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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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I tried it twice without foundation, once I walked in the store with foundation on. They made me clean it off, wait 5 minutes & then do the color IQ. All 3 times I got a different number, all 3 times they were too dark & too yellow. I let them swatch the foundation & wait to see their reaction LOL! 

I may go to a store today, just need to remember not to put foundation on when I leave the house Smiley Tongue 

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I would like to do this I tried online and it was way too dark, I agree sephora's lighting tends to be dark at times. My problem is when I go to a store without makeup on no one wants to help.

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I wont leave the house without some color on my face. So I probably wont be trying the coloriQ.


For some stores, it does seem the more put together you are, the more service you'll receive.

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That is definitely the truth.

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I can't remember what shade myself and my cousin got matched to in stores, but it was completely off.


Just to name a few, I wear Smashbox's Studio Skin in 1.2, their HALO powder in Light, the Champagne shades in Benefit (powder and liquid), the light/medium option in Josie Maran's Matchmaker Foundation, and Fairly Light in Bare Minerals (I don't wear BM personally, but I do know what shade I wear in the line) and the Color IQ gadget matched me to shade 5 in Smashbox's Liquid Halo......hello, way too dark!

My cousin wears shade 3 in Urban Decay's Naked and has a slight golden undertone, the Color IQ match gave her a neutral based Lancome foundation and it washed her out entirely. There's not a whole lot of yellow/golden undertones to her skin, but a neutral is just enough to take all the color out, so I rematched her to Smashbox's Liquid Halo in 2.


I think the Color IQ is great in theory, but I wish they could have a feature that cross matches not just the Color IQ number, but also shades of foundation you already wear just to see if matches line up across the board.

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I've got 2 different readings from Color IQ. Shyam did it yesterday I am 3R07 and the girl from the Sephora near me did it and I am 2R07. Only good thing about when I got retested is that it confirmed my match for my most favorite foundation. 

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Interesting that you're number is the same, except for your pink number. Since it's so similar you could have just been more red one day. 

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Maybe so. Either way I got tons of samples of foundations that'll match me and aren't on my list. 

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I just went to sephora yesterday to get matched and I was a 3Y08. The color powder that the SA put on me seemed a little too dark. I didn't buy it right away because I wanted to think about it for a little bit and I'm really glad I didn't get it because I would have just had to go back for a lighter shade. While I don't think my result was accurate, it at least gave me a good starting point in terms of which shades to look at because I'm totally new to face makeup.  

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Try to get matched in a foundation that's not available for your IQ. Then compare that to your IQ matches. I've gotten a lot better at picking out my shade on-line now. 

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Mine came up 3y06. I always wear the lightest shade of foundation in pink undertones. Most foundations don't have a light enough color for me. Yellow makes me look sickly and gross. I had some yellowing sunburn on my neck where she took a reading. I not sure if it threw the numbers off. I did it for the points.

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When I did it mine came up 3y06 too Which is WAY to dark. From what I can tell I'm more of a 3y03. 

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lb141  I think we are the same shade.  I got both those shades on my color iq.  the 3y06 was the first reading - and it was really really dark for me. Literally orange mask. 3y03 or 3y04 seems more like my match



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I've now had mine done 3x just out of curiosity. My number keeps getting more yellow & darker even though I'm loosing what little tan I had from the summer. 

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I was color matched twice.  

The first time I was color matched to 3Y05

The 2nd time matched to 1R06


The color matching wasn't even consistent with the color undertone.


I actually normally wear MAKE UP FOR EVER
HD Invisible Cover Foundation 

 115 Ivory - for light skin with pink undertones

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I just checked and the MUFE HD 115 that I usually use is listed as Panatone color 1R03. So yes, I would say that the IQ system scans tooooo dark 

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seems to be too dark on most people :/ 

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Mine was so far off it was laughable.  I am wearing MUFE 110 (pink porcelain) which is an exact match to my jawline.  However, with faded freckles and a bit of sun this year, it goes on a bit light but still works fine.  I wanted to see if the next shade down would work since it seemed like a significant jump on the swatch.  Plus I wanted to know what other brands would work since many run yellow as opposed to pink and yellow based foundations have a tendency to go orange on me.  The color IQ came up with 120 and a similar "perfect cinnamon" in Givenchy.  Ok, first of all, I am *pink.*  When I swatched these, they looked like Simpsons yellow on my skin.  And they were like 5 shades too dark.  


So yeah, the technology isn't good at all.

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I am fair, with blue eyes and red hair.  I was matched as 4Y06, which I think is a little too dark for me.  I didn't know my undertone, however, so was happy to find out that it was yellow.  Makeup that I bought on my own that are color matched to me are 021 Linen in the Dior line, 15 nude in Sephora Microsmooth powder foundation, and light-medium in tarte 12 hour amazonian clay foundation.


I was disappointed with the number of choices available to me.  While this was an interesting exercise, I think I will stick to my tried and true.


Have you ladies tried findation?  It's a site when you type in foundation brands/colors that work for you, then it gives you color matches for other brands.  Pretty cool!


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Personally, I don't feel techology is quite that intelligent when it comes to determining what a persons undertone is or what products work. I could be wrong here, but I am all for old fashion swatching on your jaw. It's more accurate even if lighting in the store is rather crappy. I did one round on the color IQ and I was considered like 6 shades in on some foundations. I know I am definitely in the ivory range maybe 2 - 3 shades in tops. However I am skeptical now of the whole color IQ system. I was really excited before. Also I believe that your selections when offered as suggestions after it's done could only be a fraction of what you might actually be able to wear !. Just my thoughts here !. 


Best of luck with this lol 


BTW - My reading was 2R07

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I got it done but I want it redone. The very first time I did it I went in with a full face of makeup so there's no way I got an accurate reading. The SA took a face wipe and wiped off 3 small areas--side of forehead, cheek, and chin and took pictures with the device. It popped up as 3y06. I knew that was too dark because when I did the color IQ online where you put in your current foundation and it gives you a different match, I got a much much lighter code. She put a bobbi brown liquid foundation on me and it was wayyy too dark.


I think its a neat tool so I do want to walk in with a bare face next time and try it again, but I don't think its perfect.

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