Foundation Matrix v. 2.0

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!

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Jennifer Avatar

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. 🙁

Christine Avatar

Hi Jennifer,

Did you read the line right? I show Revlon COLORSTAY with matches for 240 Medium Beige, 250 Fresh Beige, 300 Golden Beige. Revlon PHOTOREADY shows 005 Natural Beige. All of the shades listed for ColorStay are readily available here –

Jennifer Avatar

Oh yes, sorry, I meant to write Colorstay. ^-^; Maybe it’s because I’m in Canada that they don’t have those shade? I’ve tried Shopper’s Drugmart, Wal-Mart, Uniprix, Jean Coutu… 🙁

Carmen Avatar

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?

Rachael Avatar

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.

Belen Avatar

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!

Dusty Avatar

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 🙂

Kat Avatar

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 🙂

Christine Avatar

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.

marian Avatar

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.

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