I started keeping my lipsticks and glosses upside down so I could see the label to choose the color I wanted. I was not completely happy with that solution as I was concerned that they might melt or fall into the cap resulting in an unusable mess. I was inspired by Juleps cap swatches and decided to create an accurate smudge proof swatch.
These are my finished lipsticks.
This is my inspiration; the Julep polishes. Note how easy it is to choose the color you want. Since you are using the actual polish the colors and finishes can be seen.
I had a few thoughts on how this could be done with lip products. One was to apply a sticky dot on lid, apply the lipstick and seal with tape and the other was to create some sort of bubble a lipstick swatch could be put inside. I decided to play with google eyes.
My first thought was to slit the side open to remove the black dot and place the product in. I found that difficult and dangerous, so I made a slit on the top above where the black dot was resting. I was then able to pull the black dot out using a crochet hook.
Two things I noted here. This left the cut edges lifted and rough, I found that if I burnished the smaller side flat I could slide the dot out easier. Both ways left a potential leaking of product. I then decided to fuse or flatten the swatches.
The other thing I noted it is much easier and much safer to prep the bubble while they are still on their sheet. Care should always be used when using an axacto knife as well.
To flatten them I pressed the lids against a hot iron covered with parchment paper. I found that it worked best if you pressed the cut side of the bubble first so you smushed the product into the bubble, not out. I also recommend removing the lid from your lipstick while doing this to prevent any possible melting.
Here is the before of my glosses.
This is the after. You will note some of the thinner glosses had issues of leaking out when sealing. This is before I started pressing the cut edge first. I can still see the color I want to use so they are still functionable.