How to find similar lipstick shades across brands?

Photo by Liana Mikah

Has your favourite lipstick been discontinued? Want to try your favourite
nude in a liquid lip format instead of a lipstick? Have a particular shade of purple
in mind, but don’t know which brand carries a purple lipstick! Not to worry! There are plenty o
resource online to help you find your new holy grail.

In this article, we’ll show you how to use the lipstick finder to match a lipstick colour across brands. We will start by searching for dupes of MAC’s classic matte lipstick Russian Red!

Navigate to and pick “Dupes” from the menu. This will open a new page with a Dupe Finder.

Type in the brand of the colour you wish to match and the colourname. In this case, we are interested in Russian Red by MAC.

If you are just interest in finding potential dupes that match both the colour and the product type and the finish (in the case of MAC’s Russian Red, the dupe finder only shows you results that are also matte lipsticks, but won’t, for example, show you results that match Russian Red in colour, but are say liquid lipsticks or lip glosses), you don’t have to do anything else here.

However, in this case, we want to see colour matches or colour dupes for Russian Red across all possible products: lip pencils, lipsticks, liquid lipsticks and so forth. So we’re going to check the “Match on colour only” box. This will give us colour matches across brands and different lip colour products. You can see the results for yourself here!

Dupes for MAC’s Russian Red

You can scroll down the page to see candidate dupes and note them down. Be sure to check out swatches from the brand and manufacturer’s websites, because colour representation can vary from monitor to monitor. You can also see a grid-like view comparing the colours here.

Hopefully this little primer on finding similar lipstick shades across brands was helpful to you! Let us know in the comments!

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