With so many users looking for the right product to use on their fair/pale/alabaster skin, I thought it would be great to start a thread specifically for this. Some of the main questions I see have to do with the following: - Foundation/concealer shades - Contouring - Highlighting I'll be posting comparison reviews and photos of everything I can get my hands on with these categories, as well as any others that people would like to inquire about. If you'd like to give input as well, please list the following: - Skin IQ/MAC ID/describe skin tone and undertones - Skin type - Foundation matches (make it clear what is a perfect match if you have one, and what is slightly off) - (optional, but highly helpful) Photos of your skin with and without makeup, swatch comparisons, etc. Please ensure there is proper lighting, with little colour overcast (like fluorescent lighting). ME: Skin IQ: 1y02 (closest neutral "match") MAC: NC8-10 Skintone is very pale, neutral to cool toned, translucent, prone to burning and freckles. Some surface redness. Cannot tan whatsoever. Type: Currently normal/combo. Slightly sensitive. Prone to dryness/patches and oilier nose. Foundation Matches: - Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer sx01 (99% match; more neutral toned, which evens out my redness perfectly) - CoverFX Custom Drops N10 (same tone as KA SS) - Dolce & Gabbana 60 Classic (perfect match) - MUFE HD Foundation Y205 (ever so slightly too light, but looks super natural with contour or blended with a drop of coverfx n10) - Giorgio Armani Luminessence (slightly cooler toned, great match though) - NARS Chantilly Concealer - DiorSkin Nude BB Cream 001 (slightly darker and too pink, but wearable, especially if wearing contour or bronzer) - KVD 42 Common recommendations that are too dark for me: Urban Decay Naked Foundation 0.5 (too dark for me, but would for for a tone darker than I) YSL (Touche Eclat concealer in 1.5 works though) GA Hourglass Tarte EL Too Faced Smashbox (fair is slightly too dark; would work for some a tone darker than I) Dior Foundations/serums (other than the one BB cream) Too light: MJ Genius Gel cream 010 Foundation comparison swatches in natural light: L-R: Spoiler (Highlight to read) NARS Chantilly Concealer MUFE Y205 D&G Classic 60 KA SSE sx01 GA Luminessence CoverfX Custom Drops N10 DiorSkin Nude BB Cream 001 UD Naked 0.5 NARS Chantilly ConcealerMUFE Y205D&G Classic 60KA SSE sx01GA LuminessenceCoverfX Custom Drops N10DiorSkin Nude BB Cream 001UD Naked 0.5 Contour: WIP Highlighting: WIP Let me know if you'd like any other categories, would like more info, or have any questions!
I'm looking for opinions from persons who have tried both Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous base in nude v. Laura Mercier Radiance Primer. Specifically the sparkle factor, longevity, and "feel". I like the subtle sparkle factor of the Burberry, it makes it through a 12 hr stretch well, and it doesn't leave me with a "tacky" feel. I haven't tried the Laura Mercier, it interests me more due to it's availability (why is Burberry Always out of stock Sephora?) and the lower price point. The biggest turn off for me would be if it was a glitter bomb. So whats the verdict BT, is the LM a reasonable dupe for the Burberry when taking these preferences into consideration?
SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ
Available at SEPHORA 5 Times Square in Manhattan July 26th and SEPHORA Powell Street in San Francisco, in early August
- Find Your Scientifically Precise Foundation Shade From Over 1,000 Foundations In Our Stores -
SEPHORA, the leading beauty specialty retailer, and Pantone LLC, the global color authority, unveil SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ, the most advanced foundation matching tool available in North American beauty retail. Powered by Pantone and based off the color matching technology developed by X-Rite, the SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ system is the first and only beauty device to scan the surface of the skin and assign an official Pantone skintone number, to find your scientifically precise foundation shade amongst our 1,000 foundations, brands and formulas.
“SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ POWERED BY PANTONE is an incredible tool that delivers a real benefit to our clients,” says Margarita Arriagada, SVP of Merchandising at Sephora. “We see this as the first application of this patented Sephora exclusive technology, and are excited to expand its capabilities for other uses in the color world.”
The SEPHORA+ PANTONE COLOR IQ is a hand held tool based off the Pantone X-Rite Spectrocolorimeter used in the design world. As the first of its kind in cosmetics retail, the device works by taking an image of your skin, analyzing and assigning you an official Pantone skintone number. With that number, Sephora beauty experts reference SEPHORA’s Universal Skintone Guide (via iPad) which holds over 1,000 foundation skus to determine what products are a precise match for your skintone.
“SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ eliminates many of the variables that can affect shade selection, including pigment challenges, skin texture and undertones which can often distort the clients match,” added SEPHORA PRO Gilbert Soliz. “As an artist, I know the right foundation is essential to a great makeup look so this is an amazing resource to have for my consultations. It allows me to pull the best matches across all our brand offerings for my clients personalized consultation.”
