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Love At First Sample!!! ๐Ÿฅฐ

I know youโ€™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!   Itโ€™s been six years and I have yet to find any body scrub that compares -and Iโ€™ve tried!

 

A more recent love-at-first-sample is the Dior Backstage Face and Body Primer!  Itโ€™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 everyoneโ€™s cup of tea but itโ€™s very pleasing to me. ๐Ÿ™‚  

Dior BACKSTAGE Face & Body Primer 1.6 oz/ 50 mL 

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Well, I used the sample of Gucci Lโ€™obscur mascara right up (stalling at the thought of spending $50 on a mascara and finally had to cave and get a full sized tube.  itโ€™s super black and more thickening than lengthening.  Hereโ€™s hoping I love the full sized as much as the mini!  Gucci L'Obscur Lengthening Mascara 1 Eve Black 

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@heartsmyface  Ooooooo canโ€™t wait to hear your thoughts!!

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@ather   The Gucci is sooo nice!!! Itโ€™s super black yet natural looking on and doesnโ€™t harden the lashes.  

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@heartsmyface I hope the full version lives up to your expectations ๐Ÿ˜„

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@CynthieLu   It has been.  I noticed no difference between the sample and the full sized.  -well, except the stress Iโ€™m going to run out soon has been alleviated๐Ÿ˜†

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I kept thinking about this and I came up with some fragrances that I definitely picked up right away after trying them. My go-to staple CLEAN RESERVE Reserve - Skin , just the perfect everyday scent. Carolina Herrera Good Girl Eau de Parfum perfect for a date night and something about it just captivated me the first time I smelled it. Most recently Gentle Fluidity by Maison Francis Kurkdjian. I haven't picked it up in a bigger size because of the price but once the sample runs out, I might pick up a travel size. When I was younger and living in another country, I stalked the Duty Free for Gucci Flora by Gucci Eau de Parfum after smelling it in a magazine. It was my go to scent in high school and college. Probably the only perfume I've ever used up and repurchased.

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@makeitup305  Oh gosh I remember when magazines were the only real way I ever tested perfumes out.  Ha, i used to be confused when Iโ€™d purchase the perfumes cause I was in love with the perfume/glossy paper mixture and not just the perfume๐Ÿ˜… 

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@heartsmyface I lived out of the US growing up and US magazines were "fancy", so it was special when somebody had one and you got to smell the perfume. I remember lots of Estee Lauder and Lancome perfumes back then.

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@makeitup305  oh really?  Whereโ€™d you grow up?  Yes!!!  Lancรดme, Tommy Hilfiger, Dior!  My grandma taught me to cut the perfume samples out and put them in my dresser โ€˜to make the under things smell niceโ€™. ๐Ÿฅฒ. 

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@heartsmyface I'm from Costa Rica, so we had a lot of Latinamerican magazines similar to Cosmopolitan but not always the American versions. It's funny how small memories like that endure. I remember my aunts rubbing the perfume flaps on their wrists to try out the scents. 

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@heartsmyface I'm usually not lucky enough to get samples of products I'm especially interested in.  So, only two spring to mind.  ALTERNA Haircare CAVIAR Anti-Agingยฎ Smoothing Anti-Frizz Blowout Butter (I got a DS, and it might be time to get the FS soon) and Paula's Choice essence, which is now discontinued.

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@greeneyedgirl107  Oooo yay!!! Glad you loved it!

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@ather I recently bought the FS!

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@greeneyedgirl107  Ouhhh, I havenโ€™t seen this one!  

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@heartsmyface It's still going strong!

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I think? my 1st ever Love at first sample in Sephora, was the DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY 2am Kiss 1.7 oz/ 50 mL I bought the Full size during a fragrance multiplier ๐Ÿ˜. The smell didn't change and it was my staple for awhile.  It's still a quarter full now and stick with travel sprays now to limit waste.

 

 

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@heartsmyface it's usually fragrances that will get me at first sample,, two recent ones are #Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir 3.4 oz/ 100 mL Eau de Parfum Spray 

And Maison Marie Louis 4 perfume

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@heartsmyface great idea for a thread! I got a sample of the MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Skin Undetectable Longwear Foundation and even though it's not my favorite, the shade is so close to my skintone that I decided to pick it up. It's nothing to write home about, imo, but it's a great go to when I'm in a rush and need something that will do the job and stay on well.

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@makeitup305  Finding a foundation thatโ€™s an exact match is sooo rare!   I know what you mean, my exact matches donโ€™t have to perform perfectly cause if they misbehave they donโ€™t tend to be obvious as a shade thatโ€™s simply close.  
I wish a brand would come out that custom mixed shades for customers on the spot.  That would be such a game changer.  

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@heartsmyface exactly. I much prefer it with a glowy base underneath. I think Lancome had a custom foundation builder in some stores but I'm not sure  if they still do. I never heard much about it though,  the formula must not have been great. I wonder if it's hard to do with a standard "base" since I might have heard that darker shades require more tweaking? Idk. I think it would be amazing to be able to go into Sephora and get a custom shade there and then.

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@heartsmyface, what a fab thread. Itโ€™s been great reading about the products that left a lasting and loving first impression on everyone! ๐Ÿ˜ Many of my tried-and-true products made their way into my collection after I sampled it. Hereโ€™s my most recent love at first sample:

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Lancรดme Teint Idole Ultra Wear All Over Full Coverage Concealer 

 

I typically have a more expansive selection of foundations on hand, even at my most streamlined. When it comes to concealer though, I've kept them to just a small few. I made room for this one. It holds up very well, doesn't feel tight or dry after a long day of wear, and looks nice on the skin. ๐Ÿ’–

 

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