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Can You Pass This Brainteasing Color Quiz?

If you're an artist or work in graphic design, this quiz will be a breeze. Do you think your eyes are trained enough to notice a very slight difference in color shades?

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The color quiz

The right color can bring an outfit or a room to life and certain colors can even impact your mood. So, how exactly are humans able to see colors? Well, it’s quite simple. A person’s eyes actually team up to work with the brain to translate light into colors, according to Pantone. The way you perceive a purple grape or green leaves on a tree might be slightly different than someone else, but we can all distinguish purple from green and blue from orange—with the exception of those that are colorblind. Does that mean that we can all notice slightly different shades of the same color? Well, take this quiz and find out! Below are four different squares of a specific color, and one of the squares is a slightly different shade—it might not even be noticeably different to some. Test your skills to see if you can spot the shade that is different from the rest in the 10 puzzles below. Speaking of color, here’s the secret meaning behind 7 paint colors in your home.

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Which shade of green is different?

The fourth square is a slightly lighter shade of green here. Were your eyes strong enough to see that? This is what the color of your outfit says about your personality.

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Which shade of pink is different?

The shade of pink of the second square is slightly darker here. 

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Which shade of blue is different?

Did your eyes spot that the first square is a slightly lighter shade of blue? These are the most colorful natural wonders on earth.

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Which shade of red is different?

Do you know which shade of red is a different shade? If you think it’s the fourth square, you’re right!

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Which shade of orange is different?

The shade of orange on the third square is slightly lighter on this puzzle. Check out these gorgeous photos of the most colorful towns in the world.

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Which shade of gray is different?

This one might be tricky. Do you know which shade of gray is different? The second square is a little bit lighter than the others.

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Which shade of yellow is different?

The third square is somewhat darker here. Did you notice it? If this is too easy, try this color test that fewer than one percent of people can pass.

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Which shade of purple is different?

Can you pick the shade of purple that isn’t like the other? The first square is a little bit darker. 

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Which shade of beige is different?

Beige is beige, right? Wrong. The fourth square is a slightly lighter shade of beige. Want to get more likes on Instagram? Use this color on your feed more.

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Which shade of turquoise is different?

The third block of turquoise is a little bit different from the other three. To test your smarts even more, try answering these pop culture trivia questions that people always get wrong.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is the Assistant Digital Managing Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. When she’s not writing for rd.com or keeping the 650+ pieces of content our team produces every month organized, she likes watching HGTV, going on Target runs, and searching through Instagram to find new corgi accounts to follow.