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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 use fairly light (and in winter I mix in the lightest BM shade to lighten it) and I am (approximately, I think, going to update today) 2Y06.


I think BM is a particularly bad match for the Color IQ system, perhaps.


Also, just hard to match by regular standards in general (or very flexible, you could wear a few shades).  I'm pale but not ULTRA PALE so I think maybe SAs just automatically assume I'm in the middle of the BM shade spectrum, especially those that don't use the line.  I'd hate to be a really pale/alabaster skinned person, because there are no super pale options in the BM line Smiley Sad.


Since you are wearing the second-to-lightest BM shade, and if you think it's a good match, that seems appropriate for someone fair.  Rather than suggesting your wearing the wrong foundation, I'd suggest that either the color reading is wrong, or perhaps they just have trouble using Color IQ with BM foundations.

I know they always try to get me into darker BM foundations when I go in (much darker than even my Color IQ reading for BM).  I'm not sure why -- my best guess is the above, that they just assume in the middle of the available shades since I don't have a STRIKINGLY pale skin tone.  


I'm very picky about color match and I wear the same foundation as you, and I've tried about every possible foundation... and still think this is the best match available -- at least in BM.  They are always trying to match me to 3, 4, even more shades darker in Bare Minerals.  This doesn't happen with other brands!

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Have you ever been matched in another foundation? Maybe a try a different one. 

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I had mine done again today, too.  (Heck, I overslept and left with no makeup at all this morning.  I was thinking of putting something on at work and then decided since I'm Rouge I'd let Sephora do it instead and check out some things that interested me.)


Today I came up as 1Y07, which makes sense, as I feel like I might be just a bit darker still than when last matched (due to two weeks in Jamaica in Sept; I don't tan a lot but I definitely got darker and haven't lost it all yet).  I was interested in the Hourglass Immaculate foundation.  We tried it and it was horrible on me.  I looked SO YELLOW in it.  Given the redness I have on my neck and chest, it just made those look worse.  I'd tried a sample at home (a darker shade right after I got back from vacation) and really liked it, but my skin is definitely drier now.  It found wrinkles I didn't know I had, which is not what you want your foundation to do.


Anyway, we took that off and went with the Veil foundation instead.  That matches 1Y06, since there isn't a 1Y07 match.  So much better.  I know they have the same first number, but it didn't look anywhere as yellow as the first choice, and maybe even looked a bit darker.  She said that how foundation looks also depends on how light reflects off of it, not just the pigment, which makes sense.  She also said that sometimes it's hard to get a good match with the tool because most people don't have perfect skin and if you have some redness, freckles, etc, it can be hard to find 3 different spots that don't have those things affect the readings. 


So I learned that 1Y06 is good for now; I will have to see how it is in January.  And I learned that I definitely don't want the Immaculate foundation.  And since this foundation is the same tone as the MUFE HD foundation I have (125), I don't feel a need to get anything right now.  When what I have starts looking weird I'll know I need to go lighter and I'll have it done again.  (My Korres powder foundation probably looks fine now and I know in January it made me look orange.  I wish I could find it in the system.  For some stupid reason only 2 of the shades in that range show up in Color IQ and mine isn't one of them.)

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boo on the immaculate. I have dry skin & really like it, as long as I put primer on first I have no issues with it. 

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What color do you have (since your latest color IQ is the same as mine)?  And how do you apply it?  I loved the look of the one I tried before (the lighter of the two medium shades on the foundation card) and it felt so wonderful to wear.  And I just applied that with my fingers.  The MU applied it with a brush and I don't know if that made the difference or if the shade just didn't suit me.  After trying the darker color I really wanted to like it and it just didn't look right.  My skin isn't that dry, but I suspect it is older than yours. Smiley Happy

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Natural, but I don't think it shows up for my color IQ. 

I put a pump on the back of my hand and apply it with my fingers working quickly in small sections, making sure it's all blended before I move on to the next section. 

Your skin is older then mine, but I find foundation sits in my lines the same it does with my dry patches, which is why I mentioned the dryness. 

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I went once and was told I was a 3Y06.  So far, the foundations I have purchased since then have been perfect.  I guess I just got lucky that day? :-)


The Lancome Teint Visionnaire Skin Correcting Makeup Duo in 210 Buff N just melts right into my skin and is the most perfect match I have ever had for a foundation.  

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I'm 3Y06 as well! Or at least I am in the summer! I'm 120 in MUFE and Light in BM in the summer months and 117 in MUFE and Golden Fair in BM during the winter months.

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Ooh, I'm also 3Y06!  What foundation recommendations did you get?

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As I mentioned, I love the Lancome.  I also really like the MUFE in 120 Golden Sand.  Before the Pantone system, I had bought the MUFE in the wrong shade and absolutely hated it.  Now that I have the correct shade I feel completely different about the product.


I also had bought the Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation before pantone in the wrong shade (too dark), but once I got the correct shade, Beige 40, it has made a huge difference.  


I now would like to try the Ardency Inn in the Light-Medium Olive, as well as the Bare Minerals in Light. 


I like different foundations in different formulations and textures so that I have a bit of variety.  I hope this helps! Smiley Happy


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Thank you so much!  Ones that I use and that are color matches for me (that I discovered on my own prior to being matched) are Dior nude liquid in 021 linen, Sephora microsmooth in 15 nude, and tarte 12 hour amazonian clay foundation in light-medium.

