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L’Oreal owns a lot of brands. While they sadly are not cruelty free, they do consumer testing in the US. Beauty lovers who wish to test products under the L’Oreal umbrella should become members of L’Oreal Consumer Testing Panel. Panelists are given informational surveys or free products to review. Signing up for the program is not always easy, because there are times when they do not accept new panelists. I attempted to sign up twice before I was successful on my third attempt. From the first attempt to the third, there was a nine-month span.
Once accepted into the program, panelists complete short qualification surveys determine eligibility in a survey/study. If selected for a testing panel, follow the step by step directions, and see it to completion. In addition to receiving testing products for free, you will receive compensation upon completion. Compensation varies based on the study you take part in. It can range from very little value for lower-end studies to hundreds of dollars worth of products for higher-end studies. Those participating in informational surveys get compensated upon completion of the fifth survey.
Your level of participation is completely up to you. L’Oreal rarely emails a panelist with opportunities, but new opportunities are available almost every day. Those eager to enter studies could log in and see opportunities every morning if they want to. I used to check more often, but I barely check anymore. If an opportunity is available, complete the survey on your dashboard to see if you qualify. The testing facility is in New Jersey, so it runs on East Coast time. This means people on the East Coast have an advantage in getting selected, because they see most of the surveys first. Each survey closes once it receives the demographic it is looking for, and my demographic almost always fills before I even wake up in the morning. It is obviously not impossible for those on the West Coast, because that is where I live and I’ve tested at my leisure since 2015.
I received an email that there were 5 surveys available on March 28th. They were all still available by the time I logged in, so I completed every one. Each one took less than 10 minutes. They showed pictures and asked questions. As I mention above, completing 5 surveys qualifies you for compensation. It is rare to see 5 available at once, so I usually take one or two at a time. For those who are actually testing products, I have written an article on how that goes. During my 2017 blogging break, I only took part in one testing study that I did not blog about.
Once you complete your fifth survey, you should receive your compensation in the mail in 6-8 weeks. It just pops up one day, so you will never receive a shipping confirmation or know what you’re getting until you open the package. This package just arrived about two weeks ago, so it took over 12 weeks this time.
I received two full-sized products: a 4.2oz Lancôme Énergie de Vie Smoothing & Purifying Foam Cleanser ($35 at Macy’s), and a 0.03oz L’Oreal Silkissime infallible Never Fail Silky Pencil Eyeliner in 250 Cobalt Blue ($7.99 at Walmart). That gave me $42.99 in compensation value, which is not bad for less than an hour of work. This eyeliner is getting phased out, because finding this shade for sell at an authorized retailer was unfruitful. Walmart does have it in other shades, so I am guessing it will not even sell those once it runs out. Even though I think I’ve tried this eyeliner in the past, I am not sure. Should I choose to keep this one, I will review it. The face wash is definitely new to me. Most comp consists of one mid-range and one drugstore item, but I have received two drugstore items. What you receive will vary based on how much time and effort you put into it.
Even without the comp, I enjoy taking part in studies and answering (some) surveys. The comp makes it a lot more fun, because you never know what they could send you. Any items from L’Oreal brands are possible, so you could receive comp and test items from: L’Oreal, Lancome, Shu Uemura, L’Oreal Professional, Vichy, Garnier, Giorgio Armani, Clarisonic, Redken, La Roche-Pasay, Maybelline, Kiehl’s, Victor&Rolf, Matrix, SkinCeuticals, NYX, Yves Saint Laurent, Cacharel, Kerstase, Roger&Gallet, Dark and Lovely, Biotherm, HR, Decleor, The Body Shop, mg, Urban Decay, Diesel, Carita, Essie, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, and Yuesai. Read more about the Program. See all L’Oreal Consumer Testing articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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