Sephora + Pantone Universe Modern Watercolors Lipgloss Set Review, Photos, Swatches

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). Chanel Exotique (12) (P, $34.00) is darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Maybelline Coral Craze (P, $4.49) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Citrus Evolution (115) (LE, $8.99) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Happy Sunrise (25) (P, $12.00) is glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Eight (Watercolor) (LE, ) is more pigmented (90% similar). LORAC Belle-ieve (LE, ) is glossier (90% similar). Too Faced Poppin' Peach (P, $19.00) is darker, 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 (DC, $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 Sixxx Pack (LE, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Petite Indulgence (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Baie Rose (89) (LE, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Khaaannnn! (LE, $19.00) 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 Tender (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Two (Watercolor) (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Picture Pink (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Turkish Delight (P, $26.00) is lighter, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Embraceable Me (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Wanting More (LE, $19.00) 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, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Borealis (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Aphrodite (792) (P, $30.00) is less pigmented (85% similar). MAC New Galaxy (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (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, $19.00) 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 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). MAC Marvel-Lush (LE, $20.00) is lighter, more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Cinestyle (LE, $20.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). Illamasqua Fierce (P, $22.00) is darker, brighter, more pigmented (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Modern Watercolors

LELimited Edition. $28.00.
F
F
4
Product
4.5
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
5
Longevity
3.5
Application
50%
Total

Cantaloupe

LELimited Edition.
F
F
4
Product
2
Pigmentation
6
Texture
5
Longevity
3.5
Application
46%
Total

Foxglove

LELimited Edition.
F
F
4
Product
5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
5
Longevity
3
Application
51%
Total

Rose Quartz

LELimited Edition.
F
F
4
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
5
Texture
5
Longevity
3.5
Application
53%
Total

Serenity

LELimited Edition.
F
F
4
Product
5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
5
Longevity
3.5
Application
52%
Total

Pale Banana

LELimited Edition.
F
F
4
Product
4.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
4.5
Longevity
4
Application
51%
Total

Sunlit Allium

LELimited Edition.
F
F
4
Product
4
Pigmentation
5
Texture
4.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
47%
Total

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

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

Sephora + Pantone Universe Cantaloupe Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Cantaloupe Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Cantaloupe Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Cantaloupe Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Cantaloupe Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Cantaloupe Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Cantaloupe Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Cantaloupe Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Cantaloupe Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Cantaloupe Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Cantaloupe Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Cantaloupe Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Foxglove Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Foxglove Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Foxglove Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Foxglove Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Foxglove Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Foxglove Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Foxglove Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Foxglove Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Foxglove Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Foxglove Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Foxglove Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Foxglove Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Serenity Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Serenity Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Serenity Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Serenity Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Serenity Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Serenity Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Serenity Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Serenity Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Serenity Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Serenity Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Serenity Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Serenity Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Pale Banana Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Pale Banana Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Pale Banana Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Pale Banana Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Pale Banana Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Pale Banana Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Pale Banana Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Pale Banana Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Pale Banana Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Pale Banana Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Pale Banana Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Pale Banana Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Sunlit Allium Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Sunlit Allium Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Sunlit Allium Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Sunlit Allium Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Sunlit Allium Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Sunlit Allium Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Sunlit Allium Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Sunlit Allium Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Sunlit Allium Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Sunlit Allium Lipgloss

Sephora + Pantone Universe Sunlit Allium Lipgloss
Sephora + Pantone Universe Sunlit Allium Lipgloss

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NelleShoeGirl Avatar

When I saw all the F’s, I just HAD to click through to see lip swatches. Sephora should have done two glosses: one each in the color of the year, and not promised “single stroke color”. Or made them “transformer” shades like Bite’s Opal. In fact, why promise single stroke color in something CALLED watercolor glosses???? This is sort of hilarious. They could have made these watercolor lip gloss colors into a mini lipstick set that would have been far more interesting and colorful!

Ah, I don’t know why I’m fired up about this because I have zero interest in the collection, but maybe it’s just because bad makeup products in general irritate me. Why release something that is just bad? How do some of these things get through testing? ๐Ÿ™‚

Christine Avatar

Maybe someone should do watercolor-inspired lip pencils? I wonder if the lip pencil formula would at least apply a little better and force you apply in shorter, smaller areas vs. even a lipstick.

It’s just bizarre to me not to say “high-shine, sheer color.”

Raeanne Avatar

Why did they release these?? Quite a few of the Sephora house products are great, including the matte lipsticks, matte lipcreams, the lipliners… I have a feeling these Pantone colors won’t lend themselves to many high-quality products because those pastels are challenging. Oy.

Natalia Avatar

It’s too bad these don’t pay-off well, it’s a fun an smart concept for a product (seen the attention Pantone colours get the past few years)… In addition, Sephora usually makes worthy products! (e.g. bronzers and liquid lipsticks – especially the latter, omg, I could rant on forever).

Maybe they could change a lipstick’s colour a bit when put over it?

Rachel Avatar

I honestly think you rated these unfairly. They are called WATERCOLOR glosses. You can’t possibly compare them to something that is marketed as being opaque.

Christine Avatar

Hi Rachel,

Please see the review above: “Theyโ€™re supposed to be โ€œplayful pastelsโ€ that give โ€œhigh-shine color payoff in a single strokeโ€ with โ€œdeep hydration and conditioning.โ€”

Those terms are pulled from Sephora’s description of the product. I’m by no means surprised that these are sheer, based on this type of product and the iterations we’ve seen over the years, but the description doesn’t say “sheer wash” or “sheer” or “barely there” anywhere in it. I try to be very transparent about how I’m rating a product, which is why I pull and quote what the brand says.

