Sephora + Pantone Marsala Color of the Year collection

Saturday, December 20, 2014

For once, the colour of the year is one that I think we can all appreciate: Marsala. It’s a little drab, a little red, and a little rustic — so, basically, a colour that I should hate (but totally don’t).

Unlike the bright green and violet that we’ve seen these past two years, Marsala is more or less wearable… maybe a little more on the less side, for us cool-toned girls. But it’s work-appropriate, at least, and that’s definitely a start!

And that rose gold packaging — I mean, Sephora isn’t even playing fair anymore.

Sephora Pantone Universe Marsala Collection

How do you feel about Marsala?

Sephora + Pantone “Night Fall” Eyeshadow Palette review, swatches, photos | A singular palette, for a colour-loving crowd

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sephora Pantone Night Fall eyeshadow palette review

The product: SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Night Fall Full Spectra Eye Shadow Palette

This summer’s Sephora + Pantone Universe collection was based around duochromes: from their gorgeous liquid eyeshadows to their Full Spectra palettes, they promised colour-shifting pigments and pearlescent-matte finishes.

My swatches hardly do these shades justice, but hopefully they’ll be helpful in context!

Sephora Pantone summer 2013 eyeshadow palette review

The shades, as organized by duos

Gravel & Ocean Wave pair a gorgeous, medium-opacity matte seafoam green with a sheer, duochrome champagne. Gravel (the gold) is quite an interesting shade; straight on, it’s a light toffee on my skin; at an angle or on darker skintones, however, it’s a pure, shimmering champagne.

Eggnog & Yellow Iris are actually both mattes; Eggnog is a very light ivory (think MAC Blanc Type, but lighter) with sparse silver microshimmer if examined from an inch or two away, while Yellow Iris is a punchy matte yellow leaning almost chartreuse. 

Sephora Pantone Full Spectra palette review

Top: Eggnog & Yellow Iris / Bottom: Gravel & Ocean Wave

Sephora eyeshadow palette swatches review - Night Fall

Swatched L-R: Gravel & Ocean Wave, Eggnog & Yellow Iris

Coral Pink & Parisian Jewel pair a smooth, opaque, metallic burnt orange (I’m not sure if this is a true duochrome, but it certainly looks brighter and more pink at some angles) with a dusted-down primary blue. It’s the most flashy duo in this palette, but I’d have liked to have seen just a touch more pigment in the blue.

Crystal Pink & Pink Lavender, the last duo in this palette, consists of a stunning pink-violet confection with a gorgeous, dense, buttery, mesmerizing crystal pink. I am so crazy about the larger shade — it really does make me think “crystal pink,” with its duochrome (clear/white to metallic light pink), and it’s beautiful blended into the matte shade.

Sephora Pantone Night Fall palette review

Top: Crystal Pink & Pink Lavender / Bottom: Coral Pink & Parisian Jewel

Sephora Pantone Night Fall palette swatches review

Swatched L-R: Coral Pink & Parisian Jewel; Crystal Pink & Pink Lavender

The verdict?

At full price, this would have been a pass — while I think Night Fall offers very interesting shades and finishes, it wasn’t quite good enough to warrant its $46 CAD price tag.

At half price, however, I think the two Full Spectra eyeshadow palettes are worth a look, especially if you like your makeup interesting. The mattes aren’t flawless, but they’re pretty good, and the mix of finishes is quite singular — you have everything from punchy mattes to metallic duochromes, and all in rather unique shades.

And, of course (you know, in case you missed it), I am smitten with the last duo in this palette!

Availability: $46 CAD $23 CAD, online & in-stores now at Sephora. Limited edition.

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Two duochrome eye looks with Sephora + Pantone’s Light Storm Liquid Shadows

Monday, August 5, 2013

Sephora Pantone Universe review swatches Light Storm

Last Friday was a whirlwind of I seriously love these, so I thought today I’d bring you a couple eye looks using the SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Light Storm Liquid Shadows ($18 USD/$22 CAD).

Sephora Pantone Smoky Grape duochrome eye

Sephora + Pantone Light Storm Liquid Eyeshadow in Smoky Grape

To start off: a really basic eye with Smoky Grape, worn sheerly and blended through to the edges with fingers. To test the Light Storm Liquid Shadows’ wear time, I took this eye out for a day at the park — four hours in the summer sun, plus breakfast and lunch in the city, and it didn’t budge or crease at all.

On my lashes is a quick layer of Annabelle Expandable Mascara ($10.95 CAD), and that’s literally it. No primer, no powder, and no other shadows!

