Juanita, that sounds like a nightmare! Do you have any good matches? I recently got the Kat Von D Lock It foundation and the shade M64 was a pretty good match, then I received in a swap a second bottle and guess what? The shade is the same, at least is what the package tells me but the swatch is different! Never heard about that! Thank God is working now in the summer when my yellow undertone get dominant hahahahahah And the other good match is from CoverGirl All Day Flawless for dark skin tones in Q I would say that is my perfect match… for now!
Was there a big difference between the two? Sorry for the late reply! Pretty sure one may be a dupe. Thanks, Arielle! Me too! I love the online wizards. Findation might be my favorite of the three, but I spend an embarrassing amount of time with all of them. But I live in a country where a lot of people have pink in their skin.
Makeup For Real: C, N, NC, and NW
Or are they a class all their own? MAC foundations do seem to require some persistence! I even wore the NW15 for a couple of days before I took it back. It was very close, but had a slightly dulling effect on my overall tone that also looked a smidge dark for me in certain light. Have you tried the studio fix powder plus foundation? Haha I am not the only Neutral person alive!
Ok So here is the think with MAC that I discovered most all of the liquid foundations are either NW or NC which is true, but they do have a powder foundation that come in N applause ladies and gentleman that is N for Neutral! I am an N4 or and N3 depending on the season. Although I am of a different heritage Irish and Native American.
I use a concealer and blend out any imperfections and then the powder on a brush for the entire face. Building over any concealed areas to even out the tone. The studio FX powder comes with a sponge pad for more coverage, but I thankfully rarely need it. Try it out! Hey Tracy! I might need to go to my MAC counter and take a closer look. Thanks for the tip! Holy Hanah! I read this article and think I have found my twin in my foundation search. I am filipino, chinese, and spanish. I tan easily and vacillate my colouring throughout the year.
I am also prone to hormonal acne and utilize acne medications that flare up the redness in my cheeks. They never seemed to notice that my poor neck was lighter and always looked toward my cheeks which were often redder:. Blush on and some oxidation in a few hrs…omg I was an ompa loompa. I have gone through so many foundations and have since embraced the neutral position, but in winter I tend to go towards the yellower ones I own.
Thank you for bringing to the attention of others that we need to believe in our gut and not believe everything a MUA states if we feel it conflicts with our skin! Sample sample, sample and have fun! Thanks so much for the article!!! How do you like the YSL foundation? I would love to know how you feel about it! I bet loads of women have been mismatched because of this. They should really do something about it. Le sigh, the search continues. This is almost word for word my foundation problem, although I am a few steps behind. Problem solved..
There is no MAC counter near me yesterdays match was at an airport , so I have to use online options. Do you find that 15 is not actually that much lighter than NC25 just a different tone? Any help would assist in me keeping my sanity! Hey Dina! NC15 is a definitely lighter, but the tone is also different. NC20 might be a good pick for you if NC25 was close. Good luck! I definitely feel your frustration. I really want to know the difference between Nc and Nw. Please make me understand. Is NC for light skin and Nw for dark skin?
Thank you. I also just tossed a Smashbox Halo foundation in the trash because there was nothing I liked about it. Good luck, Cate! I hope you find your perfect match! I am neutral-toned as well and it looks like we are the same shade. I though before this I was limited to Dior, because it has been the only truly neutral foundation I tried. Thank you so much for this huge list of choices!
Thank you for this blog! Thank you so much. Hey thanku so much for that great post. Guess what I have the same skin tone as yours. And I went to a store to try MAC studio fix and I tried these two shades, nc15 and nw13 and nc 15 was a perfect match for me whereas nw13 was little light but im plannig to buy both!! But which studio fix powder to use for nc15 and nw13? I think with nc15 it would be nc20 but what bout nw13? I went to Sephora a few times for a foundation match and sometimes it was too yellow, other times it was just painted thickly on….
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They all look so drastically different! Do you mix and match them? The biggest issue I have is the color is always too dark for my neck. I just found this blog post. I have been wearing warm golden tones my whole life and I am just now realizing that I am a cool. It feels like I have been wearing the wrong face! The only reason that I am coming to this conclusion is that my husband just told me he likes me better without make up because my face always looks too yellow.
I too am a neutral with both pink and yellow tones. You have inspired me to keep looking and not give up. Thank you! Other counters as well. NC 15 is the best match I found so far. How did the Chanel foundation work out for you? I know this is years later but I found this blog post to be really helpful. I was on the search for a new foundation and yet again people were trying to put me in darker shades and the wrong skin tones.
