Monday, December 28, 2015

Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Rose Quartz & Serenity Collection: Review and Swatches

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For me, it's always a monumental moment when sneak peeks of the new Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year Collection are released. For 2016, there are not one but two colors of the year: a light lavender-blue called "Serenity" and a pale baby pink called "Rose Quartz". Both shades are very gorgeous but I do admit I'm a little hesitant about how they will translate into makeup colors. Nevertheless, let us take a look at the some swatches or this collection......
Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Collection
Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Modern Watercolors Eye Palette
Sephora + Pantone Modern Watercolors Eye Palette ($49.00 CAD):
Housed in a very beautiful plastic white palette, the Modern Watercolors Eye Palette comes with a huge mirror and 24 shadows weighing 1g each. Although inspired by watercolors, the front of the lid is printed with an Impressionism-style oil painting. The quality of the packaging is really great; it feels heavy-duty but it's not chunky or clumsy.
Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Modern Watercolors Eye Palette
Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Modern Watercolors Eye Palette
This palette definitely has some of the most unique colors I've seen in a while. Unfortunately, though, most of the shadows have a very thin, chalky, dry, and sheer formulation. With the exception of a few neutral shimmers, the formulation feels slightly inferior to the usual Sephora brand shadows. I love the variety of pastels and the good mix of shimmers and mattes, but the formulation is simply not great.
Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Modern Watercolors Eye Palette

Name:
Color
Finish
Texture
Pigmentation
Fruit Dove
Rosy red
Matte       
Slightly chalky  
Slightly patchy 
Oyster Mushroom
Taupe-y gray
Shimmer    
Good
Good
Antique White
Soft ivory white pearl 
Shimmer
Good
Good
Bright White
Bright white
Matte
Good
Slightly patchy
Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Modern Watercolors Eye Palette

Name:
Color
Finish
Texture
Pigmentation
Orchid Haze   
Soft purple 
Matte       
Chalky   
Sheer and patchy       
Coral Haze
Soft orange sherbet
Matte
Chalky      
Sheer and patchy
Mushroom
Champagne-taupe gold     
Shimmer  
Good
Good
Rose Quartz
Pale cool baby pink
Matte
Chalky
Sheer and patchy
Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Modern Watercolors Eye Palette

Name:
Color
Finish
Texture
Pigmentation
Cascade
Soft teal mint
Matte
Chalky
Patchy
Pale Mauve
Dusty cool tone pink   
Shimmer  
Good
Good
Pelican
Pale greige gold
Shimmer
Good
Sheer
Honeydew
White mint
Matte
Chalky and powdery  
Sheer and patchy
Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Modern Watercolors Eye Palette

Name:
Color
Finish
Texture
Pigmentation
Lantana
Dusty reddish-orange
Matte
Slightly chalky
Sheer
Café au Lait
Soft creamy brown
Shimmer
Good
Good
Chinois Green
Seafoam green with golden shimmers 
Shimmer
Good
Sheer
Café Creme
Warm peach champagne
Shimmer
Excellent
Excellent
Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Modern Watercolors Eye Palette

Name:
Color
Finish
Texture
Pigmentation
Linden Green
Soft lemon green
Matte
Dry and chalky
Sheer and patchy
Boa
Mossy soft green with golden shimmers
Shimmer
Good
Sheer
Cedar Wood
Soft brick red with golden shimmers
Shimmer
Dry and chalky
Poor
Mellow Yellow
Pale eggshell white
Satin
Chalky
Sheer and patchy
Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Modern Watercolors Eye Palette

Name:
Color
Finish
Texture
Pigmentation
Marina
Soft azure blue
Matte
Dry and chalky
Sheer and patchy
Serenity
Pale lavender blue
Matte
Chalky
Patchy
Citadel
Soft gray denim blue with silvery shimmers
Shimmer
Good
Sheer
Ash
Pale elephant gray
Matte
Good
Sheer

Sephora + Pantone Universe Modern Watercolors Lip Gloss Set ($35 CAD):
This is a set of sheer lip glosses in six interesting watercolor-inspired shades. Housed in very sleek and angular clear gloss tubes with coordinating colored caps, the glosses have a creamy and fairly non-sticky formulation. The colors are all creams with no shimmers or glitters. A couple of the shades are very wearable but the rest are too avant garde for my taste. Unless you have very pale lips, the lighter gloss shades end up very patchy.
Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Modern Watercolors Lip Gloss Set
Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Modern Watercolors Lip Gloss Set
Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Modern Watercolors Lip Gloss Set
Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Matte Lipsticks
Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Matte Lipsticks in "Serenity" & "Rose Quartz" ($23 CAD each):
A pale blue and a pale pink, these two Matte Lipsticks are definitely the most interesting items from the collection. They come in a very pretty ombre baby blue and pink rectangular cases. With a fairly pigmented formulation, the two shades are pretty creamy with a satin (not matte) finish.
I like to think that I can be pretty adventurous when it comes to beauty trends, but I honestly can't embrace these two lip colors. The two shades simply do not compliment my skin tone. Both make me feel like I am an outer-space alien with scary chalky lips. I tried pairing these two together and they look slightly better but nevertheless, this trend is too daring for me.
Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Matte Lipsticks
Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Matte Lipstick in "Serenity"
Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Matte Lipstick in "Rose Quartz"
Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Matte Lipstick in "Rose Quartz" & "Serenity"
Availability:
Sephora + Pantone Universe is available online and in stores at Sephora.
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