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How Do You Use Testers?

Every beauty boutique worth its salt has product testers that you can dip into. Some people touch the containers of lip gloss and blush with their fingers, others use Q-tips to apply products to their faces, and others refuse to touch them at all. Even though I've never heard of anyone getting sick from a less-than-hygienic tester, I use Q-tips to apply samples only on the backs of my hand. Which way do you use testers? (Your secret's safe with me, I promise.)


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plasticine1 plasticine1 9 years
not anything for the eyes, but lip stuff is ok with me
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I do most everything with my finger on my hand. Some things that look clean I put on my eyes but never my lips or too close to my lashes so as to get in my eye.
lemuse20 lemuse20 9 years
Always use the applicaters if they're available! I only use the back of my hand to test though, but I think twice when doing that and get a teeny grossed out, so if it's looking a little questionable (most of em do) I'll take a tissue from my purse and wipe off the top first, if it might make any difference.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Other. I rarely use testers however if I do I test on the back of my wrist.
juliarose23 juliarose23 9 years
I'm kind of a germophobe, so I would only put on testers with a q tip or an applicator that has never been used by anyone.
penguins268 penguins268 9 years
I've never put anything on my face but I'll put lipstack shades and eyeshadow on my hand to make sure it doesn't clash with my skin tone or anything.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Back of the hand. I mean I don't need a cold sore or conjunctivitis.
Mintie Mintie 9 years
Having worked on the other side of the counter, I see what happens to those testers in a normal day. And believe me, you don't want to know!! The only line where I will get made up is at MAC... because I know they have stringent cleaning rules [the other lines do not... at least not like MAC]. At any other line, I will try the tester only on my hand.
missyd missyd 9 years
testers are so disgusting.
duplinger duplinger 9 years
I use perfume testers but I refuse to use cosmetic testers, especially with things like herpes and conjunctivitis. No thank you!
pharm_chick pharm_chick 9 years
i have never used a tester anywhere but on the back of my hand or my wrist area, but i promptly wipe it off with the remover they provide after i made my choice.. but i usually use my fingers to try lol
ms_dior_cherie ms_dior_cherie 9 years
I never use testers
HoneyKiss HoneyKiss 9 years
I don't use them. You never where the previous people finger(s) have been. Eww.
mischo-beauty mischo-beauty 9 years
Most testers are unsanitary....
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
I'm super bad about this... I use the testers with the Make up applicators that are provided... the disposable ones... I only do it at Sephora.... but umm.... I have been bad and used a mascara with its original wand... b/c the Wand makes all the difference!!! But I do tend to wipe off my face with the make up remover...So far nothing bad has happened... but I refuse to use lipsticks...... thats one thing I will not try out.. anything that touches the lips....
emalove emalove 9 years
I would NEVER put anything from a test product near or on my face! So gross and germy. If I want to see how a color looks, I'll dab it on the back of my hand and wash them off after.
omilawd omilawd 9 years
I never use testers. They give me the heeby-jeebies. Unless it's perfume. That's fine, because people are fingering it all up.
lily8206 lily8206 9 years
I really only play with makeup at Sephora or MAC where they offer brushes, sponges, and most importantly cleaners/sanitizers. I'll test out colours on the back of my hand (anything - concealers, bronzers, eyeshadows, etc) and then wash it off with the wipes they supply. If you were to get a makeover done at either store, they use the makeup displayed, but clean it first...
juicylove juicylove 9 years
sandinmytoes sandinmytoes 9 years
I can't bring myself to do it. I get skeeved just thinking about it!
marcella marcella 9 years
I wipe the hell out of the tester (taking several layers off the product) with a tissue and then use a q-tip.
livilou livilou 9 years
The only kind of tester I will use is if it a spray on like a perfume or something. I would NEVER use any tester lipgloss or anything like that. No way. People are so gross the way they use that stuff. The only thing I have tested in the -not a spray- group is if an eyeshadow looks new and barely used I may use a qtip to test its color on the back of my hand- and then I wash my hands soon there after- but thats as far as I go in the tester dept.
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years
I use the knuckle on my first finger. Say if it's some eyeshadow? And I never EVER put them anywhere near my face. I won't even try lipgloss, foundation, etc. etc. Not happening. Before I even put my hand near the makeup, I look to see if there's some alcohol or hand sanitizer nearby.
dreamlover823 dreamlover823 9 years
im soooo glad that what i am reading is good news... i use the applicators... and stuff never goes on my face. i am glad my fellow sugar girls do the same... together we can make testers... CLEANER!
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 9 years
germiness! i don't touch the testers unless it's perfume or lotion.
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