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Where are the Nail Paint Testers?

Nail products have taken off in a really big way in India.

We have brands coming up with collections exclusively based around nail paints. For example the recent Pop Tints Launch by Lakme.
The New Lakme Pop Tints on my nails

Most of these products cost anywhere between 150 to 400 rupees. I'm talking mostly about drugstore brands here: Lakme, Maybelline, Revlon, Colorbar & Faces.

However neither of these brands seem to think it is important to offer nail paint testers to customers. It is present neither at their kiosks in department stores, nor at their flagship stores (at least not in Infinity - II. I was there yesterday and at all stores they didn't have testers for nail paints).

I don't get why they would not offer testers for nail paints to customers. It can't be because the range is too big. They have a similarly big range in lipsticks - all of these brands - and they seem to offer testers there. So why leave out the nail paints?

Sometimes some SAs let you try them on the sly from a new bottle. But it all depends on the SA, some are sticklers for rules and won't budge.

Is it because nail paints dry out once opened? Maybe companies do have a valid reason for not offering testers. Maybe it gets infected with bacteria and is a liquid product - but then so are foundations! And by that count there should be absolutely no testers for liquid eye liners.Is it because then they will have to offer acetone to customers as well?

But I'm just curious. As a consumer, I would obviously like to be sure before forking out the dough.

Does the lack of nail paint testers bum you out as well? Why do you think they do it? 


  1. Thankful store near my place let me test nail paints, though I could see they pickup nail paints from fresh stock for testing.
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  2. I think its only right SAs don't open brand new bottles on sly for customers. Just imagine opening that bottle- that particular color for every customer that strolls in.Even if she has numerous bottles of the same color its technically tampered !
    yep, nailpaints should have testers now- since they rank up more than Rs 150 and above on an average!
    I uusually won't buy a color if i am even slightly unsure if its wearable or not ! But then, i have moderate tastes in colors ...i stay away from yellows et al !

  3. yeah totally bums me out! I see a really nice shade but many times shades in bottle looks so diff. plus i like to feel textures and quality of brush when i buy a bottle. I m stuck wit so many indian brands that have a crappy brush and streaky finish! wish i cud have tested those before i bought them

    1. temme about it!! I guess because their quality isnt great thats why they dont keep testers... once sold is sold right

  4. Totally agree. As far as I can remember there used be testers long back and all of a sudden they stopped. A nail pail has opacity, texture, brush size and many other variables to look at but then without testers it get tough. Also, though the SA show the colors, I do not like it that was as well coz it might have been shown to at least 20 other people. Its almost like they are selling the testers as well.

  5. You are so right Tanveer! Even I don;t see the testers anymore and when we want to check things out, the SAs open the bottles. I think this might have been the culprit. A couple of months ago, I had bought a nail polish from revlon. It just doesn't feel right. I mean the texture, the drying time etc and yes, i got it after the SA opened it and showed it to me. :(

  6. OMG you are soooo right Tanveeeeeerrrr!!!! We need Nail Paint testers... There are som nay times when I get a shade home but the consistency totally puts me off... yup testers could actually really help!!!
    Your post is BANG ON!

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  7. thank full to you.But how can a store person let us test a nail paint?if there is a particular store of a particular brand than may be its possible but other than this where there are too many brands situated at a store than it will be difficult for test Na.

  8. I agree with you completely. Just by seeing is a shade in the bottle, I cannot gauge how it would look on me, as well as find out if the formula is thick or streaky.

  9. I agree with you completely. It is difficult to guess how a nail paint would look on me just by looking at it in the bottle; also, I would have no idea if the lacquer is streaky or thick, the opacity, etc.

  10. Agreeeee!!! We Want Testers!!!

  11. Agreeeee!!! We Want Testers!!!

  12. Testers would be good (:


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