I sent for this book, thinking I would be able to "diagnose" my own colours successfully from it, and also that it would help me with style dilemmas as I got older (I am mid fifties). Firtly, I found it incredibly difficult to say which group I feel into, as I had aspects of several. Secondly, I felt the examples, and especially some of the text, made me feel older than ever. I am just a bit older, not dead, after all, and most of the examples were very safe and boring without much sharpness or real sense of style.
In the end, I went, with some intrepidation, to a CMB consultant, one who was the master training from the organisation. This was worth every penny and emmensely enjoyable as well. I realised too, unless you have very straight forward colouring, its too difficult to do yourself from a book, nuances of skin tone and colour spots in the eyes all have an effect, and you really need someone who can see all this in excellant light and try things on you as well. I was not in the category I expected, but now it all makes sense, I know now what haircolour to go towards, makeup colours, and accessories as well as clothes.
Now I can go back to other CMB books and know which catergory I'm following. I wouldn't recommend this particular book to older women, it might make you feel more depressed, go to some of the other CMB ones instead, or even better "Fab after Fifty" written by a British colour advisor who also does CMB at master level, this is sharp writing and quite witty as well. Best of all, use in conjunction with a trained CMB advisor, the cost is little more than one decent cut and colour at a good salon and the effect lasts much longer.