Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Sephora + Pantone Universe Rush Luster Cheek Sweep
Sephora + Pantone Universe Rush Luster Cheek Sweep

Sephora + Pantone Universe Rush Luster Cheek Sweep ($26.00 for 0.39 oz.) includes two Luminizers and one blush. I loved the mix of colors in the palette, and I really appreciated that they went for a true, “Radiant Orchid” blush–it’s a shade that you just don’t see often as a genuine blush (but there are similar shades if you look at eyeshadow). I wish the two Luminizers were a bit less metallic, as they can slightly to somewhat emphasize skin imperfections/pores. Otherwise, all three shades had really good color payoff, and the textures were soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. You get plenty of product in the palette, and it’s an excellent price point, so I think it’s well worth checking out–especially if you’ve ever craved a purple-y blush!

Bridal Rose is a medium-dark, pinky-plum with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and this shade, while called a Luminizer, is more of a blush than a traditional highlighter as it has quite a bit of color as well as sheen. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable. It does emphasize pores somewhat, though, and it wore seven and a half hours on me before looking patchy. NARS G-Spot (P, $39.00) is darker, less metallic, cream. MAC Rose Quartz (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Lavish Living (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $25.00) is less metallic, darker. MAC Plum Foolery (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Spanish Villa is a golden beige with a frosted, metallic finish. This had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. It has a lot of shimmer and sheen, so I saw slight emphasis of pores/skin texture with this hue. If I swept on the highlighter with a fan brush, I had a subtler sheen, but it didn’t emphasize pores, so that was a plus. It wore well for seven hours before it looked a bit patchy and faded. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is more golden. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is similar.Urban Decay Naked (P, $29.00) is more sparkly. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is more golden. See comparison swatches.

Radiant Orchid is a cool-toned, pinky-purple with a pearly finish. It’s intensely pigmented, and the texture was soft and blendable. This is not a shy shade at all, and I was surprised to see just how purple it actually was. I don’t have anything quite like this as far as blush goes, so I turned to eyeshadows. This shade wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet (LE, $21.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is a touch lighter. Too Faced Ooh la Orchid (LE, $16.00) is matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #6 (P) is darker, matte. See comparison swatches

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Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick
Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick

Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “radiant orchid.” It’s a bright, vibrant magenta with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is more muted, lighter. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is lighter. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is purpler. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is pinker. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is very similar. MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is slightly darker. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is lihter. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is lighter. Buxom Swinger (P, $21.00) is similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (LE, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

The description is confusing: “[t]his satin finish moisturizing lipstick offers rich, matte color,” and the formula is also supposed to be hydrating, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear. It’s a satin finish–which is not matte–but it’s also matte. The finish is truer to satin than it is to matte, and it takes two and a half hours before that shine wears down enough that it looks more matte. It did have good color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy without slipping too easily. The formula was lightly hydrating, and the color lasted for six and a half hours and left a stain behind. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

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Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid Collection
Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid Collection

Availability: Exclusively at Sephora

Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

This satin finish moisturizing lipstick offers rich, matte color in a stunning Radiant Orchid shade. Infused with orchid essence for nourishment, and collagen for a subtle plumping effect, the creamy formula glides on and provides comfortable, all-day wear that rivals the lasting power of a lip stain. Designed to evoke the sleek, modern lines of the iconic Pantone Chip, and newly imagined with a captivating Radiant Orchid ombre color variation, 2014’s Color of the Year Collection makes a stunning presentation. Each product features Sephora Collection’s high performance formulas—including orchid essence infusion—for rich color payoff and luxurious feel during wear. Refined finishes like matte, cream, metallic, and lacquer allow for a fuller expression of this radiant shade, from petal-sheer luminosity to wildly rich pigments.

Radiant Femme Artistry Set ($48.00) (Limited Edition)

From soft nudes and earthy tones to brilliant bursts of color and sultry, smoky hues, this palette was specifically designed to complement the Color of the Year and complete various looks inspired by Radiant Orchid. The exclusive collection of high-quality, high-pigment shades are enclosed in a limited-edition ombre case that also pays tribute to the Color of the Year. A large mirror in the lid aids in application.

Color Gaze Brush Set ($68.00) (Limited Edition)

Apply, blend, line, and set with this complete, professional brush set in shades of the Color of the Year—Radiant Orchid. The unique, limited-edition case can be stand up when open for easy access to the brushes. When closed, it is slim enough to fit into a purse or travel bag while still being able to hold the brushes and your essential cosmetics.

