Thursday, December 9, 2010

by request: swatches! ysl, mac, nars, lancome, chanel

TOP: first two are YSL Rouge Pur Couture #10 Beige Tribute (light swatch, heavy swatch), Rouge Pur #148 Tea Rose, Rouge Pur Couture #6 Rose Bergamese

BOTTOM: YSL Perfect Touch #05 Peach, Lancome Teint Miracle Ivoire 2C

lipstick swatches in different lighting

As you can see, Beige Tribute is what I'd call a "mauve nude" - if I hold the tube to my lips it almost matches my natural lip color perfectly.  It is less creamy/glossy than Rose Bergamese, but longer-wearing than Tea Rose (as I find all the Pur Coutures I've tested so far to be!).

As for the foundations, YSL Perfect Touch is quite watery, but I actually like that about it.  It gives a very natural, semi-matte finish. Despite it looking dark in the swatch, because it is water-based, it blends out nicely and doesn't even need to be set with powder (it also lasts pretty well and doesn't get yucky around my nose after hours of wear).  I've been wearing this a lot. I definitely prefer it to the Teint Resist, which I found to be too matte for my combination skin.  This also doesn't accentuate pores OR break me out (despite the fragrance, which is pretty strong) like the Teint Resist did for me. 

Lancome Teint Miracle gives a similar, semi-matte finish (but more dewy than Perfect Touch). It doesn't feel heavy or get cakey.  It does, however, dissolve around my nose area, settling into my pores, after a few hours of wear. I would recommend setting it with powder. I do think it's a good foundation, though - the best Lancome one I've tried so far.

TOP: NARS Little Darling, MAC The Faerie Glen, MAC Till Tomorrow

BOTTOM: Chanel Rouge Coco Magnolia, Chanel Magnolia + Genie, Chanel Rouge Extrait de Gloss in Genie

I think Little Darling and The Faerie Glen look similar on the lips, though Little Darling is sheerer and I find it to be a bit more moisturizing than The Faerie Glen.  Till Tomorrow is a bit darker, but still in the same shade family.  Till Tomorrow is a Pro Longwear Lipcreme, and while I like the staying power, I'm not loving the tacky feeling it leaves on the lips. I think topping it with a gloss or balm might help with that, though I haven't tried it myself (I've only worn it twice).

I really, really love Chanel's Rouge Extrait de Gloss in Genie.  It's exactly as I've heard/read others say - scary orange in the tube, beautiful on the lips.  I love it on top of a pink lipstick! I've worn it over Illamasqua Fable the past two days and I really love the effect (I'll be posting a FOTD tomorrow). I love the light rose scent and the non-sticky texture, too. As for Magnolia, I'm not a huge fan of it on its own - I don't like shimmer in lipsticks - when your lips dry they settle into the lines and just aren't the most flattering, in my opinion! However, topped with a gloss, the shimmer dissipates and it becomes a really nice, wearable/work-appropriate pink.  

Okay, I'm off to bed! Hope that was helpful.  Please don't hesitate to ask me for swatches or reviews - I'm always happy to oblige, even if sometimes it takes me a while to get to it! Ack! :)

I'll be back soon with more fun stuff - a FOTD, more hauling, and some outfits, too. :)

Thanks for reading - I love you guys!

<3 Jess


  1. Good God, when I saw that image on your Facebook page I thought you were showing us your burns. Geesh!

  2. haha! A couple of people requested swatches of these products. :) But I was lighting candles today and when I blew out the match, the tip fell off and landed between my fingers (which of course burned me)! I'm so accident-prone!!!