My Zyla palette is Jeweltone Summer. My Sci/Art palette is Soft Summer. So, how do they fit together?
I photographed them side by side:
|Left: Soft Summer - Right: Jeweltone Summer|
|The Tranquil colors are pretty close to the purple SSu strips.|
|Energy fits in pretty darn well with SSu, those blued sea foam green shades.|
|I think Dramatic is a decent match, the darker shades in particular.|
|There is no true match for my Essence shades. But do they harmonize?|
|First Base fits right in, the darker shades particularly.|
|Second Base is a good match, too, especially the darker one.|
|Third Base really don't fit in - it's greener than any of my beiges.|
|Here are my Pastels and Metals. They're mostly pretty good, maybe a bit brighter.|
Another way to think of it is to consider my Sci/Art fan to be an extension of my Zyla colors. After all, if both David and Christine are as accurate as they are reputed to be, then both palettes really are ME, and either one should bring out my best.
How do I like them, and which do I like better? I really do like them both. There are certainly colors on each that it would have never occurred to be to try (that Essence peach, the pale First Base sage, the greeny SSu yellow), but now I will if I can find them in stores. It did take me time to adjust to the muted tones of the SSu palette, since I tend to gravitate towards brighter, more saturated tones. My Zyla colors are ever so slightly brighter than my SSu tones, which I like.
I've only been shopping a couple of times since I saw David Zyla, and what I did was LOOK for the Zyla colors, but double checked everything with my SSu fan. In the future, I know there will be times when I NEED to buy something and maybe don't have time to hunt down an exact Zyla shade. Or, I will fall in love with an item that just isn't on the Zyla palette at all. I don't think the Zyla palette is meant to be exclusive, as in I should ONLY live in those couple dozen colors. So when I can't find Zyla, I'll use my SSu fan instead. It's not that I like Zyla's colors better, it's more that I think of them as my "sweet spot." While I may still buy things not pictured in my Zyla set, I will not buy anything that doesn't suit the SSu palette.
Do you have palettes from different systems? How do you use them? In concert, or have you chosen one over the other?