I have very pale skin and Luminous is for me. However, a friend who has similar skin needs fair. The best thing you can do regarding which shade or product to choose, is to go to a Sephora if one is near you. The consultants there are trained to help customers pick perfect shades and the right products, addressing each issue the customer might have. Sometimes what has been suggested to me has been surprising, but they're always right. Having someone on a review board suggest a shade or product is based on someone else's perspective never having seen you or your skin.
If there is not a Sephora near you, I suggest you call the 877-SEPHORA toll free line and they'll also be pleased to give you a phone consultation. This way you can get something perfectly suited to what you need, and not what someone reviewing here happens to personally favor for themselves. The Sephora consultants are much more objective and can deal with all sorts of skin conditions and issues and shade selections much better than any of us can, when it deals with specific issues.
The return policy is excellent if there is a problem with a product. However, if a consultant helps, either on the phone or in person, problems in shade selection are rare.
Hope this helps.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
I agree that Luminous would be a great match for your skin. I am also very fair and it's tough to find natural looking light tones, but this was perfect. It's cooler toned than the fair shade, and would be less noticeable.
answered 6 years, 9 months ago
Update: Luminous was the best match. Fair was a little too orange-y.
answered 6 years, 11 months ago
Luminous is the color I use and I have fair, pale skin.
Luminous was the color I picked for my fair skin, it is a bit more glowy than the light shade. I think the luminous would be for you if you want really sheer coverage and a bit of a glow, and light if you want a more natural finish.
Hi - I am quite pale with freckles. To put into perspective, when I buy foundation I usually buy either the lightest (if it only comes in a handful of shades) or the second lightest (if it comes in many shades). I am using the shade called Light for this product and it's perfect on me. I think this product runs a bit lighter than you would think.
answered 7 years ago
(San Jose, CA)