Archive of ‘Comparison’ category

Chanel Azure vs YSL Bleu Cosmique

To my right is Chanel Azure. To my left is YSL Bleu Cosmique. Are they dupes? No. Are they related. Maybe. Sorta. In a round about way.

If you want to read the reviews here’s Chanel Azure and here’s YSL Bleu Cosmique.

Now onto the colour comparisons:

When you don’t have the bottles directly next to each other and you are going from memory you start to think that they are dupes or at least very closely related. When you have them next to each other (as above), you realise that you’ve gone wacky for even thinking about it.

In the pic above, I have my index finger and my ring finger painted in YSL Bleu Cosmique and the rest of my hand painted in Chanel Azure. As you can see the Bleu Cosmique is clearly more blue vs Azure being more green. Now when you start moving your hand you can see that some of the colour angles can make the green tones come out of the Bleu Cosmique and some of the blue tones come out of the Azure making the colours look quite similar. The differences are then the shimmer formula where YSL is definitely a more tightly packed, almost metallic polish and Chanel Azure has a lot more micro glitter and micro shimmer that is suspended and visible in the formula.

Either way, they are both quite different so if you were umming and aahing over whether to purchase these, you could justify that they are different to yourself. I did.

Chanel Alchimie vs YSL Bronze Pyrite

In the blue corner, representing Chanel is Chanel Alchimie.

In the red corner, representing YSL is YSL Bronze Pyrite.

Now, at first I thought maybe I’d gone crazy and was on crack, which I’m not, when I even suggested that maybe Chanel Alchimie and YSL Bronze Pyrite could be twinnies.  But there are some similarities that made me want to go and compare them.

So compare I did.

They are not dupes.  They are similar in colour family but Chanel Alchimie has that secret sauce in the way of tiny microshimmers and microglitter that Chanel does superbly.  YSL Bronze Pyrite on the other hand is more metallic and boasts being a metallic without showing brushstrokes.

In the picture below, I have Chanel Alchimie on my index and ring fingers and YSL Bronze Pyrite on my thumb, middle finger and pinkie.

In some angles the colours are remarkably similar and in darker lighting (eg indoor light) they do look quite similar.  In full sun, indoors with bright light or photography with flash – the colours are different and the finish differences are noted.

Chanel Alchimie boasts microshimmer and microglitter in a green base.   YSL Bronze Pyrite is a metallic polish where there is no differentiation between the base colour and the shimmer.  This is like molten metal in its smoothness.