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Do You Ever Wonder: How Sanitary Is That Makeup Unit?

As you may have guessed, I've spent my fair share of time around makeup counters. The other day I was perusing the lipstick palettes at a large department store and noticed the lady next to me trying on every color from a shimmery glimmery gold to a vixen matte red. The only problem was — Gross! The dreaded double-dip. This got me to thinking about just how many other customers have contributed to any creepy critter action. Are you concerned, or do you let it fly?

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ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
i use the applicators provided at sephora but it still freaks me out a little. I have tried on mascara with the original wand... b/c the wand is 99% of the worth of the mascara. but right after I put it on I wiped it off so the germs wouldnt sit on the lashes.. Im lucky i didnt get pink eye. I usually swipe shadows and brushes from the edges rather than the overrused middle. and with lipstick I turn the lipstick all the way up and swipe the side of the lipstick tube that was hidden b4.
plasticine1 plasticine1 8 years
i am one of those disgusting ladies at the makeup counter y'all are referring to. I apply stuff directly, or maybe my finger if i am feeling modest. No diseases yet!
haribobear haribobear 8 years
I feel the same way as most of you do about this stuff... I never try any tester products. I don't even try it on my hand.. cause who knows... If I really want to try something, I just ask for a sample to take home.
emalove emalove 8 years
I NEVER put any tester products near my face. SO unsanitary.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Ewww. I only ever apply this public makeup to the back of my hand.
hlisa hlisa 8 years
You can't be a germ-phobe if you've ever preganancy checked a cow... BUT I would NEVER apply testers anywhere but the inside of my wrist or back of my hand with a disposable applicator - and I want to see that product sanitized BEFORE and AFTER my application. I don't think fecal matter... I think of neat little things like fungal infection, impetigo, and other contagious nasties. Finally, I would never test mascara from a display. Granted, the chance of infection may be slight, but pink-eye is no fun.
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
Ewww - I only test on my hands if I am very interested in something. I hardly want to do that - I KNOW how nasty people are sometimes and hate to expose myself to germs if unecessary! Yuck!
latiamh latiamh 8 years
I actually run a makeup counter and please be assured that I clean the unit and all of my tester products before and after use...That way we can be sure that all of our products are as germ free as we can get them.
Athena123987 Athena123987 8 years
LOL, I know for a fact that some of those makeup counters are unsanitary. I have seen women at sephora applying tester lipsticks and glosses directly onto their lips... no brush, no nothing. After seeing that, there is no way I try makeup anywhere but the skin of my wrist. If I want to see how a gloss looks or something, I put some on a disposable applicator and hold it next to my face to get an idea of the color.
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 8 years
i tried thing in my hand in the back part of my wrist, but if i need to put lipstick, or gloss y always put it first on my finger then apply it
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
I never, ever test anything anywhere other than my hands. I just can't do it. Who knows who's used it before? And where their hands have been? It's a risk I'm just not willing to take. A friend of mine tries on mascara testers. On her eyes. It makes me sick - and she's much more of a germ-phobe outside the makeup store, which really baffles me.
Susanna Susanna 8 years
Mascara, lipgloss -- anything wet -- is just heaven for bacteria. Eww. Lipstick is about the only thing I'll try because you can wipe the tube off first, and then use an applicator!
Bolly Bolly 8 years
Even thinking about the germs that float around at make up testers makes me want to be sick, but I have such trouble with colors that if I don't try and test before I buy I'll be so screwed. I try not to think about it too much and I always shop at Sephora where the ladies are always real good about cleaning everything. But that's a big chain where the ladies jump all over you to help, other places like department stores and Target I wont touch.
writerjenna writerjenna 8 years
I saw a girl the other day swipe a BRAND-NEW lipstick tester on her lips! It made me so mad!! I mean, good for her since no one used it before her, but I was next!! I was gonna test it on my hand anyway.
lily8206 lily8206 8 years
I will only ever try makeup out if I can sanitize it myself or watch the SA do it for me. Mascaras I don't test because part of the innovation of product is the wand and there is no way I would share a mascara wand with anyone. The tester wands only work so well, so I don't bother. Lip products with any sort of a brush are also out. All that being said, I usually don't even bother and just test it on my hand instead.
ellethecoconut ellethecoconut 8 years
I am the ultimate GERM-A=PHOBE. What I especially hate are the kiosks for hair irons. The employees grab all sorts of random people for their demonstrations and never once clean off the iron. Granted it's a heated iron... but it's still gross!
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 8 years
This past weekend I was in Target and this girl applied the NP gel eyeliner to her inner bottom lids. I gagged. I hope her eye doesn't end up falling out.
dkaufmann125 dkaufmann125 8 years
If i like the way something looks on my hand I will sanitize it with rubbing alochol and then try it.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I don't use "tester" makeup for just this reason. I heard a study once about fecal matter being found on sample makeup and it totally grossed me out. I only shop for beauty products at stores or from consultants where returns are allowed. If that's not possible, I will only sample products at a counter if the product is placed on a new applicator for each person and nothing has contact with the product after it's touched a person. Yes, I'm obviously picky about this. LOL
brandi07 brandi07 8 years
I don't really ever test makeup before I buy it. I usually only put eyeshadows on my hand just to see what they feel like and what color they actually apply as. Beyond that, I don't test at all.
em1282 em1282 8 years
I'm a big MAC freak, and every time I've gone to a counter and either wanted to try something on (or had an enthusiastic MA who wanted to try something on me), they've sanitized their brushes and the makeup testers in front of I never really worry about it when I'm at their counter. However, I have seen some women literally swipe the testers on their lips without doing ANYTHING to them first. Maybe they get too impatient when the counter is busy, but still..disgusting!
solstice solstice 8 years
I never, ever test lip products. I will test something that comes in bottle with a pump. Sometimes I'm leery of a mua testing foundation on me with a brush. How often are they able to really sanitize or wash their brushes in between customers?
kellys kellys 8 years
i went with "other". germs don't usually bother me, because, yeah, they're pretty much everywhere and largely unavoidable (and if you avoid them too long, you'll just run into something your body can't handle). that being said, i assess the cleanliness of the display and the attentiveness of the staff before i sample. if they're pretty diligent and everything's in order, then it's "safe enough" for me. if it's trashed, or not being monitored, odds are there's any number of gross things hanging out. ..and odds are i don't want that make up anyway ;)
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
The germ factor is one of the main reasons I do not put on try any make-up on at the counter. I test it in my hand only. To many people stick their dirty hand in the lipsticks.
cmd0610 cmd0610 8 years
I'll try something if they sanitize it and I get to watch them do it. If I do it on my own I take a tissue or make up cleaner and like remove a 1/4in thick layer off of lipstick or squirt out at least a quarter or more sized amounted of tinted moisturizer on to a tissue and toss it before I try it- mascara I use the sample brushes- been ok so far but I am always cautious and if something is suspicious I don't try it.
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