The sharp-eyed amongst you will have noticed that I’ve featured two very similar lipstick shades this week, Illamasqua Shard and Lancome’s Rose Sulfureuse, both shades of plum, they’re both deep and pigmented and cool, I like them both very much. Typical though, you go and buy a lovely plum lipstick, then attend the launch of yet another beautiful plum lipstick literally minutes later – lipsticks are like buses, sometimes …
Anyhoo, I thought it might be good to compare the two:
Illamasqua Shard is 4.2g for £16.50, and Lancome Rose Sulfureuse is 4.0g for £21.50.
In the bullet, Shard appears bluer, and deeper, whereas Rose Sulfureuse appears pinker, both look matte in the bullet, which is surprising.
On swatching, the differences are more pronounced. Shard is definitely far deeper and cooler, whilst Rose Sulfureuse is pinker, sheerer and far, far, far more glossy.
I applied a sheerer layer of Shard to my lips, than I did Rose, and the differences aren’t quite as marked as a result, Shard is redder (but still cool) and rose is cooler, and still pinker. Shard will last a LOT longer than Rose, however, but Rose will be far kinder to your lips …
The Fine Print: Mixture of PR samples and purchases.