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. ┬áThe 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. ┬áThis 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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Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Gaze Brush Set
Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Gaze Brush Set

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Gaze Brush Set
Sephora + Pantone Universe All-Over Shadow Brush

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Gaze Brush Set
Sephora + Pantone Universe All-Over Shadow Brush

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Gaze Brush Set
Sephora + Pantone Universe All-Over Shadow Brush

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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32 thoughts on “Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Gaze Brush Set Review & Photos (Quick)

  1. cilla

    for that price, I’d expect the brushes to be soft and not have hair poking all over like the face brushes look like they do :(

  2. I love the case as well. I’m not impressed by the brushes judging on those pictures though
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  3. Love the color! These brushes look so cute, but too bad they were scratchy.

  4. I wouldn’t buy this set for myself. It would make a cute gift though.

  5. This brush set is so pretty :o

  6. I like many of Sephora’s brushes (just picked up a Professional Cream Shadow brush yesterday) but these look cheaply made and just cheap. I’d rather buy 2 or 3 of their regular brushes from the Pro line or buy one or 2 MAC brushes or, for value, a set or 2 of Real Techniques brushes for a fraction of the price of these. I don’t care enough about “orchid” handles and a case to pay that much for brushes that don’t look to be very well made.

  7. Pretty colour handle and case, but I’ll pass!
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  8. I am never really tempted to get colorful brush sets. They are cute but rarely have the quality that we look for! :-( But that pouch is really nice!
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  9. Haha, I was drooling most over the bag too :)
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  10. Avatar of Quinctia Quinctia

    The case is nice!

    If I’m dropping that much on brushes, though, it’s going to be on ones of a certain size, shape, and material I want, not on a seasonal set.

    (And, if I want a nice seasonal set, it honestly looks like just about any Sonia Kashuk one would blow this one out of the water.)

  11. I love the case but I think I’ll look elsewhere!
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  12. I love the color and the case, but the brushes kind of look cheap.

  13. The set looks nice but I figured the brushes wouldn’t be that great. They look like they’re not very soft. The case is really cute though
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  14. I love the colour scheme/design of this set, and goodness knows I need some brushes, but scratchiness is unfortunate. My face is a total princess about any kind of scratchiness, it’s almost hilarious. :-D
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  15. Love the packaging! The stippling brush brings down the set though.
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  16. Marisa

    I just bought this and don’t have any of the scratchyness issues that have been reported. It’s actually quite soft. Maybe my sephora had bad samples out but these are way softer than their usual line and for someone who is in need of each type of brush – it winds up to be a much better value.