The other day, my friend Vanessa and I popped into Sephora as she needed some new foundation. I tagged along to scope out some new products and I’m glad I did! That visit proved truly educational! Now, I find shopping for foundation extremely daunting. There must be a million options out there, further complicated by the fact that I am a woman of colour, and finding that perfect match is near impossible.
A couple of years ago, I found the holy grail of foundation: Chanel Perfection Lumière in 114 – Ambré. This shade was part of a line for women of colour that Chanel had released for a short amount of time before being discontinued. I was shocked and upset at this. It’s discontinuation reeked of discrimination to me, but I digress. Apparently, Ambré is still available for purchase – thank God.
Anyway, this foundation was everything I wanted – lightweight, excellent coverage, smelled wonderful (Chanel’s signature scent) and the colour stayed true all day.
Upon learning that the line for darker skin tones was being discontinued, I got to work searching for a replacement. MAC’s foundations always made me breakout – especially Studio Fix, I found Nars too runny and not opaque enough, Bobbi Brown – despite a wide range of colours – never looked right and don’t even get me started on Clinique (yuck!). I found an amazing option by Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup. I got a sample and was thrilled with it. I’ll be buying a bottle shortly.
Back to Sephora….Vanessa asked one of the sales associates for help finding a suitable foundation. The sales associate suggested getting her skin “colour matched”. Sephora offers a service where an associate scans your skin with some device that resembles a light metre, which then matches your skin to one of the 1,500 options available that they carry. Essentially, their light device scans the skin, captures “pitch darkness”, assigns a colour IQ number and “assigns a foundation which is a scientifically precise foundation match”. Well boy! Did it work! It assigned Vanessa a perfect match in my eyes!! I’ll be heading back after the VIB sale dies down to get myself matched!
Here are some pics of the process:
Have any of you been colour matched? Please let me know of your experience in the comments section! Also, if you guys could recommend a foundation you like, I’d greatly appreciate it!