Cosmetic Color Determinate System

US06807297

A collector (202) captures light from source images as a field of pixels, a color analyzer (292) analyzes a proper subset (420) of the field to produce a plurality of color values, and a cosmetic analyzer then uses the color values to produce a cosmetic color determination. Another aspect of the present invention comprises a window having a light passage area, a color calibration region that is not coextensive with the light passage area, and a detectable product identification region. The window may also contain a mechanism that tends to preclude multiple uses. A third aspect of the present invention is a system that combines the collector, the color analyzer, the cosmetic analyzer, and window.