Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sephora and Pantone Universe Color of the Year Collector's Edition Review, Swatches, and Photos

Is it possible to be in love with a makeup collection?  Because if so, I think I've found my makeup soulmate :)

I am totally in love with this Tangerine Tango makeup set.  In case you don't know, Tangerine Tango is Pantone's color of the year, and they teamed up with Sephora to create a collection inspired by this awesome shade.  I've always been a fan of more orange-y reds, so I totally flipped out when I heard about this.  I ordered it as soon as it was available because in my makeup-crazed state, I assumed that everyone else would be coveting the kit as much as I was.  (Not true - lucky for you, it's still in stock!)  Ok ok, I'll stop fan-girling and give you some pics ;)

This thing arrived in a GIANT box on my doorstep a couple days ago!

The inside of the box has all of these Tangerine Tango inspired colors.

Don't know if you can tell from the picture, but all these products are full-size and ginormous!

Have I tempted you enough yet?  Take the jump for individual pictures, swatches, and the review :)

I was really surprised that Sephora and Pantone included a tangerine eyeliner in the collection.  It's not something I would automatically think of or even be motivated to use... I maybe would have liked a lip liner instead.  But as far as quality goes, this eyeliner is extremely long-lasting and doesn't budge!  I swatched it an hour ago, and it still looks perfect on my wrist despite rubbing against the keyboard the entire time.

It's a beautiful color, 0.02 oz, and has a hint of sparkle.  Sephora recommends using it with your typical smoky eye as an alternative to black eyeliner.  Don't know if I'm convinced - I might see if it works as a lip liner instead ;)

Have I mentioned that I love the packaging of this line?  It's quite hefty and feels really luxurious.  Both the eyeshadow and blush palettes have a frosted glass cover held on by strong magnets.  (Though I suppose it could be frosted plastic - who can tell these days?)

Here is the palette next to my iPhone for scale.  It's giant!  I'm so impressed by the size of these eyeshadows.  They're 0.08 oz each, even bigger than Tarte's 0.06 oz size, which I've always been impressed by!  I think the big size is great considering that they're limited edition.

The colors are really pretty as well.  The shades are Sparrow, Pavement, Scallop Shell, and Carnelian.  I was a bit scared of the Carnelian at first, but 
as you can see from my swatches below, it seems to be a pretty wearable shade.

As you can see, the shades are really pretty and wearable!  I thought the black shade was a tad unnecessary because who doesn't have enough black eye shadows?  It's pretty, but it might have been nice to have something else Tangerine Tango-inspired.
The quality of these is pretty nice too, although the shades need to be layered a bit to get up to the level of pigment that you see above.  I'm a big Urban Decay fan, so I've been spoiled by their extremely pigmented shadows. These shadows start out soft and can be layered to get a darker look.

Can anyone else not get over this chic packaging?  So clean and modern!

Here is the Color of the Year Prisma Chrome Blush in Apricot Brandy.  This is a really beautiful and summery color that packs a LOT of sparkle.  It's more orange-y that the other two blushes, which are more pink.  It's a pretty respectable 0.12 oz.

The blush is raised off the palette a bit in these really pretty ripples, which makes me not want to mess the blush up by using it!  (I will though :P )  The color is fairly sheer - I'd say the glitter is more noticeable than the actual color.  This would be a perfect blush for summer on a day when you're spending a bunch of time outside. 

Here's the Color of the Year Blush Duo in Desert Flower and Coral.  Both shades are beautiful and more pink than the Chrome blush.  I've been using Desert Flower, which is a beautiful bright pink matte color.  It's a great way to incorporate this trend into your work makeup because it's more subtle than the shimmer of the other two shadows.

The color on the right is named Coral and it's super pigmented!  You can see in the swatches below how much darker it is than the others.  One swipe of this stuff should be enough.  Not only is it darker, but it's pretty shimmery as well.

Oh, did I mention that each of these shades is a whomping 0.2 oz!

This will teach me not to swatch things on my right arm, since taking pictures with my left hand is obviously beyond my abilities ;)

The lipgloss and lipstick are on the far left, then there's Apricot Brandy, Desert Flower, and Coral.  

(Does anyone else wish they had come up with a more interesting name for Coral?  It looks so unremarkable next to Desert Flower and Apricot Brandy.)

Here's the lipstick, which was the item I was most excited about!  The tube is super heavy, so it feels really expensive.  Plus, it looks kind of high-tech, like the lipstick of the future or something.

I never claimed to be good at photography.  

When you pull the lid off, the tube itself and the base are really minimal, which makes the tube look really cool.  The lid is much heavier than the actual lipstick, which surprised me. 

This color is called simply Tangerine Tango and it is the perfect orange-y red. I love it so much it's not even funny.  I prefer to apply it with a lip brush rather than from the tube because I think that makes the color a bit more consistent.  

Not only is Tangerine Tango the color of the year, but this bright shade is going to be all the rage in lipsticks this year.  It's absolutely perfect for summer and looks super great with a tan.  Plus, it's much easier to apply after swimming than mascara and other eye products are ;)

The set comes with a Tangerine Tango lipgloss to match the lipstick.  The lipgloss is heavily pigmented, which I rarely like in a gloss.  Glosses seem to move around a lot, so it's hard for the color to stay consistent.  Plus, this one seems to have a bit of a problem migrating outside the lip line.

 Even straight out of the tube, the gloss seems a bit messy.  As you can see below, the gloss matches the lipstick perfectly, so you can layer them for a more shiny look.  I did this yesterday when the lipstick alone seemed a little dry.  However, if you like super pigmented lipglosses, you'll love this one!

More swatches of the lip colors and blushes.  The lipgloss is on the top, followed by the lipstick, and then the blushes in Apricot Brandy, Desert Flower, and Coral.

Overall, I really love this set.  By buying the Collector's Edition Set, you get all 6 of these products for $68, a great value considering that the individual prices are...

Chrome Blush $16
Blush Duo $26
Eyeshadow Quad $28
Creme Lipstick $18
Lipgloss Set 4 for $20
Eyeliner Set 3 for $22

So all of these individually is $130, considering you'd have to buy the sets to get the lipgloss and eyeliner.  The only thing I'd change about this set is that I really wish they had included one of the nail polishes from the line.  It seems a twinge silly to have three different blush colors and not include one of the four nail polishes.  (Which look beautiful, by the way.)  I've even have been happy with one of the brushes rather than the orange eyeliner, which I can't see many women enjoying, to be honest.  

Still though, this is a great buy, and I'm extremely happy with it overall!

Ooh, I almost forgot!  Starting tomorrow, you get get 15% off at with the code CHICBI, bringing this set down to $57.80 =D


  1. OMG.. everything looks so amazing I need to get my hands on this one.. I love this colour too =) ur one lucky girl darling!

  2. This color is great for spring. Lovely stuff. :)