Sephora + PANTONE UNIVERSE Alchemy of Color Face Palette ($30) reminded me of a new color "brand within a brand," but with a lot more pizazz. I hope you get my drift because I'm not going to fess up. Let's just say I haven't purchased any of those other brand's items.
Once again, Sephora has introduced extraordinary color makeup in a luxury magnetic-closure compact - this time with six shades to highlight, contour, sculpt, and define your look for the season, or any season. This new Alchemy of Color Face Palette will appeal to everyone, but especially to makeup "collectors."
Fall under the spell of the Alchemy of
Color Collection, an enchanting collaboration between PANTONE UNIVERSE
and Sephora that marries the shades of the season with exclusive
formulation and finish. This versatile palette of silky, soft formulas
contains light and dark shades with both matte and pearly finishes to
create a natural-looking glow. Achieve a perfect flush with the
high-pigment blushes and then wear a beautiful, sheer glow thanks to the
airy, ultra-transparent base of the highlighting formulas.
If you check out Pantone's Fall 2012 colors, you may wonder how Alchemy of Color fits in. Rose Smoke and Honey Gold are probably the connection. I wouldn't be excited by a face palette featuring French Roast. Maybe on the eyes, but...
I took swatch photos in an unconventional way. You can see in the palette that there is a narrow strip of color at the top left and bottom right. I blended that color with the shade next to it. So, on my arm, you will see four shades - two of them are blended. I took my swatch photos in full sun, and I swatched heavily with a sponge-tipped applicator.
The top shade on my arm is one of the blends. It's a gorgeous copper-rose. The pink below (upper right in the palette) is a warm pink on my skin - one with plenty of pigmentation. It's a pretty blush.
These colors apply perfectly - no duds in the bunch. I'm in love. Whoever hooked up with PANTONE UNIVERSE at Sephora deserves a raise.
This new palette is exclusive to Sephora. I purchased mine online. What do you think?
Photo at top courtesy of Sephora; other photos by Best Things in Beauty