Swatch Comparison: Purple Lipsticks!

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! I had a busy jam packed weekend- filled with friends, family, a graduation, a baseball game, basketball game, and a goodbye dinner! But I still had some time to play around with makeup! 🙂

My go-to makeup look for as long as I remember has always been smokey eye makeup paired with nude lips (inspired by the one and only JLO). It’s only been recently that I’ve branched out from my usual and started experimenting with different shades of lipstick!

A few months ago I was on the hunt for a purple lipstick, and let me tell you, this was no easy feat trying to find a purple shade that worked well with my natural lip color and skin tone.

Most purple lipsticks I would buy would look purple in the package and swatched on my arm but then as soon as I’d apply it to my lips, the shade would magically transform into either a pink, mauve, or burgundy shade, which is great in any other circumstance, but in this case, I had my mind set on having purple lips.

The three lipsticks/glosses that I’ve swatched today are from 3 different brands, price points and all had different results!


Nyx Butter Gloss in Raspberry Tart ($4.99 at Target):

0530161001 - EditedI love NYX lip products! This was one of my first purple lip gloss purchases that I’ve made and I remember having really high hopes for it. As you can see from the pictures below, the product in the tube looks purple but then looks like a watermelon pink when swatched on my wrist. The shade looked light pink on my lips under natural light, and a darker mauvey pink with a hint of purple tint on my lips in indoor lighting. From purple to 3 different shades of pink! Like magic! 😉

Overall, I like this shade, but it wasn’t what I expected it to be. I would use this particular shade of lip gloss to add a little bit of tint to my natural lip color, but wouldn’t use this if I was trying to achieve a purple lip!

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Sephora Rouge Shine Lipstick in color #47 ($12.50)

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Sephora lipsticks are one of my absolute fave because there are sooo many different shades to choose from.

This lipstick looked like a bright eggplant purple color in the tube and to my surprise, the shade looked purple on my lips under natural light as well (yay!) However, when I’m inside under florescent lights, the lipstick shade changes and looks more pink than it does purple.

The lipstick applies very lightly and is very glossy/shiny. You can apply additional layers as needed to darken the purple shade, but due to it’s light consistency, the darkness of the shade won’t last very long. I’m curious to see how this shade would look on different skin tones seeing as it changes colors so easily on my skin tone!

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Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick  in shade L.U.V. ($20 at Sephora)

Ding ding ding! We have a winner!

This line of matte liquid lipstick is stunning. The pigmentation of all the shades and color pay out will not disappoint. This is by far the best shade that I’ve found that helps me achieve the purple lip shade that I wanted! This lip color looks purple in both natural light and indoor lighting.

This shade is so pigmented that I believe it will transform into a range of beautiful purple shades on any skin tone.

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Final thoughts after my hunt for the perfect purple shade!

-If you have your mind set on a particular make up shade or you’re trying to replicate a specific look, play around with different shades and mix 2 different lipsticks or pair lipstick shades with lip liners to manipulate the color.

For example: If I’m going for a bright purple lip, I’ll mix a hot pink lipstick and layer a thin coat of purple lip gloss on top of it (like the NYX butter gloss shade I talked about in this post).

If I want a vampy dark purple lip shade, I’ll start with a darker, mauve/red lip liner like Mac Nightmoth, and layer a pigmented purple on top of it.

-Make sure you test how a shade looks in natural light and indoor lighting, because more than likely, the shade will change!

-Always good to check how a shade looks on camera, both with flash, no flash, and in outdoor lighting. Especially if you are wearing the shade to an event where pictures will be taken.

-In this case, a matte liquid lipstick was my best bet for achieving a purple lip look. Lip gloss or lip sticks with a glossy finish seemed to just add a tint of purple to my natural lip color, instead of showing up as a completely pigmented purple shade.

Now I want to hear from you!

What are your favorite purple lipstick shades?

Have you had any trouble finding a particular shade to match with your natural lip color or skin tone?

Also, if you have a blog, please leave your URL below so that I can follow you!

Where to find these products:

NYX Butter Gloss:

Sephora Rouge Shine Lipstick:

Kat Von D:

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Diversity & Cosmetics


Screenshot_2016-04-23-19-12-06-1In the early stages of my blog, when I was going around telling all my close friends and family about my idea, my friend sent me this picture that she found on Twitter.  This picture completely encompasses my motivation behind wanting to start this blog and the reason why I’ve become obsessed with playing around with makeup shades on different skin tones and all the different ways that affect how a shade looks!

