Tuesday, December 6th, 2011


Foundation Matrix v. 2.0

We’re pleased to launch the latest version of the Foundation Matrix, which does not just include an update of over 1,500 additional matches but has been completely redesigned. We hope you find it helpful in your quest to find the perfect shade match!  Check it out!

If you have any issues viewing it, please ensure you email technical support with the following information: browser, browser version, and PC/Mac.  We really can’t help if we don’t have more information.  By emailing technical support, it also allows for a dialogue so that we can work together to troubleshoot any problem.  The Foundation Matrix has been tested in IE7 through 9, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.  It has been tested on iPhone and iPad.

Discussion and debate are highly encouraged, and we expect community members to participate respectfully. When asking a question, please check the FAQ section (above) for information about purchasing, price, dupes, and the like. If you have general feedback or need technical support, please contact us.

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27 thoughts on “Foundation Matrix v. 2.0

  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Thank you so much! This is the most useful tool I’ve ever seen! ^-^

    I was wondering if there was a mistake for the Revlon Photoready (Dry/Normal) though… I can’t see to find ANY of the following colors at the store: 240 Medium Beige, 250 Fresh Beige, 300 Golden Beige. :(

  2. I love your Foundation Matrix! It has helped me in so many ways. Thanks for the effort, Christine! =)

  3. Fantastic! Thanks so much for this. Really useful!

  4. Carmen

    Hey Christine, is it just me or is the sight running a lot faster?

    Anyways, the Foundation Matrix is awesome, but maybe you should specify specifically what you mean by warm, neutral and cool skintones since the terminology differs from company to company?

  5. Vania

    where’s the “love it” button? THANK YOU!!!

  6. Wow! Thank you! My only suggestion (because it would be helpful to me) is a category for recommended skin type (i.e. dry, oily, combo, normal)

    • You should be able to use finish for that -for example, someone with dry skin typically should avoid matte foundations, and someone with oily skin should typically avoid luminous foundations :)

  7. Rachael

    Great redesign! I wish you could also sort by if it has SPF and what kind of skin its for (dry, oily, etc). Then you could really whittle down the best match. Really innovative, what you’ve done with the Foundation matrix, Dupe List and Swatch Galleries. That’s what I love about your blog.

  8. This is so helpful! Thanks for putting it together!

  9. Belen

    This is looking better and better, and it’s probably the best beauty related tool on the whole Internet. Congrats on the hard work!

    Some suggestions:
    - I’d like to be able to select more than 2 skintones. Depending on my tan I fall between Light and Medium, so I’d like to be able to select Light, Light Medium, and Medium at the same time.

    - I understand the reason why the MAC numbering is not part of the title row anymore, but maybe it would be interesting to put all MAC foundations at the top (instead of alphabetically), for faster access for us who like to compare.

    Keep up the awesome work!

  10. Awesome!!! I love it! I recommend this to so many people. Anytime someone asks me about finding a shade for them in a foundation I’m unfamiliar with I send them over here :)

  11. i just have to say THANK YOU for creating this! it’s been an invaluable resource for me and so thorough :) congrats on its evolution!! thanks, christine!

  12. Adriana Xavier

    I like it that way, but I miss the comparison with MAC colors. I’m NC20 so am I fairest or fair?

  13. Kat

    This is so, so great – better all the time! – and I’m really sad not to be able to use it. I really, truly wish for either something fairer than ‘fairest’ or cooler than ‘cool’. Every one of the shade suggestions that I have had my hands on have been either too dark, too yellow, or both. Possibly a category for severe skin tone outliers would make sense, some time in the future? It’s a much needed resource, at least!
    Just in case your days are magically full of aimless wanderings and desperate wishes for something to do (it seems SO LIKELY), have you plans of expanding the matrix to include concealers? Those are strange animals indeed… A travel map would not be unwelcome :)

    • Hi Kat,

      Fairest was specifically created for that purpose, actually – it is lighter than the majority of foundations; in essence, is does not exist in most ranges. All the submissions are user-based, which means users that found that the majority of light shades didn’t fit them (e.g. MAC NC/NW15) did find some, which are the ones you see listed. I very, very consciously took time to create a system that took people normally not included in a range.

  14. marian

    All the people that belong to the Bobbi Brown Honey shade seem to have been left out of the new foundation matrix. Tan ends with 4.5 and Dark tan starts with Shade 6. Bobbi Brown honey shade extends quite a few skin tones which means a large segment is missing from your matrix. Big difference from honey to warm honey, let alone jumping from warm natural to warm honey This matrix excludes many people.

    • The Matrix doesn’t exclude people – it simply means people did not submit the shade! :) This is user based – I don’t just arbitrarily add shades I think would work!

  15. Alexis

    Thank you so much for this Matrix. This is God sent. It has saved me many trips from Sephora. Thanks again!!!