I’ve been playing with the Radiant Orchid collection by Sephora + Pantone for the past few days, and I’m completely in LOVE. Radiant Orchid is a GORGEOUS color and I can definitely see myself wearing it in all aspects of makeup, from eyeshadow to blush to lips. Radiant Orchid is a cross between purple and hot pink, making it very bright but extremely wearable on all skin tones!
Products from the line I definitely recommend include the Matte Lipstick, the eyeshadow palette, and the three-color blush palette. They are simply gorgeous and have amazing color payoff that definitely won’t disappoint!
X-RAY: SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE RADIANT ORCHID COLLECTION
Inside the luminous lineup showcasing the most-craved Color of the Year.
Set the tone for seasons ahead with mesmerizing Radiant Orchid. In this limited-edition collection of color essentials, the versatile shade unfolds all of its wildly wearable dimensions. Here, we explore the assortment of palettes, polishes, and more that capture the color and heighten the hue to its full, feminine effect. RENEE TRILIVAS, REPORTING BY GENEVIEVE LEON
THE EYE: RADIANT FEMME ARTISTRY SET
This exclusive palette stores a spectrum of 25 shadows, from the irresistible Radiant Orchid to soft neutrals, earthy nudes, and beyond. The high-pigment tones are expertly curated to create six signature looks inspired by the captivating Color of the Year.
GAZING PAINT LIQUID EYELINER
With a flexible applicator brush, this striking liquid eyeliner dashes on eye-catching color wrapped in molten metallic pigments for bold saturation that defines eyes, whether worn alone or layered over black.
VENUS LURE LIP BALM
This effortless tint is infused with nourishing orchid for a refined swipe of shine and color. “Offset brazen eye shadow with an understated slick of this sheer lip balm,” says Sephora PRO Artist Gilbert Soliz, “Its subtle pop polishes off the effect.”
RADIANT RUSH MATTE LIPSTICK
Embrace the color that’s on everyone’s lips with full force. With its moisturizing formula and velvety-matte finish, this concentrated lipstick leaves behind a lasting coat of creamy, pure pigment. Soliz recommends prepping lips by first exfoliating, then applying a rich balm for a soft, smooth start.
RADIANT PAINT GLOSS TRIO
Along with the poised purple plus lilac and nude tones, these three luscious lip lacquers top off this year’s shade with a dewy dose of shine. Each deliver a burst of glistening color—or try layering the trio for a customized ombré effect.
RUSH LUSTER CHEEK SWEEP
“You’d never expect it, but the best way to complement bold, cool-toned eye shadow is a face-framing sweep of rose-gold highlighter—its undertones are slightly cool with a warm sheen,” says Soliz. Swirl the shimmery luminizers in this trio along the cheekbones and upward toward the temples for a lit-from-within glow.
THE FACE: RADIANT FEMME ARTISTRY SET
Stored in a playful pouch, this edited selection packs five travel-ready must-haves. Finish your full-face look with an ethereal glow: “Mix a drop of Flash Dew Luminizer with a dab of moisturizer and glide it down the bridge of the nose, the cupid’s bow, and the center of the chin,” Soliz says. “Press any remaining highlighter along the inner corners of eyes.”
NAIL AMBROSIA TRIO
This adorable set of mini polishes features three nail colors, including complementary coy pink and sultry nude, so you can rock Radiant Orchid from fingertips to toes.
COLOR GAZE BRUSH SET
This sturdy, stand-up kit includes seven pro-quality brushes dipped in the iconic purple color. The brilliant brushes—designed for foundation, blush, powder, shadow, smudging, and liner—are perfect for travel or look simply stunning displayed atop your vanity.
If you haven’t taken the time to check out Kat Von D’s Esperanza palette yet, now is the time. Because I’m making you.
This palette is amazingly beautiful. Just give it a chance! The colors are so springy, and at first glance some do seem kind of bright, but they’re actually really really wearable and incredibly flattering on all eye colors. And the pigmentation is on point - they are buttery soft and smooth to blend, not powdery at all. And do you see that top left shade, Dazzle? That’s an almost translucent duo-chrome shimmery pan of magic. You can pop that over the top of ANY eyeshadow and it instantly transforms into some kind of space age pixi dust wonder.
Go to Sephora and touch this, and I bet you’ll fall in love like me!
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Hello! First of all, good for you - it is really difficult to separate yourself from heavy makeup, which can be like a comfort zone. It is for me, anyway!
As for the Urban Decay Beauty Balm, I wouldn’t really suggest it for your purpose. Mainly because it covers absolutely nothing and feels almost pointless to me in anything other than a primer. As a primer it’s wonderful, because it makes your skin feel really silky smooth.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm - $34
If you’re looking for something lighter and better for your skin, I’d recommend the Cover Fx CC Cream or Mineral Powder. They’re two very different products, and honestly I’d go for the powder, but that might not be appealing to you if you’ve been using liquid products. Cover Fx is an amazing brand for sensitive or problem skin types and they have a great variety of products. I like the CC Cream because it’s light and a little goes a very long way, plus there are amazing skincare benefits. The powder is really lightweight and evens out most discoloration without looking or feeling cakey.
Lucky you! I’m craving some waves and sunshine right about now!
I’d recommend packing the Garnier BB Cream in your bag! I brought it with me to Myrtle Beach last year and it worked really well for me. It has great coverage that’s incredibly lightweight and comfortable even in a hot climate. It also has a bit of moisture and SPF 20 to protect you from the sun!
Garnier BB Miracle Skin Perfector Oil Free - $15
I do recommend still bringing along a water-resistant sunscreen to wear underneath your BB cream, because the makeup won’t last quite as long. You will need to reapply both as suggested by the packaging if you’re in the sun (usually every 2 hours) to keep yourself protected.
On another note, BB and CC creams are very much alike. I tend to recommend BB creams for those of you who have younger skin, and/or need oil control, pore refining, or help with blemishes. Not all BB creams cater to these needs however, and it’s important to read reviews to see if they’ll work for your issues. CC creams are usually “color correctors”, and help fix dark spots or issues with the evenness of complexion.
Hope this recommendation works for you, and have a fun trip!
Review + Swatches: Wet n Wild “Poster Child” Eyeshadow Palette
What it Is: Wet n Wild Color Icon 8-Pan Palette “Poster Child”
What it Does: An affordable palette of eyeshadows with bright colors inspired by pop art that’s limited edition!
What it Costs: $5
Where to Get It: Some drugstores and online
Quick Verdict: Thumbs Down