I've been testing out my spring/summer shades for two brands: DreamWorld and T123 (Adorned With Grace). The latter is still in the testing stages and will be open to the public in a few months or so. DreamWorld is a fledgling mineral makeup company that's been earning rave reviews based on the quality of its products and Ellie's (the owner's) amazing CS.
I've found my fall-winter shade in DreamWorld using a mix of Theia and Tethys. It's been working great until I realized that I would be getting a wee bit darker soon and would therefore need a summer formula/shade to use.
In THIS entry, I mentioned how Ellie was kind enough to send darker yellow-toned foundation samples for me to try and see which one would match my spring/summer skintone. I tried a 50-50 mix of Amenti and Theia which was still a wee bit dark, so I added Ashnan into the mix. Ashan has lighter yellow undertones and it made the look a little lighter but still a tad dark. However, I plan to save it for the onslaught of the summer heat here when I'd be considerably darker than I am right now.
I'm wearing Amenti, Theia and Ashnan. I forget the exact ratios but I believe Amenti and Theia are almost the same amount and just a tiny pinch of Ashnan. Still a bit dark for now but I believe would be perfect when summer truly hits. I'm also wearing MAC Scant Slimshine lipstick topped with Sugar Trance lipglass from the Fafi collection, two of my favorite lip products.
I recently received some bigger batches of foundation from Franchesca of Adorned With Grace Minerals for me to see if I have really nailed my color in this brand. She was also nice to include silk powder and a generous amount of my preferred mixture after I tried out her foundation (60-40 mix of Y2 and Y3). She labeled it Y2.6 and I was eager to try it out. It turned out really dark and perhaps I switched the ratios because I'm used to referring to the lower number as a lighter shade compared to the higher number. In this instance, to my mind I thought Y2 was the lighter shade compared to Y3, when in fact it's the opposite; Y3 is the lighter shade compared to Y2. So it should have been a 40-60 mix of Y2 and Y3, not a 60-40 mix. I hope that made sense! It bothered me for a few days because I knew I did the right ratio and yet the mix Franchesca gave me was darker that what I thought it would be, but it was the shade numbers that got me confused. So, I am supposed to be 3.6 (is that right, Franchesca?), not 2.6!
I'm wearing the 2.6 and it's really dark compared to my 60-40 mix of Y3 and Y2 in THIS entry. I got confused with the darkest to lightest designation instead of the lightest to darkest progression that I've been accustomed to.
A little bummed about my mistake, but at least I know my exact ratio now. I am glad to have figured out where I'd gone wrong. Glad I have some more of my Y3 to lighten this one out.