But let me show you what I did before that. I'm going to call this "Blogging, Caveman Style" because before it went online, my comparisons were like this.
I spent hours and hours swatching lipsticks both at home and at makeup counters to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between colors and formulas. I used watercolor paper because it absorbs oils without smearing and holds moisture in the paper, so a lipstick will dry true to color. Best swatching paper you can buy.
Notice the 90's dominance of brown lipstick.
I just recently came across my swatching book and had oodles of fun looking thru it. There were great memories in there. This book starts in the late 90's and when I see how many items I had then....oh, let's just not go there!!
I have several Mac face charts from makeovers I had at the Nordstrom counter. So much fun!! Such a great time in my life.
In all my analyzing, I found that way back in the day, before they were collectibles, Mac postcards were excellent for swatches. They had a paper that absorbed the oils and let the products dry true. Throughout time, the paper changed and led to swatches that had to be taped over so as not to smear, but the original postcards were swatching genius!!!
Somewhere along the way, the Pro stores started carrying these little swatching papers that were also pretty fabu. They sent me some one time along with some that had pigment swatches. It was before you could purchase online so there weren't swatches to view. I put the papers right to use to with eyeshadows and blushes.
Let me tell you what I learned swatching lipglasses. After the good swatching paper disappeared from the postcards, I learned that when swatching lipgloss on paper, you need to put tape behind the swatch and on top. The oil seperates but you can capture the color without mess that way. Of course, sometimes the oils spread further than anticipated, but it still keeps the other adjoining papers nice and free from mess.
I have just two lips, but look how many lip liners I had then!! All of which were analyzed for color differences and reported on Makeupalley.
This swatch book represents some fun times for me. It captures time spent with one of the best makeup artists I've ever known. She taught me everything. It was a blast.
Before the creation of this blog, there were reviews on other websites. Before the other websites, there were swatch books with tons of swatches...some with little notes about the differences of color. Before there were swatch books, well I didn't wear much makeup then, lol. But my swatch books are my caveman style of low tech comparison...pre-blog. Blogging P.B. Ha! I hope you enjoyed the trip down my memory lane as much as I did.
What triggers your fondest makeup memories? I'd love to hear!