January 21, 2013

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Theory Sculpting Blush Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Theory Sculpting Blush ($24) is a new face palette launching with Sephora’s Emerald Capsule Collection celebrating the Pantone Color of the Year, Emerald.

This blush features two shades of complimentary blush to highlight and shade face.

Take a look!

I’m unsure of the exact size of this blush but this is massive and probably weights in at 0.20 oz-0.24 oz at the least. Sephora stuck with the chic yet plain white packaging that they used from last year’s Pantone Collection. I personally love the no nonsense yet very elegant feel of the compact. It’s stark white with a clear slide off top and a generously sized swing out mirror.

The compact is made up of two shades, Dusty Pink and Pink Mist. Personally the shade names aren’t quite on par with what the colors are. The larger shade that dominates the color is a pale beige peach and the other shade a pale lilac with some pink and shimmer. The larger beige peach is soft and silky but does kick up a fair bit of powder which gives it a chalky consistency but it applies beautifully on my skin. Prepping is required here though as I noticed if I was diligent about priming well the finish would settle and cling onto flaky areas which leads me to believe it might accentuate larger pores. Just prep well prior to application. The paler lilac shade is a shimmery finish with a good deal of chunky silver sparkle.

Unfortunately, the shades together or separately are very sheer. The lilac does produce the best finish as it is the most pigmented of the two colors but still sheer none the less. Fairer/Paler skin will find the blush a delightful shade of peach however, those with medium or darker skin might find it works more as a highlighter. If anything the beige peach works fantastic as an all over color should you desire.

I understand why Sephora went with such neutral, sheer shade as it compliments and brings attention to emerald on eyes but not overshadows it with a bright, bold blush. But I admit, I am slightly disappointed how sheer this is. They could have done a little more peach in the finish and this would make for a fantastic natural finish on cheeks and face and not over do it in the least should you be pairing the blush with emerald eyes.

Fair skin? It’s a win! Medium or darker? Might be a little sheer so swatch in stores before indulging.

The Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Spring 2013 Collection launches at Sephora and Sephora.com come March.

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Christy

    Thanks for the review Muse. I’ve been looking forward to seeing the Sephora+Pantone releases. I think I’ll pass on this because its so sheer. Wonder what their eyeshadow palette is going to look like? I really liked last years releases. xxx Christy


    oh my goodness I love these two colors!!!!!! that cool toned pink is so cute!!!!!!! -squeals-

    24$ isn’t bad for a double blush that would probably work on me, but I am saving up for the new Dior collection and those guerlain jumbo pearls….. ๐Ÿ˜‰ oh how I wish to win the lotto….

  • JoElla

    I think this is going to be a love or hate blush that is geared more towards lighter skin tones. Personally, I am underwhelmed with this blush. Not sure how I feel about the whole collection, but waiting to see more swatches before I decide if I like the collection.