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Love At First Sample!!! πŸ₯°

I know you’ve tried a sample (or ten) of something and it was so magical it made you stop everything and buy a product cause it was love at first sample!  What was it and did the full sized version live up to your initial heart-melted impression? Or is it still on your shopping list to pick up at your earliest convenience?  

The first time I can recall this happening to me was when Sephora still carried Dermadoctor.  I had a sample of their KP Duty Body Scrub.  I used it just to push it through my stash and was absolutely blown away by how immediately soft and exfoliated my skin was!  Instant purchase!   It’s been six years and I have yet to find any body scrub that compares -and I’ve tried!

 

A more recent love-at-first-sample is the Dior Backstage Face and Body Primer!  It’s a slightly peach tinted,creamy gel consistency and is mega hydrating while blurring subtle imperfections on its own but making foundation apply so smoothly!!!  Plus it has a beautiful floral fragrance which may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it’s very pleasing to me. πŸ™‚  

Dior BACKSTAGE Face & Body Primer 1.6 oz/ 50 mL 

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I love this thread! Fragrances I found captivating from first sniff

 

  • CdG Original
  • Hermes Bel Ami
  • Frederic Malle Une Fleur de Cassie
  • Libertine Fragrance Chlorophyllia
  • Hiram Green Moon Bloom
  • Dusita Le Sillage Blanc
  • Apoteker Tepe The Peradam

There are others, these are just the ones off the top of my head. There also a kind of reverse-recency bias at play. I've smelled hundreds of fragrances at this point so it's really hard to impress me now!

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I looked up Une Fleur de Cassie, @pocketvenus. It sounds beautiful! I'll have to buy a sample.

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@curlychiquita It gets overlooked as it's more retro than the others but it's the first Malle I bought because I liked it so much!

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I've had 2 instances of falling in love with samples lately. Of course, it had to be for the pricey items πŸ˜­

The first one is TOM FORD Traceless Soft Matte Foundation - it just sits so naturally and beautifully on my skin. And it's so lightweight. I still haven't bought the full size because it's $$$$ and I'm working through other foundations.... but it's on my list for sure.

 

Second is Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick Biscuit I've been loving cream products for a while now, and I'm always in search of a great contour product. I got a little blister sample of this, and the shade biscuit is so perfect for me. It's also so soft and creamy, and blends like a dream!

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@elise222, that TF foundation has been on my list of bases to try. I like the sound of it being a β€œsoft matte” foundation. My skin will be getting drier as the weather cools and a straight matte foundation will probably not work out so well, but soft matte, that could work! 😊 

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I always worry when I see "matte" in a foundation description since my skin tends to lean toward the drier end of things. But it's truly "soft" - to me, it looks so skin like and natural, not dry at all. It's definitely worth sampling if you can (in my opinion anyway)!

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@elise222 Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick Biscuit is one of my favorite products. It's the only contour I've ever gotten to work for me.

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It's such a beautiful product! I think it's going to be my next purchase.

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What a fun thread. Honestly, what instantly comes to mind is mostly perfumes. Whenever I get a sample that I run through and enjoy the product enough to miss it. Over time, many of these love stories fade and then when I re-sample the same product I don't feel the same way but recently there have been a few perfumes that I instantly knew I needed and ended up buying.

 

Carolina Herrera Very Good Girl Glam Parfum Limited Edition 2.7 oz / 80 mL parfum spray 

Maison Margiela ’REPLICA’ Beach Walk 

Ellis Brooklyn MYTH Eau de Parfum 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Eau de Parfum Spray 

 

Surprisingly, these are all very different scents but somehow they all caught my attention to eventually splurge for a larger size. πŸ™‚

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@QueenMarceline I know what you mean about Beach Walk!  It's so pretty and fresh and although it doesn't necessarily sound like a perfume that I would normally choose on my own I also got a sample and it totally surprised me πŸ™‚

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@QueenMarceline I love this whole sub-thread ❀️ I totally agree, sometimes you find something so amazing but for whatever reason, with time, that fades or you even wonder to yourself, what was I thinking? I've learned to hold off buying full bottles and testing over longer periods for precisely this reason.

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@QueenMarceline  Perfume samples get me all the time as well!  Most recently I caved and went for Tom Ford Bitter Peach.  Ugh why does it smell sooo good?  It was worth it cause it makes my eyes roll back in happiness every time I spray it πŸ™‚ TOM FORD Bitter Peach Eau De Parfum 

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@heartsmyface Bitter peach is so good, I bought the travel size after going through a sample, I love the scent !!

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I just smelled this in store! Initially, I was like "ugh, this isn't peach at all!". But then it dried down and it truly is magical.

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@heartsmyface I haven't tried that one yet but I need to sample it... like, yesterday. I've been eyeing a couple of Tom Ford perfumes and also want to sample the TOM FORD Rose Prick 

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@QueenMarceline, love perfume samples. Myth is one of my faves from the Ellis Brooklyn collection - I first tried a sample of that scent when I was vacation in Maui and went back to the Sephora store to pick up a roller ball before my trip ended and a full size followed at the next Sephora sale. All because of a sample.

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@itsfi I've tried a couple perfumes from EB and honestly this is the only one I liked enough to purchase. I've always wanted to go to Maui, you probably definitely associate that smell with your vacation since scent is so powerful to memory--that's so awesome!

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@QueenMarceline  Yes I like beach walks too!!!

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@ather It's a really good one, I get compliments on it all the time πŸ™‚

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Lovely products .... The glow recipe watermelon dew drops, new to me late last year. I'm so grateful for that one. Then over the summer I found make no mistake concealer, so that became a must have.

most recently the FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie-so fab scented! Coconut!

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@ionianblue Oh, what do you like about the SC make no mistake concealer? I haven’t tried that one yet!

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