Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush

Hello beauties! Color of the Year is HERE, so I’m FINALLY showing off my Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick. I had the option to pre-order from Sephora as a VIB Rouge so I’ve worn it a couple times, but it hasn’t been photographing well inside with my limited equipment. This is an interesting color and I really wanted to do it justice.

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First off, the packaging is really neat. I like how the square tube is angled in the box. It seems the top is magnetic to hold it on to the base.

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Ahh, brand new lipstick. One of life’s simple pleasures. Is there anything better? Please forgive me if the photo is a little blurry!

So far I’ve done a couple looks when wearing this lipstick, the first with a sparkly white eye, then another with Chopper (glittery chopper) and Sin (shimmering pink champagne) and both  with cool-toned blush. But I’m trying to use this blog to push out of my comfort zone, so I decided to let the lipstick be the star of the show and go for a completely naked eye for the first time since… hmm, probably ever.

I also dug into the rarely-used darker side of my Anastasia brow powder duo for an extra-bold brow and finished the look with Benefit Lollitint, in keeping with the radiant orchid theme.

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Someone told me I look terrible like this! But I thought it was fun.

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These lip pictures feel so silly to take, but I know they’re useful to me when I’m scoping out product reviews.

So this product is being advertised as a matte lipstick, and if you’ve read any other reviews (or you have eyes and just looked at my photos) you know that’s not true. It’s really more of a satin finish. However, I really liked the feel of the product. Just one sweep packs a decent amount of pigment, but you can blot or layer to adjust to your liking. The lipstick is not too dry, but not super glossy either. It lasted through a meal on Saturday but I will warn that it stained my lips like no other product I’ve used, even with a lip primer, and my lips are dark for my complexion. Another pitfall is that purple tones can make your teeth appear more yellow! Hence no smiling.

Despite that, I was slightly disappointed the color didn’t lean more purple. It’s more of a magenta. There are some dupes out there- although I don’t have an extensive collection of bold lip colors, Revolution Lipstick in Anarchy by Urban Decay would be the closest match in my stash. For some reason I really have purple everything, especially lips, on my brain. And pastels. Lucky for me I just ordered Rollergirl and Mannequin Lip Tars from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics!

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I’m on the fence if this is a good color for me personally. Anyone that has thoughts, I’d love to hear them! Definitely go by Sephora and check out the Pantone collection- all the products are drool-worthy. If the color flatters your skin tone, this a great buy! At $18, you would pay a lot more for a high-end lipstick of similar quality.

 

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