Sephora Pantone Tuscany duochrome eye

Sephora + Pantone Light Storm Liquid Eyeshadow in Tuscany + Milani Liquid Eye in Black

I was less excited about the way Tuscany swatched (it’s pretty, but the duochrome’s a lot less obvious), so I tried it out with a liner I both love and hate. The Milani Liquid Eye Liner Pencil ($6.99 USD) is super creamy and creates some seriously sexy smudged eyeliner, but on my bare lids, it turns into a greasy mess in under fifteen minutes.

So, I put on two sheer layers of Tuscany, smudged the Milani pencil in 01 Black along my upper lashline, and added a coat of Imju Fiberwig Extra Long Mascara. Five hours later, when I had to take my makeup off to go to bed, it was all still intact — not a smudge or crease in sight.

I hope you like this eye look, because it’s about to become my go-to for every time I feel like wearing liner.

Sephora Smoky Grape swatches review

Sephora Light Storm Liquid Shadow swatches — read the review here.

Sephora + Pantone Light Storm Liquid Shadow in Tuscany, Smoky Grape: swatches, review, photos

Friday, August 2, 2013

Sephora Pantone Universe Light Storm Liquid Shadows

The product: SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Light Storm Liquid Shadow in Tuscany and Smoky Grape

As someone with incredibly stubborn lids, I’m a sucker for an innovative eyeshadow formula. Whether it’s some newfangled loose-pressed hybrid, a powder-finish stick, or a lightweight liquid, the urge to test & review comes up every time, like clockwork.

This time, it was for the new Sephora + Pantone Light Storm formula, a “long-lasting liquid eye shadow formula with color-shifting hues and incomparable shine [with] ultra impressive wear.”

Sephora Pantone Universe review swatches Light Storm

The formula: I’ve always liked liquid eyeshadows, and the Light Storm formula was no exception. These shadows apply smoothly and effortlessly, setting into a budge-proof finish and blending easily with fingertips or a fluffy brush. (I prefer using my fingers.)

Smoky Grape and Tuscany were both on the sheer side, layerable but definitely more suited to medium-sheer looks. I do get some fallout throughout the day, particularly with Tuscany, but it’s never noticeable enough to really bother me.

Sephora Pantone duochrome Light Storm review swatches

Sephora Smoky Grape Tuscany Light Storm swatches review

Sephora + Pantone Universe Light Storm Liquid Shadow swatches in Smoky Grape & Tuscany

The shades: The Light Storm Liquid Shadows feature a sparkly, duochrome finish, and come in some seriously gorgeous shades.

Smoky Grape is a beautiful light violet with a strong blue-green shift. Its base colour is actually a pink-violet, but it contains light blue duochrome microshimmer, which give it a cool-toned sheen and read as a light green at an angle.

Sephora Smoky Grape swatches review

There’s something complex and magical about Smoky Grape, and though its sheerness makes it very wearable, it never fails to leave me feeling like some sort of beautiful woodland fae. I like it best paired with nothing but a touch of lenghtening mascara, to compliment its light, ethereal finish.

Tuscanyon the other hand, is a medium brown with gold shimmer that shifts a soft rose. (Can I call this a taupe? It totally reads as a taupe on the lids.) The duochrome in Tuscany is much less obvious, but no less stunning — it’s perfect paired with smudgy black liner for a smouldering, “date night” eye.

Sephora Pantone Tuscany swatches review

The wear: I was promised something “ultra impressive,” but brands so rarely deliver on wear time for me. With the Light Storm formula, however, I really was impressed: I get less than four hours out of most powder eyeshadows, with primer, but these held up for over nine hours on my oily lids, through 25 degree weather and sweltering sunlight. (I’m sure they’d have held up longer, but I didn’t have time to test them for more than that.)

Different formulas crease for different reasons, and I found that these wore away in three hours with watery eyes, while lasting all day for oily lids and repelling water (not saline) quite well.

Sephora Liquid Eyeshadow review swatches applicator

The verdict?

Like any great duochrome eyeshadow, the Sephora + Pantone Universe Light Storm Liquid Shadows are perfect for creating complex eye looks with just one product. They apply easily and blend out well, giving the effect of multiple shadows with just one shade — great for both makeup junkies looking for something different & newbies looking for an eyeshadow “cheat”.

In terms of formula — if you have oily lids but not watery eyes, this may just be a “holy grail” formula for you. At $22 CAD, these wore better than my Ellis Faas Lights ($46 USD/$50 CAD), but with less pigment, way more product, and much better packaging. (The Light Storm eyeshadows are $22 CAD/oz; Ellis Faas Lights are $588 CAD/oz.)

Availability: $18 USD/$22 CAD at Sephora. Limited edition.

P.S. Smoky Grape is, hands down, one of the most interesting eyeshadows in my entire collection, and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who wants a sheer-but-complex eye look that they can put on in seconds.

