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Here's a very useful foundation chart (compiled by Andromeda on MUA) that I refer to all the time.

Foundation Chart

User's Guide:

The most widely reported brands are given in the Reference Section below. Use this section to find which 'column' your shades will tend to fall in. Then follow this column down the Alphabetical List to determine your shade in other brands. If your current brand is not in the reference section, find it in the alphabetical list to determine which column is the best match. I can not personally guarantee that this chart will lead you to your perfect match, but I hope it helps!!

What column do you belong to?

  • PPP - Pale Porcelain Princess
  • LLL - Light Lovely Lady
  • FFF - Foxy Fair Female
  • MMM - Medium Marvelous Mademoiselle
  • GGG - Golden Glam Girl
  • DDD - Dark Darling Diva
Key to abbreviations:

  • (y) after a shade indicates it is strongly yellow-based
  • (p) after a shade indicates it is strongly pink-based
  • (l) after a shade indicates it is light relative to others in the same column
  • (d) after a shade indicates it is dark relative to others in the same column
  • (disc) after a formula indicates it has been discontinued or will soon be discontinued
Type of Coverage:

  • sheer - almost no coverage, only evens out skintone
  • light - light coverage, can see most freckles
  • medium - moderate coverage, can see some freckles
  • full - opaque coverage, cannot see most freckles
Type of Finish:

  • dewy - slightly moist, natural skin-like finish
  • satin - the compromise between dewy and matte
  • matte - velvety dry finish

Reference Section





Product Name
PPP
LLL
FFF
MMM
GGG
DDD


MAC Studiofix
NC15; NW15; N3
NC20; NC25; C2; NW25
NC30; NC35; C25; C3, N4; N5; NW30
NC35; C35; C40
C40; NC42; NC45
NC50; NW55; C7


MAC Studio Tech
NC15; NW15;
NC20; NW20; NW25
NW30; NC35










NW55


MAC Hyper Real
100
200
300
400; 500
500







MAC Studio Finish Satin





NW25
NC35










NW55


MAC Studio Finish Matte





NC20
NC30





NC45
NC55


MAC Face and Body
C1; C2





N3

















Bobbi Brown Oil-free Even Finish SPF 15
porcelain; warm ivory
warm ivory; sand
sand
beige; warm natural
honey
almond


Almay Skin Stays Clean
pale
buff
neutral
sand; warm












Jane Stay Calm
fair enough
buffy
dream cream; naturally
naturally
sunny honey







Prescriptives Unmakeup (disc)
sheer cream; sheer camellia
sheer vellum; sheer rose
sheer vellum; sheer ivory
sheer ivory; sheer gold
sheer gold; sheer beige
sheer tan; ginger; antelope


Prescriptives Virtual Skin
real cream; real ecru; real camellia; real vanilla
real vellum; real cream
real vellum; real champagne
real gold; real champagne
real warm toffee; real honey







L'Oreal Quick Stick Long Wearing
soft ivory; pale
nude beige
natural beige; sand beige
natural beige; creme cafe
sun beige
cocoa


Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
porcelain; nude
nude; blush ivory
nude; sand
sand
almond








Alphabetical List



Product Name
Price (US$)
Coverage
SPF
Type
Finish
PPP
LLL
FFF
MMM
GGG
DDD


Alchemy Fusion Liquid to Powder
$32
light
none
liquid to powder
matte





13






















Alchemy Compact
$32
sheer - medium
none
pressed powder
matte





33






















Almay Amazing Lasting





light - medium
none
liquid
matte
pale
buff
neutral
sand












Almay Nearly Naked Touch Pad
around $9
sheer





liquid
dewy
pale
buff
neutral
sand; warm
warm







Almay Skin Stays Clean





light - medium
none
liquid
matte
pale
buff
neutral
sand; warm
warm







Almay Skin Stays Clean Compact





medium - full
none
cream to powder
matte
pale
buff
neutral
sand; warm
warm







Almay One Coat SPF 15





light - medium
SPF 15
cream stick
matte
pale
buff
neutral
sand












Almay Skin Smoothing with Kinetin





light - medium
SPF 15
liquid
satin
naked
naked























Armani Matte Silk


(coming soon!)

















liquid
matte
































Armani Luminous Silk
$42
light - medium
none
liquid
satin
1; 2
2; 4
5
6; 7












Armani Silk Powder





light - full
none
pressed powder
matte










5

















Aromaleigh Pure Cover
$14
light - full
none
loose powder
matte
































Au Courant Loose Minerals





light
none
loose powder
matte





light beige






















Aveda Moisture Plus Tint
$25
sheer
SPF 15
liquid
matte
aspen



























Aveda Dual Base Minus Oil
$19.50 (refill)
sheer - medium
none
pressed powder
matte
cream
aster
aster; oyster
oyster












