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It’s A Match!

Finally Color IQ

Image of 3 foundations from my personal Color IQ
3 Foundation forumlas from my Color IQ

As I alluded to on Saturday, I finally went to Sephora for my Color IQ consultation and what a positive experience! Joan, the consultant was outstanding!! At the outset, once I told her I wanted a Color IQ consult she saw my white cane and without missing a beat asked me if I would like to take her arm which is appropriate when offering assistance to someone with a vision impairment.

I can’t tell you just how bad I’ve been itching to have this consultation because for me using technology to determine the correct shade of foundation was a no-brainer. So Joan and I go back to the Color IQ station while she explains how the process works. She holds the little device against my chin, forehead and cheek, waits a minute for it process the data it acquired then voilà I find out I’m a 3Y10.

3Y10 by itself is rather meaningless but when the number was inputted in Sephora’s foundation library I received 14 different types of foundation within this shade. I was a little disappointed to find that mineral foundation was not among the types in my results but I needn’t fret for long.

Image of the Buxom Foundation box, bronzing powder & Sephora bag

Joan to the Rescue

I knew prior to the consultation that I wasn’t interested in making a purchase so when Joan suggested I try a couple of different BB and CC creams I thought “eh, just go for it.” I told Joan that I have a BB cream at home but I wasn’t crazy about the consistency and I felt it was a little too difficult to work with. Not being deterred she tested three different brands on the back of my hands so that I could get a feel for the application process.

By the way before I forget while Joan was sampling these formulas on me she was explaining the benefits, ingredients and the differences between the creams. Once I decided that the Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation was the ticket she asked if I would like her to apply it to my face to give it a test run – “sure” I said.

Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation
Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation

Once applied Joan handed me a magnifying mirror to check the results and I liked what I saw. She then applied SEPHORA COLLECTION MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Contour Trio (bronzing powder) to contour/highlight my cheeks and the outcome was fabulous. My sons later verified that while it didn’t appear like I had on makeup my skin looked smooth and flawless. I was just happy that I didn’t feel like I was sweltering with it on because I told Joan unless I have to attend a special event I do not wear foundation in the summer. I’m thinking I’m going to make an exception in this case.

While I originally wanted to do a video tutorial using my new foundation (yup I bought it and the bronzing powder) it just wasn’t doable with my grandson running around today so I’ll have to save it for another time. I am glad to be able to share my experience with you and am hopeful this information will be helpful.

SEPHORA COLLECTION MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Contour Trio
SEPHORA COLLECTION MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Contour Trio

One thing I didn’t know about Color IQ is that once you receive your perfect shade and it’s plugged into the foundation library, you can opt to go a shade lighter or a shade darker. Maybe you aren’t crazy about the formulation choices in the shade selected, if you go lighter or darker you might find one more suited to your tastes.

At the checkout counter, Joan said that Sephora does one on one makeup consultations for 45 minutes at no cost where they will apply your makeup (teaching you the techniques). This consultation allows them to spend their time solely focused on you and while the service is free they ask that you make a $50 purchase which is very reasonable for the time spent. Honestly, based on my experience I think it would be well worth $50. Joan wildly exceeded my expectations and though I will still order from Sephora online, if I am in the neighborhood I will be visiting Joan’s store again.

“The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.” ~Author Unknown

 

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