Over the years, beauty shoppers like us have become more and more critical when it comes to their choice of products. And who could blame us? There are just too many beauty brands out there, not to mention product types, that we can choose from. While beauty trends and our preference for certain products may change, some unusual shopping habits die hard — especially when we're off surveying beauty counters for new vanity finds.
So for the fun of it — and a hint of learning in between, too — we decided to narrow down some habits that are oh-so-common among us makeup and skincare lovers whenever we're off on a beauty shopping spree. Which of these are you guilty of?
Smelling a product before buying
We got you on the spot, didn't we? One of the most common habits that you may not realise but constantly do is smelling a product when buying it in a beauty section. This is your way of testing a new product's 'newness' and make conclusions based on its scent. And yes, even if the product is already labelled ‘fragrance-free’, you still can’t resist giving it a whiff. Who knows? Maybe it's instinctive. To be fair, though, scents can be very off-putting in some cases and it's best to use your olfactory organ as the first line of defence if you are going to like a product or not.
Maximising the use of testers
Whether it be a lipstick, foundation or eyeshadow, you can’t leave the store without testing any products —even when you’re not particularly looking into buying it. It's the very reason why 'swatch and sniff' has become a practice when it comes to everything beauty. Our theory? The appeal of a beauty product that's open for you to try is simply irresistible. And it may not necessarily mean you’ll buy it right away, but it's more of getting a feel of the product in every way possible before you add it to your cart. Definitely a mark of a smart shopper, to be honest. We're not judging if you're totally guilty of this one.