Sephora + Pantone Universe: Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick

Lipstick – $18

When placing another Sephora order earlier this month, the first thing I wanted to get hold of was the lipstick from the Sephora and Pantone Collaboration. Ever since Radiant Orchid was announced as the Pantone Colour of the Year 2014, I began searching for products that fit the bill. Although I tried and found some great alternatives, I found myself still eyeing up the Sephora version. And with good reason. 

This is the best packaging I’ve seen this year. My favorite colour is pink so it was always going to be a winner, but even so, the ombre is beautiful. From it’s outer-packing you can just tell it’s going to be special and it simply screams to be displayed. The shade itself is a beautiful pink/purple hybrid with blue under tones. I say a hybrid because it’s neither one or the other; ask more than one person and you’re going to get a variety of answers. Pink usually doesn’t flatter me, but this does and I’ve received a lot of complements on my lip colour when wearing it. It’s bright as the swatch suggests, but not so vibrant that only the most confident can pull it off. In fact, it has that magical ability, as lipsticks generally have, of giving you more confidence when you wear it. A bit confusingly this is actually a satin finish lipstick, despite the name indicating that it is a matte. The formula is creamy and applies effortlessly. It did take two swipes to get a vivid colour on me, but that may be as my lips are quite darkly pigmented. It does tend to cling slightly to dry patches so exfoliation and an application of balm beforehand is advised. However, once on, it is virtually undetectable and doesn’t dry out your lips at all.  It has a lasting power of 4-5 hours before it needs touching up, but leaves a lovely stain if you haven’t got the time. From the packaging to the formula, I’m in love and keen to try more Sephora lipsticks! This may prove to be once of my most used lipsticks this summer.

I have another post coming up all about the cheek palette from this collection too, so look out for that!