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.

The Glossover

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product

Radiant Rush

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Makeup Look

On face: Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation, Guerlain Les Voilettes Pressed Powder, Revlon Mauvelous Blush. On eyes: Givenchy Beige Mousseline, Taupe Velours, Kaki Brocart Ombre Couture Eyeshadows, Urban Decay Scorch Eyeliner.

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87 thoughts on “Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I was kind of hoping for something a bit more lavender or purple-leaning than this! I already have enough fuchsia lipsticks, so this is a pass for me. That description, though… Satin, yet matte? Definitely looks satin finish to me!

  2. Avatar of Ivana Ivana

    That description of the formula sounds really strange… for a “matte” lipstick this is to shiny for my liking. I don´t get it :D

  3. Isn’t that a little too bright to be called orchid?

  4. I have this one and LOVE it!
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  5. Anita

    It’s just too bright for my taste!

  6. I’m so in love with the color! I love how it looks on you too!
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  7. That’s not really an orchid color but it’s very nice!
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  8. Just not a shade for me (not surprising, since I loathe Candy Yum Yum) but I am really happy that the quality of this is so good – Sephora is doing an amazing job with a lot of their colour cosmetics and some of their skin care too.

    Christine, I’d love to know what you’re wearing on your eyes….the colours look so subtle but gorgeous.

    • Hey Mariella!

      It’s listed right below the last image of the post under “The Makeup Look!”

      THE MAKEUP LOOK
      On face: Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation, Guerlain Les Voilettes Pressed Powder, Revlon Mauvelous Blush. On eyes: Givenchy Beige Mousseline, Taupe Velours, Kaki Brocart Ombre Couture Eyeshadows, Urban Decay Scorch Eyeliner.

      Thanks so much! :)

  9. Alice Ann

    I really like this lipstick, it’s a great color and very good formula. I’ve been previously disappointed by the Sephora Pantone products, finding that the colors were awesome but formulas generally lacking in quality, as if the product performance was an afterthought. This lipstick is such an improvement, and as the weather has warmed up I’m finding myself wearing it almost daily. I think I’m going to get the liquid liner from this collection as well. The color looks fabulous on you!

    • Ooh, so glad you picked this shade up, Alice Ann! I didn’t try much from the last Pantone collection, but this lipstick has me hoping the rest is nice, too!

  10. This review is a great example of the value your efforts add. Seeing this color on you (it’s gorgeous on you) makes me 100% sure it’s not for me. Too bright and too cool toned. I did break down and order Full Frontal ….and that works on me. This seems not only less purple but also brighter. Am I right?
    I hope you’re doing reviews on more of the collection…

  11. Looks like this whole “Vivids” thing is a trend, now? I think Maybelline pretty much has it covered – and a nearly exact dupe with Electric Fuchsia! It’s just a hair less matte.

  12. I thought this was Maybelline Electric Fuchsia when i saw the image at first. lol
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  13. Let

    Just got this lipstick in the mail yesterday. While I like the formula, the color isn’t the right fuschia/magenta for me. :( It’s way too cool-toned…

  14. Janelle

    I keep putting this in my cart and taking it out. Now that I have seen it I want it :) I have pulled out my old Milani Haute Flash in Flashy because it has the Barbie Pink look, but this looks so much better!!!!

  15. The entire Sephora Pantone collection is looking very promising so far. I was initially afraid that this would lean more magenta/pink but wow, that colour is amazing :)
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  16. I love this color, it looks great on you!

  17. I picked this from the store yest just bec I like the idea of radiant orchid! It is indeed pretty shade!
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  18. It looks beautiful!! I’ve never tried any of Sephora’s lipsticks but I want this!
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  19. I love the packaging! This color is also more wearable than I initially thought.
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  20. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    Gorgeous. This is not helping my lemming for the Radiant Orchid makeup kit they have available. D:

  21. Erin

    I hate that the packeging looks like its drugstore. Thats why I would never buy it.
    Saw it in a magazine, swore it was maybelline. $18 dollars for that lipstick, no thanks!

  22. Oooh it’s brighter and more neon (well not neon neon but slightly neon) than I though, it looks good on you.

  23. I purchased this as well – really liking the creamy formula. The packaging is really cool too – the cap and tube have a magnetic closure, keeping the tube extra secure. I’m a sucker for ‘hidden’ features on packaging.

  24. It’s a stunner but I own so many similar shades :)
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  25. Raisa

    I think this color is very similar to Estee Lauder “Infamos” from the new series, no?

  26. It reminds me a lot of Daddy’s Little Girl from MAC’s Archie’s Girls collection :D
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  27. Jade

    How would you say it compares to Maybelline Hot Plum? More pink? Hot Plum is very orchid to me.

  28. Aw, that looks so bright and fresh and pretty on you! :-) I love the whole Pantone makeup concept, actually.
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  29. Wendy

    In the photo it looks like a dupe for Cover Girl Lip Perfection in Bombshell. I just bought it at Target. It’s a new shade. Lip Perfection is my favorite drugstore lipstick. Thank you because I never would have tried it if I hadn’t read your reviews.

  30. I already ordered this when it was available for VIB Rouge and it’s supposed to arrive today…I was hoping it would lean a little more towards purple but still, can’t wait to get it!! The entire collection looks so lovely- I just want everything. Really like your look with UD’s Scorch eyeliner as well- I have that color and might need to try it out.

    • How are you liking it, Amanda? Hope to hear your thoughts!

      • Overall I really liked the texture, I don’t mind that the finish isn’t totally matte. I’m not 100% sure the color is flattering on me though! Plus, I was hoping the color would be somewhat more unique. I’m wearing it around and soliciting opinions lol

        P.S. not a dealbreaker for me, but it stained my lips big time!

  31. Jenny

    Ooooh it looks lovely on you! I think I got a bum one or something…mine seems a bit sheer or something.

  32. Avatar of Barbie Barbie

    Gorgeous!

  33. Monica

    Anyone know how this compares to OCC’s January Rising lip tar?

  34. Love this shade, but I feel like I have so many that are similar.

  35. Avatar of kellly kellly

    I didn’t think Radiant Orchid was a color that was going to work for me, but I’m going by Sephora TO.DAY. to check this out. I want the entire set with the luminizer and the nail polish. I do like fuschia tones on my lips and once I see this in person I’m sure I’m likely to end up with this set. That luminizer with the golden tones intrigues me and the fact that it has that gold in it will make it work (awesome) on my skin tone. I’m very pleasantly surprised. My wallet is saying “shut up” but I expect I’ll be wearing Radiant Orchid tomorrow!

  36. Avatar of kellly kellly

    p.s. i love those earrings you are wearing in the photo! so pretty!

  37. Chrissie

    I LOVE the color on you! I love this lipstick so much that I bought an extra one. It is more of a satin finish, don’t think it’s really matte. I am jealous at how bright it is on you. It is not that bright on me. I have to use UD anarchy lip liner to get that bright color. Even though Christine did an awesome job with the review (as she always does), I’d recommend trying the color out. The lip balm has a tint to it and it does hydrate.

  38. Karin Ho

    Very disappointed as it looks like a dozen of other pink fuschia lipsticks!

    Do we need another? I would imagine it to be more bluish than pinkish.

  39. Avatar of Carol Carol

    looks gorgeous on you! how does it compare to MAC Pink Pigeon? thanks!

  40. Tiffany

    I love this so much I bought two!!