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    Foundation Equivalencies

    The following information is provided in conjunction with Palacinka.com

    This is the cosmetics foundation report for women of color, ethnic and mixed race women

    Women of color and mixed race know that makeup foundations can have yellow based undertones, brown based undertones, olive based undertones, pink based undertones, golden based undertones, red based undertones, and even black based undertones. Many cosmetic companies recently introduced new or reformulated versions of their foundations to accommodate a wider array of skin tones. That’s good news for us women of color - The bad news is that many of these companies either still don’t understand the variations in our skin tones, or the formulations don’t live up to the hype.

    Did you know that the average women will loose almost $600 a year because of cosmetics, skin and hair care products that don't work for them - and end up throwing out? This report will take the guesswork out of finding your next foundation. We've chosen six foundations which we think are the best - some are new and others have been mainstays on the market for several years. The products vary in price range and color tone range, and are all widely available - so there is truly something for everyone here.

    Real Cosmetics Liquid Foundation
    Lancome ID Foundation
    Classified Cosmetics ERA FACE Foundation
    Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer
    MAC Studio Tech
    L'Oreal True Match
    Maybelline Dream Mousse Foundation (Just added!) Please visit Palacinka's Under $10 Cosmetic Section for this review.
    Real Cosmetics Liquid Foundation

    Real Cosmetics was founded by a women of color, (Pakistani-American) and this line has gotten a lot of well deserved press over the last year. Their makeup line currently consists of foundation, pressed powder and lipstick. The philosophy behind the foundation is that many other cosmetics companies create foundation that usually derives from only two shades: pink and yellow. But women of color come in all shades and undertones: yellow, olive, golden, red, pink, brown, black. As a result, many women can choose makeup that looks artificial.

    The water-based foundation contains light-reflective properties and protection against the drying effects of the sun. The colors are named after the cities of the world; in honor of the richness of culture B and women B those cities produce. The foundation seemingly "melts" right into the skin, and is incredibly light.

    Note: The coverage is sheer-medium, so if you need heavier coverage and/or need to cover a lot of blemishes/skin discolorations, you may want to try some of the other foundations listed in this report.

    The shades are grouped in the following color families:

    N = Neutral. Means yellow/orange undertone. Color Family: Golden

    N/W = Neutral Warm. Means red/orange undertone. Color Family: Red/Gold

    W = Warm. Means red undertone. Color Family: Red-Brown

    N/C = Neutral Cool. Means yellow/green undertone. Color Family: Olive

    Our testers used the following shades with great results:

    Oakland, Lahore, Santo Domingo, Mumbai

    Try the matching pressed powder (in the same colors) for a perfect finish. $20. Liquid Foundation, Price: $23

    Available at Sephora.com

    Lancome ID Foundation

    Lancomes latest foundation line contains what they call ColorAdjust™ pigments and sheer powders to even out your complexion, adjusting precisely to your skin. To create this line, the company claims that they scientifically scanned the skin tones of over 500 women worldwide to create a universal shade range. The coverage is medium and the creamy formula is very easy to blend. Oil-Free. Non-Comedogenic. Dermatologist-tested.

    The line has 20 shades and is grouped in the by combining following color families/shades:

    Warm, Neutral & Cool

    Intensity 1, Intensity 2, Intensity 3, Intensity 4

    Note - We found Intensities 2-4 were the best for most women of color

    Our testers used the following shades with great results:

    ID# III-10 (W), ID# III-30 (N), ID# III-40 (W), ID# II-40 (W)

    Price: $32

    Available at Sephora.com

    Classified Cosmetics ERA FACE Foundation

    This ERA FACE spray formulation is the next best thing to putting on perfect skin! It's the only foundation we've reviewed that's a spray-on formula. The benefit? With the finely-sprayed mist you can not only control the application better but you will actually look as if you have had your makeup done by a professional makeup artist!

    This product comes in 10 shades, perfectly matched for virtually any skin tone. It is divided into two color bases; yellow-beige and red-beige. Please note: red-beige shades are made to CORRECT the skin's red tones - not accentuate them.

    ERA FACE is an oil-free, water-based formulation that is completely water resistant. Makeup won't rub-off on clothing, yet is easily removed with mild soap and water or makeup remover. It not only looks good on the skin, but is GOOD for the skin. Its unique formulation provides vital moisture without clogging pores. Botanicals, Aloe Vera and Chamomile soothe and promote healing by allowing skin to breathe. Antioxidant Vitamins C & E nourish and fortify skin.

    Perfect for photo sessions and on-camera work as well.

    Our testers used the following shades with great results:

    Y5, Y7, R6, R8

    Price: $55

    Available at Sephora.com

    Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

    Kevyn was a master make-up artist - as anyone who is a loyal Allure magazine reader or has read his Face-Forward & The Art of Make-Up books, knows. Before his untimely death he was working on a line of technologically-advanced cosmetics in Japan. The line has now expanded into many products, and the Sensual Skin Enhancer is a marvelous one for the look for flawless skin.

