There's a difference between color grading and color correcting. What you did there was color grading, correction would be correcting any mishaps during shooting to achieve a realistic saturation and tone of colors. So perhaps that will clear up the miscommunication between you and despite.
As for your grading, not sure I'm digging the pink. I'm personally not really a big fan of intense color grading, but sometimes I enjoy a cool and desaturated image if the mood is right.
I usually just color correct/grade right in premiere cs5 and I can achieve just about any look I'm going for with a couple of RGB curves and an HLS filter (hue, lightness, saturation). There's a lot more you can do as well, and if needed I'll bring in other filters but I typically can get by with those.
If you're really looking to get into grading I'd say look into picking up Magic Bullet looks as I believe someone else may have already said? You can get some pretty neat looks out of that.