Is it Possible to Successfully Touch Up Wall Paint?

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Q: I recently scratched the paint in my entryway hall, leaving a nasty mark that needed to be painted over. I had carefully saved some of the paint that was last used, but when I painted over in these areas I could definitely see the new patches. For some reason the new spots looked a bit shinier and it's definitely a noticeable difference. I thought that maybe the problem was that the oil had floated to the top and that explained the sheen...so I turned the container over and tried it again, but I still had the same problem. Does anyone have any insight into this? Is there any way to really "spot paint" and make it match or can you just get it only so close?

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