Second Skin Foundation Matching Blog - Find Your Shade
Struggling to find your shade?
We've put this blog together to compare shades and brands for you to help you on your shade matching journey!
Take a look at the below list and hopefully you find it helpful :)
1) Second Skin Porcelain 1.0
This is our palest shade in the range and as you can see its a gorgeous porcelain pale with a touch of pink. This is typically a lighter option than what most brands carry for all the lovely porcelain people out there!
We didn't want it to give a pure white shade so you'll see we have compared it to MAC NC10 this is a bit more yellow white, NARS Mont Blanc also a bit more yellow and you could compare this to Gobi also which would be slightly darker. Estee Lauder Albatross which is paler, Charlotte Tilbury Fair 2 which is a little more pink white and Jane Iredale 1.
2) Second Skin Fair 2.0
This shade is slightly darker than Porcelain but still a very fair neutral toned shade. We have compared this to MAC NC15 which is slightly darker as its more yellow, NARS Devaille or Gobi which are very similar and Estee Lauder 1N1 which is a little warmer. Charlotte Tilbury Fair 2 is every so slightly paler and Armani 2 and 3 could equally work to match it.
3) Second Skin Fair Plus 2.5
Fair plus is a warmer shade to Fair which you'll see its in color. They're both considered fair shades but fair is more yellow and plus more pink which is needed if you're a neutral or freckle pink skin.
We have compared this to MAC NW15 which is a bit warmer so it makes it a bit darker, NARS Fiji which is more yellow, Lancome 010, Charlotte Tilbury shade 4 are both similar toned shades but not as pink and then Jane Iredale 3 which is a little white pale.
4) Second Skin Light 3.0
We predict this to be one of our best selling shades as its the ideal light / light tan color with a subtle warmth. We have compared this to MAC NW20 which is a little warmer so again it makes it look darker, NARS Santa Fea which is quite close and Estee Lauder 2n1 which is a similar neutral tone without as much warmth. Armani 5 suited it well but you'll find its not as pinky and then Jane Iredale 3/4 but they are a little paler.
5) Second Skin Light Plus 3.5
This is a slightly darker more neutral tone to Light as Light is a bit warmer. So if you had a pinkier undertone you would wear Light whereas if you're more sallow neutral or have subtle natural color Light Plus is better!
We have compared to MAC NC20 but this is a little more yellow, NARS Punjab which is quite close and Estee Lauder 2n1 which is a little more yellow than neutral. We have included Armani 5 and 5.5 here which are very different shades but usually shades so close blend well on skins. Charlotte Tilbury 5 which is close just a little more yellow than neutral and Lancome 04 which is close just a little pinkier.
6) Second Skin Medium 4.0
This is a yellow tan shade for those that are sallow or for those that wear fake tan. We have compared to MAC NC30 which is a little more orange brown in color, NARS Stromboli which is a similar shade, Estee Lauder Tawny. Armani 6 would be considered similar but its a lot more brown. Jane Iredale 7 is a little lighter then ours and Charlotte Tilbury 6.5 slightly more yellow brown.
7) Second Skin Medium Plus 4.5
This is a classic tan shade but its also a warmer more golden shade to Medium. We compared this to MAC NC37 which is a little warmer, NARS Barcelona which again is warmer and Estee Lauder Tawny so you can see the difference. Lancome 050 and Armani 6.25 seemed similar along with Charlotte Tilbury 6.75 and Jane Iredale 7 being more yellow.
8) Second Skin Tan 5.0
This is another tanned shade that is a really neutral warm tone. This is perfect if you like a tan shade without the orange in it. We have compared to MAC NW30 although we knew that this would be too warm but truth be told we couldn't find a better match in MAC and NARS Barcelona but you'll see that that is warmer too. Estee Lauder 3C2 is close as you can see. This shade is definitely the most under rated its a fab tan shade!
9) Second Skin Rich 6.0
This is our deepest shade which gives a gorgeous color to the skin with an added touch of warmth. We have compared to MAC NW45, NW48 and NC45 to give you a good view on where the shade lies. Estee Lauder 5N1 was definitely the closest along with Charlotte Tilbury 11.5.
So all in all we are so proud of our shades and we really tested our lab to make sure we were creating tones that we knew were needed. A lot of MAC warmer shades can be be deemed too warm sometimes or in other words too pinky on the skin whereas NARS is a little on the opposite side as they don't carry as much warmth and sometimes not enough.
We're not trying to compete with their foundation as we believe what we have created is unique and stands on its own but we did want to give you an easy comparison of shades to help with your selection and of course we have our Assist Online should you need us:)
I hope you found this helpful and even more importantly I hope that you love our new launch, Second Skin :)