Christine Avatar

When a store also has their own brand sold within their store – like Costco having Kirkland products. Sephora has their own brand, Sephora Collection. They also own several other brands under Kendo Brands (Kat Von D, Marc Jacobs, Ole Henriksen, etc.), which I know has been more separated from Sephora (but still owned by LVMH and still collaborates with as far as I’m aware) but originally was started as a way to incubate new ideas/brands.

KJH Avatar

You just knew these would be an abysmal fail. Epic. I just don’t see why any brand even tries, when clearly the formula to keep these milky shades on, not settling in the lip lines, and with some wear time has not been invented yet. They aren’t even that well differentiated. Performance is the name of the game, not how lovely they look on the vanity. Bite fail all over again. Big surprise. Not.

Christine Avatar

That’s kind of how I feel! Like I totally get that this may be “as good as it gets,” yet there’s a reason why you don’t see a ton of these types of products on the market. Of course, no brand is going to be like, “Hey! Here are pastel glosses, they’re still pretty disappointing, but anyway…”

Andrew Avatar

You’d think they would have taken a lesson from the Bite watercolor gloss set from last Spring. I really wanted to love these, too, just like Bite’s release. This is actually my first year since 2012 that I’m not purchasing anything from the Pantone collection :/.

Katherine T. Avatar

Well, I must be psychic, because I sadly predicted that some of these Panetone pastel products would be candidates for worst products of the year. My heart just dropped when I saw Panetone pick 2 pastels, as those are so difficult to get right. Like I said, if even BITE can’t get pastel lip glosses right (and all they do is lipsticks and lip glosses), what hope is there for Sephora? And shame on Sephora for even releasing this horrible product. The Sephora Holographic Lip Gels were so cool and rated really well, why didn’t they release a sheer, holographic pink gloss with pastel blue shimmer??

Lacey Avatar

I’ve been trying to figure out what bothers me about the packaging in general, and I think it reminds me of the tile flooring in my schools and doctors’ offices in the late 80s/early 90s. Sort of mismatched and washed out.

Sephora’s Ultra Shine glosses were some of my favorite new products last year, so it’s disappointing to see these rate so poorly.

Ray Avatar

Ugh, I think we all predicted that this year’s Pantone lip products wouldn’t be good. They should have just done a good job with Foxglove and Cantaloupe and only released those two as complementary shades to the Pantone blue/pink, if they were going to bother at all. This collection looks like they didn’t try but released it as a cynical cashgrab because they know collectors will buy it no matter what :/

Lulle Avatar

Yup, total disaster, and a missed opportunity to do something interesting with pastels! I feel like Sephora really took the colors of the year literally this time, instead of offering wearable variation playing with textures, reflections and finishes. I don’t know what they were thinking… For the gloss part of the release, they could have used one of their existing good formulas and created a few more shades inspired by Rose Quartz and Serenity, with/without shimmer, duochrome effect, etc…
I have to say that I’m not into pastels to start with, but I feel like Sephora has made the worst possible pastel collection with these 2 shades!

Chasity Avatar

This was just going to be a disaster from the start.. I just can’t get behind Pantones color choices this year so I was never really interested.. but I do find this all entertaining too look at however.

Claire L Avatar

Wow, giving all F’s is brutal but I don’t blame you! Have you ever considered giving U’s (Ungraded) ?? It’s a marvel they even made it to market, they are sooo bad! Any or all of the dupes would be way better!

Kristin P. Avatar

Has there *ever*, in your experience, been a line of pastel lip glosses that actually worked? This reminds me of the ones from Bite a year or two before – Bite is a great brand, but those were just a miserable failure.

Christine Avatar

I don’t think many put out a whole line of them, but here are some of the better rated glosses that are on the lighter end of the color spectrum and/or have more of the milky coloring of a pastel, though some I wouldn’t call pastel: http://www.temptalia.com/swatches?compare=165014,114628,197209,162723,171700,165261,173096,181691,162724,161880,162410,192743,106689,162917,194325,197065,164218,199724,193344,104918,106772,162459,147095,123531,166001,173092,162341,160165

Sophie Avatar

I think you gave a fair review. These glosses are dismal at best. I was really shocked at the level of sheerness compared to their marketing statements!

Ally Avatar

I fell in love with the way these looked because they are deeper pastels and the packaging is attractive in a modernesque way. Conceptually, they seemed cool and the colors are beautiful upon glance.

I winded up getting these through Sephora.

I found that the Foxglove Lipgloss was the only one that really made any impression on me that was positive or noticeable. It was actually a little surprising. I found that it attractively enhanced my own nude lip color…gave my lips a slight blush affect, while still looking as if I had nothing on. However, it doesn’t last very long. I had to keep reapplying the gloss to keep the look constant.

I find that even in your photos the Foxglove Lipgloss has a similar affect. Attractive, slight enhancement of your lip color with a hint of pink, while the rest of the glosses barely show up, or look more underwhelming.

Not sure if anyone else has experienced the same with this color in the pack.

Overall, I wanted these to have a better formula…longer-lasting, and a slightly more pigmented while maintaining some sheerness (for highlighting or top layering)…if that makes sense.

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