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on 11/29/2015 6:04:00 PM
More reviews by spaceman21
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium
First of all let me say that I don't really know that much about foundation/skin makeup. I've never had a use for it until this year (experiencing PCOS related adult acne breakouts). I've tried a variety of samples and drugstore foundations and have found that no matter what the colour is either too dark or too pink and makes my face look hyper pigmented.I was HOPING that this machine would help me out so I went into a sephora today. Unfortunately the only thing that this stupid thing seemed to pick up was the hyper pigmentation on my cheeks and matched me to a variety of foundations that are still too red [1R06]. My neck and forehead undertones are yellow, but I guess the darkness of the scarring threw the machine off and it assumed I wanted to match that. The sales person working though was very friendly and helpful though she ended up matching me to a foundation that was a completely different colour [2Y04]. It looked decent in the store but I've yet to go outside in it. I'm a little worried about it being too dark.Hoping something else better comes along, I'm getting really tired of swatching and testing to make sure nothing breaks me out. Wouldn't recommend. You're better off going to a counter and having the artist swatch you based on what they can see themselves (since my sales person ended up just ignoring whatever my number was anyway).
on 10/24/2015 12:31:00 AM
More reviews by MRLCrouse
Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium
The SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ SkinTone Library is a great online reference. Though, I haven't had the in-store experience with the SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ Handheld Device. Here's some facts and tips provided by PANTONE: Recommendations for the best SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ match: Do not work out for 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, effecting flush of skin Disclose if you are wearing self-tanner to the Sephora artist for a better match SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ Handheld Device: Uses powerful tri-directional image capture technology Records 27 color-accurate images in 1.8 seconds using 8 different visible illuminations and 1 ultraviolet illumination for unsurpassed accuracy 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 definition of color Cameras vs. COLOR IQ device for pigment precision: Traditional cameras use ambient light, creating huge pigment variables COLOR IQ illuminates skin surface from 3 different directions, and does not require ambient lighting for precision matching SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ SkinTone Library: Ethnicity isn’t the only consideration 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 shades comprise the PANTONE SkinTone Library Foundation shades 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
2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 9/11/2015 4:13:00 PM
More reviews by xSaLYU
Skin: Combination, Dark, Warm
Hair: Black, Kinky, Coarse
Ok, so I am a Black woman with deep yellow undertones, possibly olive. IDK, that's why I went to Sephora to find out. Well, I live in a white area and I mention that because some white women don't know how to color match WOC and I don't think Sephora teaches them. It's a different concept than matching white women. After reading the reviews I should have never trusted their system to begin with. I went to get matched and the girl brought out the darkest color she could find and you could clearly see it was too dark. She finally brought out some colors that made more sense to my skin tone. I was matched at 1R12 and the R stands for red. I was finally happy to find something that could end my lifelong search for foundation. Under fluorescent lighting the foundation looked like it matched. However, after wearing it outside I realized the color was way too red. I tried mixing it, but it just made it a pink color. This is my fault, but I bought the foundation from a non-sephora seller before I realized it didn't work and wasted money. I liked the foundation (Naked Skin in 10.0) so I think I will keep it, but it's definitely going to have to be mixed to make it less red or pink. Some tips for WOC I have since learned: when you get matched, match your chest. My face is a slightly different color than my chest. It's not red, so Sephora got that wrong all together, but it's slightly more Brown. But you want your foundation to look seamless from your body up. Nevertheless, the foundation search continues...
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 7/27/2015 9:51:00 PM
More reviews by idlerwheel
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I came into sephora looking for a bb cream or tinted moisturizer. I was color matched to 3Y07 and recommended a medium beige foundation. I had some foundation applied on me and realized that it was way too dark and my face and neck were now two completely different colors. Really happy that I didn't end up spending over $50 on a foundation that was 4 or 5 shades darker than my natural skin.
on 7/10/2015 2:14:00 AM
More reviews by nemesis41
Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium
I have two problems with foundation. It tends to be too orange, and too dark. I have very fair skin with pink undertones. I was hoping that having a color IQ number would allow me to hone in on the foundations that have a really pink pale shade. There's no Sephora near me, so I need to order my makeup online, and it would be really useful to know which lines have a truly pink, pale shade. Instead, this thing ended up matching me as a medium shade with yellow undertones. So not me. (I think the actual number was 3Y05). So, we tried assorted foundations in my "matched" shade. Needless to say, none of them looked good on me. As it stands, this has pretty much been useless to me.
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 6/21/2015 10:57:00 PM
More reviews by alliebennington
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Other, Wavy, Medium
I just don't know about the accuracy of this, or the products attached to it. I'm very, very pale. I've had to stop using foundations I've loved because the lightest shade was not light enough. Bobbi Brown has been the only foundation to match me, and it's probably the lightest I've seen. The product comparison told me this is not the lowest shade they carry (it's the second lightest, 2Y02). I thought that seemed funny, and upon looking at the 2Y01 shades, I saw a product I've used in the past that is too dark for me by quite a bit. Not sure how they decide which go into what category, but it doesn't quite seem accurate.
on 3/27/2015 2:36:00 PM
More reviews by Starone
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral
Hair: Silver, Other, Other
Sephora color IQ is a great concept in theory.I also been colored match incorrectly and had to returned each foundation. so been matched as a 4y05 or 6 but right now I'm using Dior Skin Flash in 200 light beige color matched # 2R07 which is perfect but also went to Macys.So Sephora SA are helpful but please look at a person"s skin tone, undertone please don't rely on color IQ.
on 3/13/2015 12:33:00 AM
More reviews by angels80
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I would give the IQ a zero if I could. What a waste of time lol. What's worse is that the Sephora staff do not know what they are doing - and now they are using this machine on everyone, thinking it actually works! Instead of taking the time to actually learn about skin tones. This would also be possible if Sephora would invest in some FRIGGEN 6500KW bulbs instead of those horrible yellow halogen lights. So much is wrong that I don't know how Sephora operates. Seriously - can you imagine the amount of returns in a week - if the customers realize what actually suits them, because you never see anything until you go outside or get home. I had a rep use the machine on me, and of course I thought I looked great in the store. I got to my vehicle, got a few blocks away and looked in the mirror. My face was orange and my neck was white. The foundation was caked on and not blended. Thank god I had a blending brush and buffed everything out while I was driving. If I had had the time I would have went straight back and lost it. Unbelievable. Just sad how these are to be professionals. Now every time I go in, I get so annoyed when 8 girls ask if I really don't need help lol. NO, I don't!!Do not let a Sephora rep use the IQ on you. Do your own research, and get samples if you really aren't sure. You would be a better judge than any machine!
4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
on 2/17/2015 7:21:00 PM
More reviews by Smurfette123
Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure
Ok, so I got matched to a 4y04. The problem is that when I look up my foundations via the brand and color none of them are the same family according to the IQ. The one powder they had in store that matched me perfect (MUFE pro 118) via the color IQ was too dark but the 117 matched fairly close even though it wasn't something the color IQ picked for me.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 1/23/2015 11:57:00 PM
More reviews by scm240
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Other, Other, Other
I'll let the bad reviews here speak for themselves because there are quite a few. What I will do is add a word of caution for us very pale people: don't waste your time. My skin (NARS Siberia, NC5) -- too pale for most foundations which is why I sought this out -- turned out nothing. It completely stumped the machine. No liquid foundations registered. Just two, lonely, sad powders that I had no interest in. My own color ID is this: does this look so off-white that you can't believe it's an actual skin tone? And then I know I've got the one! We all have our methods that are a lot more intuitive than this.
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