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Sephora + Pantone Universe Modern Watercolors Lipgloss Set

Sephora + Pantone Universe Modern Watercolors Lipgloss Set
Sephora + Pantone Universe Modern Watercolors Lipgloss Set

Sephora + Pantone Universe Modern Watercolors Lipgloss Set ($28.00 for 0.84 fl. oz.) includes six lipglosses. They’re supposed to be “playful pastels” that give “high-shine color payoff in a single stroke” with “deep hydration and conditioning.” They’re pretty subpar lipglosses; they’re the kind of product that gives house brands/drugstore brands a bad name. They’re uneven, lightly tacky, not moisturizing, and come off in an hour or two. The applicator is rough and barely flocked, so it feels a little sharp at times, and hardly any gloss gets on the applicator. I’m trying to understand the concept of “high-shine color payoff in a single stroke” when the gloss is neither pigmented nor high-shine; these are less shine than some lip balms at times. Though I’m not entirely surprised that a range of pastels ended up sheer and applied dismally, I know Sephora can do better (one of my favorite gloss formulas is by Sephora!).

Cantaloupe is a softened, light-medium orange with a cream finish. It had sheer coverage with barely-there shine as the gloss texture was quite thin and difficult to spread across the lips. It lasted for an hour or less on me. Maybelline Berry Chic (P, $4.49) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Poppin' Peach (P, $19.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Chanel Exotique (12) (P, $34.00) is darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Maybelline Citrus Evolution (115) (LE, $8.99) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Coral Craze (P, $4.49) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Eight (Watercolor) (LE, ) is more pigmented (90% similar). Sephora Happy Sunrise (25) (P, $12.00) is glossier (90% similar). LORAC Belle-ieve (LE, ) is glossier (90% similar). Sephora Fresh Mango (26) (P, $12.00) is darker, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Cheerful (P, $22.00) is more pigmented (85% similar). Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (85% similar). NYX Cherry Cheesecake (P, $5.00) is brighter, more pigmented (85% similar). MAC Teen Dream (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter, more pigmented (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Foxglove is a muted, medium pink with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had sheer color payoff that applied unevenly and emphasized lip lines. It was gone within an hour of wearing it. Urban Decay Failbait (P, $26.00) is more pigmented, warmer (90% similar). Becca Lychee/Topaz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Sephora Paradise Pink (15) (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Petite Indulgence (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Sixxx Pack (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Baie Rose (89) (LE, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Khaaannnn! (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rose Quartz is a pale, milky pastel pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, but the milky quality of the color made it prone to emphasizing lip lines. The gloss lasted for less than an hour. Bite Beauty Three (Watercolor) (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Dress the Part (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Embraceable Me (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Tender (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Picture Pink (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Two (Watercolor) (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented (90% similar). NARS Turkish Delight (P, $26.00) is lighter, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Wanting More (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented (90% similar). Maybelline Passionate Peony (120) (LE, $8.99) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Serenity is a pale, medium periwinkle blue with cool undertones and a cream finish. It made my lips appear almost purple as it had semi-sheer coverage yet a milky quality persisted. It didn’t emphasize lip lines as much as the previous three shades, but it only lasted for an hour. MAC Norwegian Sky (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC New Galaxy (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Borealis (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pale Banana is a pale, light yellow with a cream finish. It had sheer pigmentation that didn’t look too streaky, but it still seemed to emphasize the lines on my lips a lot. It was gone before an hour was even up. MAC Bright Side (LE, $17.00) is darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Bite Beauty One (Watercolor) (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sunlit Allium is a light-medium, cool-toned lavender with a cream finish. It had semi-sheer coverage with a thin consistency that emphasized the lines on the lips. It lasted for an hour or less. MAC Marvel-Lush (LE, $20.00) is lighter, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Cinestyle (LE, $20.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Japanese Spring (LE, $20.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). NARS Annees (P, $26.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Bite Beauty Four (Watercolor) (LE, ) is lighter, more pigmented (90% similar). Illamasqua Fierce (P, $22.00) is darker, brighter, more pigmented (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sephora + Pantone Universe 2016 Lipgloss Set Modern Watercolors
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Cantaloupe

