Sephora + Pantone Universe SpectraLight Collection: Review
We usually associate Pantone with the solid colors littering the racks of every major department store, declared by the company as the next big color. More recently, we've seen the Pantone solids on mugs and even shower curtains. Next up in the Pantone retail world domination: The Sephora + Pantone Universe SpectraLight Collection, a marriage of Pantone and esteemed beauty retailer, Sephora. The collection, designed to be worn in summer, is available in stores as of May for a limited time. Curious how the company would fare with its colors decorating faces rather than mugs, I put the collection to the test.
I tried the Smoky Grape shade of the Light Storm Liquid Eyeshadow ($18), which upon application appears like it was stolen from the set of an Empire of the Sun video shoot. I experimented by leaving a thick layer of shadow on one eyelid and blending the other—the lid with the thick layer began flaking and burning after about 10 minutes. However, after blending the other lid with my finger, it dissolved into a subtler, lavender color with a hint of shimmer. The color worked really well with a thin layer of black eyeliner, but definitely was not a daytime look (unless you don’t mind having people in suits stare at you, in that case, go for it).
The Light Flicker Mascara ($18) that “uses real pearls to create a holographic, shimmery lash,” according to the press release, fell flat, neither defining my lashes nor adding shimmer (although, it would be really hard to see the shimmer against all that purple). The real sinker, however, was that the mascara smelled like sunscreen even after it dried.
The Spectral Lacquer ($10) nail polish in Purple Wine is the product that I’ll be using the most of. Although it takes at least three coats to wear the polish alone, it worked really well as a topcoat to an opaque color. It’s refreshing to have an alternative to cheesy glitter polishes or gold topcoats, which are more ubiquitous. This polish is a playful compromise between the glitter of childhood and the manicured nails of adulthood.
Although I’ll wear the polish more, the Astral Lip Glaze ($24) is probably my favorite product of the collection. It has a heavy, honey-like consistency that goes on a little sticky and has an immediate tingle that feels like your lips just got bit by a mosquito and you’re waiting for the inevitable swelling. This unpleasant tingle is most likely due to the gloss being a "lip plumper." Despite these shortcomings, the gloss lasted about five hours without needing to be reapplied and survived a cup of coffee (although you wouldn’t know it by looking at the glittery rim).
What I love most about the gloss is the combination of the color and glitter that produce a campy, super girly look. Its pronounced strawberry-pink color is more like a glossy lipstick than a translucent gloss, and the shimmer lasts as long as the gloss does. I imagine that Coco (of E!’s Ice Loves Coco) would love this product. It transitions well from day to night and is a perfect bright color for summer.
Although the collection as a whole didn’t wow, it had a few standout pieces that stole the show. And the glitter.