|image from Sephora.com|
Last week I wrote about Pantone and their color of the year, Tangerine Tango. A brilliant Orange Red that you will see on the runways this Spring, Summer and into Fall. Pantone has teamed up with Sephora.com to offer cosmetics in various shades of Tangerine Tango and other shades that compliment the hyped hue. Today I bring you the cornerstone of the collection. The Creme Lipstick in Tangerine Tango .
First off let me say that under NORMAL circumstances I would not purchase a bright orange lipstick. I think MOST people would not purchase a bright orange lipstick. But being that I'm a sucker for all things new and unique in cosmetics AND a magpie who is attracted to shiny things, let's just say that this was "the Perfect Storm" to get me to lay out my money for orange lipstick....excuse me. Tangerine Tango lipstick.
Before I wax poetic about the lipstick itself, let's look at the impressive packaging.
The BOX that The Sephora + Pantone Universe Creme Lipstick comes in is hefty. It's a large box with a graphic grid of various shades of this year's "it" color.
Slide the box open and you see the white clad lipstick case nestled snugly in the box. You have to remove a thin plastic protector to even get at the lipstick itself.
Once you manage to extract the lipstick case from the box you notice how incredibly heavy it is. Seriously heavy. I was wondering if they had put rocks in the darn thing. My question was soon answered as I removed the top of the case from the metal base of the lipstick.
I was as perplexed by why they chose such HEAVY magnets, as Insane Clown Posse is by how they actually work
Thankfully I know how magnets work because I listen to SANE Clown Posse.
Getting back to my point.
The case is heavy. Overly so. Whatever. You don't need to be a weight lifter to carry it around, but it certainly is one of the heavier cases I have ever had.
The lipstick bullet. It's all swirly and ridged. KEWL!
I like a unique looking bullet. Let's face it. When you already own 84,769,076 lipsticks, it's fun when there is a little variety in the shape.
The color...well, here's the problem. the color isn't exactly Tangerine Tango.
Tangerine Tango is more red. It's certainly orange but it's not THAT orange. Is the lipstick unwearable? No. It it totally wearable. But I personally do NOT think this is a close enough match for Tangerine Tango. The color finish is slightly sheer. It is not opaque, as described on the Sephora website. However, if one were to apply Sephora + Pantone Universe Creme Lipstick, blot and then reapply one would get a more opaque look to the finish. It would also help in deepening the color.
The formula is nice. It's very slick and very emollient. There is a vanilla scent to the lipstick, but it fades quickly. The lipstick has no flavor, which is also a plus. There is a generous amount of slip to the product. Some may find it too "greasy". It's not oily per se, it's just really, really slippery and glossy. The glossy part is nice.
|applied straight from tube, blotted and reapplied|
Can anyone wear this color? No. Not by a long shot. Well...let me rephrase that. Not as is. Anyone could wear this if one were to doctor it up a bit. Some women can wear this color straight out of the tube, while others may have to apply this with a lighter touch and top it with a gloss (clear or colored) to get a look that is most flattering on them.
|applied with fingertips with a sheer pink gloss over top.|
Do you NEED this? No. Not unless you are fanatical for orange and you actually look good in it. You could get the lipstick, just to collect...I suppose. Or you could get it if you are willing to doctor it up every time you apply it. It just depends on how high maintenance you want your lipstick to be. The Sephora + Pantone Universe Creme Lipstick in Tangerine Tango retails for $18 which is reasonable considering all the packaging and heavy ass magnets they include. But what I like most about this pairing of Sephora and Pantone, is the wide range of cosmetics and tools they have come out with for this collection. Multiple gloss shades, blushes, eyeshadows, eye liners, nail polishes and brushes, bags and a lash curler. For those that adore orange accessories, your day has come! Better get them all before they are gone.