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House of Colour v. Colour Me Beautiful

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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.


SeasonofTheWitch Thu 25-Jul-13 10:24:19

Haha, we're weirdly similar beginner. I have black brows and pale skin that tans easily too! Colouring-wise I look bang between spring and winter but most winter colours are ageing on me.

Our best colours sound mostly the same. I also look lush in navy - do you?

btw, I really rate the style day. I also couldn't see any style types that I could possibly fit but it made complete sense after the day. It's the way the types are combined and interpreted that makes all the difference.

charitygirl Thu 25-Jul-13 11:43:29

Another very satisfied HoC customer who was v alarmed by the consultant pics. As I live in London, I had a lot of choice and went for the least off-putting. But they've been trained so well that even if I had gone to the terrifying ones I'm sure it would still have been a great experience.

BeginnerSAHM Thu 25-Jul-13 13:16:10

Agree with charity girl! I really think my HOC consultant was just having a rare off day! But I still have a personal preference for The CMB system...wink

Seasonofthewitch - yup! Navy is really good! (Lucky as I'm not keen on dressing like a cbeebies presenter...)

KosherBacon Thu 25-Jul-13 13:22:41

I'm debating having it done. I know there are two HoC consultants near me in Manchester but not sure which one is best. I don't mind travelling for a better consult.

BeginnerSAHM Thu 25-Jul-13 13:37:44

If anybody is in south west London, Ii recommend the CMB person there!!

SeasonofTheWitch Thu 25-Jul-13 15:02:01

I'll ask my friend in Manc for you kosher

KosherBacon Thu 25-Jul-13 16:17:08

Cheers, witch!

SunnyUpNorth Thu 25-Jul-13 16:22:50

Oh I am near Manchester so would be interested to know too!

I am hoping I am a similar colour to you Season and Beginning as I like the sound of your colours! I am quite pale with dark hair but although I do tan, I have to work at it.

Doearwigsmakechutney Thu 25-Jul-13 19:31:50

I had a house of colour consultation in south west London and it was fantastic. Going back for the style day soon.

SeasonofTheWitch Thu 25-Jul-13 21:53:08

oooh enjoy your style day earwig! Come back and report please! What do you think you might be?

BeginnerSAHM Thu 25-Jul-13 22:45:20

Ooh - maybe that's why all the women in south west London look so amazing.... (I don't live there grin) Good CMB and HOC person!

Yes, please do report back earwig! I'm now interested...

Think I'd like to be a 'city chic' in CMB language but am actually a 'natural' without any boho stuff going on. Minimal make up and accessories though. (Although have weirdly become fond of red lipstick since seeing HOC lady recently... Think it makes my eyes look bluer and makes me look almost groomed when I'm just wearing foundation and mascara.) I'm definitely not a dramatic or a romantic. Nor am I a classic.

What is everybody else?

SeasonofTheWitch Thu 25-Jul-13 23:02:03

kosher My friend recommends Lynda May (say that Linda GL sent you smile )

I'm a Natural Ingenue in HoC terms. Deffo more the boho variant of natural not the casual/sporty version though (don't own any trainers and would prefer to die an excruciating death than wear crocs). And I wear shit loads of red lipstick!

BeginnerSAHM Thu 25-Jul-13 23:10:10

Hmmm. Interesting. Well, I'm not sporty or boho. Or gamine (which I think you have to be for ingenue...)

Am skinnies, converse/ankle boots (not ladee ones), whistles top and simple necklace kind of a girl. With hair scragged back normally - blow dried and shiny, when I have time/can be arsed. So once a fortnight-ish. Off to find an online style quiz...confused

SeasonofTheWitch Thu 25-Jul-13 23:14:09

no, ingenue and gamine are different. I'm not gamine though I have gamine lustings smile

You could be summat like Gamine Natural or Classic Natural but tbh, just like colour, it's flipping hard to diagnose style without a proper going over. I had no clue that I would be natural or ingenue - in fact those were the two I thought I deffo wouldn't be!

If you can justify FOUR colour days you can certainly manage one style day! Just GO woman! grin

SeasonofTheWitch Thu 25-Jul-13 23:14:51

p.s just uploaded (an admittedly quite crap and blurry) pic of me so you can see my colouring

BeginnerSAHM Thu 25-Jul-13 23:21:29

Am trying to break the habit.... (Prob will! But not just now wink!)

BeginnerSAHM Thu 25-Jul-13 23:22:19

Drat - on phone so can't see but will look at pic tomorrow!! Sleep well!

SeasonofTheWitch Thu 25-Jul-13 23:28:02

doitdoitdoitdoitdoit :D

You too!

TeddyPickleStick Thu 25-Jul-13 23:29:27

The £99 colour analysis class... Is this a room full of people? Can't you just go for an hour or two and get your colours and err that's it, job done?

Doearwigsmakechutney Thu 25-Jul-13 23:33:50

I promise to report back.

My guess is that I'm classic plus something else (natural or romantic probably). The clothes I favour are not always the ones I wear, due to the marauding mini-DCs, but I have some very classic dresses that I love.

I'm really keen to get tips on trouser styles, necklines etc. I've really lost my way with buying stuff, particularly post pregnancy and breastfeeding, and keep wasting money on unintentionally frumpy stuff. Just a few tips about style that I got at the colour day have been enormously helpful.

Watch this space! grin

SeasonofTheWitch Fri 26-Jul-13 00:01:36

teddy it depends... you can ask for a one to one (costs more) or take your chances and go for a group class but even then you might end up being the only one there anyway. Mainly depends on how your consultant books - whether she'll group up bookings to do a few people in one go or is happy to just book you when is convenient to you, regardless if she has anyone else coming on that day. Either way has benefits though - nice to have one on one focus but also good to see others being 'done'.

ah, that's made me go all misty eyed at the memory of those post-pg and bf style-desert days, earwig grin I found it even more useful than the colour day. I'd wandered into too-classic land - which isn't me at all. Hope you love it.

nooka Fri 26-Jul-13 02:07:17

I went with a friend which worked well, it was a bit cheaper and it was interesting to watch her colours being done, it made me a lot more certain that here was something to it. Then we were both measured and talked about styles and that was interesting as we had very different outcomes. Afterward it was fun to show each other the new clothes we had bought (we shared an office for a while).

I am a deep summer and my style is natural / dramatic, she was I think gamine classic and one of the winters. We are both tall and thin with dark hair and pale skin so it was really interesting to see how differently we came out.

BeginnerSAHM Fri 26-Jul-13 08:08:10

Just looked on Pinterest for examples... I like classic ingenue best!

Looking forward to seeing the reports back on style days and colours!!

MadAboutHotChoc Fri 26-Jul-13 08:58:34

Yes to taking a friend - I went with a group of friends which made it a fun and interesting day.

SunnyUpNorth Fri 26-Jul-13 09:09:58

Season- Lynda May is the hoc lady I have emailed but she didn't have an intro evening available until September. I had been thinking of going to that.

I can't decide if the group think would be good or annoying. I think if there was a really demanding person in the group that dominated and took up more time than anyone else it would really annoy me. But I can also see that seeing the benefits of the colours being done on other people could be useful.

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