If you’ve ever wondered what it would look like to combine every single shade of lipstick at Sephora, wonder no more. Beauty blogger Safiya Nygaard has just done it, and the result is a surprisingly perfect shade for spring, reports New Beauty
Nygaard is somewhat of a bespoke beauty mad scientist. Last year, we wrote about her attempt to create the ultimate shade of nude lipstick by combining every single nude she owned into one “Frankennude” shade. She’s turned her cosmetic chemist skills into an entire “Bad Beauty Science” series on YouTube and mixed together all of her liquid lipsticks, foundations, eye shadows and highlighters to create some “surprisingly pleasing” results.
But all of those bad beauty science experiments were nothing next to her latest endeavor: combining every last shade of lipstick at Sephora — that includes everything from punchy reds, to petal-light nudes, to vibrant berries, to Fenty Beauty’s Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick In Midnight Wasabi. Aside from the twisted satisfaction that comes with makeup destruction, Nygaard hypothesized that melting down every single shade of Sephora lipstick might be strangely insightful — theoretically, the “Frankenphora” shade would be dictated by the largest category of lipstick shades on the shelf.
To that end, she started by separating the 603 lipsticks in various finishes (she doesn’t use any liquid lipsticks or lip crayons) into shade groups: 126 nudes, 113 reds, 132 pinks, 120 berries, 57 browns, 21 oranges and 34 “unusual” shades that comprise all the non-traditional colors. Once they were in an industrial sized pot, the melting began. With so many lipsticks, Nygaard needed the help of a hairdryer and even a blowtorch (?!?) to get the job done.
As soon as she starts mixing, it becomes clear pretty quickly that the Frankenphora shade is going to fall pretty squarely in the pink category. In fact, it’s actually a really pretty mauve. After pouring the liquid batch into molds and letting the new shade solidify, Nygaard tries it on. Shockingly, almost unbelievably, it’s a gorgeous orchid-meets-rhubarb shade. In fact, it’s a perfect shade for spring.
You can watch the entire process below, but be warned: many lipsticks were harmed in the making of this video. Viewer discretion advised.
The best part? Nygaard used the giant batch to make 500 Frankenphora Lipsticks to give to her subscribers. She also went to Sephora to find a dupe (no mad scientist mixing required) and came up with two: Nars Satin Lipstick in Afghan Red ($28) and Sephora Collection #Lipstories Lipstick in Golden Gate ($8).
We just have one lingering question: how much does it cost to buy every single lipstick in Sephora?
For some non-DIY lipstick shades:
- Every Single Lip Kit We Love Right
- Puma Now Has Sneakers to Match Your Favorite M.A.C.
- Sephora Just Dropped the First Ever Neon Liquid
Here’s a mini haul from Allure‘s April Beauty Box: