Self adjusting foundation sounds like a dream, but does it really work?

Trying to match your skin tone to the right type of foundation can be tricky for some. If your skin has warm undertones, you might look for an orange or gold-tinged foundation. If you’ve got cool undertones, it’s blue or pink that you’ll be seeking out, while neutral tones could go either way.

We don’t have to tell you that there’s a science to all this, but what if the guesswork was taken out of it? In this post, we’re going to look into this foundation that matches skin tone automatically. Keep reading and we’ll explain how it works, and more importantly if it works.

The Idea Behind Color Changing Foundation

Self adjusting foundations come in two forms: pH reactive formulas and encapsulated colors. Here’s how each one works:

pH Reactive

The basic idea here is that everyone’s skin has a different pH level, so the foundation is based on the reaction between the formula and the moisture in your skin. When the ingredients of the foundation come into contact with your skin’s moisture, they react and you get a particular color.

Encapsulated Colors

With encapsulated color products, you get an un-colored base component and a separate color pigment component, which is coated, or “encapsulated” by a gel or oil. While the foundation has a dull color initially, the coating is broken once rubbed into the skin, which releases the colored pigment.

It’s able to blend with your skin without perfectly matching your tone because you can keep blending it in and releasing more color pigment.

Does Skin Tone Matching Foundation Work?

Unsurprisingly, the two different color changing foundation methods have different results. The issue with pH-reactive foundation is that it’s going to react with the acidity levels of whatever moisture is on your skin.

This can change with the wind, making it a fickle solution. It’s also worth noting that they work much better for those with a neutral skin tone. Those with darker or lighter skin tones will likely encounter the same problems they have with traditional foundations.

When you get a high-quality manufacturer, like, encapsulated colors can work quite well. They go on white and quickly work to match your skin tone while blurring pores and smoothing out fine lines.

Self Adjusting Foundation: Yay or Nay?

A foundation that adjusts to your skin color is a novel idea and the science behind it is promising. That said, you have to be careful about the product you use because the formula really does factor into whether it’s going to work for you or not.

Those with neutral skin might find self adjusting foundation highly beneficial. If you’ve got a particularly dark or light skin tone, don’t expect a perfect match.

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