To Swatch Or Not To Swatch? That Is The Question

I forgot to tell you all about this!

A couple of weeks ago, I was at a Rexall Drugs, wanting to take part of a 50% off makeup products for face promotion they had going on.

I really wanted to try theBalm concealer, as it seems to be a favourite one of many fellow beauty junkies.

So, I started swatching to see what shade would work best for me. I chose the light. Done!

But of course, I wanted to get some other things as well to take advantage of the sale. I shop beauty like I think most people do. When a product catches my eye, I stop at the sample and swatch it to see what the texture feels like, and to get an idea of how it will work on my skin.

Now, the SA(who was an older lady, btw) kind of kept checking on me. She looked rather uncomfortable. Now, it’s not like I was swatching EVERYTHING in sight-I don’t do that. I’m not a swatch monster by no means. Finally, she couldn’t take it any more and came up to me with a white piece of paper. She asked me to please stop swatching onto my hands, and to use this white piece of paper instead because of the germs that were possibly in the testers. She didn’t want me to touch them onto my skin.


Now, I know there are germs in the tester. I used to work at Sephora(part-time to feed my addiction), and every time someone would dip their finger in a product and go straight to their face with that finger I’d cringe.
Or when young girls use the mascara testers and put the mascara on.
Or when someone would use the eyeliners.
All cringe moments for sure.

After I swatch makeup testers from any store, I always use hand sanitizer(whether the store’s, or my own in my purse) to disinfect my hands after.

So I was very confused by this woman’s policy. They have hand sanitizers at Rexall to use.

I didn’t know what to say. I had never been stopped from swatching before. So I took my concealer to the front cash register, paid for it and left.

What do you guys think?

Do you swatch the testers on your hands when makeup shopping? Or do you just buy your makeup by how it looks?

To swatch or not to swatch-that is my question!