Sephora + Pantone Rocks out Radiant Orchid

So we finally bought a car this past weekend, after two weeks of searching and test-driving a handful of used cars around the city! Doesn’t sound like a long time, but it’s a lot of work! My bf searched online for cars for days and hours on end, and it just gets plain tiring looking and hoping one will be worthwhile. Used car shopping is NOT my bag. Interestingly enough, we ended up finding ‘The One’ (a 2005 Toyota Corolla) in the valley, an hour outside the city. It was well worth it though, as it’s in pristine condition with super-low mileage. YAY! Another stressful item off the list :)

My skin is still misbehaving, but in a different way now – the breakouts have all but stopped, but I’ve been left with the gift of MAJOR scarring – clusters on my jawline as well as remnants of the bigger spots on my cheeks and forehead. EFF. My skin texture still isn’t back to normal either, but I’m trying to be gentle and not go hog-wild trying to ‘fix’ everything, so hopefully over time things will ease back into a more normal state. Thankfully, I still have a few photos of products to show you which I took before the “disaster” struck!

Rush Luster Cheek Sweep

Though I gave you a look at the Rush Luster Cheek Sweep ($31CAD) from Sephora + Pantone’s Radiant Orchid collection in my Radiant Orchid FOTD post, I wanted to show you some swatches of the product, because it’s a really great little palette and I think it’s highly worthwhile checking out. You’ve got a beautiful blush in Radiant Orchid, and two luminizers – Bridal Rose and Spanish Villa. The textures are gorgeous and soft, but without sacrificing pigmentation – the only downside is that it can be a *touch* shimmery, so you need to be aware of that if you don’t love that kind of finish, or take into consideration when you wear it (day, night, in sunlight, on a cloudy day, etc.).

Rush Luster Cheek Sweep swatches

Gahh that vibrant orchid is TO DIE.

Venus Lure Lip Balm

I also had a chance to check out the Venus Lure Lip Balm ($19CAD) from the collection. This is a glossy, sheer lip balm inspired by this colour of the moment – I find it lightly hydrating, but it’s got a strange thing going on; it feels very balmy and smooth on the lips, but it wears off quickly and with it goes all traces of moisture. While I sort of like the texture because my lips have been so flaky and dry this winter (and it helps conceal that fact), I find it a bit of a hassle to wear all-in-all – and it’s so balmy and soft that the bullet pushes to the opposite side of the tube when you use it, and I fear it melting big time in the upcoming warmer months. Unless you’re desperate to own the whole collection, I say this is one you could safely skip (go for the full-out Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick, or the Gloss Trio instead!).

Venus Lure Lip Balm swatch Venus Lure Lip Balm swatch

There are several other products in the Sephora + Pantone Radiant Orchid collection that have caught my eye (Tracy has great reviews of the Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick and the Gazing Paint Liquid Eyeliner, the latter which seems like such a tough shade to wear on eye but which she makes me want BADLY), but I *might* be reaching the saturation point when it comes to the shade – I think I’m well-covered and own something in the colour all across the board.

IMG_1877Wearing the Radiant Orchid blush shade and Venus Lure Lip Balm (I SO MISS MY WELL-BEHAVED SKIN! WAHHHHHH!)

Have you tried anything from the Radiant Orchid collection? And have you ever had to go car shopping???

*Products were provided by the PR Company/Brand for my unbiased consideration.

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  1. #1 by Beauty Reflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on April 6, 2014 - 10:04 pm

    Thanks for the mention Toya!! Both are really lovely on you! You look awesome in Radiant Orchid! I kind of agree with you about the colour-a little goes a long way and having too much is not needed.

    • #2 by Latoya on April 7, 2014 - 1:36 pm

      Yep! I love the shade but you really only need it in a few iterations. Thanks Tracy!!

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  2. #3 by Liz (@Reductionista) on April 7, 2014 - 4:34 pm

    I’m seriously upset that they’re not selling the orchid blush by itself. I don’t need any more shimmery highlighters!

    Sorry about the skin and yay for car! Those Corollas seem to hold up really well. My sister also once bought an old used Corolla and every winter we crossed our fingers that it would last through the year. Rusty held up pretty darn well!

    • #4 by Latoya on April 7, 2014 - 4:50 pm

      Ha that’s good to hear, Liz! I’m hoping we’ll have her for a good 5 years at least :) And I feel ya on the blush sitch, it would be perfect if it were sold alone! Have you ever considered depotting anything? That could be one solution – give the highlighters away!

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  3. #5 by Sarah on April 8, 2014 - 7:55 am

    Gahhh the blush palette is so beautiful. I wish they had made the cream blush available for individual purchase, though, because I rarely wear powder. I haven’t seen a single Radiant Orchid piece that didn’t look amazing on you, so go you!

    • #6 by Latoya on April 22, 2014 - 6:52 am

      Thanks Sarah! It’s too bad about these palettes and things in general because if like the powder blush itself but now I’m kinda stuck with the highlighters as well. Boo.

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  4. #7 by Nicole O. on April 8, 2014 - 6:25 pm

    damn , that blush palette is sold out online , but i need to check it out in store !

    i’ve been wanting to try a purple blush for the longest !

    • #8 by Latoya on April 22, 2014 - 6:53 am

      I hope you get your hands on it Nicole!!

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  5. #9 by Eugenia on April 10, 2014 - 3:46 pm

    Am I the only one not feeling the pull of this collection? It could be because I don’t think any of these shades would suit my skin tone (in fact, I’m pretty darn sure they won’t) but I’ve reached the point where seeing massive “themed” collections like this are starting to turn me off – I like a bit of variety in a launch. I’m not saying it’s not pretty and all, but … oh well! And the prices! Kind of steep for a house brand, another reason I usually avoid anything like this — I now choose quite carefully where I spend my $$$ and call me a makeup snob, but it’s usually directed towards the luxury brands. Then again, I’m not ruling anything out….makeup addiction, right?! PS: Every single shade looks incredible on you – as always!

    • #10 by Latoya on April 22, 2014 - 7:07 am

      Thanks Eugenia! :) I’m like you, I generally spend my cash on luxury brands. I usually don’t go for these collections, but I was pleased to receive this blush – it’s such a great color! I’m a sucker for orchid, what can I say!?

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  6. #11 by Amy on April 15, 2014 - 11:08 pm

    I haven’t really gotten on the orchid train, but that blush? To. Die. For.

    • #12 by Latoya on April 22, 2014 - 7:09 am

      Haha yep! I think it’s bolder and brighter than a lot of the ‘orchid’ offerings. How can you resist??

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