Sephora + Pantone Universe Haul and Swatches
I didn’t invest much on myself in November. Instead, I spent the month trying to get a good head start on my holiday shopping, and I’m happily near done by the 1st of December. I think they call that a win, especially for someone like me who is usually still shopping and wrapping gifts on December 24th. Nevertheless, I did make a much-sought-after purchase for myself, and that was for the Sephora + Pantone Universe Jewel Lacquer collection.
Pantone Universe seems to have their hands in everything lately – but when your business is color design, there’s so much to be done. I was especially excited when they teamed up with Sephora for an exclusive line of cosmetics, from eyes to lips to nails. These polishes are a part of this Sephora + Pantone Universe Alchemy of Color Collection.
Today’s Jewel Lacquer swatches include Rose Dawn, Violet Quartz, Parachute Purple, Evergreen, and Reflecting Pond.
What first drew me to these colours were the multidimensional pigments and metallic sheen. And they did not disappoint.
Although the bottles are aesthetically pleasing, my one beef with these lacquers is that it’s pretty difficult to roll squares in your hands (as you should always roll your polishes when mixing, not shake them, to prevent them from getting bubbly). I eventually gave up and resorted to shaking. Sob.
Also, I really zoomed through swatching these because I was acting like a hyper money, so I apologize for the crappy paint job and/or photography.
Rose Dawn goes on easy and looks exactly like the lacquer in the bottle with only one coat. It’s so rare a polish does that. It also catches a lot of light, making it a light but somehow intense polish.
This isn’t exactly your office-friendly colour, but it’s definitely girly, airy, and fun. If you love ballerina-pink, it’s for you.
A lot of online previews made Violet Quartz look more red than it really is. It isn’t that violet either. It’s more burgundy-meets-dark-magenta than anything, which is nice. The bottle also has copper-green pigments in it (if you stare intensely), and while they aren’t too visible in bright or natural light, they do come out when in dimmer, more artificial lighting.
This is probably my least favourite of the lacquers that I picked up, but considering I got them 50% off from Sephora, I won’t complain. Violet Quartz is a very nice choice for New Years Eve or any night out in which you want some rich tips.
Parachute Purple. This is one intense indigo and I am in love. The colours versus colour names for this collection do seem a little off, because that is indigo, not purple. I guess marketing thought alliteration for words that begin with “P” was easier than “I” (maybe?). Nevertheless, this is definitely my favourite lacquer in the collection. It usually needs 2 coats to ensure you saturated the nail and don’t have any thin spots, but like all the Sephora + Pantone polishes, it goes on thick and easy.
Just gorgeous. Of course, you have to be a purple/indigo/blue fan to appreciate it, and not all of us are. And not all of us wear this colour well. Also, it’s definitely not your everyday polish if you work in a professional setting. But for students, costumes, table waiting, bartending, date night, clubbing – this could be your new polish love affair.
Evergreen. Also known as my new go-to holiday polish for 2012. I do red nails almost every year, so I’ve decided 2012 will be about green. Please note I’m not a huge green fan – especially green of the forest variety, but Evergreen is a great way for me to do a green that’s a little blue and a lot of shiny.
The colour is closer to sea green or winter spruce than evergreen (I’d know, there are a lot of evergreens in my backyard), but I think we’ve already established that these colours aren’t the most aptly named (although the next is an exception). For two nails I had to apply a second coat to even out the color, but if applied with more precision than haphazard money painting, one coat should be sufficient.
Lastly, we have Reflecting Pond, perhaps the most accurately named lacquer of the lot. It has a gorgeous blue-black depth, much like a deep body of water, and a hint of turquoise can be glimpsed in bright light. I also love this colour, making it my second choice next to Parachute Purple.
The great thing about dark polishes is that you can “get away” with them in some job settings. They also work with many outfits, whether you’re dressed in whites, bright colours, darks, or shades of grey.
That’s it for today, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post and the polishes. Until next time. xx