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Trial-Sized Beauty: Three Ways to Take Color for a Spin

It's always fun to play with new makeup colors and products, but sometimes it's hard to shell out the cash for a color when you're just not sure how it's going to look when you leave the store. If you don't live near a major shopping mall or a Sephora, it's even harder to make color choices online. To help alleviate this problem, I've picked out three pretty beauty sets that allow you to try a range of colors for each product before you decide to splurge on the full-sized version.

Thinking about experimenting with a turquoise blue eye shadow, but not quite sure if you can pull it off? Try these Cargo Eyeshadow Color Cards ($24). This set contains 28 single-use sliding tins that can slip right into a pocket or a purse and allow you to test out six different shades of Cargo eye shadow colors. If you find one you like, you can purchase the full-sized version.

To see ways to sample colors for your nails and lips,


Lip color is another one that can be tough, since things you try on in the store look different once you're outside in natural light. If you're not positive what looks best on you, this LORAC Glam Glitz Lip Polish Collection ($25) gives you eight miniglosses to choose from, all for less than the cost of two full-sized versions. So if you're wondering whether you can pull off a bright coral or a sultry burgundy lip, this is a good way to find out without breaking the bank.

Nail polish is something that can also be tricky, and besides, who really ends up using their whole bottle? Instead of shelling out up to $19 for one color, test drive a few different colors with a mini nail polish set, like this OPI Little Jewels Mini Pack ($10). For just a little more than the cost of one bottle of OPI polish, you can try three of their new Spring shades and snag a mini top coat to boot!

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