Reviews - What do customers think about Color Me Beautiful's Looking Your Best: Color, Makeup and Style?
Best color analysis system Jun 8, 2009
I've read all the color analysis books in print, and think this is the best. Many women (myself included) do not fit neatly into one of the 4 original Color Me Beautiful seasons.
Excellent Choice Nov 25, 2008
This is an excellent book that elaborates on the very helpful Seasonal Color Theory. Not only does this book discuss color, it also reviews body types, personality styles, suggestions for approrpriate seasonal make-up and eyeglasses, plus other helpful hints. I am having great fun reading this book and applying some of the knowledge to my own life -- and I'm an almost seventy-year old woman! The color plates are very poor, but I found a place online to order swatches for my color season -- Light Spring -- and intend to order them immediately. Have fun with this book!
Not as good as the original. Jan 14, 2008
As I read this book, I found myself wondering why it was still in print in 2008. It features creaky old rules such as "never wear trousers to the office, because women in higher management only wear skirts." This was sound advice fifteen years ago, but today? Hardly. This book uses a twelve-season system of color analysis instead of Carole Jackson's original four season system. It promises to be more personalized, and yet somehow, it isn't. It limits the colors you are "allowed" to wear to a certain depth and hue. For example, if you are a Deep Winter like me, you have. to. wear. deep. dark. colors. all. the. darned. time. Oh, and red or burgundy lipstick, too! No pink for you! [Cue the slap of a soup ladle] Even the lighter "neutrals" must be paired with black or what have you. The original Color Me Beautiful Winter palette features a range of colors, from black and navy to light, icy colors and many shades in between. I will say this for "Looking Your Best": It shows color swatches of make-up shades, which are very helpful to someone like me, who doesn't have the slightest idea what "smoked teal" or "greyed plum" is. I also didn't mind the color swatches that looked like they were done with crayons. No, they weren't extremely clear, but you do get the idea. Still, this doesn't quite compensate for the book's shortcomings, the worst of which is when the authors proclaim that no non-Caucasian woman can be a Spring or Summer. That's so wrong that it's not even wrong. Yes, they certainly can, and they are! Verdict: Stick with Carole Jackson. Her 1980 book "Color Me Beautiful" manages, despite its oh-so-80's illustrations, to be timeless.
Still the Best -- After All These Years Nov 14, 2007
It's the end of 2007. I live in L.A., where staying on the cutting edge of fashion is practically blood sport (pun intended), and I can't believe I'm saying this: I bought this book on a whim. I found a cheap, used copy and thought, "Why not?" When I found tons of useful information, including the first correct "diagnoses" of my season AND my body type, I just about fell out of my chair.
I've tried the original CMB, and the supposedly new-and-improved methods by Doris Pooser and Leatrice Eisemann. They don't hold a candle to this method of finding your best colors and styles. Instead of three color palettes (Eisemann), four (the original CMB), or six (Pooser), Spillane and Sherlock give us twelve to choose from, and a simple rule for expanding our palettes as designers present new colors. If, like me, you don't fit comfortably in the more limited seasonal/time-of-day systems, you'll find yourself here (people of color are included and well represented).
When you find your best colors, wearing an actual color (instead of the ubiquitous black) makes you look and feel sophisticated, stylish, and au courant. This method even works when you want -- or need -- to blend in or present a conservative image. What a relief, and what a pleasure!
Spillane and Sherlock don't just give advice on finding the best clothes for your figure; they actually include a formula. All you need is a tape measure to figure out your bodyline. Then, just follow their advice, and you're on your way.
Other reviewers have mentioned the outdated illustrations and the crayon-style swatches. The bad news is that books, like styles, go out of date. The good news is that, armed with your favorite Internet search engine; the name of your new, expanded season; and a well-constructed search term (like, say, "cool summer" + swatches), you can find several ways to buy fabric swatches in this expanded seasonal color system. With this book and your fabric swatches in hand, you can't go wrong. And, maybe, if enough people ask for it, they'll publish a new edition of this book, or create a web site where styles and photos can be regularly updated.
Liked the original better Jul 28, 2007
The author has some valid points in this more-or-less updated book on Color Me Beautiful. However, I really liked the first method better. It was simpler to follow, easier to understand, and less time-consuming. But, if you're really into this, it is an interesting read with some good information. Just know that you'll be picking yourself out from twelve different types as opposed to the original four!
Color Me Beautiful Expanded Jul 3, 2007
I really found this book helpful in the way of the 12 seasonal groups as opposed to the original CMB which only determines the original Summer, Winter, Autumn and Spring. I have been told (by CMB) that this was created due to the fact that some women were unhappy with the original CMB seasons. The color swatches are not the best in this book and it fails to show all the colors in a palette, shortfalling with a list at the back of the book. It helps if you already know what season you are before reading this book. I had my colors done a couple of years ago by a Color Consultant. Therefore I can determine that I am a Clear Winter from reading this quite easily. I then contacted CMB and purchased a packet of fabric swatches from them. Although someone who isn't sure of their season may find it difficult working it out. The best way to do this is via professional color consultant.
Because I already knew my season and bought swatches from CMB I find this book indespensible. I am very pleased with the Clear Winter color palette I now have. The section on body type is excellent too. Although some of the book is a little dated, much of the advice is timeless.