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Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2013: Emerald | Reviews, swatches, and far too many photos

Friday, May 24, 2013

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year 2013

This year’s Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year collection has been out for a few months (since March), but I haven’t really been “feeling it” — until now, that is.

With the weather finally warming up & the sun coming out from behind the clouds, 2013’s vibrant collection of Emerald products is (finally!) in-season and on-trend. Perfect for creating a summer smokey eye, or adding just a touch of bright green, now is the perfect time to pick  up a couple bold green products to add to your summer makeup kit.

Blogger’s note: so, this post ended up at around a thousand words. Click here or scroll past all the pretty pictures for a two-sentence rundown of each product.

The product: SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Color of the Year 2013, Emerald (assorted products)

Sephora + Pantone Color Watt Highlighting Mascara

Color Watt Highlighting Mascara

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Watt Highlighting Mascara ($22 CAD)

Funnily enough, I thought this was the best and worst-performing product in this year’s Color of the Year collection. Dry, matte, and intensely pigmented, the Color Watt mascara really does show up green on the lashes — even short, dark, sparse lashes like my own.

There’s a lash photo of this at the end of the post, but in a nutshell: yes, it absolutely does show up, but the gorgeous green pigment is its downfall, too. It sits in tiny, dry clumps on the lashes, adding neither length nor noticeable volume, and stains for days if it touches the skin.

The stain can be avoided if you carefully remove your mascara with an oil-based or micellar remover on a cotton pad, rubbing down the lash against a halved cotton pad covering your undereye area, but it’s a hell of a hassle for a single effective-but-kitschy product.

Sephora + Pantone Universe Emerald Glitter

Lightspeed Glitter Dust

Sephora + Pantone Universe Lightspeed Glitter Dust ($17 CAD)

On the polar opposite end of the spectrum is the Lightspeed Glitter Dust, which is dry, loose, and milled just large enough to stay on this side of shimmery. The green base is very sheer, and the plentiful sky blue shimmer really predominates, giving it an almost turquoise tone overall.

Like any glitter dust, this really needs a base to stick to, so be sure to have one on hand! On completely dry skin, it comes right off, but on primed or even just freshly-moisturized skin, it adheres like a charm.

Sephora Pantone Color of the Year 2013 swatches reviews

L-R: Color Watt Highlighting Mascara, Lightspeed Glitter Dust, Color Cube Lid Liner Stain (x2), Color Code Prismatic Shadow, Graphic Sculpt Waterproof Jumbo Liner

Sephora + Pantone Lightspeed Glitter Dust

Lightspeed Glitter Dust

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Cube Lid Liner Stain ($19 CAD)

May I please introduce you to the Sephora + Pantone Universe 2013 cream of the crop? The Lid Liner Stain (which, despite its name, absolutely does not stain) is gorgeous — a well-pigmented shimmery-or-metallic emerald, it makes me think of all the best parts of the Emerald City.

The smooth, light texture of this Color Cube “stain” blends out easily as a wash of green with finely-milled shimmer, but works as a seriously stunning metallic emerald liner, too. Basically, it’s everything the Color Code Prismatic Shadow (below) hopes to someday be.

Sephora + Pantone Lid Liner Stain

Color Cube Lid Liner Stain

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A Sephora + Pantone Makeup Look: Emerald (2013) // St. Patrick’s Day Makeup

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Pantone is totally just screwing with us

I’m all about multi-tasking when it comes to posts, so  I couldn’t miss this chance to share a green look with you: not only is it totally appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day, but it features Pantone’s 2013 Colour of the Year, Emerald.

Don’t miss this post on SSB for the full tutorial!

Emerald eye makeup tutorial - Sephora + Pantone

I kind of hate Pantone’s 17-5641 Emerald, to be totally honest, but I’m sucking it up for the time being. It’s not that I don’t love greens–I love a deep forest green, and I’m currently smitten with this grey-green polish–it’s just this green.

The Sephora + Pantone Universe Emerald collection is undoubtedly gorgeous on some, but I just feel like it looks a little obnoxious on my skintone, you know? A little too bright, a little too blue.

Emerald eye makeup look

Sephora + Pantone Universe Emerald Color of the Year 2013 collection

Bright lids & light lips

I don’t often opt for a brighter version of something, but I really preferred this one — as gorgeous as the red lip was, I liked the vibrance of the monotone lid & shimmery, mid-toned lip.

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year makeup look - Emerald 2013

I layered the Sephora + Pantone Prismatic Shadow Block and Lightspeed Glitter Dust (both in Emerald) to get this eye, and I have to say: not really feeling either product.

The Shadow Block in particular really grated on my nerves; for a Sephora cream eyeshadow (two things I’ve come to expect a lot from), I thought it went on rather patchy and oily, and creased like a terror.

A darker lid & bold lip

Green smokey eye makeup tutorial

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