Find Your Foundation Shade

The 5 Best Foundation Match Apps

With so many brands and shades to choose from, picking the right foundation shade can be incredibly tricky. Fortunately, a good foundation match app (for ios and Android) can cut down on the guesswork and help you find the perfect foundation shade.

But are these foundation match apps accurate? We put the top 5 foundation match apps to the test and find out if they truly work.

Apps we tested

  1. Findation
  2. Redmond Mom Find Your Foundation Shade
  3. Temptalia Foundation Matrix
  4. Sephora Find My Shade
  5. Slapp

1. Findation

Use this if: you want a shade-matching app with an easy-to-use web interface.

Summary: Findation comes highly recommended, but during our tests, we found it limited. It did not provide the shade info for the product we were seeking. It did, however, provide the shade info for another foundation made by the same brand.

Is it accurate: Somewhat accurate, but Findation’s limited database may not have the foundation you are seeking.

Test 1: We used L’Oreal Tru Match foundation in shade W2 as our guide to see if Findation could find a match for the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream. It did not find a shade for the CC+ Cream but it did provide a shade match for another IT Cosmetics foundation (Celebration Foundation) in Light.


Findation listed only one type of IT Cosmetics foundation. It wasn’t the CC+ Cream we were after, but the shade range was similar and we were able to make it work.

Test 2: Using the same L’Oreal foundation, we tried to find a shade equivalent for the Shiseido Sun Protection Compact. Unfortunately, Findation did not have the product we were seeking. The only Shiseido foundation listed on the site was Shiseido’s Perfect Refining Foundation, which had a different shade range and naming convention. Ultimately, it was not useful to us at all.

Findation did not provide the foundation we were seeking. Its closest match was another foundation made by Shiseido that has a different shade range and naming convention. Ultimately, it was not useful for us

Flaws: you may not find the shade info for the product you are seeking.

2. Redmond Mom Find Your Foundation Shade

Use this if: you know your MAC foundation shade and want to find shade equivalents for other foundations and concealers quickly.

Summary: Redmond Mom’s Find Your Foundation Shade database is listed by MAC foundation shades. The foundation types and shade matches are displayed in tables, along with reviews of the product by makeup bloggers.

Is it accurate: Yes. We found correct shades for the foundations we were searching for.

RedmondMom Find Your Foundation Match provided accurate shade info in both tests.

Test 1: Our tester’s shade is MAC NC15, and on the NC15 page, we entered “L’Oreal” into the table search bar and found that it was the correct shade (W2). On the same table, we also found the correct IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream shade (Light).

RedmondMom Find Your Foundation Match found us the correct match for Shiseido Sun Protection Compact.

Test 2: We entered “Shiseido” into the table search box and found that it contained the correct shade info for the foundation we wanted (Shiseido Sun Protection Compact).

Flaws: you’ll need to know your MAC foundation shade before using the site.

3. Temptalia Foundation Matrix

Use this if: you need images and swatches to help you pick the right shade.

Summary: At first glance, Temptalia Foundation Matrix looks like a full-featured site with an extensive database of foundation shades and swatches. After testing the site however, we found it bloated with useless info and impossible to pin down the correct shade.

Is it accurate: Not really; results were ambiguous and unhelpful.

Test 1: We used the same L’Oreal Tru Match foundation shade as a guide and searched for a match for IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream. Temptalia provided 3 different shades (Fair, Light and Neutral Medium), which wasn’t useful at all since we were after a definitive shade match.

Temptalia Foundation Matrix said we were matched to 3 different shades for IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream, which wasn’t helpful.

Test 2: Using the same L’Oreal foundation, we searched for a shade match for Shiseido Sun Protection Compact. Again, it listed 3 different shade options (SP20, SP30 and SP40) as our best matches, which was not helpful.


Instead of giving us one definitive shade, Temptalia Foundation Matrix gave us 3 different shade options, which was not useful at all.

Flaws: the website is cluttered and bloated. Instead of providing a definitive shade, it provides multiple shade options which isn’t helpful if you are trying to find the right shade.

4. Sephora Find My Shade

Use this if: you are shopping for foundation on Sephora and want a quick way to verify that you have selected the correct shade.

Summary: Sephora’s foundation shade finder is a stand in for the times when you can’t get to the Sephora store in person to get shade-matched. Like other shade apps, you select the foundation brand and shade you already use, and it matches you to the foundations sold on Sephora.

Is it accurate: Not really.

Test 1: We used L’Oreal TruMatch in W2 to find a shade equivalent for IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream, and Sephora was unable to find a match for us.

Sephora’s Find My Shade was not able to find a shade match for us for the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream.

Test 2: Sephora does not carry Shiseido Sun Compact and we were not able to perform a shade match for that product.

Flaws: your shade matches are limited to what’s sold on Sephora.com. In other words, if you are looking to get shade-matched to brands like Maybelline, Revlon or The Ordinary, you won’t find what you need.

5. Slapp

Use this if: you want to experiment with using selfies to find personalized makeup products.

Is it accurate: No. It’s a great concept using selfies to determine one’s foundation match, but ultimately it did not accurately match our tester’s skin tone to the correct foundation shade.

