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Andrea Avatar

I loooove me the thrill of opening a box of newly arrived makeup! And then opening everything and checking out all the colours and the packaging! And smelling it all! Aaaahhhh, isn’t it wonderful???
And when you try it all -specially when it’s stuff you’ve ordered for the first time and you’re not sure whether it’ll work for you- and you realise you’ve hit the jackpot because it all looks fab! And then you can’t wait to sit in front of an actual mirror to really test all the *pretty* colours! And all the different items!
Yes, I love testing new products! Yes, yes, a million times yes! At home though! Testing stuff in the actual shop never gave me much of a thrill to be honest: I mostly test(ed) stuff on the back of my hand and it doesn’t give me quite the same buzz.
I walked by a MAC shop the other day and I saw they’re already helping people test makeup but, even though we’re getting back to normal, I’m still not feeling it…
While it’s nice testing skincare too, it’ll never be as fun as trying on a new eyeshadow! The results aren’t as immediate, so while it’s nice I wouldn’t say I love it, except the “sniffing” part which is an absolute must before anything goes near my face!

Deborah S. Avatar

Prior to the pandemic, I think I would have answered that I do not enjoy trying new things. Having been to Sephora twice during the pandemic and not purchasing anything because I couldn’t swatch, has made me rethink my position. I am really looking forward to testing products when I go to Seattle this week. My daughter has told me that they have testers out for use, once again.

Andrea Avatar

Makeup testers are still pretty much all covered in cling film in Portugal! Hahah! I’m not that tall so I can’t see anything with it on as it reflects light and all I get is this blinding glare! But when I ask to try something they put it on the back of their hand and show it to me from a mile away! And the light’s usually bright & warm-ish (or really low), so I can’t even tell what the colour is!
Enjoy your testers! Even just being able to actually look at them must be great!

Ana Maria Avatar

Not being able to test lipstick (and that most likely won’t be back for a while) has definitely contributed with me falling out with this category (along with masks).

But not being able to at least swatch textures reminded me as well how much I somehow like at least testing in stores. After all these years of wearing makeup, I kind of know how things will work for me from a simple arm swatch. Some say it’s not enough to tell, but after all the products I tried, I can make a decision based on them.

Andrea Avatar

@Ana Maria, My whole life I was never into lipstick tbh. I enjoyed looking at it from afar but that was it. The need for lipstick (& venturing into different colours) only really started some time last year and, due to “current circumstances”, I’ve had to stick to reviews. And I have to say so far they haven’t failed me, unlike my “own choices” in the past when out shopping! I wear lipstick for me now, so I’m quite happy to wear it under a (disposable) mask!
Eyeshadows and blush are a different thing though. It’s nice to be able to read about the quality beforehand but I do like to see the actual colour live! I remember this eye palette which I thought was pink and when I saw it live it was actually all shades of yellow-ish!

Ana Maria Avatar

Yes and no.
I enjoy in a way discovering new formulas, new textures, new colors that suit me. Especially when I see brands I already like innovating and improving.
But I’m also the kind of person that goes back to products already loved. I hate the process of trying to make a new foundation or concealer work, sometimes having bad makeup days in between. I hate testing out a new hair product that doesn’t do anything or makes my hair even worse (my old vendetta with Briogeo or Olaplex and wanting to love their products 😅). I hate dealing with fallout when testing a new eyeshadow.

Nina Avatar

Not really. You, right here is where I try new products. I’m a creature of habit and I know what I like so if I want a tiny variation say on a blush or lipstick I come right to you put in the existing that I’m using then order that. I love Sephora but not one near me. I shop Temptalia!

Helene Avatar

I love testing new makeup! Love it!
Even if I’ve read your reviews Christine, it’s interesting to see how the products work for me. I try buy makeup reviewed here so I already know it’s good. I do sometimes buy from drugstore brands without knowing anything about the lipstick, it’s mostly lipsticks, but they are relatively cheap.
Anyway, I love opening new makeup, looking at it, swatching and then trying it on. It’s a very special feeling, I think.

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