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Hello Dolls and Gents, 

Okay, before I knew what foundation colour to buy, I just look for the darkest shade for a certain foundation and pray to God that it would match me. Well, I have found any easier way to do this especially for drugstore foundation, after I give your this TRICK, you have to find the closest Sephora to you and get it done. So are you wonder what I'm at talking about... I will tell you....

I went to Sephora one day and I decided to get my PANTONE+COLOR IQ done, I was just curiosity because I knew I was not going to buy any of the foundation in there. If anyone doesn't know, the COLOR IQ is a patent technology that takes three snaps of your skin tone to find the right foundations for you in Sephora. They take the pantone scanner, and take a photo of your forehead, cheek, and neck, the pantone scanner takes a photo of your skin in darkness, so not artificial light is changing your skin colour. After, a code will appear on the pantone scanner and the beauty consultant will type your code into their database of over 200+ foundations to find the right colour. My code was 2R14. 

These were my results: 
  • MUFE HD Invisible Cover Foundation: 180 Brown
  • bareMinerals Matte Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15: Warm Deep
  • Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15: Pecan
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 HR Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15: Deep Honey
  • MUFE Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation: No. 85- Brown
  • Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30: Polynesia
  • Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H: 540 Suede W
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation: Rich Honey
  • Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide:  Truffle
  • Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15: Chestnut
  • BECCA Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème: Mahogany
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Oil Free Foundation: 86 Cocoa Deep
  • Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation SPF 15: 10
  • Dolce and Gabbana The Foundation Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20: Golden Honey 170
  • Dolce and Gabbana Perfect Reveal Lifting Foundation SPF 25: Soft Sable #180
  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer: Mocha
  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer- Oil Free: Mocha
  • Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup Octinoxate SPF 15:12

You can asked them to email it to you or just remember the code and go on the Sephora website, under Makeup, in Foundation, you will see the COLOR IQ bar, just click. When I got home, I went on the Sephora website and entered my code and then entered these results into a website called Once I entered these foundation shades, well the ones they had, it provide me more foundation colours for various companies, from high end to drugstore.  

