limited testers. For appropriately priced mystery products or a trusted brand, I will still sometimes just take a blind leap of faith and try something. I will also make a purchase without a tester if it’s highly recommended by favourite bloggers or trusted friends who know what I like.

I am far less likely to purchase a product if there is not a tester available. This is especially true with foundation but it applies to a lot of other products as well. If I am tempted, I check out online reviews first and also make sure I can return the item if I’m not pleased with it.

It depends on the return policy. Whenever I’m looking for something in-store at Sephora they never have it in stock or it’s too dirty to approach without a biohazard suit so I purchase a lot of things online. Ulta has a no-questions-asked return policy as well.

no samples available in england, thats why ive a drawer full of unwanted make up which is not right for me in one way or another, if id had tried a sample i wouldnt have had to waste my money, its annoying.

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