Thursday, July 23, 2009

My Meeting w/ Chad of Three Custom Color Specialists

I recently had the great opportunity to get a tour of the offices of the cosmetics company Three Custom Color Specialists. Needless to say, I was psyched. I got to spend some time with Chad Hayduk who is one of the "3" in Three Custom Color. As we stood in front of a desk holding a huge array of make-up on a department store type display, he explained to me that it only represents a small fraction of the colors that TCC actually makes. They actually make over 300 color cosmetics not including the thousands of custom creations in their repetoire. If you want it, they've got it. Honestly, I didn't know that any one company made that many colors. I also found out that in addition to making custom blended lip color, they can also make custom blended Eye Shadow, Tinted Brow Gel, Brow Powder, Creme-to-Powder Blush, Pressed Powder Blush, Creme Concealer, Pressed Face Powder and Loose Face Powder. I was salivating just at the thought of it! Chad was nice enough to let me have some fun and we made a custom blended lipstick just for me! The photo above is of the raw colors before we started mixing.
I had originally wanted a new tube of a discontinued lipstick I brought with me, but Chad thought it was too "greyish" for me and wanted to make a whole new color. We ended up with a gorgeous black cherry color; not too cherry, just enough black. It may sound dramatic, but for some reason it's totally wearable. It is, however, on hold until it's fall unveiling. It is not really a summer color (yes, I'm chomping at the bit. I visit it in my makeup drawer every so often). The best part- ok one of the best parts- is I got to choose the finish. It's perfectly matte. My favorite!When you have a lipstick made at Three Custom Color, not only can you choose the color, but you can choose the finish. "This must cost a fortune" you're saying. Not so. It's only $55 for 2 tubes of lipstick (plus shipping). Break it down & that's $27.50 per tube for your very own favorite color. You can't beat that. And I had my creation in about 3 days. This is something that everyone should do at least once. But much like the chip ad says, I can't just have one and I can't wait for my birthday to go back and make a new shade! I have to say thanks so much to Chad and Tess for giving me this special treat!


LaQT said...

Wow! That does sound fun. Nice color.

Josephine said...

what a cool write-up. i shamefully haven't explored this NYC gem yet but i am definitely going to now. thanks, hillary!

Hillary said...

It was a blast! I'd love to take credit for the color, but it was mostly Chad's invention. I helped though, so I'm counting that : )