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If it’s a color I really love a lot, yes. Usually, if it’s a color I love, I can tell slight differences, and those slight differences matter to me. A friend of mine loves medium browns and taupes, and to the average person, they all look alike, but to her, they’re not, so she’s happy. The other case is if I love the color I have but may not love the formula and want a similar color but with better wear, texture, etc.

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This is such a relatable question for me this week! I have and love MAC Satin Taupe and Sable, but I’m close to running out. I’m thinking of purchasing Naked 3 since it has so many beautiful colors including ones that look similar to ST and Sable in swatches, but slight differences matter when it comes to what looks flattering on me. I’m going to have to test them out in person this weekend to figure it out!

I unconsciously do. I definitely have some favorite shades, I find I purchase the same or similar shades from different companies in different formulas without thinking. I go for a nail polish, and think, Oh that’s a pretty color and pick it up only to come home and find that I have six others just like it.(เน‘-๏น-เน‘)

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I try not to, unless the first one was a complete dud or something. Sadly, it’s not really practical here to buy lots of copies of things because of the price (for example, just saw the new Clinique blushes today, and they are indeed $48 each!). Also, you can’t return things for refunds, ever, so it’s hard to try things on a whim or find out that the new thing you got was kind of redundant ๐Ÿ™

It does motivate me to use up my makeup though, so I can try the new shades and brands!
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48 for a clinique blush, even a superb one, is ridiculous. I need to start a service where I buy makeup for people living overseas. That is crazy. How much is a tom ford blush or by terry?

I’m well on my way to owning every possible dupe of UD’s Lounge! I’ve never met a duochrome I didn’t like, actually. They’re my weakness!
I also have countless teal eyeliners and every one is different.

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I sure do, but I don’t do it extravagantly. I may make similar purchases in lipstick, but only if the finish is different. I am also always on the hunt for the perfect neural eye palette, and end up buying similar, items.

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Yes indeed – most of my eye shadows probably look very similar to someone else, though to me, each is unique and special and just “different enough” from the others that I had to have it/couldn’t live without it! And since I’ve learned that in other colour cosmetics, certain colours suit me better than others, most of my blushes and lipsticks are pretty “similar” in that they’re all cool toned berry/rose/red/plum shades and so probably look fairly similar too.

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It depends, if they really look almost alike I won’t buy it, but for example I do have different shades of one Lipstick colour, but they are decernably different for example bright red and burgundy or barbie pink and fuschia. Sometimes when buying sets or palettes there is a colour similar to one I already own in it and i just don’t really seem to use both then so for me it would be a waste of money.
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I own so many rosy-nude-taupe lipsticks. I can’t wear a lot of pale nudes because they wash me out, so I buy a ton of YSL RV #2-type shades because I love them so much.

What are some of the colors? I have the same problem, and find the peachy browns or taupey browns make the best neutral lipsticks on me. The pink/nudes make me look dead.

YES! I was just telling my friend this week that aside from all my other makeup addiction. I am addicted to any coral colored products. Even nail polishes. And i must say I wont stop! I want it all!!!!

My intention is always to buy something different but i always wind up with the same-ish shade (quest for the ‘perfect’ shade) of lipstick, blush and shadow….different brands but similar shades…(how boring is my stash!!!).

Definitely, particularly when it comes to lip color. Even though the shades might be similar, I like to try out different formulas in search of products that are more pigmented or opaque, more moisturizing, and longer-lasting.

Yes. I’m really drawn to corals in blushes and lipsticks, and I do own several that are similar to each other, i also cannot resist a dark, bottle green eye shadow, or any green eye shadow for that matter. So I also have lots of eye shadows in similar shades.

Definitely yes. Fuchsia lipsticks and coral blushes. And probably, I’ll purchased more of this colors. Love, love, love them, and I know that are similar shades but I see the differences between them.

Yes haha. I am like that with orange and coral lipsticks. And blushes. Gold eye shadow is another thing that I also buy a lot of. But like you said, they all seem different to me.

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