Purple and Lilac Comparison Swatches

Purple and lilac have been pretty popular this spring. I made these swatches originally to help the girls at MUA find a cheaper alternative to the ever prohibitively expensive but wildly popular Rescue Beauty Lounge – Purple Haze. We were all pretty sad to find that there really isn’t a cheaper alternative to that particular color. No other brand has a shade of purple that even comes close. That is not to say these other colors aren’t worth it, all these purples and lilacs are beautiful in their own right. The only one missing that I really feel should have been included for comparison is Essie – Looking for Love. In the bottle, it’s a really beautiful vivid lilac – but – I had to decide against purchasing it because of its notorious and irreparable streakiness.

3 Coats China Glaze – Spontaneous (The Flirt Collection), 2 coats Rescue Beauty Lounge – Purple Haze (The Spring ’08 Collection), 3 Coats OPI – Do You Lilac It? (The Original Brights Collection)

4 coats each for these: Zoya Miley (4 coats required for bottle color with a Zoya? No…… you don’t say? – This one is from the Blissful Collection), Orly Bon Bon (Sugar Coated Collection), Essie St. Lucia Lilac (Permanent Collection).

Purple Haze is the fan favorite. I can’t say I was really impressed with the color on myself. The application and wear-time were flawless as always but I just didn’t LOVE it. I’m going to give it one more go, and perhaps let it go if I still don’t love it.


6 Responses to “Purple and Lilac Comparison Swatches”

  1. My Sadness Deux: Orly Bon bon « The Polish Addict Says:

    [...] polish. I present you Orly Bonbon. I wasn’t expecting much from this color. I previously made comparison swatches on a white nail board. I wasn’t impressed; the whiteness of the board distorted the beauty of [...]

  2. The Polish Addict » Blog Archive » Spring 2009: Zoya Twist Collection Says:

    [...] Malia is a gorgeous lilac creme. This is my second favorite from this collection. Malia is a shade darker than OPI Do You Lilac It? and a few shades lighter than China Glaze Spontaneous (both of which can be seen here.) [...]

  3. eLLe Says:

    im in the market for the perfect opaque pastel purple, i am currently eager to see a comparison between China glaze “agent lavender” and essie “st lucia lilac”, because so far by surfing the web and seeing everyones swatches of these separately i really cant tell the difference. Which formula is better, which is most opaque, and how do the colors compare next to each other? thanx

  4. Steph Says:

    AL leans towards blue and SLL is really really pale. They aren’t similar at all. I have SLL but I haven’t worn it yet so I can’t tell you much in terms of formula or application.

  5. Rebecca Says:

    What about Orly Cashmere Cardigan? I loved that lilac shade. It’s the only one I bought. :)

  6. Pterker Says:


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