sephora marsala pantone beauty look

sephora pantone 2015 marsala colletion

{Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015: Marsala Collection}

I’ve always had a fear of reddish brown make up. Latent memories of multiple aunts in gaudy dresses and obscene layers of makeup were all concluded with a few sweeps of the ’90s brown lip. A shade that’s still hugely popular in the Arab beauty world you know.

Fast forward to 2015 and I’m all like “hey girl, loving your marsala lip” (pronounced Mah-sal-la if you grew up with an Indian family like I did).

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sephora pantone universe radiant orchid 2014 collection

{Sephora + Pantone: Radiant Orchid}

Don’t get me wrong, I adored last year’s choice of Emerald for the colour of the year but 2014 has it so much better in my eyes. Radiant Orchid is the shade on everyone’s lips and if you haven’t noticed already, Sephora are dedicating a LOT of floor space to celebrate it. Even if you’re not in to trends, this robust collection of vibrant purple against hues of cream and soft pink are rounding out my make up drawers perfectly for spring and summer.

radiant orchid pantone packaging

{Pretty, purple packaging}

Behold! Shiny, purple packaging worthy of leaving on display.

radiant orchid paint gloss trio nail ambrosia

{Nail Ambrosia Trio to match the Radiant Paint Gloss Trio}

Sold Separately the Nail Ambrosia Trio ($24) and Paint Gloss Trio ($31) are some of my favourite picks when it comes to quality and value. The texture of this lip product reflects it’s name, the finish is opaque and paint like but smells heavenly and feels like butter on the lips. The nails to match…why not?

Radiant Paint Gloss Trio

{Paint Gloss trio and Gazing Paint Liquid Eyeliner}

Like the Paint Gloss Trio the liquid eyeliners in this collection offer an opaque sweep of purple and pink (the latter shade is exclusive to The Face kit)  hues.

radiant orchid look

{The radiant orchid “subtle” look}

Well…subtle enough to a beauty addict :p

radiant orchid matte lipstick

{Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick}

You know me. I can’t say no to a matte, rich lippie and this Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick ($22) is no exception. Decadent in it’s texture and shade, my biggest problem with this baby is that my sister keeps stealing it from me…

radiant orchid cream blush

{Cream Blush as part of The Face: Radiant Femme Artistry Set}

Ah, le sigh. If you want to get your hands on this creamy blush that literally melts on to your skin then you’ll have to purchase The Face: Radiant Femme Artistry Set but it contains the lipstick among others so I’d say it’s well worth the $90.

The Eye- Radiant Femme Artistry Set

{The Eye: Radiant Femme Artistry Set}

I’m not an eye shadow kinda gal but this macbook-like palette made me squeal – mainly because of the three sets of colours that make up the top right corner. Romantic to daring it’s got all the shades you would need for any look.

Radiant Femme Artistry Set

{My favourite combo 1: creams and soft pink}

Delicious like ice cream.

The Eye Radiant Femme Artistry Set

{My favourite combo 2: mahogany and navy}

Esmeralda herself would have worn these.

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{Using mahogany and navy shades}

     radiant orchid pantone swatches

{Swatches}

L-R: Radiant Paint Gloss Trio, Cream Blush,  Gazing Paint Liquid Eyeliners, Body Luminizer

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revlon pinched blush swatch

cream blush

{Cream Blush Collection}

After doing my roundup of baked blushes I found that if I’m not sweeping on that type of blush formula then I’m buffing on a cream colour instead. It’s not to say I don’t reach for my basic Nars Blush every so often but I find that I’m generally alternating between a baked or cream formula.

Of course it wasn’t easy rounding it up but below you’ll find my favourite formulas on the market right now!

revlon pinched blush

{Revlon Photoready Cream Blush in Charmed}

Believe it or not it was Revlon that started my obsessed with this texture! A couple of years ago, the brand released this stunning round of cream blushes but (what I felt like was) our of nowhere they disappeared from Canada. I may have shed a tear when I heard the news but now they’re back and I’m a happy girl.

revlon pinched blush swatch

{Wearing Charmed}

coral reef revlon blush

{Revlon Photoready Cream Blush in Coral Reef}

The best part about these Revlon blushes? The texture is so smooth it almost melts when it touches your fingertips or cheeks. It buffs in to the skin with ease and without streaks and I adore how long-lasting it is.

revlon coral reef blush swatch

{Coral Reef on the cheeks!}

revlon charmed blush

{Revlo PhotoReady Cream Blush in Pinched}

Oh Pinched! Such a cool, unusual colour. Yes, the shimmer looks intense but it really is a warm, gentle, subtle flush of peach. Perfect for any skintone.

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{Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 415 Light Rust}

This new round of blushes by Make Up For Ever live up to their Pro name. The HD quality of this formulation mimics the look of a flushed second skin. The silky formula smooths in to a matte finish for a natural pop of colour.

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{Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 315 Peach Beige}

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{Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 220 Pink Sand}

make up for ever blush brown cream

{Wearing HD Blush in Pink Sand}

make up for ever 150 wavy brush

{Make Up For Ever – 150 Wavy, Precision Blush Brush}

I’ve tried my loose blush brush with the cream blushes but find that they don’t collect the product as much as I would like to. The Make Up For Ever 150 Precision Blush Brush offers a tighter packed bristle to allow for a generous product pick up. Perfect when buffing the colour on to the apple of your cheeks!

I didn’t get round to photographing the centre of attention – Chanel’s Le Blush Creme in #62 but this formula is the most matte of the all. If you’re looking for a fresh, bold and powdery finish then this formula is unbeatable. Plus, it never hurts to pull out a black compact with the two c’s!

cream blush swatch

{The Swatches}

Chanel – Le Blush Creme,#62

Make Up For Ever – 315 Peach Beige ($31)

Revlon – Charmed ($11)

Make Up For Ever-  415 Light Rust ($31)

Revlon – Coral Reef ($11)

Make Up For Ever – 220 Pink Sand ($31)

Revlon – Pinched ($11)

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