If you have to buy it, get the best deal!
I first read about L’Oreal Consumer testing in May of 2014. It seemed too good to be true, which always makes me a little weary. Do not listen to people when they tell you nothing in life is free! There are plenty of things in life that are free. You just have to learn to discern. How do you weed out the bogus opportunities from legitimate ones? For one, referrals. If a friend or someone you trust says something is legit, it just may be. Even friends can inadvertently lead you astray, so never forget to take step two, which is to verify an offer. If you’re not sure about something, it is generally better to do your own search rather than follow a link someone provides you. Even deals too good to pass up may at times be missed, because we are skeptical. The final and most important step is to follow through. Persist until you receive the offer!
I did look into this program, and it seemed to be legit. If you live near the testing facility, you can go in and participate in a study. Live far away? No worries. They have at home testing, too. They will mail the products to your house. What products will you test? Anything! L’Oreal owns a lot of companies and those companies own a lot of products. My beloved Lancome is a L’Oreal brand. They want objective reviews, so they will try to mask the item you are trying. If you’re already familiar with the product, you may be able to venture a guess on what it is. So, I filled out the contact form and waited patiently for them to get back with me. The pop up said it could take up to 2 weeks. More than a month went by, and I never heard back. I sent an email and patiently waited again. Patience is a virtue I do not really possess, so that is always the hardest part of wanting something good to happen. Months went by, and I never heard back. I sent another email. Again, I never got a response. Yesterday, I was playing around on Twitter and decided to Tweet at Loreal. Well, they did not respond to that either. Some are probably wondering why I bothered when I was obviously being ignored. If so, refer back to reason three in the first paragraph. The things that are the hardest to obtain are usually worth the pursuit. Rather than sending another email, I decided to fill out the form again.
Imagine my surprise when I opened up my emails this morning and saw that I was accepted. So, after nearly a year of waiting and being ignored, I was officially a panelist less than 24 hours after submitting another request. I completed my initial survey, which told L’Oreal about my current skin, makeup and hair. It asked if I wanted to sample a variety of different items. Yes, please. I would like to sample them ALL. Now, that I am an official panelist, I hope to be selected for future studies. If they find one I qualify for, they will email me a link. They said the studies fill quickly, so I will respond the moment I see the email (and am suddenly thankful I check them all day long to update promos here). I am also welcome to randomly check in for active studies they may not have emailed me about but I may qualify for.
If and when the time comes that I get to participate in my first study, I will do a follow up article. In addition to the wonderful, free products to test, they compensate study participants for their time (only on certain studies). That means, I can use the compensation to buy more of the items I test if I love them or buy something I already know and love from one of their many amazing brands. Not familiar with the brands L’Oreal owns? Well to a name a few: Lancome, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Biotherm, Kiehl’s, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Shu Uemura, Clarisonic, Diesel, Urban Decay, Viktor & Rolf, and more! Knowing you can sample any of the products from these lines is making this program sound more appealing by the second, right?
Want to join? Click here or Google L’Oreal Consumer Testing. The legitimate site will pop up. Good luck. May we all test products soon! A special thanks to BT. I am so grateful I learned about this program there. Read more about the original discussion here.
If you join and get invited to participate in a study, just do not forget to submit your reviews. The whole purpose is for them to get our feedback. Our word of mouth advertising on the products we test will not hurt either. See all L’Oreal Consumer Testing articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.