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    I came across this lipstick that is a true bright red (according to the reviews) and apparently only uses iron oxide as pigment and titanium dioxide (plus kaolin clay). I’m still trying to figure out how this is even possible without carmine or lakes/dyes. Does the clay contribute to brightness at all? I thought clay would be too drying? Any thoughts, fellow experimenters? 😀


    It’s unlikely that you will be able to match the colour. You can try Australian Red Reef Clay (Marie has a recipe on this site), but when I tried it a long time ago, the clay was not at all as red. It was brown tinged. Honestly, for a good red lipstick you need carmine or dyes.


    I agree—it’s impossible to get that colour with those ingredients. There’s no brown in that picture, and there’s a ton of brown in red iron oxide. The fact that the image displayed is obviously just a digital rendering makes me extra doubtful about the accuracy of the colour.

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