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I am totally confused. I am a medium colored skin tone wheatish. I am super pale and neutral and sometimes i look more pink others more yellow. Im recently new to Mac esp and am loving their products but trying to buy foundation from them is not fun and always ends up disappointing. My first purchase was the mineralize foundation and the girl matched me NC15, looked fine in the incredibly low lit store, once i got to my car holy orange oompa loompa face.
Next i went to try the studio fix fluid, matches this time to NW10 which actually was perfect but hated how the foundation sat on my skin. Returned it and what do you know thats their only line that has NW Next was the Matchmaster found. And lastly just bought the Pro longwear waterproof which i LOVE the product but was matched at NC20 this time which sounded off obv since my perfect is NW10 n even when i said so she said it was perfect and its so awkward i just bought it.
Once again a tad too much orange. Like i said exhausting, between the color never being right and the awkwardness when i want something other than what the mac mua suggests im about to just throw in the towel and look for a diff brand. Esp since ive wanted to try the pro longwear concealer for so long now but they dont have one even close to as light as me.
Please help me out. I have skin tone between fair and medium. And i have combination skin. Please tell me. This is great! What would you recommend I do? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Excellent research! Been looking for the kind of info you supplied and esp. The amount of time and expense finding your matching color is admirable and glad this info is still availabe. Tried it at home…and it was off. Sounds like I should have been matched with an NC25! Thanks for your blog! Great article. I, too, am very neutral. I have had people give me ridiculous make up, saying it looked great and was a match, only to go home and, uh, no, lol.
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Perhaps the lighting in those places are a large part of the blame, though. Even a minimally trained cosmetic counter girl cant be that blind. Like you, ive come to realize that I can pick which type of look I want to go with. What was once a pain is actually quite fun. To beable to switch between warm and cool toned foundation is awesome.
This post is very helpful, I love it! I, too, am half-japanese and was matched to a very yellow-toned NC mac foundation. Hi, o this was such a relief to read. My question for you: when you went back Each time, did they allow you to return the product?
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Or did you just have to invest yourself? This is an old post but I wanted to thank you for sharing! Well, I am still not completely convinced, even though your review was very good. I have light, neutral skin and I am not able to find a match. Usually I can go with the lightest shade in any foundation, but now I am really lost.
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For example, I wear 01 in Dior Nude Serum… can you help me a little bit, please? I know this post is like 4 years old but I give it a try lol…. A bit late to the party, but thanks so much for this post! Double Wear in Ivory Nude is a great match for me but the formula is really drying on my lizard lobster skin. Armani Designer Shaping Cream in 2 is also a nice match, a tad too warm but more forgiving as it has less coverage. The search continues.
Again, thanks for the great read and the resources! Neutral-cool skin tones really seem to throw makeup artists off for some reason! Thanks again! Thank you for your helpful post!
I did try to use the Sephora Color IQ match system online version and I have to be honest, it was way off. In Lancome, where their shades in the majority of their foundations begin at , I can only wear 2 of their foundation products that happen to come in shade She was surprised at the online result too. Your post was so helpful and the swatches you showed really reveals the different tone options, and how the shade can look good in a bottle but once it is on the skin, you can see the difference.
Thank you for your post!! So all those NWs and NCs are [to some extent] misnomers and we should be looking for the right shade unbiased, going outside of the shopping centre in the daylight to have a look in a pocket mirror, bringing a friend and trying our best! Your experience is really helpful. Your skin is beautiful without foundation! Thanks a million! Thank you for your article and review! Like you, I am half-Asian half-Taiwanese, half-Caucasian. It has always been a struggle finding the right makeup for my skin tone. These foundations have neutral, pink undertones.
NC - These foundations are a mixture between cool and warm, but leaning more toward the cool side. The foundation color is golden, with a little of the pink in the NW's. NC stands for Neutral Cool. NW - These foundations are more peachy and pink.
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NW stands for Neutral Warm. With my skin tone being more on the cool side, I decided to try both the NC and C categories. I have to say the color of my C30 is definitely more cool than my NC30 upon application, can you tell just by looking at the two compacts below? The C30 is on the left and the NC30 is on the right. I think it is awesome that MAC has these categories for people's skin tones. There are so many to choose from that it seems nobody is left out. But because it is so awesome that there is a wide spectrum of colors, my complaint against MAC would have to be: why have all of these color options only for the Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation?
If you take a look at their website www. It would be nice if they could include all of the colors for all of their foundations. Let me know what you think? Hope this information helps you understand MAC's foundation color system better. Posted by Geneys at PM. Yeah, it is truly great that MAC has all these colour selection.