You'll Never Look at Your Lipstick the Same Way After Seeing It Under a Microscope

When you buy a new lipstick, you probably note its color, texture, and longevity, but have you ever stopped to think about why your favorite lip products look and feel the way they do? Well if you have, Reddit user Amy Oyler (also known as The Scientific Mom) has some answers! Oyler swatched some of her favorite lip products from Tarte, Benefit, Wet N Wild, and more, then inspected them beneath a microscope. The results were a colorful, crystal wonderland!

Oyler's experiment revealed a seriously gorgeous side of makeup chemistry, and luckily for us she's not finished. She promised commenters in the Reddit thread of her microscope photos that she'll try eye shadow, highlighter, and blush next! We can't wait to see how our favorite shimmery highlights look close up — we're prepared for a magical, Frozen-esque wonderland.

Read on for some of Oyler's fascinating lipstick images and takeaways, then check out her full breakdown of the curious science of makeup production on her blog.


MUA Shimmer Lipstick in Rose Gold


Benefit Dandelion Lip Gloss


Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit in Berry Recognize


Tarte Lipsurgence Lipstick in Adored


Ulta Sweet and Shimmer Lip Gloss


Wet N Wild Sugar Plum Fairy


Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Gloss


Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint


Maybelline Very Cherry Lipstick


Laura Geller Lip Stain in Pinot Noir