How Do You Sample Nail Polish?

Yesterday I took a little jaunt down to Sephora to check out some new nail polish shades. I was fixated on the bluish-green-toned Ocean Love Potion ($9), perfect for that oceanic nail trend we've been seeing as of late. After looking through the display case for my new favorite turquoise shade, I noticed a small sign: "Please do not paint on fixture." Although I question the idea of trying out polish on your nails in the first place, isn't it just as bad to create visual clutter, particularly when specifically instructed not to do so? What's your try-it-on philosophy?

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