    The Sensual Skin Enhance comes in 16 shades and provides a long lasting formula. This product can be used in several ways -it=s a very concentrated, highly pigmented crème formulation which can be used with a small brush or the fingers as a cover up/concealer. It can also be combined with a light moisturizer as a foundation, or a small amount used with a touch of powder as an alternative to an all over foundation.

    Our testers used the following shades with great results:

    SX 06, SX 08, SX 09, SX 12, SX 13

    Also great for photo sessions and on-camera work.

    Price: $42.00

    Available at Kevyn Aucoin and Neiman Marcus

    MAC Studio Tech

    MAC cosmetics are always innovative and deliver very excellent results, which is why they are still the number one brand in every makeup artists bag! They have also long been known for developing products that cover the wide range of skin tones women of color have. Their foundation line is superb. They offer several different formulations, but MAC Studio Tech is one of our favorites. It comes in a compact as opposed to a bottle, and it’s a cream-to-powder formula.

    Provides a natural matte, powder-perfect finish. Smooth to blend, easy to work with: provides a full range of coverage. Water-cooled - refreshes and hydrates skin. Light diffusing: softens lines, creates a fresh, flawless finish. Good on all skin types.

    Also great for photo sessions and on-camera work.

    Our testers used the following shades with great results:

    NC40, NW20, NW30, NW35

    Price: $23.50

    Available at maccosmetics.com

    Runner up - MAC Liquid Foundation for Face and Body

    This one comes in a non-breakable conveniently-sized tube. It's a water-based, water-resistant foundation that provides long-lasting, natural coverage for face and/or body. This formulation feels very light on the skin and is great for all skin types. Face and Body Foundation provides sheer, natural looking coverage in an easy to blend, formula.

    This line comes in 15 shades developed for Neutral tones or Cool tones. This looks great with the MAC pressed powder for a very matte look on the face.

    Also great for photo sessions and on-camera work.

    Our testers used the following shades with great results:

    C5, C6, C7, N6

    Price $28.50

    Available at maccosmetics.com

    L'Oreal True Match

    This is a new foundation which uses special technology to deliver one of the widest shade ranges in the mass market category. The line is based on not only a woman’s skin tone but also her undertones. The formulation is very light and “melts” into the skin seamlessly. The formulation is non-greasy, non-drying and easy to blend. We found the color matches were superb and actually made the skin feel smoother within a few minutes of application. The line has 24 shades and is grouped in the following color families:

    Warm - Neutral - Cool

    Our testers used the following shades with great results:

    N6 Honey Beige, C7 Creamy Beige, N8 Cappuccino, C8 Cocoa, W8 Crème Café

    Price $9

    Available at Wallgreens.com, Duane Reade, CVS, Rite Aid and other major drugstore chains nationwide.



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    I just checked out the web site and it's awesome. It's wonderful and informative web site for us. Thanks 4 posting it.
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    Very good info....And so true the statement:
    "Did you know that the average women will loose almost $600 a year because of cosmetics, skin and hair care products that don't work for them - and end up throwing out?"

    We've all been there....

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    Do the Sephora stores carry the Real Cosmetics line? I can't seem to find it on the website.

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    Quote:
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    Do the Sephora stores carry the Real Cosmetics line? I can't seem to find it on the website.

    www.realcosmetics.com
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    I think I may try to hunt down Real Cosmetics. I use Studio Fix and I recently saw a photo of myself and it photographed ashy! How different is Studio Fix from Studio Tech as far as ashiness is concerned.
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    im going to go to the lancome counter and try out the color ID

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    Quote:
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    I think I may try to hunt down Real Cosmetics. I use Studio Fix and I recently saw a photo of myself and it photographed ashy! How different is Studio Fix from Studio Tech as far as ashiness is concerned.


    Studio Tech is emolient based, it would be less ashy, especially on film. Powder products tend to look ashier if they're the wrong color because the powder catches light and reflects a white cast.

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    Foundation Equivalencies

    I thought it would be a good idea to start a comprehensive list of foundations and their equivalencies in other brands because, obviously, MAC foundations aren't always the best choice for our varying skintones. Lines like Becca and Bobbi Brown aren't readily available to me so it'll be a lot easier when ordering online.

    I'll start (My skin has a more reddish tone FYI):

    MAC SFF: NW45
    MAC Studio Tech: NW50
    Prescriptives Virtual Matte: Fresh Clove
    Bobbi Brown Oil Free: 7.5
    Black Opal Creme Stick Foundation: Beautiful Bronze
    Estee Lauder Doublewear : Rich Cocoa



    Add on as you please, my beauties!!!

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    Re: Foundation Equivalencies

    Great idea!


    When I did wear MAC Foundations I was an NW45/NC50
    Stila Foundations: J
    NARS Foundations: Jamaica
    Lorac: WD5 (Wet dry powder makeup)
    Vincent Longo: Sienna
    MUFE: caramel #6


    My skin has combination undertones. It's more pink/red around the perimeter, and golden in the middle.

