Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Color Alliance & My Life as a Chestnut Spring

Color Alliance

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about my transition from autumn to spring. And I mentioned that a color analyst colleague of mine had used her system to determine that I am a contrasting chestnut spring.

Well, almost immediately afterward, I found out that Color Me Beautiful, with which I am already a consultant, bought that system to use for their very own. Not from the lady in NZ but from the original company here in the states, Color Alliance.

So we now have that computerized, scientific, personalized system of color analysis! Naturally, I was excited and immediately jumped in with both feet. 

After I got up to speed about how the system works, and bought my own set of color coordinates to use, I was ready to try it myself with my first victim (I mean, client): me! 

The process involves identifying skin, hair and eye colors to find a person’s season and then verifying it with the other color analysis tools that are part of the system. Though you don’t have to match the person’s colors exactly, you want the best overall representation of skin, hair and eyes.

Skin Color Analysis: What She Chose vs. What I Chose

The color that she chose to represent my skin color is definitely one of the variety of colors in my skin. But it is one of the lighter ones. Once I got my own hands on the coordinates we use, I looked at several different colors, all a part of my coloring, but decided to choose one of the richer ones (similar to those in the picture).

And I believe that is what I will do with clients, as well.

I think it is easier to experiment with softer and lighter colors we might wear, but sometimes we have no idea how rich we can go. And we either go too far or not far enough in our color choices. I want to know the upper limits, since my experience has been one of discovering more and more color possibility.

So, I chose a richer, but still accurate, representative of my skin color and that changed my season name from contrasting chestnut spring to vivid chestnut spring. And I’m sure you will not be surprised to hear that I am ordering that palette, too! And can’t wait to get it.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of my palette yet to show you, because we don’t get to see them until they arrive in the mail, but as soon as I get it, I will show it to you all.

What about Your Seasonal Color Analysis?

If you’re wondering when you can find out what your own three-word season is, using the Color Alliance system, we are almost ready! They are hard at work moving the system from one place to another, which sounds simple, but takes time. I will let you know as soon as it’s ready to go!!

But one big reason I am excited about this system is that it offers 16 seasons! For every season, there is light, true, vivid and contrasting

Vivid Chestnut Spring

Here is what my season means…

Vivid: Vivid means that my coloring combines bright and deep colors. “Your skin, hair, and eye coloring is mid-value to dark. Your best color combinations are bright and dark colors worn together. Your best single colors are bright.”

Chestnut: The chestnut category includes rich brown eye color, the deepest brown hair color and peachy, apricot or soft tan skin color. Yep, that’s me!

Spring: Spring means that my coloring is both warm and clear. “Spring tells you your coloring is warm, vibrant, and active. Your colors are clear, crisp, and warm. Neutrals have a touch of gold.”

I wonder what your season would be in this system. Have you ever been color-analyzed?

I am linking up today with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday, Melaina at Transatlantic Blonde for What I Wore Wednesday and A Stylish Little Lady for Life Lately (if she has it this Wed.)

"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
& circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. 
It produces a color palette unique to you, 
specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." 
Color Alliance
Click here to find out more!

“When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

"The spiritual path is a journey of surrendering who we aren’t in order to experience who we are." ~~Marianne Williamson


  1. So many colours! Amazing how many combinations there must be.

    1. Hi Melaina! You're right. I'm excited about that because that makes the system very personalized.

  2. Wow! There are so many possible combinations (I also work off the theory that if it can be found in nature, it can be worn). Have a great day.

    1. Good point! If it can be found in nature, there is someone who can wear that color wear, and that would be the person whose own coloring is a match for it. You have a great day, too, and thank so much for coming to visit!!

  3. Hi Jeanine orange is so you,you look great.Hope your feeling much better now :)

    1. Hi Claire! I do love me some orange. Thanks!! Well, I am still recovering but I do feel better than I did a few weeks back, that's for sure. Thanks for asking!

  4. Wow! That blows my mind away! (About Color Me Beautiful buying the system from Color Alliance - which used to be Beauty for All Seasons.)
    I had a single printed sheet about color by seasons from my college days and was fascinated by the concept. I was in a bookstore shortly after the first CMB book came out and immediately purchased it. I remember that it was almost time to pick up my daughter's kindergarten carpool and how I sat in the car excitedly thumbing through the book while waiting for the kids to come out. I purchased the CMB Summer color palette and only wear those colors. I receive tons of compliments.
    Shortly after that, Beauty for All Seasons, which was headquartered in my home town, came out with their system. I eventually had a personal analysis by them and also bought their palette (True Crystaline Summer). I wear colors from both palettes, although the CMB colors are my favorites.
    It will be exciting to see what CMB does with this new purchase.
    P.S. Even though I am not a Woman of Color, I have really enjoyed your blog. You have great information that can be used by all.

    1. Oh thanks, that's so good to hear!! I have been hoping that would be the case. And thanks for sharing your story about CMB and BFAS. I love hearing about people's color journeys!

  5. Very interesting... Will you be offering this system online? If so, is it possible to make up for color distortion of photos with such a method?

    1. Hey there, somehow I missed this comment! My apologies!! Yes, I do virtual color analysis and yes, it is possible.


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