Sephora is probably the easiest store to waste your life in. As someone who doesn’t even know that much about makeup, I find myself being lured in for absolutely no reason. The aisles upon aisles of products make me feel like I need everything. But if there’s one area of Sephora that you should avoid at all costs, it’s the “Beauty on the Fly” section. You know, the one that wraps around the register line so you’re tempted to grab that travel-size sample before you check out? Yeah, it’s not worth your money.
According to a Sephora employee, “There are easily over a hundred travel size items at my Sephora store, and nearly every one is a total rip-off.” She compared the ounces vs. price of the full-size and travel-size Alterna Bamboo Volume 48-hour Sustainable Volume Spray and found that it is, in fact, a total ripoff. Apparently, the full-size costs $5.95 per ounce, while the travel size is $11.76 per ounce!
If you’re really desperate to sample a travel size product, look for the full-size version in-store–you can ask for a free sample. “As a Sephora associate, I was trained to ask customers if they’d like to take home a sample of any product, so don’t be shy about asking. There is no purchase required. Choose up to three samples per world: color (makeup), skincare and fragrance.”
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