House of Colour v. Colour Me Beautiful

(110 Posts)
SunnyUpNorth Wed 24-Jul-13 22:32:55

I have found an old thread discussing this but just wanted to ask what the main differences are and which people think are better.

I really want to get my colours done and have found a few local people from both companies.

From reading old threads it seems HoC is more popular but the pictures of the local HoC people are really off putting. The ones near me are all in bright jewel toned outfits with lots of scarves, lipstick etc. ie v OTT and a bit cliched.

There are two Colour Me Beautiful reps near me. Both of their photos are very natural. They look really nice, young and friendly and much more 'me'. So I am much more drawn to having my colours done by one of them. But I am hesitating due to people not really seeming to rate CMB.

Help!

Keztrel Fri 26-Jul-13 09:34:22

SeasonoftheWitch can I just say... You remind me so much of Zooey Deschanel! She's always used as an example of a Winter isn't she? (I know that cos I'm a HOC Winter smile)

MadAboutHotChoc Fri 26-Jul-13 09:37:14

Keztrel -Season is actually a spring grin just shows that skin colour/hair/eyes can be misleading without a proper analysis. A friend of mine is a summer and yet she has dark hair and dark eyes.

Keztrel Fri 26-Jul-13 10:35:54

I know Mad but I can see why Season said she looks between a winter and a spring, colouring-wise. ZD is paler and higher contrast, definitely. My mum has my colouring but with ice-blue eyes - she's never had her colours done but wears winter ones and looks great. I wish I got her eyes instead of my dad's really!

nooka Fri 26-Jul-13 15:34:04

I thought I'd be a winter for sure but although I'm very pale have warm colouring, and have to watch out for looking sallow. I'll put my picture up for a bit.

nooka Fri 26-Jul-13 15:36:58

Of course the blond/red streaks in my hair make a slight difference to the look! They are in my palette smile

<Adds air-hostess to bingo card> grin

If it helps, I trained with HoC instead of CMB, because the training (though more expensive) was a lot more thorough, and I really rate the clothing personality (style) step too.

I'm a deep brown Summer (originally made an Autumn by CMB). My clothing personality is Gamine (rare to not be a combination).

Even if there are no introductory sessions scheduled, your local consultant would be happy to have a chat to you, I'm sure.

<waves drapes at travel> smile

keztrel you can totally say that! I have a teeny girl crush on Zooey so it's all good.

A close friend is a bright/jewel winter and our colouring is v similar but when we're together the difference in my warm vs her cool is very evident.

I think (but don't know for sure) that it would be pretty unusual for a winter to have as green eyes as I have, being that it's more a warm colour.

nooka all the deep summers I know seem to have 'atypical' colouring (iykwim?) and the sallow tendency seems to be common too.

That is a bit of a wait sunny but Lynda's supposed to be ace and has a lush house so hopefully worth the wait.

beginner a couple of friends are Classic Ingenues and it is a gorgeous style. One of them is lusting after this: http://www.massimodutti.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/duttigb/en/30220005/675007/2958120/CROCHET%2BCARDIGAN

Is that the kind of porn on pinterest?

Ooooh just say what you said about being pure gam, travel! I don't know anyone who is just one type! Were you originally diagnosed as that or was it tweaked in training?

I agree with you about HoC style method and training btw - i don't think there's any out there that's anywhere near as good.

WoolySocks Sat 27-Jul-13 07:12:27

Long time lurker, finally registered as I've recently had my colours done... I chose HoC after researching the two for a while (mainly on Mumsnet!) I was initially a bit put off by the HoC website as it's fairly old fashioned and blah, but I'm really glad I chose them as I had a fab experience (had Colour Analysis and Makeup Class).

Recommend ringing the consultant beforehand for a chat, you'll be with them for a good few hours so if you don't get on it could be painful (I could take my consultant's über perky, over enthusiastic nature, but my mum found her pretty hard to take!!)

For the record I thought HoC got mine and my mum's colours spot on (we were both pretty chuffed to discover we'd been wearing most of our best colours anyway, but I was gutted to realised how shit I look in black when 80% of my work wardrobe is black) and the makeup was an absolute REVELATION!! I'd definitely recommend HoC. I'm a blue spring by the way...

BeginnerSAHM Sat 27-Jul-13 08:44:10

Hi again - gosh, so many people have had their colours 'done'. None of my friends have....!

