There we go again.
I slowly approach the Estee Lauder counter with a friendly smile on my face. I cheerfully greet the SA and tell her how much I love the brand. The lipglosses are the best and I am so excited to explore the rest of the line. Especially their skincare line (total skincare junkie here, in case you haven’t noticed 😉 ).
My excitement rubs off on her. She’s already thinking of how far she can push it and how many things she can sell me. She has her eye on a big commission.
I already know what’s gonna happen next. She won’t like it. I gently ask for a sample. Her face drops slightly, the thoughts of the extra money quickly vanishing away.
I try to let her down gently. So many products made me breakout in the past, I politely explain to soften the blow, and I want to be sure that won’t happen again before I hand over the cash.
What I really mean is, I want to make sure I won’t waste a lot of my hard earned money on an expensive luxury that doesn’t deliver. There’s no return policy in Italy, so if you get stuck with a dud, hard luck. She knows it too.
That’s when she handles me a sachet sample. Two, to be precise. Now, it’s my turn to feel the stinging bite of disappointment. Sachet samples aren’t completely useless, but they won’t be enough for me to know if the serum really works.
I want to say something, but I know it’s gonna be useless. I thank her and leave, knowing I’ll never be back. She lost a sale. I gained two sample sachets. Guess I’m the winner, after all.
Here’s what I’ll do with them (and why I don’t like getting them):
Sample sachets are handy for travelling
Whenever I get a sample sachet, I’ll put it into my skincare travelling stash. With all the limits imposed on liquids these days, bringing full-size products with me is too much hassle.
If I’m away for a week or more, I’ll decant my favourite skincare products. But for short trips, I just stick a bunch of samples in my beauty case. They don’t take up much room and I don’t have to worry about them being confiscated by airport security.
Sample sachets allow you to test textures and scents
Let’s face it, girls. Results aren’t everything.
A serum may contain the most beneficial ingredients in the world, but if its texture is too thin/thick/greasy/uncomfortable for our skin type or the scent stinks, there is no way we’re ever gonna use it.
That’s something we discover the very first time we use a product. So, if that’s all you want to know, you’re gonna find sample sachets very useful.
Sample sachets can’t tell you if a product delivers
Samples sachets will last us only one or two uses. Three, if the brand’s been generous (not that that happens often).
That’s not enough to tell us if the serum or moisturizer is going to do their job. Most skincare products need to be tested for a month before you can judge the results. Why that long? Cos that’s how long it takes for skin to renew itself.
With superpowerful products, like retinol serums, you can see the results much sooner. Within a week even. But the sample sachet won’t even last you that long.
There’s one thing a sample sachet will tell you, though. That’s if the serum will irritate your skin. Skincare products may take their sweet time to work, but when they irritate your skin, that red rash shows up straight away!
What about you? Do you find sample sachets handy or useless?