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World of Cosmetics Counters

22 Jul

Hey everyone! A post on cosmetics counter etiquette and how to deal with the salesperson who is assisting you making your choice in either cosmetics or skincare.

My favourite counter to visit when I go to the department store (which I don’t do very often) is Shiseido. Mainly due to makeup and sometimes asking about their skincare. Shiseido is a well-known cosmetics company in Asia and well it kinda makes sense that I get a lot of my skincare tips and makeup tips from Shiseido.

Some etiquette tips to be the best counter shopper evar! Or well you won’t be the best but you’ll look like a really nice person and the sales rep will be more than willing to help you.

So there are a few things before approaching a counter:

First you need to determine what you are going there for so that you don’t overspend on items that you won’t need later on or regret buying (and can’t return).

Second is allot time for counter shopping as you are chatting with the sales rep you are spending a lot of time discussing what is best for you (for me the conversation can begin with skincare and end up with eyeshadow colours weird huh?).

Now tips for surviving the actual counter:

Tip #1

Become a germaphobic while trying out makeup at the counter. You have no idea where the product has been and what it has been through so if you want to see the colour just swatch it on the back of you hand. I mean who would like to get herpes or some skin disease just because of the tester product.

Tip #2

Say NO if you don’t like the product either the way it feels or the color selection. Be proactive about your purchases because at department store counters you don’t have the option of returning items that don’t suit your skin tone or you dislike.

Tip #3

Be proactive as stated in #2. If you don’t state what your skin type is or what colours you like the sales rep can’t help you as much.

Tip #4

If there is a sales rep that you absolutely LOVE (I mean as listens to you and knows you pretty well) ask for her contact because that sales rep is the only one that knows whats best for you and will tell you about new products that would interest you or promotions that their counter is having. (Now I haven’t visited Department stores that often but there is a sales rep that I absolutely adore but she moved to a different Shiseido counter where I have no idea but I totally regretted not getting her contact info.)

This is all the tips that I can come up with for makeup counter etiquette I know that lots of people have had great and bad experiences with some counters. I find that if you are patient and nice the sales rep will treat you fairly as well though I have had my fair share of horrible or not so attentive sales rep assist me.