Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Why I pay for foundation samples...

There are many benefits to buying foundation this way. I've used Revlon ColorStay for a good 4 years now. It's something I go back to and now, always have in my collection. It offers great coverage, doesn't break me out and wears well.


I buy in bulk...

I have oily skin, but find the Normal/Dry skin formulation works best for me. It seems to offer slightly less coverage but the Oily/Combo skin formulation seems to look a little more cakey on me unless I slap on a ton of moisturiser and use my fingers to apply it. Occasionally, I'll combine the two and use the Oily/Combo foundation on my T-zone and the Normal/Dry on the rest of my face.


Sample Tube


Regular messy bottle

These tubes are 5ml samples and when purchased (I buy them from eBay) come in sets of 6 so equals a full size 30ml bottle you'd normally pay £11.99 for. I pay £3.99 + £1.99 P&P. Essentially half price to get the same amount of product but:

* No dealing with the messy pumpless (why haven't they changed this yet?!) bottle. These samples come in squeeze tubes.
* More hygenic.
* Foundation won't dry out quickly or go off before you use it up.
* Easy to pop into your makeup bag - perfect for travel.
* You get all the product out instead of wasting about 10% of it.

I don't know if there are opportunities like this for other foundations but it's certainly worth checking out. If you use ColorStay too, have a quick look on eBay. Hope this helps someone!


  1. What an amazing idea! Very clever! And you can pop one in your bag for touch ups! I love it....gonna check ebay for my foundation xxx

  2. Hope you manage to find it! It started when I was short on cash and scoured eBay for my foundation on the cheap. Turns out I got a lot more.

  3. good idea! i have a revlon outlet near me and get my colourstay a bit cheaper, £8 i think. i will defo look this up though, also another way to try out shades against my fair skin xx

  4. This is a great tip - thanks! :)

  5. Ahh that is a great idea! Will have to look into this on Ebay for the second skin foundation.

    Thanks :)

    Fee x

  6. I didn't know you could buy foundation samples! That'd be a great way to test them, I always thought you could only get the crappy bits from mags.. thanks for this :)

  7. Wow, wow, wow!!! That's so cool, I haaaaaaaaaate paying full price for my drugstore brand foundation, and then most of it dries around the top anyway. Thanks for sharing this tip :D


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