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Color IQ

So who has tried the color IQ in stores & on-line?

I heard people going into multiple stores & getting a different reading each time. 

I just tried the on-line tool with a light neutral undertone shade & all my results were medium with pink or yellow undertones. I also don't understand why I only get a few results and then try another foundation and get different product results. Like if I plugged in a tinted moisturizer shade I wouldn't get any powder product results even though that's what I'm looking for. 

Maybe if we post our results, they can somehow fix/improve it. 

So please... Share your results. 

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One of the most difficult things for me is that Sephora barely carries my HG color- Bobbi Brown Alabaster.  Sorry, no, I don't want the next shade darker.


I was able to use the tool today to confirm what I suspected- that the new Marc Jacobs gel foundation is a terrific match.

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Oh that's great you found a match for the Marc Jacobs! I know you struggle with light shades. Have you gone to a store to get matched? Just curious if it's way darker like it is for some of us Smiley Sad 

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I did go to a store for the color IQ when it first rolled out. I was admittedly the guinea pig for my local SiJCP (I have many stores near me, but the staff at my local SiJCP is nicer than all of the rest combined).  The match was way dark and pink.

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i got the same results in stores 2 different times. the ones that matched with mine 1y07 have been good so far except the kat von d - I had to get a shade lighter in the foundation and 2 shades lighter in the matching powder.


the lady who helped me in the store said it will never be a perfect match.. its just a close guess. and if as always, i bought one online, got it, and i didnt like the colour, i could come in and trade it.


The hourglass arrived and I am wearing it (based on the tools recommendations). It is a perfect match.


The tool will get you close, but its still your final word as if you want to go a shade lighter or darker.

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I find it easier to match with foundations I already own/have tried and then read the descriptions for undertones. I think I can figure out my matches on-line now. For an Hourglass I thought I'd be Natural even though it looked a little too dark. I was going to order it on-line, but ended up going to a store for something else. Sure enough Natural was my match. But according to my color IQ, I'd be a lot darker than that. 

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I was typed in store to 2R07, which was too dark.  So we tweaked it to 1R07, which is better.  That matched me to MUFE 130.  I always wanted to try MUFE so I figured I'd give it a go.  It looked great in the store, but I need to see how it looks outside as well as after a full day.


I thought it was strange that I was marked as having red undertones.  I've always been told yellow or olive.  I wonder if this has to do with the rosacea, but the artist told me that she took the pics while avoiding those areas.


Still, it does seem odd, especially as I was matched the old-fashioned way to Smashbox Studio Skin in 2.1 and that shade is perfect.  And that is 1Y05!

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2R07 was what I was matched too as well. I think it's far too dark for me because I have more pink red undertones and I am more of a ' classic ivory ' shade in most foundations. 


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Add me to the list of people who were matched way too dark and also the list of people who have gotten different results at different stores.  For reference, I am very fair with slightly warm undertones.  I normally wear Bobbi Brown Warm Ivory or for drug store brands I wear L'oreal W1.  My first attempt I came up a 2Y04.  The make-up artist tried one and immediately said it was too dark and too yellow.  So she picked out a lighter and less yellow shade, which I actually love and bought: Dolce and Gabbana 80 Creamy.  When I do a reverse look-up on that one, it says it's a 1Y06. Darker???


I went a couple of days ago and had them recheck me.  This time I was 2R05.  I could tell the colors were way off, but I let the make-up artist try one.  I was SOOOO orange.  Hilariously orange.  Oh my no!  I'm afraid I'm going to have to stick with the old-fashioned actually testing method.  I'd say the system just takes very fair girls too dark, but based on my experience with looking up the D&G foundation, I wonder if some of the foundations are also incorrectly listed too.

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Mine was off. In the store I was a 3y06. I'm so pale I usually can find a foundation that has a light enough color. I don't know what the y is for but I have pink undertones. One of the issues is when she put it on my neck she choose a yellowing sunburn area from earlier this summer. I also don't think she got all of my makeup off. She was the epitome of customer service and when she found out I was rouge she brought it up ten notches above that. She was so friendly and had so many tips and suggestions for me. Online, the match was much different.

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My colour IQ result was 4y04. I understand the "y" part because i do have a fairly yellow undertone, but all the matches were too dark! I had to really blend to make them look ok. I am very pale so I don't understand how I ended up with medium/light coloured foundation matches. I usually wear foundations that are ivory or fair and I find that they look more natural on me. Smiley Sad disappointed.