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4th time's a charm! I finally got a match that I think is accurate.

I'm 1Y06. I can't believe I got 3Y once. I thought the 06 was a bit high, but after swatching some of the foundations I think it's ok. 

Roxystar is right though, some of the foundation matches in the system are a little off. 

In DiorSkin Forever powder I'm a 20, got matched before color IQ came out & it's my perfect powder shade. When I type in 1Y06 in the database, I have a match for the DiorSkin in both the liquid & powder. The liquid I'm a 20, but for the powder I'm a 32. 

Oh well, at least I have an accurate IQ match Smiley Tongue 

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I recently got matched and I feel like the whole process was awesome! I have been really struggling with finding a good foundation match because I no longer tan (had the cancer scare like many people do). I have always worn such dark shades. MUFE mat duo in 209, loreal true match in W9, UD Naked in 8, etc. I hold my color very well but it has faded alot since summer. I was going to the drug store buying every shade of true match from w3-w7 and could not find anything to blend into my neck and look natural. I was literally in tears about it on many occassions. I went in to get color matched and before i even told the cast member I was rouge she had me in a chair. She wiped off all my foundation, let my skin settle and asked me what was most important to me about my foundation. She went on to say some people want theirs to make them lighter, some want to blend perfectly with their neck and chest, some use foundation to make them darker, etc. I told her my concerns and this helped her to determine where to take my 3 pics. She actually took one of my neck and the inside of my wrist. I came out to be a 2Y08. She matched me with the hourglass immaculate in beige, which I belive is a match for 2Y07 (I could be wrong). She told me depending on self tanning to choose anything between 2Y07-2Y09, possibly 2Y10 in the summer. My face definitely looked lighter but it looked right. Being so tan can make your face makeup look so harsh and I felt if I wore a full face that I was way too made up and didn't look natural. She even matched me on a concealer, did a retinol treatment on me and made my whole face up again with blush and lips. I then told her I was rouge and she hooked up it on samples. I was super impressed and honestly cannot be more pleased with how well my makeup not only blends in so well but addresses my needs for mattifying and belmish control.

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i've done it 3 times. each time was a different read. the SA's told me that sometimes freckles and other discoloration can change the reading but they seemed pretty careful to avoid those areas (I have freckles on my nose). 


It was funny too because the SA took two of the foundations that Color IQ suggested the first time (I told her they were too dark on me) and we wanted to just test them. One foundation was only slightly darker and the other was too dark and too orange (Maybe it was because the tester had been out for a while?) idk. But it seems like some of the products in the same color grouping aren't the same.  that's just my opinion though

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"But it seems like some of the products in the same color grouping aren't the same" - Oh I noticed that too!!!!!!

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dannyc  - some are REALLY different. Maybe sephora went off of the companies description of the product?

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hmmm that could be it! I tried using the on-line tool with foundations I already own/have tried. 2 are from the same brand, blend perfectly into my skin, have a similar description, yet are a different IQ number. 

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dannyc, I was just playing around with this today (again!) and wow, so many of the groupings are way off! I don't think sephora accounts for the color of the foundation once it sets/dries.  Most of my foundations are in different groupings. My test to see if it's a perfect match it to get a sample, wear it outside and have my husband look at it from different angles in natural light. Then we do the same thing inside. Then I scrutinize my face again in the mirror. I see how it reacts throughout the day as well (how it mixes with facial oils/wears).


anyways, I will NOT be going off of color IQ. (I actually was suggested a color based on my reading and online) I went and swatched it and it was way too orange/dark. I swatched the one (this time with the manager SA) that I thought would match (a lighter shade- but in the color IQ it has it in a darker category??)  she and I both agreed that the color IQ recommendation wasn't good and that the color we both thought matched was perfect (despite that color IQ put it in a darker category).

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I've done it once in stores, and thought it was cool. It matched me to a bunch of foundations (including a shade from NARS called "Punjab" -- a part of Pakistan where my mom is from. I wanted to laugh and also say wth? at the same time, lol) and the one I selected (Smashbox) matched my skin perfectly. I noted down some of the other foundations/shades that were matched to me so I can try them out too in the future!


I think it's important to keep in mind that the color IQ thing goes from an average of the samples of your coloring -- so if you have any redness that might affect the reading. Another thing is that our skin tones can change slightly throughout the year -- like getting paler in the winter months and tanner in the summer.

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I've had it done twice on moisturized bare skin (no sunscreen) at different times of the day in indirect natural light shining through the store window. Both times were different numbers, both too dark. I have very translucent skin, I think that may be one of the shortcomings of the system, measuring pigment but not compensating for light diffusion. Not to mention some of us like to correct to neutral undertone and mix to foundation contour with our products! Not very useful for me...
For the foundation class, my SA just smiled and brought me NARS Siberia.

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Haven't tried it, but a Sephora person mentioned it is best to walk in their door without anything on your face, for the best results. For her, the color was all wrong when she tried the device with products on. She also said they use the device on a few parts of the face to get the best result.


Have played around a little with the online input you're current foundation, name and color, to find matches. Not sure about the matches, as a few of my different foundations did not always appear when one of them was inputted.


Also I don't find store lighting to be the best for makeup matches.