Empties #11: Samples Edition5.11.15
Samples are such a great way to try out different products without having to commit to the full size. There is enough product that you can generate an opinion on the product, and they're great for travel. I save them like I do with full size products for empties posts just because I think it's interesting to write mini reviews on whether I like them enough to get the full size.
WILL PURCHASE FULL SIZE OF:
The Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer is one I've purchased over and over again in the past year so I always like to pick up sample sizes of it whenever available at Sephora for when I need to travel. Of the samples I haven't purchased yet, I definitely think I will purchase the NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Primer. I totally get the hype as it does a great job at keeping eyeshadow vibrant and crease free throughout the day like the Urban Decay Primer Potion I love, but applies translucent unlike the Urban Decay offering.
ON THE FENCE:
The Benefit Porefessional primer was great for those hot days when I wanted something to smooth out my skin and create a solid base for foundation, both liquid and powder, but it's certainly not something I see myself using daily. The Tarte Gifted mascara I really wanted to love but I just didn't because I could never use it on its own. It just never gave the level of curl and volume I look for, but it does pair well with other mascaras. Masks are a favourite of mine to try out and while I the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Mask was effective at getting rid of any blackheads and zapping spots, it was just a little too harsh for my skin and left it quite red.
Hand creams are a must have all year round for me, but while effective the L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream just had a funky scent to it that I just couldn't get past. Not being a big fan of face primers, I just couldn't get along with the MAC Prep + Prime Skin Base, especially with my combination skin. The extra glow is just a no go for me, but probably fantastic for those with dry skin. The one I wouldn't recommend to anyone is the Smashbox Blemish Control Primer. It did nothing for any spots, didn't keep shine away, didn't help my makeup last longer, and didn't smell pleasant. I just don't get it.
Are there any products you've sampled that you plan to buy the full size of?