The shades are:
- * BH Cosmetics Complexion Collection (shade - Deep Espresso)
- Mary Kay's Timewise Luminous Wear (shade - Bronze 8)
- *Black Radiance' Complexion Perfection (shade - 8435 Ebony)
- *NARS' Sheer Glow (shade - Khartoum/Dark4)
- *Black Opal's True Color Pore Perfecting (shade - Ebony Brown)
- Mary Kay CC Cream/sunscreen SPF15 (shade - Deep)
I starred my faves, but I won't count on Black Radiance not to discontinue the Ebony shade. The Mary Kay products were my late sister's and she loved the way the looked and made her skin feel. I might have to see about some shades that suit me.
Now, here is how these looked against my skin in full-on sunlight:
|#1 shade is bottom, #6 is top by eye|
By the way, to help with which shade is which, #1 on the list is on the bottom part of my face while #6 is the first and nearest my eye. I lost track when I was adding the numbers onto the photos!
Keep in mind that I didn't blend these, but just wiped them on to give you an idea of what the shades looked like. When my faves are blended, they are pretty flawless. Even the too-light Mary Kay Luminous Wear doesn't look outrageous if I blend it in. That's why I want to try one of the darker shades from the brand.
When I moved back a bit so that my face was still getting a lot of sunlight but not as direct, this is what the swatches looked like.
This is the reason I want to point out is that, even when a shade is too light (or orange/red/whatever), there can still be some use for it. I like to highlight the area just over and under the outer parts of my eyebrows with a slightly light shade. Sometimes, I will use a lighter shade as an eyeshadow. Also, everything depends on lighting, lighting, lighting. You think I'm lying? Just go look at how some folks prove that "ugly" can be about the angle (or lighting) of a shot. Big thanks to Sad and Useless for the post. Lifted my esteem a notch.
The next photos are of the swatches on my arm held at different angles. This was done under indoor lighting - or "office" lighting since I had a couple of computer lights on.
Most days, I don't go all overboard with my makeup. Let me back up and admit something: most days I only half-step it when doing my makeup. Sometimes, all I'll bother with is some lip pretties (stain, stick or gloss), but usually, I do light foundation, mascara, and the lip pretties. That's because I'm getting older and am not as confident as I used to be. There was a time when I went totally barefaced and strutted around like my poo didn't p.u. It's nice when I find a shade that works to look natural and light.
Anyway, I hope that these photos help to give some of you all ideas for shades you might be wondering about.
Next time around, maybe I will show some of the lip pretties I love.