Thanks to everyone for their makeup and shopping suggestions yesterday. I really had no idea you could ask for a sample of makeup at places. I now have 4 samples to try out over the next few days.
The lady at Sephora was one of those completely done up makeup ladies. She looked really good but up close it you could still tell she was totally covered up.
She put three different colours of thick stripes of the Nars Pure Radiance makeup on my face and told me she liked the colour "Alaska" on me the best. It was really yellow! I said, don't you think the "Finland" is better since my face is more pinky than yellow? And she said, "oh yeah, you're right".
I asked her about another tinted moisturizer with SPF that C had recommended by Philosophy and the sales lady said, "yeah, we have that brand, it's over there" and she pointed to another section. I had to ask her to help me pick a colour and then ask for another sample. It was like pulling teeth... or like squeezing makeup out of the end of a tube! So tough. Maybe she could see that I was an online shopper and not worth the time.
I was given a sample of the NARS in "Finland". I thought it was moisturizer but the sales lady wrote it was "mosturizer" and she's the expert. I've been spelling it wrong all these years.
The product description says my skin will be provided with a translucent veil of colour and my skin will be transported! TO WHERE?
I also picked up a Philosophy tinted moisturizer sample. Or should I say "Phylosophy" "mosturizer". The product description says it glorifies all skin types! I hope my skin doesn't get too haughty with its new found glory.
Then I went to the Clinique counter at Macy's on the way out to the car since I use their Perfectly Real foundation. I was picking up products and putting them down to get some attention and the sales associate came over and stood in front of me, looked at me, and finally asked if I needed help. I told her what I was looking for and she kept staring at me without saying anything, (long, weird pause). I had someplace to be so I initiated the possible sale.
Me: "is there anything you can recommend?"
Sales lady: "Oh yeah, we have this, this and this product with SPF."
Me: "I want light coverage, do you have anything that would work"
Sales lady: "Well, this might work"
Me: "Can you help me choose a colour"
Sales lady: "Oh, on your face?"
Me: "Yes, please"
(long pause), some shuffling around of products.
Sales lady: Can you sit down, you're way too tall for me
Me: (sits down)
I ended up leaving with two samples though so it was sort of worth the weirdness.
Today I'm trying out the Nars one. When I touch my face it feels a little sticky, which I don't like. I'm going to go walk around outside later and see how it holds up in 90 degree heat.