They say cheap is good. Well how about free? Cosmetics counters give away samples to get their customers hooked. Here’s a sampling of some of the companies that regularly offer samples at their counters.
If you are able to engage the counter person, and you catch her at a slow time, she may even take time to apply some of her newest products on you. Of course, they would like you to buy on the spot, but you’re not under any obligation. The best way to gracefully get away is to simply and honestly tell her that you need to see everything out in the sunlight and see if the product suits you.
Calvin Klein Chanel Clarins Clinique Elizabeth Arden Estee Lauder
Yves Saint Laurent
There’s always more. Just ask if there’s a sample, while looking over a product that interests you.
There’s definitely an etiquette involved to getting free stuff. What you don’t want to do is to go from counter to counter with a big Halloween type bag and a "trick or treat" kind of attitude.
Bring in an ad from a magazine. Chances are, if it’s a new product that’s being introduced, there’s a sample.