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L'Oreal Test Panel - Who's Getting What, and How Is It?!

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#1 tgooberbutt


Posted 21 August 2012 - 08:38 PM

Sooo... I only recently found out the miracle that was the L'Oreal test panel. I am not in the New Jersey area, so I can only do their at home evaluations. The sign up for the test panel is at: https://consumertest...U/index-hp.html



I enjoyed the slightly sidetracked thread about the test panel on the bzz thread, but figured it could probably use its own home on MUT.


I guess I was hoping for a place to see what test panels people are qualifying for, and what 'rewards' and thank you's everyone is getting in return. And perhaps some hints on how to qualify for a bit more panels? 


After filling out the initial L'Oreal test panel survey, I've been waiting, and the 'thank you email' at the end of that initial survey said it's within a week, but for me, it's been longer than that....I then sent in a second registration request under a different ethnicity (just to see) and whadda-ya-know, I got a registration email two days later. Sigh. We'll see if they ever like me for who I am! 


What has your experience been like: 

  • Getting registered for the program
  • Applying for and being denied/accepted for a test panel
  • Completing one of their tests
  • Getting rewarded/compensated?


I'm super curious! Especially since they have so many nice brands!



#2 calexxia


Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:45 PM

Just sayin', but if everyone signs up with incorrect demographic info, such programs won't work for the companies and they'll discontinue them...

"The food was terrible and the portions were soooo small!"

#3 tgooberbutt


Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:51 PM

Originally Posted by calexxia View Post

Just sayin', but if everyone signs up with incorrect demographic info, such programs won't work for the companies and they'll discontinue them...

You're right - and that's why I'm waiting for my original registration to go through. I wanted to see if they were registering everyone or just looking for certain profiles...


My skin tone's very different from my 'test registration' ethnicity, so I can't really do anything with that test account anyway.... At this point, I think I might have to email their customer service email address. 

#4 MissLindaJean


Posted 21 August 2012 - 10:17 PM

I think that in cases where companies are wanting testers, it's best to be honest when making profiles. They're looking for specific things, like acne, skin tone, chemically treated hair, etc.. if we qualify, great, but calexxia is spot on. We all get caught up in the idea of freebies and "compensation", but these companies do use the feedback towards research, data, statistics..to improve, change, or make new products.

#5 MichelleATX


Posted 21 August 2012 - 10:35 PM

Glad I came across this new thread. I've filled out the basic registration page and hope I'll hear from them. Like "tgooberbutt," my skin tone doesn't really match the ethnicity classification so I hope they don't choose colors based on that.

#6 OiiO

  • LocationMI

Posted 21 August 2012 - 10:51 PM

So far I have only tested their tinted lip balms, and I believe the final product they ended up releasing is their new Colour Riche Balm.

They also email you informational surveys, once you take 5 they will send you a thank-you product. I received a lot of beauty freebies from them: Lancome mascara, primer and purple eye shadow quad; Essie hand cream, Maybelline mascara, lipstick, green eye shadow quad and eyeliner.

#7 calexxia


Posted 21 August 2012 - 11:33 PM

Originally Posted by MichelleATX View Post

Glad I came across this new thread. I've filled out the basic registration page and hope I'll hear from them. Like "tgooberbutt," my skin tone doesn't really match the ethnicity classification so I hope they don't choose colors based on that.

Though they ask for ethnicity in the various surveys, they ALSO ask about skin tone when it's relevant, so I'd not be worried about that. See, my take on these things is that they are searching for specific demographics and ARE cognizant that not everyone in a certain demographic is going to be homogeneous, so don't worry about that part too much.

"The food was terrible and the portions were soooo small!"

#8 Pancua


Posted 22 August 2012 - 04:11 AM

I've been a tester for Loreal for some time now. I just recently received a thank you compact from them. My application took awhile to go through but I wasn't in a hurry so had completely forgotten about it. When I got the email, I was surprised but glad I waited.

#9 Kristin1387


Posted 22 August 2012 - 04:47 AM

Im in NJ but I dont have time to go to the testing facility.  I signed up for online but we will see if I get in! 

#10 Lisa N

Lisa N

Posted 22 August 2012 - 04:59 AM

I signed up a few months ago.  The first case study I did was for mascara.  They were asking about They're Real, I think it was for their Million Lashes.  Last week I also received the Lancome eye shadow quad as a thank you.  I just check in every couple days to see if there's anything new.

#11 Dalylah


Posted 22 August 2012 - 08:09 AM

I have been signed up for a few months but I have super sensitive skin so  I am guessing I won't be picked anytime soon lol. I haven't qualified for any yet.

#12 EricaD


Posted 22 August 2012 - 09:08 AM

I have an account, and I didn't qualify for anything for what seemed like forever, and then I made an account with my mom's info (30 years older, different skin, no makeup, etc) figuring I could just give her the products to test if she was chosen. My thinking was my demographic (mid to late twenties, white, wears makeup) is probably more prevalent in their system, so the 'older' profile might have better odds of making it through. It actually sort of worked. Both accounts got a survey for a nail study, and it happens that my mother and I have the same type of nails (weak, ridges, break easily) so I answered the survey q's with identical answers except age. She qualified, I didn't. It was the smallest, easiest product test ever - one bottle of clear-ish nail polish, applied to one nail, once. That's it. For compensation (which arrived super fast) she got (and then gave to me) a three-week supply of Magic Perfecting Base and a full size Colour Riche le gloss in Violet Attitude (which is GORGEOUS on, even though it looks purple in the tube.) I thought that was pretty good for two swipes of clear polish.

#13 Jwls750


Posted 22 August 2012 - 03:09 PM

I've been signed up for months, but never qualify for any of the testing /:

#14 amandah


Posted 22 August 2012 - 03:28 PM

I just applied. Thanks for the info!

#15 yousoldtheworld

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 12:55 PM

I've been a member for a while, but I'm currently doing my first test (well, it starts the 30th.)


I'm testing 3 lip products...they appear to be similar, though the tube of the third is slightly different (haven't tried them yet, but just in appearance.)  They are un.labeled of course, so I don't know what the line or exact product is. It's a plum color.




After looking at the product lines online, the tube and color looks like the Colour Riche line...either the balm or the color caresse.

#16 Lisa N

Lisa N

Posted 24 August 2012 - 08:56 AM

I just got picked to do another study starting the 5th.  It's for a cleanser to use with my Clarisonic.  The weird thing was after I accepted and everything it say this study is not right for you.  It's showing up in my schedule though so I guess I'll see if they send it to me.  This will be my first product test, the other was a case study, and a bunch of informational surveys.

#17 OiiO

  • LocationMI

Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:46 AM

I just got picked for a sunscreen test, it starts on September 10th.

#18 DBGenevieve


Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:53 AM

Very interesting. I was suspicious of a program like this, but I'm thinking I may apply just to see what happens. Good info ladies!

#19 DBGenevieve


Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:55 AM

Is there a Canadian link? I can only seem to find Loreal USA.

#20 Guest_JessP_*


Posted 24 August 2012 - 10:05 AM

Just signed up for this - thanks for sharing! Also, this is one of the first times I had the option to pick "Middle Eastern" (I'm adopted from Turkey) which I appreciated - I usually have to pick "Caucasian" as normally that encompasses Europe and the Middle East. Way to go, L'Oreal :)

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