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I chose six rather different red lipsticks (different in terms of colour, texture, opacity etc) and took a picture with each on my lips to determine whether any mere mortal could tell the difference.

Hypothesis: These six red lipsticks are quite different shades of red and therefore I am justified in owning so many (err…)

Method: Lots of makeup remover and artificial lighting (sorry about that).

Here are the contenders- left to right:
OCC lip tar in NSFW
NARS Flamenco
NARS Heat Wave
Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Silence
By Terry Frenetic Vermillion 200
Hourglass Icon

Red Lipstick Experiment

Lip swatches:
OCC NSFW- I guess you can kinda tell that this one is super opaque

Red Lipstick Experiment

NARS Flamenco- This one is quite a bit sheerer than the others.Red Lipstick Experiment

NARS Heat Wave- An orange based red. More matte.

Red Lipstick Experiment

RBR Raw Silence- True red IMO. Texture has a lot of slip/sheen.

Red Lipstick Experiment

By Terry Frenetic Vermillion- One of my favourites. Super opaque and creamy but rather matte IRL. Leans orange.

Red Lipstick Experiment

Hourglass Icon- A very cool red, it leaves a fuchsia stain as it wears.

Red Lipstick Experiment

Scientific conclusion: Most people probably couldn’t tell the difference between each of these lipsticks. I am most likely a makeup addict- medical intervention required. I will keep all of them regardless, as the difference in texture, opacity and wear-time renders them unique to me.

So, could you tell the difference?

xxkarima

Complete list of products mentioned

Opaque Rouge in Canvas Lipstick
Opaque Rouge in Canvas Lipstick
Blush Palette
Blush Palette
Cosmetics Palette
Cosmetics Palette
Aqua Foundation
Aqua Foundation
Stay Don’t Stray Primer
Stay Don’t Stray Primer
Jumbo Eye Pencil
Jumbo Eye Pencil
Lip Mist
Lip Mist
Fresh Glow Fluid Foundation
Fresh Glow Fluid Foundation
Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
Baby Doll Mascara
Baby Doll Mascara
Frame Fix Cream Foundation
Frame Fix Cream Foundation
Cream Color for Eyes
Cream Color for Eyes
* Denotes products sent for consideration. I’m always honest with my reviews :)

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  1. good idea, I really need to compare my lipsticks together, I think I would have heaps that are pretty much the same. But I can tell the differences in finishes & colours in yours. Oh and you must have the best collection ever!

    1. I couldn't believe that they looked so similar! Not going to lie, I was a bit bummed. My collection is humble, I'm always giving stuff away to avoid hoarding. I was thinking about doing a tutorial on an eye look like this, I will get onto that right away :)
      xxkarima