Wednesday, February 23, 2011

35. Review of an Online Color Quiz

I came across a simple online quiz with twelve multiple choice questions to assist you in identifying your "correct" personal color analysis season.  The quiz looked simple, straightforward and fun. As finding one’s best colors has been a daunting task for so many women, it can be very enticing to find a method that claims to clarify the task.
Let’s look at a quick run-down of the questions on the quiz:
  1. Question one wants you to identify your age.
  2.  Next, identify your sex.
  3. Number three goes into substantive criteria by asking you to identify your skin tone. What color is it?  Is it “very fair,” “peach,” “golden beige,” “olive,” “brown,” or “pink?”
  4. Then, “What color is your hair?” 
  5. Number five, identify the color of your eyes.
  6. Question six asks you to identify which of 6 color families look best on you.
  7. Now think about your wardrobe and decide if it‘s “rich and intense,” “crisp,” “earthy,” and so on.
  8. Next you’re asked how your skin reacts in the sun.
  9. And then, do you think you look better in gold or silver jewelry?
  10. What color is your purse?
  11. At this point, you’re given six different groups of personality traits and asked to select the one that best describes you.
  12. Finally, you’re asked whether your skin undertone is blue or yellow.
Okay, was that quick and easy, or was it confusing?  From my perspective, some of the questions didn’t even relate to finding your best colors.  If you want objective information on what specific colors belong in your personal color palette, a valid argument can be made that your age, sex and personality really have nothing to do with it.  

Also, how is a person to determine if their skin is “peach,” or “golden beige?”  What does that even mean?  The color names must first be correlated with specific color identification numbers for a person to have a realistic chance to accurately answer that question. 

As for which colors you think look best on you, it depends on where you come from.  The answer could vary depending on a person’s experiences and associations with color.  Someone with a good deal of color education, for example, will likely be more open to nuanced, sophisticated colors.  By virtue of having more knowledge about color, they may also be in a position to make more accurate, and less biased color decisions.  

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