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    Re: Foundation Equivalencies

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    MAC NW 45 - MUFE #80 - Bare Minerials Deepest Deep

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    Re: Foundation Equivalencies

    Thanks ladies! I'm just waiting for others to contribute now (where ya'll at? Dang! lol). BTW I ordered some mineral foundation samples for Milan Minerals and Monave. I can't wait for them to get here! I'll post if any of them work.

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    Re: Foundation Equivalencies

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    Thanks ladies! I'm just waiting for others to contribute now (where ya'll at? Dang! lol). BTW I ordered some mineral foundation samples for Milan Minerals and Monave. I can't wait for them to get here! I'll post if any of them work.

    I'll be waiting for the updates on Milan Minerals.
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    Re: Foundation Equivalencies

    Mac NC27/NC30
    Lorac S3
    Nars Fiji

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    Re: Foundation Equivalencies

    Yay! Thank you SARAHluvsMAC!

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    Re: Foundation Equivalencies

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    I'll be waiting for the updates on Milan Minerals.

    Added some more foundations on to my list!

    As for Milan Minerals I could not find a match I bet Candace could do it if we were standing face to face but over the internet...no. My skintone is...well different. What I might do is just send her a sample of a fdtn that best matches. She's collaborating with another MMU owner who custom mixes. We'll see about that though.

    Anywho you should really give her product a shot. Candace is awesome and I'm loving all her eyeshadows and blushes.

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    Re: Foundation Equivalencies

    This info is soooooo useful! I've been using Select Tint in NC40 and Hyper Real in 400 in warmer months and I've thought that it looks too yellow on me. I think I have a bit of green undertones.

    To be honest, I still don't know for sure what my undertones are. sigh~

    I have to hunt down Real Cosmetics!

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    Re: Foundation Equivalencies

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    Thanks ladies! I'm just waiting for others to contribute now (where ya'll at? Dang! lol).

    I am here but i don't wear foundation. Sorry couldn't contribute. I wonder how many of us just stop wearing foundation?

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    Re: Foundation Equivalencies

    great info

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    Re: Foundation Equivalencies

    MAC--NC45 in liquids
    MAC--C7 in Studio Fix
    Prescriptives--Antelope in liquids
    Clinique Superfit--Toffee Bronze (closest match but a little orange)
    Clinique Perfectly Real powder foundation --#144

    Hope that helps someone. I hope to find out what I am in Laura Mercier

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    Re: Foundation Equivalencies

    thanks for this thread...i learned alot!

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    Re: Foundation Equivalencies

    Studio Fix Fluid NC50
    Studio Fix NC50 or C7
    Studio Finish Matte NW45
    MUFE Liquid Shade 18
    L'Oreal HIP Sepia 814
    MAC NC50/C7; DDD, sometime goth girl
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    Re: Foundation Equivalencies

    MAC NC45

    Smashbox C7

    L'Oreal C7
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    Re: Foundation Equivalencies

    Wow! that helps.
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    Re: Foundation Equivalencies

    Here's my list:

    NC 45/50 (highlight/contour) in MAC liquids
    Medium Dark/Dark (highlight/contour) in MAC MSF Natural
    C7 in MAC Studio Fix
    Rich in Philosophy Supernatural Air Brushed Canvas
    Rich in Mally Beauty Visible Skin Adjustable Coverage Foundation
    Tan/C2 in Flori Roberts Cream to Powder Foundation

    As I work with more products I will update my list! =D
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    Re: Foundation Equivalencies

    MAC - Foundation, Concealer: NC30. Blot powder, MSF Natural: Medium Dark
    BE - Medium Beige
    Make Up Store - Camel
    Isadora Mineral Foundation - Medium Beige
    Max Factor - 80. Bronze (most of their newer foundations use the same color codes. I just had to put that up because I LOVE age renew)
    Maybelline (mousse and liquid) - Fawn

    Mostly drugstore stuffs ^^;
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    Re: Foundation Equivalencies

    Here's some of mine:

    MAC SFF - NC37 (turned orange on me; will not repurchase)
    Prescriptives Virtual Skin - Yellow/Orange Real Beige 09 (HG material)
    Giorgio Armani Matte Silk - 6.5 (HG material)
    NC37-40, Jet-black hair, dark brown eyes, Filipino

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    Re: Foundation Equivalencies

    MAC Studio Fix Powder - C40 - perfect match
    Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich - 5 Honey, Corrector - Dark Peach (HG stuff), Creamy Concealer
    Prescriptives Traceless - Level 4

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    Re: Foundation Equivalencies

    MAC NW50/45
    MAKEUP INTERNATIONAL CU/6
    MAYBELLINE COCOA

    Will add more as i discover more.

    at the end of this we should create a chart...

    i currently use the makeup international foundation pallete to cross reference other brands... making it easier to find model's colours

    bye!

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    Re: Foundation Equivalencies

    MAC SF concealor NW40 or NC45
    Studio Tech in NC43-44
    Studio Fix fluid NC 44
    Loreal true match N7 for winter
    Medium Dark MSF in winter and Dark for summer

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