The results from my four personal online color analysis over the last few months have been mixed and a little confusing. I assumed everyone would come up with similar results but I was wrong. Today I’m wrapping up my series with my final thoughts about online personal color analysis.
I started this experiment to see if a virtual, online color analysis could be:
- worth your money
Here’s how it went
My first analysis was an Online Personal Color Analysis With Your Color Style who decided I would be most flattered by wearing the bright, cool, and light colors below. We had a zoom call (which she videoed) so she could explain her choices. She then mailed me this color fan to use.
My second was a Virtual Color Analysis With Dress Your Colors who decided I am a Soft Summer and will look best wearing the light, soft and cool colors below. We also had a zoom call so she could walk me through her reasoning. She emailed me instructions on how to use this palette along with makeup colors, etc. I chose not to purchase a color fan.
Next, I had an Online Personal Color Analysis With Red Leopard who decided I am a Soft Autumn and will be most flattered wearing the soft, warm colors below. We did a zoom call to discuss my colors and she sent me this picture of my best colors from the soft autumn palette that she thinks would be best for me.
Last week I shared my Virtual Color Analysis With Joan Kosmachuk who decided I am a Sophisticated Spring and will be most flattered wearing the colors below. The cost of each color analysis varies and you can check out prices on their respective websites.
Color analysis is both an art and a science. There is seemingly no end to the number of systems and “experts” offering this service. The quality of training varies and so with it, the results they can provide. Many analyses are very in-depth and some are no more than something you could read in a book. I’ve developed concerns about the accuracy of colors on monitors and see that as a potential pitfall in this process. It’s also important to ask what training and system the colorist is using before you sign up.
Typing women into categories for color can be as limiting as typing us based on age…and you know how I feel about that! Personal color analysis should show us the colors we can feel confident are our most flattering. But what happens when you get varying results? It shakes that confidence.
I learned something new with each color analysis, but in the end, they all left me feeling limited. I choose to see these as guides, not hard and fast rules. I need to like if not love, the colors I wear. A few of these analyses gave me colors I dislike so I would never wear them. I will continue to buy and wear colors that bring me joy. Does that mean I will wear colors that aren’t the most flattering on me? You betcha!
What do you think?