Awake Hydro-Touch
$30
medium - full
none
cream to powder
matte
ivory





bisque

















Bare Escentuals Loose Minerals
$25
light
none
loose powder
matte
1; 1.2; 2
2; 3
2; 3; 4
4; 5; mix 2 & 5












Becca Luminous Skin Color
$35
sheer
SPF 20
liquid
dewy
porcelain; sand; cashmere
cashmere; camel
camel; nude; toast
nude; toast












Becca Stick SPF 30
$36
light - full
SPF 30+
cream stick
satin
nougat; praline
praline; sherbet
banane; butterscotch; macadamia
caramel; honey





pecan


Becca Tinted Glow Enhancer





sheer
none
liquid
slightly shimmery dewy
amber
sandstone
sandstone; gold
gold
gold; topaz
topaz


BlissLabs SkinTwin
$35
sheer
SPF 12
liquid
satin
































Bobbi Brown Oil-Free Even Finish
$35
light - medium
SPF 15
liquid
matte
porcelain; warm ivory
warm ivory; sand
sand
beige; warm natural
honey
almond


Bobbi Brown Oil-Free Even Finish Compact
$38
medium - full
none
cream to powder
matte










natural
natural





golden


Bobbi Brown Stick
$35
medium - full
none
cream stick
satin





sand; beige
beige
warm natural; natural
honey
almond


Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer
$35
sheer
SPF 15
liquid
dewy










sand

















Body & Soul Two-in-One Face Powder
$35
light - full
none
powder
matte
1; 2
2; 3






















Body & Soul Beauty Makeup
$35
full
none
liquid
satin
1; 2
2; 3






















Calvin Klein Light Coverage
$29
light
SPF 8
liquid
matte





bisque; linen
shell

















Calvin Klein Medium Coverage
$38
medium - full
SPF 8
cream to powder
matte





linen










caramel







Cargo Liquid
$24
light - medium
none
liquid
matte
saturn
saturn






















Chanel Double Perfection Compact
$45
light - medium
SPF 10
pressed powder
matte
vanilla
ivory beige; creme beige; lumiere






















Chanel Double Perfection Fluide (Teint Mat Eclat)
$40
light - medium
SPF 15
liquid
matte
nude; cameo
cameo; shell; limpide
shell; beige
beige; sand












Chanel Liquid Makeup (Teint Naturel)
$52.50
light - medium
SPF 8
liquid
matte
alabaster
porcelain; ivory





soft bisque; natural beige












Chanel Satin Smoothing Cream Makeup (Vitalumiere)
$55
medium - full
SPF 15
cream
satin
































Chanel Satin Smoothing Fluid Makeup (Vitalumiere)
$50
light - medium
SPF 15
liquid
satin
































Chanel Multi-Vitamin Natural Makeup (Teint Fluide Universel)
$37.50
sheer - medium
SPF 15
liquid
matte
nude
cameo; shell
shell
natural beige












Chanel Waterlights Sheer Makeup (Teint Cristallin)
$37.50
light - medium
none
cream stick
satin
(not carried in nude, try cameo or shell)
cameo; shell; limpide (#10)
shell; beige; sand
beige












Chantecaille Future Skin
$55
light - medium
SPF 10
gel cream
matte
ivory
camomile; vanilla
cream; nude; vanilla
nude; shea
shea







Chantecaille Real Skin
$49
sheer
SPF 15
cream
dewy
bliss (d)
bliss
glow
glow; warm
warm







Chantecaille Real Skin
$53
sheer
SPF 30
cream
dewy
bliss (d)
bliss
glow
glow; warm
warm







Chantecaille Compact Makeup
$47
light - medium
none
powder
matte
shell; petal
petal; peach
bamboo
bamboo












Christian Dior Diorskin Compact
$38.50
light - medium
SPF 20
pressed powder
matte










300

















Christian Dior Teint Diorlight
$34.50
light
SPF 10
liquid
matte
100
200
300
300; 400
500







Clarins Hydrating Liquid
$33.50
light - medium
none
liquid
matte















cafe creme
cafe creme; latte







Clarins Multi-Matte
$33.50
light - medium
none
liquid
matte
1
2






















Clarins Hydra Balance Tinted Moisturizer
$33.50
sheer
SPF 6
liquid
dewy
bisque (d)
bisque






















Cle de Peau





light - medium
none
cream
satin
































Clinique Almost Makeup
$17.50
sheer
SPF 15
liquid
dewy
light (d)
light; fair; medium
medium
medium
dark







Clinique City Stick
$21
medium
SPF 15
cream stick
matte
ivory twist










vanilla
sand







Clinique Stay True Makeup Oil-Free Formula
$16.50
light - medium
none
liquid
matte










stay sunny
stay golden












Clinique Superfit Makeup
$19.50
light - medium
none
liquid
matte
alabaster
alabaster; cream whip
cream whip; neutral
neutral