Radiant Femme Artistry Set ($75.00) (Limited Edition)

This kit features everything you need to create chic trendy looks around the Sephora+Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. The Liquid luminizer features a soft Radiant Orchid-hued shimmer for a sophisticated glow. The hued cream blush is easy to wear, universally flattering, and features variable coverage for a soft flush or dramatic look. The all-day liquid eyeliner has a metallic finish in a shimmering Radiant Orchid hue. The shimmering nail lacquer pulls the look together.

Rush Luster Cheek Sweep ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

The innovative formula of this light powder blush provides a flawlessly smooth blended effect. Top the limited-edition Radiant Orchid hue with either of the two specially chosen luminizers for a shimmery iridescent glow. The colors are enclosed in a Radiant Orchid ombre case complete with a mirror for ease of application.

Venus Lure Lip Balm ($16.00) (Limited Edition)

This cooling, lip-plumping balm provides a natural-looking shine and tone. It is infused with lip treatments including hyaluronic acid to support natural collagen and make lips appear firmer and more defined. It smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with deep hydration, increases lip volume and softness, and works to soothe dry lips with moisture enhancers. The hue was inspired by the Color of the Year to complete this year’s most trendy looks.

Nail Ambrosia Trio ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

This set of three luscious lacquers displays, complements, and highlights the 2014 Color of the Year. Each flattering shade was specially picked to set off a Radiant Orchid look. 3 x 0.3 oz Nail Lacquers in Lilac Sachet (light pink), Radiant Orchid (Color of the year), Brick Dust (nude).

Radiant Paint Gloss Trio ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

This exclusive, limited-edition set includes three shades of gloss including the Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, plus two complementary shades: lilac and nude. They can be worn separately or together to create an ombre effect and complete a trendy Radiant-Orchid look for 2014.

Gazing Paint Liquid Eyeliner ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

This limited-edition liner boasts intense color payoff and provides bold definition to the eyes. The long-wear formula ensures lasting performance to set off any trendy Radiant Orchid look. The soft, flexible brush makes application foolproof.

Availability: Exclusively at Sephora

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Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Divergent Cosmetics @ Sephora
Divergent Cosmetics @ Sephora

Divergent Multi-Piece Collector’s Kit ($59.50) (Limited Edition) (VIB Rouge Exclusive Early Access)

** VIB Rouge members will have exclusive early access to purchase the kit, and then remaining stock will be made available to other Sephora customers, per Sephora’s Facebook.

Divergent—what makes you different makes you dangerous. This enormous multi-piece kit allows you to be brave, selfless, intelligent, honest, and kind all at once. Each of the three Eye Shadow Palettes contains four coordinating High Pigment Eye Shadows plus one High Gloss Transforming Eye Shadow to draw immediate attention to the eyes. The High Gloss Transforming Eye Shadows impart a shimmery, diamond-like reflection that is transparent when applied dry, and translucent when applied wet. Mix and match the shades to achieve a unique look every time. The kit also includes a cheek palette with two Long-Wear Blushes, a Shimmering Bronzer, and a Radiant Glow Illuminator. Four High Shine Lip Glosses round out each faction’s look. Use the double-ended eye and cheek brush and the included Get-the-look cards to choose and proclaim your faction. This Set Contains:

  • 12 x 0.059 oz High Pigment Eye Shadows in Burnt Mahogany, Radiant Initiation, Peaceful Shimmer, Humble Sheen, Dauntless Ink, Abnegation Stone, Erudite Sapphire, Serene Vanilla, Bold Espresso, Intrepid Moss, Golden Honesty, Altruistic Almond
  • 3 x 0.059 oz High Gloss Transforming Eye Shadows in Choose, Diverge, Transform
  • 2 x 0.11 oz. Long-Wear Blush in Obscure Coral, Misty Rose
  • 0.11 oz. Shimmering Bronzer in Intelligent Bronze
  • 0.11 oz. Radiant Glow Illuminator in Gleaming Pearl
  • 4 x 0.13 oz. High-Shine Lip Glosses in Temptation’s Choice, Fear Not, Supreme Ritual, Natural Virtue
  • Double-ended eye and cheek brush
  • 3 x Get-the-Look cards

Divergent Multi-Piece Collector’s Palette ($32.50) (Limited Edition)

Divergent—what makes you different makes you dangerous. Portable but impactful, this limited-edition palette contains everything you need to do your make up on the go.