Facts about the SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ :
SEPHORA + PANTONE Color IQ Handheld Device:
Image takes 1.8 seconds to capsure
Produces 27 photographs in black and white using 8 different visible LED bands and 1 ultraviolet band
COLOR IQ measures only in red/green/blue
Ultraviolet and three split spectrums
Grid of 100x100 pixels across skin sample which then becomes one color composite
New method of color measurement, including texture and surface sample variables, allowing for the most accurate color positioning
Cameras vs COLOR IQ device for pigment precision:
Traditional cameras uses ambient light (huge pigment variables)
COLOR IQ can measure pigment in pitch darkness, does not require ambient lighting for precision matching
SEPHORA + PANTONE Color IQ Skintone Library:
Ethnicity isn’t relevant when color matching- there are more factors in the physiology of the skin that determine color (hemoglobin, sun exposure, freckles, skin conditions, sun burn, excess or absence of melanin)
110 colors are mapped out by the Pantone Color Institute that comprise the SEPHORA + PANTONE Skintone Library
Colors are based on SEPHORA’s current foundation landscape and can be expanded as more brand offerings are added, making the most comprehensive foundation library available at retail
iPad app platform, exclusive to SEPHORA
only available in SEPHORA stores
Recommendations for the best SEPHORA + PANTONE Color IQ match :
No workout 30 minutes prior to match
No chemical or harsh peels 3-6 days prior to match
Drink more water and less caffeine prior to match, caffeine restricts blood flow, affecting flush of skin
If you are wearing self tanner, disclose to the Sephora artist for a better match
Hello everyone! I have fine lines under my eyes that are prone to creasing. It seems that no matter what I do or what products/tools I use my under eye area creases! Sometimes it creases so much that the lines are emphasized and look bigger. I am 21, and right now I am using the Urban Decay Weightless Naked concealer (but I have even used Mac Pro Longwear, NARS radiant, and drug store ones...) and I set with Mac Emphasize/Anastasia banana powders (I just ordered Laura Mercier's translucent setting powder). No matter what I do, I crease! And yes I moisturize and prime, and if I use more powder than my under eye area looks "chalky" (and still creases). I've watched many YouTube videos but I feel that most of the girls who do the videos don't even have creases under their eyes... Any help or tips/tricks would be greatly appreciated.
So when I put on my foundation is makes my skin look very unnatural and like I'm wearing a ton when in reality I'm not putting a lot on.(appears cakey and pores can be very visible) I am currently using Nars Sheer Glow Foundation.. just curious if anyone can help me out with my problem.
I am looking for a new blush. What is your favorite brand of blush from sephora? Also, any specific color suggestions? I do not like anything too pink. I like more of the plum/ginger colors. A hint of pink is okay.
I'm having a hard time getting color matched my color iq is 4y09 and I purchased the new Marc Jacobs foundation they gave me shade 36 I feel it's too light my mac foundation color is nc37. Any recommendations on what Marc Jacobs color I should get
I have acne scars and redness and I normally use Giorgio Armani lasting silk foundation, but I am going on vacation and want a bb or cc cream that feels lighter, but still overs nice coverage and if its waterproof that would be wonderful! Any suggestions? I was looking at the tarte bb cream but not sold yet.
I tried the MUFE HD foundation for the first time in the store and loved the coverage and how it looked on me. HOWEVER, after like 15 mins, it started looking dark on me . In store it looked like the shade was perfect for me, but do you think I should go a shade lighter? Should I try for some other brand. P.S: The sephora associate did not apply any primer/moisturizer beneath the foundation. TIA.
I am currently using two different foundations (not two different shades, two brands) because my skin can be so different depending on which part of my face we're talking about. Do you think you could help me? Here's what I need (and I'm not worried about shade - I'm quite fair, so I tend to choose light and just use a light bronzer to add some colour). Chin - Prone to breakouts, blackheads (oily) Nose - Prone to occasional breakouts, but corners are dry and flaky Cheeks and Forehead - Normal Under Eyes - Fine lines, puffiness Also, my skintone is super uneven. Between freckles, redness around my jawline, and fair skin, I am all over the map! Because of this I like full coverage. Although I have to be careful of moisture in foundation, due to the breakouts, I find a dewey or "radiant" look looks much better than a matte look for me (I'm 35 by the way). So, do you think of a product that can take care of all that? Thanks! Sonia
Hi im extremely new to make up and i recently turned 31 so i wanted to try and change up my appearance and try something new i have always been ashamed or scared to wear makeup for fear of what others might think or say i just started wearing Nars concealer and kat von d tattoo concealer and i really like but i am not sure how to apply or wear foundation and eyeshadow or any other things if anybody could give me tips on what are good products and how to use i would be so happy and appreciative of everything you can tell me show anything helps thank you so much !!!!
Hi there! I have just purchased the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer & Tarte BB Tinted Moisturizer during the sale and I am struggling to find the right brush to apply the TM's with. I know using my fingers are the best option but I am one of those people who hate the feeling of anything messy on my fingers! I have tried the Sephora PRO Domed Stippling brush but it seems to soak up a bunch of the product, and a normal stippling brush sheered out both TM way a ton. I do like a light-sheer coverage, which is why I love tinted moisturizers, but I am just struggling to find the right brush to apply the products! Thank you for any help you can suggest!
I'm looking for a liquid foundation for combination (and sensitive!) skin that matches my pale / porcelain skin with pink undertones. I've been wearing hourglass immaculate liquid powder foundation in vanilla which matches my skin exactly, however it doesn't help me to achieve the dewy look. I've blown a cringe-worthy amount of money on foundation already that only turned out to be either too dark or on the orange side even after research into the swatches and it's beginning to be a real struggle. I'm fairly new to all this and would very much appreciate recs! I've tried Nars sheer glow already (too yellow in Siberia, too dark in Mont Blanc) as well as guerlain lingerie de peau in its lightest shade which was too orange. Figured I'd leave it to the experts & those who are experienced! Thank you in advance!
I'm looking for a new foundation. I have really oily skin. I don't really have acne but I do get pimples every once in a while. I just need a good medium to full coverage foundation that has a matte finish.
How do you know if you have olive skin? Idk if I have it or not.. I do always have a hard time finding a good foundation color match for me.. :/ the only ones that look like a good match is makeup forever hd foundation, and it says it's for olive undertones..
I just purchased Kevin Aucoin's Contour Book Volume II and love it! But I'm new to using creams to contour. Any suggestion on the tool to blend the sculpting cream? Or the best tool to apply the sculpting cream? I'm new to the contour craze!