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Mar 30, 2009

Musings of the Day: Trying It On For Size?

You probably all know my answer to this one right?

So when you go to Sephora or your local counter do you test makeup out on yourself? On your lips? Cheeks?

As I said you probably know my answer, a big, fat NO! I refuse to put anything on my lips, cheeks, or face at counters or Sephora. If I want to test I swatch on my hand but I'm too anal to try any of it on my face. Be it at MAC, Dior, or Sephora I don't care what counter or store I'm at, I simply won't test any of it.


Tis my anal, germ-a-phobic nature but I'm not testing any of that stuff on my face!

How about you?

How do you test at counters?

Are you a swatcher or do you test on your face?

Tell the Muse!



Blogger melanie said...

Sadly with my bad allergic reactions to things especially those containing SPF I have to try them on my face first. :( (I try to stick with liquids though) but when I am at little local counters like my dear Evie who sells Paul and Joe I will try everything on no question!! lol... it's a trust thing, hah.

March 30, 2009 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Andee Nero said...

When I'm at Sephora, I usually use my tattoo on my wrist to gauge how a color will look. This comes in handy particularly when seeing how well a concealer will cover because I can put a dab of all them them on and declare a winner... btw, Kat Von D has the highest coverage of all at Sephora.

March 30, 2009 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi mel!

Awww! I can understand that! hehe it is a trust thing :-D I'm just anal!


March 30, 2009 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi andee!

Interesting concept! Did you feel it worked well on your ink? It had great coverage but I wasn't sure sure about using it to cover a tat!

March 30, 2009 at 11:03 AM  
Anonymous karrie said...

I won't try anything on at Sephora.
The makeup they put out is clearly dirty.
So many people put their fingers in them.
But I do see people putting things on their face, eye lids, and lips.
I can only imagine the makeup gets sanitized once a day.
I think only a swatch on the hand is okay.

March 30, 2009 at 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Alejandra said...

That's completely gross and makes my stomach sick.
I see women applying LIPSTICK right on their pouts and it makes me want to scream!!
I don't know why anyone would want to do that!!

March 30, 2009 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger jackieg02 said...

Oh no, I just swatch on my hand. I guess I have become somewhat of a germ-a-phob since starting to work in a hospital. I would never put any of those testers at Sephora anywhere near my face!

March 30, 2009 at 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Pavlina said...

hmmm, I'll test lipsticks after wiping them generously with a tissue on my lips. Lipglosses, nope except at counters that remove the applicator. Mascara, NEVER. eyeliners I can tell by looking at them if I want them. ES I test on my hand. :)

March 30, 2009 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi karrie!

ugh yes it's digusting :P
if it gets done once a day...feels like once a month :P
I swatch my hand too won't let it touch my face :P

March 30, 2009 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Alejandra!

Agreed! It's really bad at Sephora particularly as it's just simply disgusting :P

March 30, 2009 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey jackie!

Ditto! It's so sad how people destroy the testers...just gross :P

March 30, 2009 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Pavlina

I'm normally a swatcher but won't let it touch my face :-D

I'm a total germ a phobe :-D

March 30, 2009 at 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've done it at MAC on my lips, when they've pulled out a sample from the counter below, and given me a clean, santizied swab to use. But just off the counter... UGH no.

March 30, 2009 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey greyeyegrrl!

those aren't as bad as sephora...sephora is simply disgusting :P


March 30, 2009 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger Kaoru said...

This really depends on if I can sanitize the tester myself. Powder blush; maybe. Foundation in a pump; maybe. Eyeshadow, no (eyes are too susceptible to germs). Eyeliner, mascara, lipgloss, lipstick; hells to the no. Anything I test near my face I sanitize, and use the applicators at the end of the aisle. If I don't like how the tester looks, though, I don't even do that. I use my arms/hands instead.

I usually test on the inside of my wrist for face products (it's the closest to my coloring, and I adjust from there). For lip products, the end of my index finger is the closest to my lip color.

I would much rather buy something and test is at home, and have to return it, than risk getting an infection.

March 30, 2009 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger Phyrra said...

At MAC, I ask the MA to sanitize it, and then I will try it. But I will only do it if I see them sanitize it and wipe it off directly in front of me.

March 30, 2009 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger Beauty Bitch said...

Ewwww. No.
I also swatch on the hand and also carry my own cotton pads, wet wipes and tissues on a serious make-up testing/swatching day in case there aren't any on hand in any of the stores or counter's i'm visiting.

March 30, 2009 at 8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

agreed! not at sephora...the stuff there is disgusting >_<
i have seen people with cold sores trying out lipsticks, people trying out eye?

lol anyway yeah, totally not try it out other than on the back of my hand. even then, i find alcohol and wipe it off quickly. (i go a tad

March 30, 2009 at 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Andreea81 said...

Never ever!
I'm horrified to do that! Everybody gets their little hands in there, and really I don't try makeup no matter where I go. Never done it.

March 31, 2009 at 3:13 AM  
Anonymous petitez said...

I'll only swatch on my hands. I'm very anal about it too. Even if the tester looks relatively new, I still won't try it on my face! Imagine the number of hands that have touched it and the bacteria n germs! :S

March 31, 2009 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Kaoru

I couldn't agree more. I'd rather buy it, test it, and return it rather than risk some sort of infection from a tester ewww!

March 31, 2009 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey dd!

Good idea dd! as even when they say it is, who really knows?!

March 31, 2009 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey bora!

I'm with you. I swatch on my hand only. LOL I aways carry my own wet wipes too! omg hehe we are anal and cotton pads too lmao!

March 31, 2009 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi rasilla!

yak yes! ewwwww! that's disgusting!

March 31, 2009 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Andreea81!

LOL with you hun :-D

It's rather gross :P especially at Sephora!

March 31, 2009 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey serene!

ewww I know! Just thinking about it makes me shudder in fear :D

March 31, 2009 at 1:09 PM  

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