This may very well qualify as the frilliest, most stupid post of my not very proud posting career. But hey, I can be as frilly as the best of them.
Avon & Mary Kay Lipstick Samples
For some reason I decided last week that I wanted to get a lot of small lipsticks – I figured the girls might have fun using them to play make-up and they were less likely to cause much damage if they were the sample size rather than the full-size (plus the others would be cheaper). So I went looking for sample lipsticks at e-bay (where else? the things are not supposed to be sold), and quickly found out that there were two main kinds: Avon and Mary Kay, not surprisingly, given that these are products sold face-to-face by “consultants”.
I’m not much of a makeup wearer, and my only experience with Avon was when I was a child and my mother used to sell the line to her friends (though mostly I think she bought things for herself). I’ve never even met with a Mary Kay representative. I remembered the tiny lipsticks and that’s what I wanted – but I couldn’t tell from the blurry pictures on e-bay whether the Mary Kay packaged samples contained a small, skinny lipstick inside them. I could also not find any information about that online (imagine that – but that’s why I’m posting this, in case someone else is in the same dilemma ;-). But the Mary Kay samples were cheaper (about 17c each vs. about 25c for the Avon ones) so I decided to give them a try. Oh well, you win one you lose some.
As you can see by the picture above, the Mary Kay sample consists of a tiny applicator and a very small, thin layer of lipstick. They are not kidding when they say it’s for ONE application. There is probably enough to use on both my daughters, but they have small mouths.
The amount of lipstick in the Avon samples is much more generous, plus they are more like lipsticks, so I think the kids would like them more.
The real test, of course, will be what they find more fun.