Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Reader Rashmi wanted to get a list of some of my favorite eyeliners, particularly high-end shades, and I’m happy to oblige! I tried to go for an assortment of colors and finishes, but also some less “basic” shades, so you won’t find any staples like black on this list. You can see swatches of my list here. I can’t wait to hear what eyeliners make your top ten!

  1. Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy — no favorites list is complete without this shade of bluish-teal
  2. Urban Decay Pistol — a warm taupe
  3. Sephora Snakeskin Dress — an olive green
  4. Sephora 5th Avenue — a deep, dark warm gray
  5. Marc Jacobs Beauty Intro(vert) — a brightened pop of jade green
  6. Marc Jacobs Beauty Th(ink) –a deep, dark purple
  7. Urban Decay Deep End — a brightened blue
  8. MAC Lord It Up — a gold-shimmered brown
  9. Urban Decay Scorch — a golden brown
  10. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans — a cool-toned, bluish-purple
Friday, March 21st, 2014

Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Femme Artistry Set
Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Femme Artistry Set

Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Femme Artistry Set ($48.00 for TBA oz.) features 25 eyeshadows from white to beige to blue to the color of the year–Radiant Orchid (of course!). I’m working my way through testing each shade, but for now, here are some sneak peek swatches and photos to hold you over… As always, please hold questions until I’ve had a chance to post the review :)

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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Gaze Brush Set
Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Gaze Brush Set

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Gaze Brush Set ($68.00) is a limited edition, six-piece brush set with a “Radiant Orchid”-hued carrying case. It comes with two face brushes, three eye brushes, and one lip brush. The set has some limitations and, as tends to be the case with brush sets, you’ll want to see it in person to judge the sizes to see if they’re right for your features.  The handles of all six brushes were well-balanced and weighted; they didn’t feel too light or too heavy, and they fit well in my hands.  This is only a brief review (almost more of an overview), as I haven’t tested them for long and don’t intend to use them long-term to test wear and tear and the like.

The Stippling Brush was noticeably scratchy when I used it in a stippling motion; sweeping it lightly across the planes of the face to apply foundation, it didn’t seem as scratchy, but using the flat edge or stippling motions was unpleasant. The longest bristles were soft, but the shorter ones looked dry and felt that way. The other six brushes were very soft, and I didn’t have any issues with them from a softness/feel standpoint.

The Angled Blush Brush seemed a little larger than the average brush of this shape, but it worked well for blending and placing color, though it doesn’t pick up powder products perfectly (makes everything seem a little under-pigmented). The All-Over Shadow Brush was massive–it looks almost like a small face brush–and even seemed too large for under-eye concealing, blending, or setting (which is something I often use larger eye brushes for). The Shadow Brush was slightly larger than the average eyeshadow brush for patting and packing on eyeshadow, and it worked fairly well but did not deposit as much color in one go as some other brushes I have. I really liked the Crease Brush, as it was incredibly soft, not too dense or too sparse, and wasn’t floppy. If you have smaller eyes, I think that all three of the eye brushes are on the larger side.

Oddly enough, what I liked most about the set was the case. It’s slim, but fairly large (about ten inches tall and five inches wide) and easily accommodates the seven brushes from the kit and then some. It reminded me of a more freeform version of a brush roll or bag. It was actually designed to open and stand up on its own, which is does, and it was a nice feature–handy when traveling. The bag seemed sturdy with a pebbled “Radiant Orchid” exterior, silver zipper, and lined inside with a darker purple.

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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.

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