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Mine is very good, unless I bought the items online. I just got the Strike A Pose eyeshadow palette from Nyx… and discovered that the purple shade is an exact dupe for MAC’s Mating Call. Like, it is literally the exact color. Grr, now that I had to look up the name of my Peacocky shadow, I wish I had bought all of the blue ones. Whatever, I LOVE Mating Call.

I’m happy to have a great memory, and acuity, for color. It makes shopping for makeup easier, and sometimes less expensive! 🙂

I have. But it doesn’t save me from buying colours twice. I always hope that they may be slightly different. Shame on me!

Perfect color memory is like perfect pitch: it’s rare, but it’s cool to have. When I buy shades that are too similar, I’ll look for another use for the one that I like least. No alternate use for the new one=return.

For me even the slight different shade would be the new shade to me ..specially when it comes to the blue greyish colour (>_<)

I don’t have a huge collection (big enough, but not huge), so I can generally remember pretty well. Plus I rarely buy makeup impulsively because I have to eat, so I’ll compare swatches online.

I’m working all day with colors and pigments for plastics and I can remember colors very good, but comparing colors side by side more accurate. I think it’s impossible to remember the exact shade (so you can’t notice any difference)

Mine isn’t very good at all. I sew and have encountered this when shopping for fabric so now I keep small swatches of things I’ve made, all ringed together much like the upholstery fabric samples you see in stores, and take these with me when I shop. It’s the same with cosmetics! I can never tell. A while back, when I looked at MAC Dalliance, I thought it was pretty much the same as Patina, which I already had, but I was able to compare them by swatching Patina at the counter…NOTHING even similar! Now, I take the items with me!

I’m really good at spotting dupes for makeup, but sometimes it different when you look at a color and when you actually swatch them. Probably through swatches I’m pretty good but straight up not so much.

What was the question? oh yes memory, I remember what I have usually, but get so excited seeing the new collections I don’t think about what colors I have just the beautiful ones before my eyes. Therefore, I have a few duplicate colors. I try to shop now just to replace or a specific item.

What was the question;>) I remember what I have at home, but I get excited at the store and sometimes buy something because it is beautiful even if I have something similar at home. Now I am trying just to replace or shop for a specific product that I want and try to get out of the cosmetic dept. fast. lol

This is gonna sound really sad…But I take my makeup collection inventory with me (a few pages typed out on Word) if I know I’m going to Ulta, Nordstrom, etc. That way, if I’m not sure on a shade, I can cross-reference with my inventory, and when I see the name of a color, my memory draws up an estimation of what it looks like (One of the only circumstances in which I have good visual memory actually) so I can determine whether I have a similar shade. Works pretty well for me!

I reckon I’ve got a heightened perception of colour compared to most people since I’m able to identify differences in colours that my friends and family refuse to believe exist. One time I bought a blush because it looked like a dupe for NARS Orgasm (which I didn’t own at the time but had swatched once or twice) and sure enough, when I did buy Orgasm, it was almost exactly the same colour 🙂 It’s pretty cool, but I may just be imagining it…

For whatever reason, I definitely don’t–especially when it comes to nail polish! I’m always bringing home a teal, purple or green thinking that it’s unlike anything I have and then I find that I have like two identical shades in my stash already. I usually buy based on my initial attraction to a color so I end up with a lot of similar items.

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