This overall need for cosmetics companies to embrace the diversity of their customers (such as providing swatches to be shown in all different types of skin tones) will be a huge topic of discussion throughout my blog.

There’s still a lot of progress to be made on this topic but here are some examples of the ways cosmetics companies are embracing the diversity of their customers!

Here are some examples of the ways cosmetics companies are embracing the diversity of their customers:

  1. Cosmetics companies such as Color Pop and Lime Crime are showing their makeup shades swatched on different skin tones:

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Picture credit: and @limcrime instagram

2) Sephora developed an app where the user can upload a selfie of themselves and virtually try on different Sephora lipstick shades to see how they look on their face and skin tone.

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3) L’Oreal is using technology and science to embrace diversity and create foundation shades for all skin tones

L’Oreal also used technology to develop the app “Makeup Genius” that allows the users to try on makeup shades in realtime

4) Cosmetic companies like IMAN create cosmetics and skincare products designed for women with darker skin tones

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These are only a few examples of how cosmetic companies are working on fulfilling a need for us, the consumers, to show how the color of a make up shade changes depending on the skin tone of the person wearing it!

Now I want to hear from you!

What you do wish companies would do to embrace the diversity of their customers?

Do you know of any companies that are doing a great job in catering to their diverse clientele?

Let me know by commenting below!

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Happy Mom-iversary!

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I’m dedicating this post to her for a few different reasons:

1- Not only was it mother’s day this past weekend, but it was also my mom’s 27th mom-iversary!  It’s been 27 years since she became a mom after having her first child, (yours truly).

2- She is the reason I have a makeup obsession.  I still remember when I was 5 years old and I chose a plastic pretend makeup kit from the toy store to give fake makeovers. My mom beamed with pride and told my dad “anak siya talaga ni mommy” which is loosely translated as “she really is her mother’s daughter”. 

3-She’s been a HUGE part of this blog- from my being my inspiration, listening to all my ideas, and simply just being a source of motivation and encouragement whenever I needed it. There’s not an aspect to this blog that I didn’t get run by her first!

For these reasons, and many more, it only seems fitting to have one of my first blog posts be about her!


While I’m a self proclaimed make up enthusiast… my mom is the the makeup CONNOISSEUR. She’s my absolute go to person whenever I need advice on makeup. Her collection is extensive and her knowledge is endless.

Here are some pictures of my mom’s make up collection!—–>

Complete with a planned out make up schedule, lined up according to what makeup she’s going to wear to match her planned outfits for the week, and a list of her inventory to keep track of what she buys and a notebook filled with lists of makeup she wants to try.

Someday when I’ve matured past storing all my make up in my Olaf backpack and in colored buckets I bought from the dollar section at Target, I hope to have my collection organized like she does.0508161855




My mom very generously hands down a lot of her makeup to me and because of our different skin tones, the makeup shades look a little different on me than on her.  My mom is shade NC35 in Mac foundations and I am NC42.

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I’ve received a lot, I mean, A LOT of make up from my mom. One of the biggest reasons she ends up donating her make up to me is because the shade she chose wasn’t what she expected or she didn’t like how it looked on her skin tone.

Here is a perfect example!  My mom bought these gorgeous lipstick queen lipsticks in shades Trance and Saint Nude because she saw one of her favorite celebrities wearing them.  When she finally tried on the shades, she found that the colors didn’t look like the same on her skin tone. She said that these shades blended in with her natural lip color and therefore looked like she wasn’t wearing any lipstick at all.



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Here is how these lipsticks looked swatched on me and my mom!

Saint Nude (top) looked orangey brown in the package and light rosy pink on swatched on our arms. It took a few swatches to get the color to show up.

In the package, Trance (bottom) looked like a glittery mauvey red and when swatched on our arms, it looked orangey brownish.

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Surprisingly, our arms looked like pretty close in shade when we put them next to each other, even though I have a noticeably darker complexion.  This made the lipsticks look like pretty similar shades when swatched on our arms but looked different when applied on our lips.

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Once applied on our lips, Saint Nude had a slightly pink tint on my lips and looked very natural on my mom. But overall, this lipstick shade looked pretty similar on both of our skin tones.