Season - have changed my mind - think I'm more a natural classic. (I don't have to wear twinsets and pearls now, do I?)

Anyway, must find a job - when i do, I'll treat myself to a style day.

I don't know what sort if 'spring' I am though. HOC person a few weeks ago said I was slightly tending towards the blue, which might explain why I was misdiagnosed as a winter once, but she didn't label me a blue spring or another sort.

Travelling - what are the three sorts of springs???? My double star colours are coral (best), the turquoises, bright navy, geranium pink and red and tan.

SunnyUpNorth Sat 27-Jul-13 09:08:20

Aaaagh I'm all confused. Hoc does sound good.

Lynda is away at the moment so can't tell me her availability for appointments and I am getting impatient to get my colours done! Might see if I can find a friend to rope in to come to a group sesh with me.

All the different types sound really confusing, is it obvious once you have the session?

BeginnerSAHM Sat 27-Jul-13 09:58:55

Hi Sunny - yes, totally clear once you've had the session. Even thought I don't know my official 'sub-label' under spring, I know exactly which are my best colours etc. Go for it!! I have no experience of CMB or HoC in your area so can't recommend either but it sounds like it might be worth waiting for the HoC person!

Talluawiththehoola Sat 27-Jul-13 10:13:51

I had my colours and style done by Linda May and Lorraine about 18 months ago and would highly reccomended them although I have to admit the photo on their site does them no favors ( sorry girls)
I went with a friend and really enjoyed it, I was wearing totally the wrong colours which I can now see drained colour out of my face and were so unflattering. The biggest revelation was the style day .
Was it worth the money? Yes. When I wear the correct colours friends frequently comment on how well I look.

Iwantmybed Sat 27-Jul-13 10:27:39

Sunny I saw Lynda for a consult this week smile I was gutted to be diagnosed an Autumn (all my least favourite colours) but she's spot on. Hit the sales this week and love my new colours. I've worn black and white for too long. Definitely recommend her. I've never been confident shopping in the sales before but just picked out anything in my colour and size and they looked really good and I'd never had bought them previously. Lots of good comments too.

Iwantmybed Sat 27-Jul-13 10:29:42

I had a one to one session which I preferred.
Currently wearing red lipstick for the first time since I was a teenager.

BeginnerSAHM Sat 27-Jul-13 10:32:18

Sounds like it's best to wait then!!

My HoC person just emailed me back - I am a blue spring apparently.

celticclan Sat 27-Jul-13 11:30:02

Iwantmybed - I really hope I am an Autumn always been drawn to that palette. What is your colouring like?

Iwantmybed Sat 27-Jul-13 12:11:50

Dark brown hair. Freckles, medium skin tone and hazel eyes. Luckily there's plenty of greens, oranges and brown in the shops now. I love the green nail polish too (which I'd have steered clear of before)

Season I was Classic Gamine before, but have had quite a lifestyle change, and the classic was something I was 'performing', if that makes sense. Full Gamine is definitely me (outs self even more than before).

The types of season don't really matter - more important to think of the words that describe it when shopping (e.g. bright, clear, warm).

SunnyUpNorth Sat 27-Jul-13 13:10:47

Oh gosh even more comments to confuse me!

Sounds like Lynda is the biz. I do like the sound of the seasonal colour classification, might make it a but easier to follow. I will see what she says re availability.

Those who have seen Lynda, does she work with the other lady too? So there are two consultants there? Might make for a more accurate diagnosis.

iwantmybed did you do the group or one to one session?

SunnyUpNorth Sat 27-Jul-13 13:12:12

Sorry just seen you did one to one.

tallula did you do the group session? If so, how did you find it? Not sure I can justify the extra cost of the one to one when I could have the CMB one to one for the same price as the hoc group sesh.

celticclan Sat 27-Jul-13 13:16:24

What are the different style types? Would like to look them up online. Thanks.

celtic The information isn't online - or everyone would be diagnosing themselves and probably getting it wrong.

MadAboutHotChoc Sat 27-Jul-13 13:41:40

celtic - as far as I can remember its classic, romantic, natural, dramatic, ingenue and gamine. Quite often people are a mixture of two styles.

I have been told that as part of the style day, you get asked questions about your personality & lifestyle (including job) and your body shape, face shape, hair type etc are all assessed so the whole process is quite intensive.

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