Chanel Rouge Coco Mini from Saks

April 4, 2010
One benefit of being on a mailing list is that you get notifications of new products and sometimes cute promotions. The most recent one I received was for a sample of the Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle (good when you present the mailer at the counter). Also at the counter were cute little pink and white flowered perfume spray cards to sample their new Chance perfume. I really wanted to get it because who can resist a pretty pink bottle of perfume? But alas, the scent was just not for me. The card however was irresistibly cute and I happily smelled it all the way home trying to convince myself that I could possibly wear that scent.

Dear Chanel, If you read this, this is the cutest sample + packaging I have seen in a long time! Please do one for the new Hydramax Lip Care Treatment. I would definitely consider splurging on an expensive lip balm if I had the chance to try it beforehand. (I saw the tester at the counter, but who trusts lip testers of potted lip products where anyone can stick their finger in if not watched 24/7?)

I doubt Chanel would take the time to read this blog, but who knows. These days I find that it’s hard to come by good samples. Even store events typically have crummy samples of products I would never use. This may be rude of me to say, but getting bad samples for spending $100 is almost worse than no sample at all. For me, a mini or sample size product should be given of something a store or brand wants to sell + also be relevant to customer interests. It should let the customer try a certain color or product so they can get a feel for how it can work for him or her.

While it is hard for me to find good samples, there are a number of skincare items I’ve fallen in love with from samples. NARS, Shiseido, Clinique, Paul & Joe are a few brands that have good samples to name a few. Things like skincare require a few trial uses before I can truly make a decision on whether or not that product will work for my skintype. If it weren’t for the fabulous GWP Paul & Joe skincare samples I received from BG, I probably would have never tried their skincare line and would have totally missed out.

Also, since customers have so many options of where to buy, I think customers should be given more incentives in the form of loyalty programs as a token of appreciation for giving a certain brand or store their business.

I have been guilty of getting sucked into numerous beauty events with the gift being a cheapo tote + 6 stingy samples that I don’t know I’d ever use. Many times, I already know there is something I want to buy – my mind has already been made up that I do intend to purchase something (ie the Chanel Rouge Cocos). The decision for me is where to buy it? Stores or brands that typically have better customer service, friendly more sincere sales reps, and better incentive programs usually get my loyalty.

I’ve been trying to convert my mother to Chanel for sometime now. I already have the Mademoiselle Rouge Coco, so this will be passed along to her. Hopefully she will be as excited about the cute little bag and packaging as I am and will maybe branch out of her usual go-to’s. (She’s an loyal EL + Lancome fan, which are great each in their own way, I just want her to try new stuff!)

Hope everyone has a Happy Easter!

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  • This sample is so cut ! It's great to try it beforehand πŸ™‚
    My friend had received this mini Rouge Coco when she bought 3 lipsticks so I'm going to do the same thing lol !!!

  • I got this one, too, it's really cute and I really like the color – might buy the full size version!

    Happy Easter!

  • lyn

    Hear hear. I've purchased a lot from L'occitane's immortelle skincare purely from samples & deluxe samples I've received.

    Was at the sk2 counter recently and spent $280 and the SA wouldn't even give me any samples until I asked twice! In the end, she gave me a sample of the cleanser, facial essence and cream. They were 3 items I just purchased! Guess she's telling me that she doesn't care about making any sales from me.

  • i really want to try the rouge coco

  • Wow that really is a gorgeous sample!! Well done Chanel β™₯

  • That is the best sample I've seen! I am dying to try that color, hope I get a special card in the mail too πŸ™‚

  • I totally agree with you on the problem with stingy samples. Judging from the colors they put in GWPs, I think some companies are just trying to get rid of surplus from past seasons of products that didn't sell. The least they could do is offer colors that fit in with the current color trends for the season.

  • It is true, a sample can sell me a product. La Mer used to give out a great sample — about a week's worth. I bought it although it is still to rich for me (my Mom lucked out). Half the time the colors in GWPs or special combo boxes are not the company's — they are stock from whoever manufactures the box.
    Keep up the good work and I think maybe, maybe Chanel and other companies have interns/lower managers reading your blog and others!

  • I get emails from Saks as well and I never recieved one for a sample lipstick ):
    When did you recieve it?

  • My definition of mailer = physical mail box, not emails. I don't know who they send the cards to, but I make significant purchases for Chanel at Saks, maybe the counter manager put me on the mailing list?

    I received mine several weeks ago but they didn't get the samples in until recently.

  • I hear ya on crummy samples! Then again I'm not buying that much product at once to be ever given a handful of gift and samples.

    I returned Mademoiselle but I exchanged it for the luminating concealer in click pen form – LOVE!! I'll test out new Rouge Coco colors when I go to the Nordstrom beauty event next month. I hope that GWP is worth my while!
    I love the samples you sent to me! I love the Dior moisturizer but I'm afraid to look up it's price!

  • I recently got the Hydramax Lip treatment and wish I would have been able to try a sample beforehand. It's O.K. I don't like that I have to apply with my fingers and it doesn't last as long as I had hoped. It does smell devine though…