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Trance had a much more drastic difference when applied on both of us.

This lipstick still looked pretty natural on my mom just like Saint Nude did but it looked like a brighter sparkly pink when applied on my lips.



This is the first of many blog posts where I’ll be featuring a friend, family member, and swatching makeup on the both of us to compare how different they look on our skintones! Stayed tuned for more!


Aly Mae!

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Aly Mae, swatching makeup since 2000

Hello everyone!!

Wow my first blog post! Gimme a second to take that in… ahhhh… first blog post butterflies!

It feels amazing to finally get all my ideas out there and slowly see my dream and vision come to life (cheesy but true!)

I’ve loved make up for as long as I remember and according to my journal that I kept in 5th grade, I’ve been swatching makeup since August 19th 2000! 🙂20160306_125023 (1)

One day a few months ago, I was feeling discouraged about starting this blog and started doubting myself and wondering why anyone in their right mind would be interested in anything I have to say about makeup.

And then right in the middle of throwing myself a pity party, I randomly came across my old red notebook that I used as a journal in 5th grade and found this entry I wrote talking about how I wanted to wear makeup to my mom’s reunion that my family and I were attending that night. And in the margins of my notebook, I smeared or “swatched” my mom’s make up that I wanted to wear!

This was exactly what I needed to keep me going and developing my blog. All I needed was the image of my 11 year old self “swatching” my mom’s lipstick and “eye-stuff” in my little red notebook to remind me that writing and makeup have always been a huge passion of mine.  If there was ever a sign in my life showing me to just go and do something, regardless of my fears and doubts, this was it! (Thank you 11 year old Alyssa for the encouragement 😉 !)

This blog combines a lot of things that I love into one little package:

Makeup+writing+colors+family+friends+creativity+connecting with people who love the same things I do!

These last few months I’ve been researching universal makeup shades and how cosmetic companies are embracing diversity in their customers. I’ve been non-stop swatching makeup on myself and people around me and comparing how they look. Overall, this blog and my dream of coming up with a solution to provide the most accurate and genuine depiction of a makeup shade and perfecting the effectiveness of a swatch has seriously all I’ve been thinking about. For more info about Beyond the Swatch and what I plan to write in this blog, check out my about me page!

In the early stages of developing Beyond the Swatch, I sent out a survey to friends and family members asking them about their make up preferences. Here is a breakdown of my answers to give you all a little insight on my makeup preferences!

How often do you wear makeup? I wear makeup almost every day. I try to have at least one day in the week where I wear zero makeup to let my face breathe a little.

Here’s an aerial view of the makeup I currently use on the daily:

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How would you describe your skin tone? Medium/tan during fall/winter/spring and medium/dark during the summer

What is your current foundation?  Loreal Lumi True Match Foundation in W6: Sand Beige

What struggles have you had finding a shade that looks good with your skin tone? Most bronzers that come in limited number of shades usually don’t work well with my skin tone because it just blends in. It took a while to find a bronzer in the right shade to contour with.

Cool toned eye shadows and blushes are hard to make work with my skin as well.

Name a few celebrities who are beauty inspirations for you: Jennifer Lopez, Ayesha Curry, Kardashians, Shay Mitchell (and realistically all of the pretty little liars), just to name a few! There’s too many to list.

Name your favorite beauty bloggers: Kathleen Lights, Jaclyn Hill, Temptalia, Jackie Riley, Patrick Starr, Jeffree Star….Ok this is impossible to list all my favorites because they’re all amazing and this list grows every single day. I love all of you!!

Favorite go to colors/shades that I believe work well with my skin-tone:

Eye shadow: Golds, neutrals, peach/coral tones, any shade of brown, anything with a hint of burgundy/auburn. I’m also a sucker for anything with glitter

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Lips: Nudes, subtle rose pinks, deep burgundy or reds with a purple undertone.


Blush:  Medium dark pinks with a coral undertone. Like Nars Orgasm and NYX



Thank you for being here and taking the time to get to know me and my makeup preferences a little better! Now that you’ve learned a little about me, I’d like to hear from you!! 

What shades of makeup do you think work best with your skin tone?  What struggles have you had finding a shade to work with your skin tone?  Comment below! I’d love to hear your answers 🙂

If you have a beauty blog, please leave your URL in the comments below so that I can follow you!


Aly Mae



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