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Confused About MAC Foundation Shades- NC35, NC40 C4, C35 Help!

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OK I finally got officially foundation matched by a MAC MA the other day. She matched me with Studio Fix Powder in C4- on application it looked good but it did shift a bit and turned orange. Then I tried NC40- she says it's more beige than C line. Did the same thing but upon application the tone was off not enough yellow. Then I wanted to try out C35- she says this is too olive-green toned for me and NC35 would be better since she thinks I have more of a golden beige skin tone ( plus it was the color I used in the past- pretty good match but not enough yellow for me. )

OK here's the question- if she originally matched me up with C4- is it that much different than C35? I thought C35 would have been a better match since it seems like the NC line doesn't have enough yellow or is C35 much more 'Olive' than C4?

Side by side it doesn't look that much different- I was too tired to try out C35 and just got NC35 but should I really have gotten C35 instead and not listen to the MA and trust my instinct?

TIA!
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Re: Confused About MAC Foundation Shades- NC35, NC40 C4, C35 Help!

When a foundation turns orange it could indicate that it's oxidizing and altering the color.

You should always go with your instinct, a MUA could have a tendency to warm people's complexion or keeping them cooler, it's quite subtle and usually a matter of taste.

What I can tell is this, whenever I do purchase a new formula at the store I do one of the following:

1. Ask for a sample and give it a test drive for a couple of days (did that with YSL's Teint Majeur and thank the gods I did)
2. Let the MUA match me and then go outside with a small mirror and check the color in natural daylight to see if it's a good match.
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I am in the same boat you are.  I bought the NC35, which has LESS yellow in it than C35.  I have red skin to begin with.

Therefore, I need more yellow.  C35 is perfect to eliminate red.  But, NC35, although less yellow, is still pretty good.  I just kept both and mix them together when I want the perfect shade.

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