These were my results (highlighted drugstore): 
  • Avon
    • Ideal Shade Pressed Powder: Mocha
    •  Ideal Flawless Invisible Coverage Foundation : Earth
  • Avene Compact Complexion Creams Brown Skins: 06 Cinnamon/Cannelle
  • bareMinerals - Bare Escentuals
    • Original Foundation : Warm Deep
    • Ready SPF20 Foundation: Warm Dark
    • Boudoir Skin Mineral Powder Foundation: Cherish/Tabacco
    • Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation: Mink
    • Matte Skin Shine Proof Foundation: Mink
    • Stick Foundation: 26 Almond - Dark Warm Brown (Medium)
  • Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! : Nutmeg Gotta Know Me
  • BH Cosmetics Liquid Foundation: Deep Cocoa
  • Black Opal
    • Mineral Brilliance Powder Foundation: Medium Dark
    • True Color Stick Foundation SPF 8 : Beautiful Bronze
  • Black Radiance
    • Complexion Perfection Crème to Powder: Mocha
    • Pressed Powder: Rich Mahogany
  • Black|Up
    • Fluid Foundation: FL09
    • Cream to Powder Foundation: FC09
  • Bobbi Brown
    • Foundation Stick: Warm Walnut (7.5)
    • Even Finish Oil Free Even Finish Compact Foundation: Warm Walnut (7.5)
    • Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 15: Rich Tint
    • Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation : Chestnut (9)
    • Long - Wear Finish Foundation : Chestnut (9)
  • Burberry Beauty Sheer Liquid Foundation : Trench No. 13
  • Clinique
    • Superbalanced Makeup: Amber (17)
    • Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup: Golden (24)
    • Stay-Matte Pressed Powder: Stay Amber
    • Blended Face Powder and Brush: Transparency 4
    • Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup: Amber (08)
    • Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup: 12 Fresh Clove
  • Cover FX
    • Total Coverage Cream Foundation: N110
    • NaturalFX Water Based Liquid Foundation SPF 15 : B45
    • PowderFX Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 10: B45
  • CoverGirl
    • Queen Collection Lasting Matte Pressed Powder: Medium Deep Q425
    • Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation: Soft Sable 320
    • NatureLuxe Slik Foundation: Brazilnut 370
    • TRUblend Pressed Powder : Translucent Sable 6
    • Clean Pressed Powder, Oil Control : Tawny 565
    • Clean Liquid Makeup Sensitive Skin: Tawny 265
  • Dinar Airbrush Makeup Foundation: Cocoa
  • Dior Diorskin Nude Fluid: Dark Brown 70
  • E.L.F Studio Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 : Mocha
  • Elizabeth Arden Intervene Makeup SPF15: Soft Cocoa
  • Ellis Fass Skin Veil Bottle: S108L
  • Estee Lauder
    • Double Wear Stay-in Place Makeup SPF 10: 5C2 Amber Honey
    • Invisible Fluid Makeup: 6WN1
  • Fashion Fair
    • Fast Finish Foundation Stick: Sable
    • Perfect Finish Cream Makeup: Pure Brown
  • Floir Roberts Cream to Powder Foundation: Bittersweet
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Slik Foundation: 11.5
  • Givenchy
    • Photoperfexion: 02 Perfect Petal
    • Éclat Matissime Fluid Foundation: 02-Mat Shell
  • Illamasqua
    • Skin Base Foundation: 17
    • Rich Liquid Foundation: 325
  • Iman
    • Second to None Stick Foundation: Earth 4
    • Second to None Luminous Foundation: Earth 4
    • Second to None Cream to Powder Foundation: Earth 2
  • Inglot Cream Powder: 93
  • Koh Gen Do  Maifanshi Moisture Foundation: 303
  • Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo: Deep 72
  • Kiss New York Crème to Powder: Dark Chocolate
  • L'Oreal Paris
    • True Match - Superblendable Liquid Makeup : W9.5 Deep Warm or N8 Cappuccino or C9 Deep Cool
    • True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup: Noisette/ Cocoa
  • Lancôme
    • Miracle Air de Teint: 11 Muscade
    • Teint Miracle: Suede 550 C
    • Dual Finish Powder: Matte Suede (C)
  • Laura Mercier
    • Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15: Warm Chestnut
    • Mineral Powder SPF 15: Warm Bronze
    • Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer: Bronze Radiance
    • Oil Free Supreme Foundation: Rich Sienna
    • Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact SPF 20: Mocha
  • Lorac Natural Performance Foundation: NP 9 - Brown
  • Makeup Forever
    • Face and Body Liquid Makeup: 48 Ebony
    • Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation: 174 Neutral Saffron
    • Duo Mat  Powder Foundation: 218 Chocolate
  • Mary Kay TimeWise Matte-Wear Liquid Foundation: Bronze 5
  • Maybelline
    • Dream Matte Mousse Foundation: Cocoa Dark 3
    • Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Liquid Foundation: Dark 0 - Toffee
  • Milanli Cream to Powder Makeup: Spiced Almond
  • Nars
    • Sheer Glow Foundation: Trinidad
    • Powder Foundation: Benares
    • Sheer Matte Foundation: Tortuga
  • Prescriptives Virtual Matte Oil-Control Pressed Powder: Level 6
  • Revlon ColorStay Mineral Mousse: 080 Deep  
  • Ruby Kisses Pure Mineral Pressed Powder for Sensitive Skin: Cognac
  • Sephora  MicroSmooth Foundation Face Powder: 60 Deep Ebony
  • Sleek MakeUP Be Beautiful Blemish Balm: Dark
  • Smashbox
    • Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer: Dark
    • High Definition Healthy FX Foundation SPF 15 : Medium M3
  • Sephora Microsmooth Foundation Face Powder: 60 Deep Ebony
  • Stila
    • Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer: Dark
    • Natural Finish Oil Free Makeup: J
  • Urban Decay
    • Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20: Forcefield
    • Naked Skin: 12.0
  • YSL - Yves Saint Laurent  Teint Touch Éclat Foundation: BD70 Beige Dore

I was shocked to see the results that had given me. So far, I have purchase one of the foundation that was recommend from findation and it was the Ruby Kisses Pure Mineral Pressed Powder in Cognac, and let me tell, it matches me to a tee. 

I recommend that you guys go try this out ,especially if you like drugstore foundation and hey, you can always get samples from Sephora of your foundation results from the COLOR IQ. 

Hope this helped some of my money-saving divas. Comment, +1’d, and Share this post if you enjoyed the content. If you any requests, please leave those in the comment section below.

P.S. If you are wondering why I have three shades of the L'Oreal True Match foundation, it is because it changes constantly due to the fit the some of the shades of high end changed when I check it out in Sephora's website. 

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  1. Holy crap, I never thought of this. I always to Sephora and get samples and at the drugstore I pick a shade that is closest to me. I'm definitely going to try this out, the next time I go to Sephora.

  2. Awesome! Thanks for the tip!