I have hyper-sensitive skin. As in, my skin will flush BRIGHT red just from touching it gently. Finding cosmetic products that don't make my skin very angry is a constant challenge. I didn't start wearing makeup on a regular basis until about 6 months ago, so I'm still finding what works best for me.
Several weeks ago I went to a cosmetic store that's really popular here in the US...I'll call it Euphoria
. My mother had suggested I go there because a sales girl had told her they can make any product into a sample by dispensing a small amount into a tiny plastic container (No more than a teaspoon sized amount). My mother shops there regularly and when she goes in to make a purchase, she sometimes gets a small sample of something new to try out. I was really happy to hear this as I had just purchased two separate $35+ foundations that I had allergic reactions to and could not use. The store (not Euphoria) would not let me return an opened package so that was like $70 down the drain.
I went to Euphoria, explained the situation to a sales woman, and she showed me a couple products. I asked for samples and she gave me one of each. She asked if I needed help with any purchases, I said, "No thank you. Not today at least. I'll have to come back after I've had a little time to see how these works out. I'll ask for you when I come back to make a purchase if they work." She seemed okay with that answer, or at least indifferent.
Good thing I got samples, because my skin HATED both products. I mentioned this to a friend who was surprised I asked for samples without buying anything. She pointed out that on Euphoria's online store, they offer a small number of free samples with a purchase
and that I was wrong to request them without first purchasing a product. She said that Euphoria will accept returns on used products if you don't like them, so I should purchase the items I wish to sample and return the ones that don't work. This doesn't really appeal to me because it requires I spend a ton upfront and then deal with the hassle of returning the products, which will obviously just be thrown away.
Is it wrong for me to request samples without buying anything first? Or am I expected to buy the products and return the ones that don't work for me?