Friday, 20 March 2015

Sephora + Pantone Colour IQ

In the UK I found it really hard to get the correct foundation colour matched for my skin. Under the Debenham's store lights the colour would look great but then I would step outside and I would be orange. I went along to Sephora last week to get matched using their Pantone Colour IQ matching system and I was super excited about it.

What is Pantone Colour IQ?
The Pantone Colour IQ is a device that takes an image of the skin and then analyses it to find a foundation shade that matches your skin. It eliminates skin texture and undertones which can sometimes affect the colour match. It doesn't take long to do (about 5 minutes). Make sure when you go to get matched you wear no make-up so you get an accurate match. They test areas on your neck, cheek and forehead.

Results & Matches
After your skin has been matched you will get told your skin shade. My shade is 1R04, which as you can see from the chart is in the fourth row and fifth from the left. Looking on the chart the shade looks quite dark but it matches my skin perfectly. After being told my code I was then shown my matches on an iPad and was given the option to email them to myself. I had 20 matches which is quite a lot. I took samples of Clinique Superbalanced Makeup and Lancome Teint Miracle. I find that Sephora are pretty generous with their samples which is nice.

Have you used the Pantone Colour IQ match? I'd love to hear your opinions.

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