I love a good sample, especially when it involves beauty products (food samples are good too!). It is such a convenient and cost friendly way to try out a product before committing to splash the cash. Luckily, magazines and store counters are pretty generous when it comes to samples which means it is pretty easy to grab yourself a little free trial of a product you want to try. I’ve gathered up quite a few samples over time and I like to keep them all together in a little box so it is easy for me to reach them whenever I want to try something new. So I thought I would give you all a little look into what products I have been giving a try lately! (If you would like to see more of these posts then give me the heads up and I could make this into a little series!)
This is a primer I had been desperate to try for so long so was pretty happy to find it alongside a Charlotte Tilbury package. Having tried quite a few CT products now I have been more than impressed with her exquisite range however this primer fell a little short for me. In my opinion, it was far too glittery rather than glowy. The glitter was detectable on the skin and I think a more sheen-y finish would have been much nicer! I am sure many will like this but it just wasn’t for me especially with a high unjustifiable price tag!
Purchase full-size?: Nope, much more effective primers out there and better options for glowy skin!
Another product that I have been ever so desperate to try is this mask from Aesop. My desperation to try this made me end up emailing the brand to request samples! Very kindly, they sent out a few sachets for me to try. It is basically like your typical clay type mask although with slightly different consistency. The mask is quite thin and liquidy at first and feels like a normal face mask being rather comfortable. It then dries down as you would expect with a slight tightening feeling but nothing overly uncomfortable. I feel like I still need to test this one out more as I haven’t reached a conclusive opinion on it. It feels very nice on the skin especially for a clay mask but I am still unsure about the results!
Purchase full-size?: Not sure, will continue to try this one out!
I am sure you will all be aware of my love-hate relationship with drug-store foundations. Yet I feel like I’ve found a winner! I actually tried a sample of this a while back but the medium coverage version opposed to the full coverage version and I really liked it, Now this time having tried the full coverage I am desperate to pick up a bottle. I am on shaky grounds at the minute with my L’Oreal matte foundation so this could be perfect for everyday wear! It did everything I hope for in a foundation so I will definitely pick this up soon!
Purchase full-size?: Well obviously!
I actually have quite a few Kiehl’s samples floating around as they are hella generous when it comes to samples! One thing I got given was the BB cream to try and at first I wasn’t particularly fond but after a few uses I actually quite like this. Although I do have to get the major negative out of the way; the scent. This has the worst scent for any cosmetic product I have tried. It basically smells like curry or some sort of hot food that your face shouldn’t smell like. I am not usually too bothered by scent but this is very off putting which is a shame as it is a really nice product! Scent aside, the shade is a little too dark but workable, the finish though is really nice and sits and lasts well on my skin. It also has SPF 50 too, bonus!
Purchase full-size?: I am on the fense, bad scent but nice finish hmm!
I have wanted to try Burberry’s base products for a while so I was looking forward to giving this primer a go. Quite similar to the idea of the Charlotte Tilbury one although luckily this one doesn’t contain specks of glitter! As much as I like glowy skin, I think I have came to the conclusion that glowy primers just aren’t my thing. I wear primer to prolong the wear and help the finish of my makeup and for dewiness I tend to look to highlighters to do the job. It’s not terrible but it’s nothing overly exciting either. It can be used as a highlighter or eyeshadow base so that will be something I will give a try!
Purchase full-size?: Probably not
What samples have you been trying?