Test 1: After downloading and installing the Slapp app, we signed up for a Slapp account to access the app. Our tester took a selfie and tried to use the app to find foundation matches. We filtered the search results for IT Cosmetics and the app did not find the product (IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream) we were after. The only IT Cosmetics foundation available is the IT Cosmetics Foundation and the app matched our tester to Tan Neutral 42. Unfortunately, this is many shades darker than our tester’s skin tone.

Slapp app’s foundation matching algorithm was off – it was many shades darker than our tester’s skin tone.

Test 2: Next, we filtered the search results for “Shiseido” and found only a sunblock product.

Slapp app had only a Shiseido sunblock product listed.

Flaws: The app did not find an accurate foundation match for our tester.

How we tested

We performed 2 tests on every app to check the accuracy of the foundation match apps.

Test 1: using L’Oreal TruMatch in shade W2, Light Ivory, we searched for a shade equivalent for IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream (the correct shade for our tester is Light).

Test 2: Next, using the same L’Oreal foundation shade, we searched for another shade equivalent for Shiseido Sun Protection Compact (the correct shade for our tester is SP 30).

Note: we used these 3 different foundations because we know how the shade looks like on our tester’s skin (MAC NC15) and because it comes in both liquid and powder forms.

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MAC NC Shades

NC5 to NC10 Foundation Matches

If NC5 is too light for you and NC10 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NC10 Foundation Matches
very fair beige with neutral undertone for very fair skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC10.

NC10 or NW10 Foundation Matches
If either NC10 or NW10 match you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NC15 Foundation Matches
light beige with golden undertone for light skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC15.

NC15 to NC20 Foundation Matches
If NC15 is too light for you and NC20 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NC20 Foundation Matches
light beige with neutral golden undertone for light skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC20.

NC20 to NC25 Foundation Matches
If NC20 is too light for you and NC25 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NC25 Foundation Matches
light beige with golden peach undertone for light skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC25.

NC30 Foundation Matches
light to medium beige with golden undertone for light to medium skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC30.

NC30 to NC35 Foundation Matches
If NC30 is too light for you and NC35 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NC35 Foundation Matches
light to medium beige with peachy golden undertone for medium skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC35.

NC35 to NC40 Foundation Matches
If NC35 is too light for you and NC40 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NC40 Foundation Matches
medium beige with golden peach undertone for medium skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC40.

NC40 to NC42 Foundation Matches
If NC40 is too light for you and NC42 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NC42 Foundation Matches
true medium beige with golden undertone for medium skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC42.

NC44 Foundation Matches
tanned caramel with golden undertone for medium to dark skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC44.

NC44 to NC45 Foundation Matches
If NC44 is too light for you and NC45 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NC45 Foundation Matches
bronze with golden undertone for dark skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC45.

NC45 to NC50 Foundation Matches
If NC45 is too light for you and NC50 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NC50 Foundation Matches
rich brown with golden undertone for deep dark skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC50.

MAC NW Shades

Lighter than NW10 Foundation Matches
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to Lighter than NW10.

NW10 Foundation Matches
very fair beige with rosy undertone for fair skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NW10.

NW10 to NW20 Foundation Matches
If NW10 is too light for you and NW20 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NW10 to NW13 Foundation Matches
If NW10 is too light for you and NW13 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NW13 Foundation Matches
fair beige with neutral undertone for light skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NW13.

NW15 Foundation Matches
light beige with neutral undertone for light skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NW15.

NW15 to NW20 Foundation Matches
If NW15 is too light for you and NW20 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NW15 to NC20 Foundation Matches
Neutral when pale but golden/yellow when tanned
If NW15 is too light for you and NC20 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NW20 Foundation Matches
warm neutral beige with rosy undertone for light to medium skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NW20.

NW25 Foundation Matches
rosy beige with rosy undertone for light to medium skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NW25.

NW25 to NW30 Foundation Matches
If NW25 is too light for you and NW30 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NW45 Foundation Matches
medium mahoghany with rosy undertones for medium to dark skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NW45.

NW47 Foundation Matches
deep auburn with neutral undertones for dark skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NW47.

NW50 Foundation Matches
rich coffee with neutral undertone for dark skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NW50.

MAC N Shades

N1 to N2 Foundation Matches
If N1 is too light for you and N2 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

N4 to N5 Foundation Matches
If N4 is too light for you and N5 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

N1 to N5 Foundation Matches
If N1 is too light for you and N5 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

Lighter than N5 Foundation Matches
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to Lighter than N5.

N5 Foundation Matches
If N5 is too light for you and N10 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

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    Don’t miss our Foundation Shade Guide Series where we break down the differences between shades so you can find the perfect foundation/concealer shade.

    Maybelline Shade Guide: https://redmondmom.com/beauty/maybelline-fit-me-foundation-numbering-how-to-find-your-perfect-shade/

    Differences between the Maybelline “Ivory” shades: https://redmondmom.com/beauty/whats-the-difference-between-maybelline-fit-mes-classic-ivory-natural-ivory-ivory-and-fair-ivory-shades/

    ILIA Skin Tint Shade Finder: https://redmondmom.com/beauty/ilia-skin-tint-shade-finder/

    Visual Guide to Finding Your Foundation Match: https://redmondmom.com/beauty/skin-tones-explained-and-how-to-find-your-foundation-shade/

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