Club Monaco Liquid





light - medium
none
liquid
matte
beige 1
beige 2; neutral 3
beige 2; neutral 3

















Cover Girl AquaSmooth Makeup





medium - full
SPF 15
cream to powder
matte
classic ivory; ivory
classic ivory; ivory; natural ivory; buff beige
buff beige; natural ivory
creamy natural; creamy beige
tawny
toasted almond


Cover Girl Fresh Complexion Pocket Powder





light - medium
none
pressed powder
matte
































Cover Girl Simply Powder





light - medium
none
pressed powder
matte
classic ivory; ivory
ivory










classic tan







Cover Girl CGSmoothers Tinted Moisturizer





sheer
SPF 15
liquid
dewy
fair to light
light to medium
light to medium
medium to dark
medium to dark







Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish
$25
light - medium
none
liquid
satin
vanilla
sun beige






















Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup
$30
medium
SPF 10
liquid
satin





dawn; linen






















Estee Lauder Equalizer Smart Makeup
$32.50
medium
SPF 10
liquid
satin
cream; pearl
dawn; beach






















Estee Lauder Enlighten Skin-Enhancing Makeup
$30
light
SPF 10
liquid
satin
aura; gentle ivory
neutral ivory
natural linen
natural linen












Estee Lauder Lucidity Light Diffusing Makeup
$30
medium
SPF 8
liquid
satin
pale ivory
daybreak; natural linen






















Estee Lauder Minute Makeup Creme Stick
$29.50
light - medium
SPF 15
cream stick
satin
bisque





golden
maize; cashew
tea







Estee Lauder So Ingenious Multi-Dimension Powder Makeup
$32.50
light - medium
none
pressed powder
matte
warm light















cool maple
warm maple


Hard Candy Hint Tint
$29.50
sheer
none
liquid
satin















sugar
sugar







I Nuovi Gelbase





light
none
liquid



 
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THANK YOU Reija!!! I always wanted to see this... but never found it - I think it is very useful!!!


 
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Thanks for posting this Reija. I used to have it bookmarked on my old computer, but now I can reference it here.


 
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Thank you Reija!! This is VERY useful! I'm gonna go print this one out!

 
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Originally Posted by Trisha Thanks so much for that Reija, super helpful!!
According to that I'm between MMM and GGG!

I'm gona save it!

THANKS xxx

Luv T x

same here chickie!
I think I'm more MMM, but the Moistureblend I got at MAC tonight is NC42 (hopefully not just from tanning 2x- or else this might have to be a summer color if it fades! LOL)

 

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i'm a FFF. with mac's nc30/35 depending on the tanning i do. if i tan a lot, i can get up to nc42. lol

it helps with some of the different colors, but other ones like chantecaille, they have like 2/3 colors for my FFF column. doh!

 
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LOL! I thought i was on to a winner there when i saw the chart & that Chantecaille was listed but i just realised it has 3 colours listed for me too Lizzy! Looks like i will HAVE to test this before buying. I wonder if i rang or emailed somewhere with a Chantecaille counter, would they send me out a few samples? What do ye think girls?

 
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Just a note that some of the shades on that chart are off. Laura Mericer, for example - Warm Ivory and Blush Ivory are equivalent shades in terms of darkness, but the Warm is the yellow based and the Blush is the pink based one. Neither are PPP but are LLL or about NC20 / NW20. PPP for Laura Mercier is Porcelain Ivory, which is more of a neutral shade - neither yellow nor pink.

Hope this helps...

 
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Yeah, I wonder where this chart came from. Someone really took alot of time to put it together. We should deffinitly give the credit to whoever put it together tho. It's not MUT's chart

Then we should either update it or something...





Originally Posted by MacSux

Just a note that some of the shades on that chart are off. Laura Mericer, for example - Warm Ivory and Blush Ivory are equivalent shades in terms of darkness, but the Warm is the yellow based and the Blush is the pink based one. Neither are PPP but are LLL or about NC20 / NW20. PPP for Laura Mercier is Porcelain Ivory, which is more of a neutral shade - neither yellow nor pink.

Hope this helps...





 
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YEAH !!! I'm a Shea in Chantecaille!! Hopefully yours will be good Trisha! Yippee!


 
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A MUA'er named Andromeda compiled the list. I've contacted her about the chart

 
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Originally Posted by Trisha It should give you an idea of the fndt, even if the colour isnt right! x ooooh... damn I was hoping it'd be a good match lol oh well.. we'll see

 
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Originally Posted by Trisha It should be a good match, I just meant, just in case it wasnt. least you'd be able to see what it was like in other ways (finish/coverage etc) Oh is that what these charts tell you? I had it all wrong! LOL I thought it was for colors that would pretty much match you in other brands

 
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Originally Posted by Trisha The chart is to see what shade you'd be in another brand, & also to see whether you are a PPP, LLL etc. I just wouldnt take it as 100% gospel until you've tried the foundation on! x Gotcha - thanks hun!

 

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