I’ve always appreciated that Paula’s Choice does not do animal testing. While I have not yet boycotted brands that do, I like buying from those that do not. My skin is sensitive, so I get reactions from products. It is still nice to try as many new products as possible, and I use Beautypedia (an expert site affiliated with Paula’s Choice that uses scientific research instead of opinions for reviews) as a first stop in seeing what ingredients may have caused my reaction. Both sites are a great source of information. Anyone can sign up for Paula’s Choice Testing Panel to test products and give feedback. Panelists immediately fill out a short skin care profile. When Paula’s Choice needs a new item tested, it reviews profiles. A short survey determines whether the panelist moves forward. Those who do take part in the test fill out an exit survey by the deadline. Successfully complete one test to qualify for more.
Anyone can sign up to test Paula’s Choice products for free and give feedback. Panelists immediately fill out a short skin care profile. When Paula’s Choice needs a new item tested, they review member profiles. A short survey determines whether the panelist moves forward. Those who do take part in the test fill out an exit survey by the deadline. Successfully complete one test to qualify for more.
I received an email 11/09/15 asking me to complete a pre-qualification survey for a product formulated primarily for those struggling with rosacea to soothe and calm red, sensitive, reactive skin. My skin checks all of those boxes. While my skin is always red, which I rated in the highest group, I had to rate rosacea, sensitive, and reactive in the second highest group.
I did not find out I qualified until later that day. My guess is they did not find enough people who rated them all highest, so my second highest marks in three groups was enough to get me in. A second email with basic instructions, the rules for the study, including the requirement it be completed by 11/28/15, and letting me know the product shipped came on the 12th.
The product arrived two days later, so the turnaround from first survey until the product arrived was five days. I have retailers who cannot get me items I pay for that fast! It arrives looking very plain. Other than the Test Number and date (not pictured for confidentiality reasons), it is otherwise unmarked. My guess on the size is about 0.5oz.
On 11/17/15, I used it for the first time. I definitely did not react to this, which is wonderful.
My skin looked and felt better after each use, so it is something I would buy if I knew what it was. They keep the actual product name confidential and I have to keep the type of product and testing information confidential according to the rules.
My first test went well, and the process (other than the time spent wearing the mask) took less than 20 minutes. It was a lot of fun trying something new and hoping I assisted in research. I have my boys do studies at my alma matter to assist in research as well. Their studies only test their brains and how they respond to things, so there is no risk to their skin.
If you like testing products as much as I do, you may enjoy this. Those who love exploring Beautypedia may also love this. The only drawback to this testing panel and similar ones is you do not know which product you’re testing, so it will be hard to avoid it if you hate it or buy it if you love it. Should you be lucky enough to love what you’re sampling and figure out what it is, remember to check all offers before placing a Paula’s Choice order. This program really is more of a means to assist research than to sample before you buy. There are other programs to test products that I trust as well. Some of those offer rewards for sampling products or the chance to receive products where you know what you’re testing. See all Paula’s Choice and Paula’s Choice Testing Panel articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.