  • 3 x 0.059 oz. High-Pigment Eye Shadow in Candor Lace, Luminous Taupe, Envious Chocolate
  • 0.19 oz. Long-Wear Blush
  • 0.18 oz. Matte Bronzer
  • 0.13 oz. High-Shine Lip Gloss in Artistic Mauve

Divergent 7-Piece Nail Art Kit ($27.50) (Limited Edition)

Divergent—what makes you different makes you dangerous. Proudly proclaim your Divergent allegiance with this limited-edition, seven-piece nail art set. Create endless looks by layering the unique High-Gloss Transforming Nail Lacquer over any shade to create an opalescent, shimmering finish, and then add one of the exclusive, easy-to-use Nail Water-Transfer Tattoos. Just cut the paper to any shape or size desired, add water, hold onto nail, and peel back for flawless application.

  • High-Gloss Transforming Nail Lacquer (Transformer)
  • Midnight Calm Dark navy
  • Violet Abnegation Violet gray
  • Opal Compassion Opalescent purple
  • True Pearl Golden opal
  • Neutral Lace Beige
  • Nail Water-Transfer Tattoos (6)

Availability: Exclusively at Sephora

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Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

I thought coming up with a beautiful rainbow of hues might be a fun (and challenging!) theme to work under.  Of course, I took liberties with the concept of rainbow and added a few in-between shades to make a full list of ten.  I would love to see what your top ten shades are, in rainbow-order, so-to-speak! :)

  1. Urban Decay 69 — a bright, medium-dark red with cool undertones
  2. Zoya Amy — a fiery, gold-shimmered orange
  3. Sugarpill Buttercupcake — bright, matte yellow
  4. Illamasqua Fledgling — rich, grassy green with a matte finish
  5. OCC Man by Man — a metallic teal
  6. Urban Decay Radium — a medium blue with shimmer
  7. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans — a blue-purple with shimmer
  8. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory — a bold, cool-toned purple
  9. Too Faced Lollipop — violet with fuchsia shimmer
  10. Dior Aventure (81) — because life isn’t complete without taupe

Share your favorites…  For bonus points, feel free to share picks for teal, violet, and taupe :)

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Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Sephora Lunar Eclipse (98) Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Lunar Eclipse (98) Colorful Eyeshadow

For spring, Sephora added four new Mirror finish eyeshadows to their already-massive Colorful Eyeshadow range. These are very… un-spring-like in a way, as three of the shades are darker and smokier than the pastels we typically see during the season, so it’s a refreshing set of shades. Looking at the other shades that existed previously, they’re good choices to help round out the colors with this finish. The Mirror finish is supposed to be highly pigmented with “the highest possible shine.” Sephora’s Colorful eyeshadow formula boasts a 10-hour wear time with “an ultrasmooth, blendable texture.”

Sephora Lunar Eclipse (98) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a gold-leaning pewter with a sparkling, metallic finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was almost cream-like and applied smoothly overall. It wore well for almost nine hours and had almost no fall out over time. bareMinerals Golden Pear (LE, $14.00) is less metallic. Dior Constellation (864) #2 (LE) is lighter, less golden. MAC Greenluxe #3 (P) is less sparkly. MAC Antique Diamond (P, $18.50) is a cream. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 (LE) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #19 (LE, $33.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches or view The Dupe List.

Planet Earth (99) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with green and gold micro-sparkle and a metallic sheen. It had more of a neutral undertone–not quite cool, not quite warm. It had nice pigmentation, and it applied smoothly. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me with very minor fall out. Ulta Sage (P, $10.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Unsurpassable (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Greensmoke (DC, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches or view The Dupe List.

Across the Universe (100) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a smoky, navy blue with lighter, brighter blue sparkle and shimmer and a pearly sheen. They can’t all be winners, and this one was a miss–the texture was drier, stiffer, and the resulting color payoff was semi-sheer to semi-opaque. It seemed to fade faster than the other shades as I could see some fading and some fall out after seven hours. Giorgio Armani Blue Beetle (34) (LE, $33.00) is lighter, brighter. Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze (P, $5.99) is more muted. Sugarpill Magpie (P, $12.00) is brighter. bareMinerals Controversy (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches or view The Dupe List.

Star-Crossed Lovers (103) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and larger pink micro-glitter and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff, but it seemed to have chunkier glitter than the other three, so I had some noticeable fall out by the eighth hour, though the color itself seemed to do well for nine hours. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #12 (P, $9.99) is less sparkly, darker. MAC Da Bling (P, $15.00) is less sparkly, more muted. Make Up For Ever #24E (P, $20.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches or view The Dupe List.

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