Swatch Watch

12 May

One thing that’s really annoying about our town is that we don’t have a Sephora, Ulta or any department stores with a MAC counter. There are some salons that carry Bare Minerals, and Elder Beerman has Lancome and Clinique, but that’s all there is.

This is unacceptable. But we can’t really do anything about it.

Because of this, we often have to travel about 90 minutes north to Pittsburgh to go to any of these stores. Sometimes when we visit our families in the southern part of the state, we’ll try to go to the Huntington Mall, where the Macy’s has a MAC counter, and it’s like Christmas!

So since we have no way to test out products before we buy them, how do we determine if we’re going to like the color? Well, we search for blogs that have swatches and reviews. Here are a few of our favorites:

Temptalia – This site is great – she gets so many collections and will swatch them and grade them. We love how she’ll show off a lipstick by wearing it next to a photo of her bare lips.

The PolishAholic – Great swatches of polishes in sun and shade. Nail polish is difficult to determine what a nail polish is going to look like on your nails from just looking at the bottle, so seeing swatches is always helpful.

Makeup and Beauty Blog – A combination of makeup swatches along with nail polish makes this website a great resource.

The Makeup Geek – Miss Marlena always has a wide assortment of swatches and reviews on her site.

Tell us, do you have any sites you always visit for makeup swatches?

xo,

Red & Pants

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