Should you take a chance and try to find your color palette via an online Q and A session?
Let's try a few of these, and find out.
Here is a photo of a woman with coloring you see every day, whether you are on the street or at the store.
Neutral to warm brown hair with warm blonde highlights, brown-amber eyes and a medium-light skin tone. Her undertone is not obvious. She has an overall neutral look with a peachy-pink glow.
First color analysis test:
I came up with Deep for her analysis. If I change up the eye color selection a little bit, I come up with Soft.
This one was not as consistent as I hoped. If I chose the Caucasian option, she ended up being a High Contrast Summer (much like True Summer). If I chose the Latina option, she turned out to be Topaz (close to a rich True Autumn.)
This test was the quickest, but also my least favorite. All you have to do is choose the Hollywood/Famous person that most closely resembles you. 99.999% of us are real people that don't spend a lot of time in front of a camera. However, I do have to say, out of all three tests so far, this one was good.
Our model turned out to be a Soft Autumn.
This one was also a quick test that involved more photos of Hollywood starlets/famous women. Jen does a good job of breaking it down from soft to bright and warm to cool. The result for our model is:
Soft and Warm.
With this one, I had to click on various photos to find which one of the models looks the closest to our young lady. The Winter and Summer categories did not resemble her in any way, so I dispensed with those. There are a few more choices for Spring and Autumn. The Spring models were lighter and more clear than she was...the Autumn ones were closer. I settled on Sunlit Soft Autumn.
In our case, almost all of the choices point to a Soft Autumn or an Autumn of some type, so with that being said, the results were pretty consistent across the board. Me being the cautious type, I would not trust any of these results without doing some further testing.
Here are some flaws of testing your coloring online like this:
1) Total lack of objectivity. You may think you have mousey hair and dull eyes when you really don't! You could be warm and not realize it.
2) The colors you currently are drawn to might not necessarily be the best colors for you, so you can't rely on personal preferences should that come into question during the quiz.
3) What if you don't look like any of the famous people/models that are pictured? It can make you wonder if you fit in anywhere and cause needless frustration.
4) If you are 40+, you won't be able to relate to a 20 or 30 something starlet that has a personal chef/trainer/makeup artist/clothing and hair stylist.
5) You can get different results with each test, or slightly similar ones.
6) What if you really have no clue as to what basic colors look best on you to begin with? In particular, Donna Fujii's test is going to drive you insane.
7) Gray hair/silver/white/salt and pepper hair is not created the same. If this is your hair color, I can guarantee that you do NOT automatically fit into a Cool season. If any of the above are your hair color options, it will be very difficult to accurately judge the undertone.
8) Not all of these online color analysis tests cater to all ethnic backgrounds. If you are multi racial, this makes it more difficult and frustrating. Not everyone who is looking for their color palette is always Caucasian.
In summary.....an online free color analysis can be a fun thing to do, but I would not base my entire wardrobe planning or cosmetics purchases on it. Before you do ANYTHING....back it up about a mile. Go on Pinterest and search for your color category for a color swatch photo you can use as a visual reference. Buy four T shirts and some inexpensive Wet and Wild, Jordana or Hard Candy lipsticks in the palette you want to test. See how that goes first before venturing further. If that doesn't work, you have 11 more categories to test. Rinse and repeat as necessary.
Above all else, trust your gut!