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Finding the right foundation shade is a struggle! Even after fifteen years, I’m still struggling and it usually takes me hours at Sephora. There have been plenty of times where I came home with a foundation shade that was way too light for me. Lately, when I want to try out a new foundation, I search the internet for foundation shades that are comparable to the perfect shade I already own. It’s a lot easier to look for a shade if you have a little bit of direction. So, if you’re an NC42 or an NC43.5 this post is for you! Here are all the foundations I tried with their comparable shade compared to the NC 42 or NC 43.5! From drugstore to high end.
Shades comparable to NC42 or NC43.5
- L’oreal True Match – #W6.5 / #W7
- Maybelline Fit Me – #320 / #330
- Estee Lauder Double Wear – #4N2 / #4N1
- Milani Conceal & Perfect Foundation – #7
- Fenty Pro Filt’r Foundation – #340 / #350
- Makeup For Ever HD Foundation – #Y415 / #Y405
- L.A. Girl HD Pro Coverage Foundation – Tan / Soft honey
- L’oreal Infallible – #320 / #330
Lately, my go-to foundation is the Milani Conceal & Perfect. This foundation is super affordable, has a great staying power, looks good on my combination skin and a little goes a long way. Perfect for everyday use which won’t break the bank!
If I want to go a more high end, I’m grabbing my newly purchased Make Up For Ever HD Foundation. At the moment I mix this foundation with a little strobing cream from Mac since I’m not super tan because of winter. I’m guessing that for summer the shade will be a perfect match.
During summer I tend to reach more for matte foundations like the Maybelline Fit Me or the Fenty Pro Filt’r foundation. In summer my combination skin gets a little more oily. Therefore I prefer to wear a more matte foundation to prevent my foundation from sweating off my skin immediately.
I have tried all of the above foundations and these shades are the closest to my skin tone. Most of the time my shade is tan with neutral to yellow undertones. Obviously, I use different shades for winter and summer and I sometimes mix two different shades together, to get a better match. During summer, when I’m a little more tan, my yellow undertone turns more into an olive undertone. Brown girl problems!🤪
Hope this Mac Fix Fluid Foundation NC42 & NC43.5 shade comparison list was helpful when buying the right shade for you. Any other shades that should be added to the list? Please let me know in the comments below! Oh and if you would like to read a full review on the L.A. Girl Cosmetics HD Pro Coverage foundation click here!