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Foxglove

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Rose Quartz

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Serenity

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Pale Banana

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10 Sparkling, Shimmering Golds to Celebrate the New Year

Here’s a more traditional take on shades of the New Year — yellowy golds. I went for a list of some of my favorite more shimmering/sparkling shades for bonus points 🙂 What are your favorites?

  1. Anastasia So Hollywood — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  2. Kat Von D Thrasher — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  3. Colour Pop Get Lucky — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  4. Sephora Girls Night Out — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  5. NYX Mischievous — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  6. NARS Iskandar — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  7. MAC Old Gold — A Warm Gold with a Frost finish.
  8. L'Oreal Eternal Sunshine — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  9. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  10. Sugarpill Goldilux — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.

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13 Emerald Greens to Covet

Long-time readers will probably find this no surprise… but I love emerald green when it comes to makeup! Whether it’s for nails, eyes, or lips. Here are 13 favorites — from deeper to brighter, warmer to cooler! 🙂

  1. Butter London British Racing Green — A Cool Green with a Pearl finish.
  2. Zoya Logan — A Cool Green with a Glitter finish.
  3. Kat Von D Iggy — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  4. Sephora Go For a Ride — A Cool Green with a Pearl finish.
  5. Make Up For Ever ME304 Emerald — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  6. Milani Green Safari — A Warm Green with a Frost finish.
  7. Buxom Pre-nup — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  8. Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) — A Cool Green with a Satin finish.
  9. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosplay — A Cool Green with a Satin finish.
  10. Make Up For Ever D306 Bottle Green — A Warm Green with a Metallic finish.
  11. Urban Decay Kush — A Warm Green with a Frost finish.
  12. NYX Risque — A Cool Green with a Metallic finish.
  13. Colour Pop Empire — A Warm Green with a Metallic finish.

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Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Collection for 2016

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year 2016 Collection
Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year 2016 Collection

SEPHORA and Pantone proudly introduce the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016 Collection featuring PANTONE Serenity 15-3919 and PANTONE Rose Quartz 13-1520, an extraordinary new assortment of cosmetics for eyes and lips that interprets the colors of innocence and expressionism into a bold new palette of modern watercolors. Now in its fifth year, this collaboration brings SEPHORA’s innovative textures, finishes, and product forms to a limited-edition collection that makes a fearless declaration to embrace the bold and subversive expression of individuality.

“With the whole greater than its individual parts, joined together Serenity and Rose Quartz demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute™. “Additionally, we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design, opening our eyes to different approaches to color usage.”

With Serenity, trailblazers will discover that any color can be worn in any way, anywhere. The soft shade relates well to sister shades of blue, and is elegant with gray, olive, orchid and taupe. It takes on an earthier feel with deep lichen green, sage, cedar, shitake and sepia brown, and is easily compatible with more vibrant greens and yellows.

Traditionalists will find Rose Quartz to be a comforting favorite, pairing well with dove gray, lilac and violet, or juxtaposed against deliciously deep chocolates, greens and apricots. For something more unexpected, turn up the heat with pale gold, and warm tones of peach, orange and tan, or add dramatic contrast with peacock blue and deep jungle greens.

The exclusive cosmetics collection, designed by SEPHORA, evokes the sleek, modern lines of the iconic PANTONE Color Chip with a captivating watercolor design inspired by abstract art. Each item features Sephora Collection’s high performance formulas that offer rich color payoff and a luxurious feel during wear, with refined finishes like matte, shimmer, satin and shine.

