Monday, April 23, 2012


A limited edition blush duo from Sephora, in my opinion it is the best blush product(s) from Sephora so far. The entire SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE COLOR OF THE YEAR COLLECTION is very intriguing but the blush duo is what I was most attracted to. Upon testing out both colors in Sephora, I knew immediately that I was going to love this blush duo. The shimmery side (Coral) as well as the matte side (Desert Flower) are well pigmented, soft on the skin, and long lasting. Here's how Sephora describes this product:

What it is:
A luxurious blush duo in tangerine-inspired shades.

What it does:
This micro-fine pressed-powder duo delivers unprecedented wear in combination with extreme comfort and color purity. The spirited color combination was inspired by the Color of the Year and each shade can be worn alone or layered for a contoured look. Light, yet creamy to the touch, this translucent powder is packed with brown seaweed extract to keep your skin soft and supple. Smooth away fine lines and blemishes with a veil of natural coverage and give cheeks a warm, energized flush.

This set contains:
- 2 x 0.38 oz blush in:
- Coral, Pantone #16-1539 (pinkish orange with gold shimmer)
- Desert Flower, Pantone #15-1435 (light orange matte)

What else you need to know:
United by a passion for color, Sephora and Pantone combine their expertise to become beauty’s leading authority on color. Sharing an affection for how color can transform a face, mood, or even an attitude, this breakthrough beauty partnership will change how you wear, feel and think about color. You’ll be introduced to playful shades that will inspire experimentation and exhilarating new products you’ll impulsively want to sweep on. It will reawaken and reinvigorate your own passion for color—or ignite a newfound love. Join us in celebrating Color of the Year: Tangerine Tango!

At first look, it may look like couple of bright scary orangey colors but on the skin they are both lovely peachy apricot-ish colors perfect for spring and summer seasons. The shimmery color (Coral) feel so soft, almost velvet like. The matte color (Desert Flower) is also very soft. Both colors are non-powdery and blend very well. Both are well pigmented, with Coral being more intense. They look great layered. I like to apply Coral first and then Desert Flower more so on the upper cheek area to get a contoured look. Both colors can be applied on their own to give a sheer wash of tint: Coral for nice shimmery peachy golden glow, Desert Flower for soft apricot tint. Both colors can be built up for more intense night out colors.

I'm not too crazy about the packaging of this product. The top is thick semi transparent plastic slab held down to the white plastic case by strong magnets on four corners. At first I thought it looked cool but because there are no hinges to hold down the top, it can come off easily while inside a bag being tossed around with other stuff...

I was first attracted to this product due to the lovely colors but after trying it out I ended up loving everything about this product (except the pigmentation, texture, blendability, lasting power, and most importantly, how lovely it looks on the cheeks!

Now that I've tried the blush duo and ended up loving it, I'm thinking of trying other SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE COLOR OF THE YEAR COLLECTION products...

Or maybe I should've just bought the combination set!
Hmm, it is cheaper to buy the combination set rather than buy each products separately... but since I already have the blush duo I won't be buying the set. Perhaps I'll try the eyeshadow quad next...

What do you think? What do you want to try from this collection? If you already tried, do you love it or hate it?

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