December 2015

The Details

Color of the Year Layer Lipstick, $18.00 (Limited Edition)

Dress up your lips with creamy, bold coverage and an unmistakable attitude with a high coverage pastel in the timeless shade of Rose Quartz. Encased in a luxurious ombré component, the ultra-moisturizing formula is enriched with a blend of emollient oils and waxes for a velvety feel and high-shine finish.

Color of the Year Matte Lipstick, $18.00 (Limited Edition)

Explore the adventurous side of this modern color story with Serenity, a rich pastel blue. A high concentration of ultra-thin pigments incorporated into the same ultra-hydrating lipstick formula offers a radically intense, satiny finish on the lips.

Color of the Year Modern Watercolors Lip Gloss Set, $28.00 (Limited Edition)

Bring out your playful side with the perfect pop of pastel color. This set of 6 high-shine glosses is a beautiful synergy of unique but wearable shades, including Serenity and Rose Quartz, which impart a luxurious and cushiony feel to the lips.

Color of the Year Modern Watercolors Eye Palette, $39.00 (Limited Edition)

Discover 24 deliciously enticing shimmer and matte eyeshadows in a sleek, sophisticated palette. The range of fresh colors includes both Serenity and Rose Quartz, as well as unexpected neutrals, chic pastels, and pops of color that work together brilliantly to provide varied looks. Mix and blend any of the long-wear, high-pigment formulas to create soft focus effects, pastel smoky eyes or gradient looks.

Sponsored: A Gift Guide for Limited Edition Favorites at Sephora

Temptalia's Holiday Gift Guide

Temptalia's Holiday Gift Guide

Make Up For Ever 15 Artist Palette ($59.00) should come as no surprise, given how much I adore the Artist Shadow formula! The brand’s limited edition palettes are a great way to snag several shades for way, way less than the cost of individual shades. (Read reviews or see swatches.)

Temptalia's Holiday Gift Guide

bareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe Eye & Cheek Palette ($39.00) has a mix of warm and cool-toned neutrals paired with four cheek colors. I really loved the eyeshadows, and I think they coordinated well together. (Read reviews or see swatches.)

Temptalia's Holiday Gift Guide

Anastasia Self-Made Eyeshadow Palette ($35.00) is an interesting mix of shades, finishes, and undertones–a little bit of everything–and it ended up being one of the more unique color combinations out there. It also won’t break the bank! (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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Jack Black It’s the Balm Lip Quartet ($25.00) includes four full-sized, squeeze-tube lip balms. I actually picked this set-up just for myself (not to review), as I’m a huge, huge fan of the formula. I’ve been liking Vanilla & Lavender a lot more than I anticipated. (Read review.)

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Stila Sending My Love Set ($49.00) is a perfect set for holiday giving, as it comes in decadent packaging that doesn’t even need to be wrapped. The eyeshadows are pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable, while the blushes complemented the shades of eyeshadows. (Read reviews or see swatches.)

Temptalia's Holiday Gift Guide

Sephora Ultra Shine Holographic Lip Gels ($14.00) are so sparkling! I’ve been reaching for them whenever I have a free few hours, because they have a lot of dimension. If you like sheer, shimmering gloss, whether alone or for layering, try to get your hands on these! (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky Liner Collection ($48.00) is a set of seven, travel-sized eyeliners that is a great value for anyone who has wanted to try the Highliner formula. Since the brand has fixed packaging issues on this set, I now can recommend this set again! (This is one of my favorite eyeliner formulas!) (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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NARS Fast Life Killer Shine Lip Gloss ($28.00) is a medium, rosy pink with tons of shimmer. I love how it is holiday-esque, but it isn’t your traditional red or gold lip! (Read reviews or see swatches.)

Temptalia's Holiday Gift Guide

Sephora Favorites ($25.00 to $99.00) are perfect for trying out bestselling products and formulas in deluxe sizes. They also work well for anyone who travels often and needs to have rollerballs or small sizes available.

What has been your favorite limited edition buy this season?

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