Makeup Wars: our favorite Holiday Metallics are ready to shine

This week our group of Makeup Wars bloggers are excited to share with you METALLICS! What a perfect time of the year to bring out the bling. Between the winter holidays and New Year’s Eve we all want to shine in one way or the other. As soon as I found out what our assignment was I ran to my shelves and pulled out my sparkly Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Luminous shadows, my Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Eyeshadows, my new Lancôme ‘Color Design’ Infinite Luminous Eyeshadows and my L’Oreal Infallible shadows. Those are mostly metallics and mostly all gorgeous. Then I realized that I had something new to delight you that might make you sit up and take notice.

Sephora+Pantone Universal Precious Metals Shadow Palette

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The Sephora+Pantone Universal Precious Metallic Palette is my choice for favorite holiday metallics. The funny thing is that while I was expecting some eyeshadows I could only wear at night, it turns out that this is probably called the Metallic Palette because of its case. The palette itself doesn’t really have many metallic eyeshadows.

Precious Metals Shadow Palette with the number overlay

Now why am I choosing something not quite metallic for this challenge? First I think you are going to see a lot of sparkle in this topic and not everyone really wants sparkle. Second it’s a terrific palette that will bring you enough looks for the holidays and beyond. You can wear this palette day and night. You can create a neutral everyday look, a slightly darker going out for dinner face, a smokey eye, or a full out holiday look. It’s so versatile!

Sephora+Pantone Universal Precious Metals Shadow Palette

What you’ll find are 35 colors that were inspired by Pantone’s 2013 Plus Series Metallic Book. There’s a variety of finishes from matte to shimmer to pearlescent and finally to some metallic finishes. What I love about this palette is that it is so incredibly easy to use. The 7 rows of shadows are like 7 different palettes in one. Take a row and work from top to bottom and you’ve got a complete look. You’ve got 5 colors in each row so you can play around with just that row and have a perfectly blended combination with one color flowing into the other. Or you can use any of the 35 shadows to create your own look.

Precious Metals Shadow Palette back of the box

I didn’t swatch these all because most of the colors are light and don’t show up well in my pictures. That’s not a criticism though. It’s just a fact. These eyeshadows are not overly pigmented until you get to the bottom. The bottom of each row has deep colors that are great for eyelining or a mysterious eye. I’ve used the bottom shade with each of the 6 looks I’ve done so far as my liner, I put a drop of a mixing medium like Illamasqua’s Sealing Gel in my Mineral’s Mate mixing palette and use that to wet the shadow. I use just a small corner so that I can still use the shadow as a shadow. One thing to note about these shadows is that even though the pigmentation on many of the shadows is very light, they are long lasting. I have been thrilled with the length of time these look good on without needing any touch up at all.

I’ll be happy to do an in-depth review of the shades in the Sephora+Pantone Universal Precious Metals Shadow Palette if you want, just let me know in the comments. I was lucky enough to buy mine during the VIB sale but I’d happily pay the full $48 price. If you are searching for a way to be part of the Metallic crowd then consider this gem of a palette.

Be sure you use the arrows or icons to visit my fellow Makeup Warriors. I’m excited to see what they’ve chosen and which ones I’m going to need to buy myself. — Marcia

Makeup Wars returns with favorite red lips

Aaah the Makeup Wars I’ve been dreading. Red lips. I’ve never really warmed to the idea of red lipstick so finding one to call my favorite is really odd. But a challenge has been issued by the lovely bloggers of the Makeup Wars team and I’m going to do my best.

Here are the reasons I don’t like red lips on me:
1) There’s no way I can get away without a lipliner when wearing red. It looks unfinished to me. I have dozens of lipliners yet I rarely wear one. I’d have to go to the trouble of matching one and spending more money.

2) Red lips show every flaw of my lipline. I don’t have a prominent lipline nor do I have an even one. If there’s ever going to be fine lines that lipstick can bleed into, it’s with red lips.

3) I feel the color turns my lips into tiny slits advertising to the world “hey everyone, look at those small lips on that big face!”

4) I think it makes me look old. Not older, just old. I have the coloring that should carry off a cool toned red but I look in the mirror and see someone who’s too old to be me.

Do I like red lipstick ? Actually I think it’s gorgeous on the right person. I see colors I’d love to be able to wear, I see red lipstick I admire. Just not on me.

Le Metier de Beaute Red Velvet Lip Creme vs Sephora + Pantone Universe Lip Luster in Cayenne

So after this long preamble, what did I pick?  I narrowed it down to two choices: the absolutely stunning Le Métier de Beaute Red Velvet Lip Crème and Sephora + Pantone Universe Lip Luster Lipstick in Cayenne.

I adore the look of the Le Métier de Beaute Red Velvet Lip Creme if I’m only looking at my lips. I could stare in a (magnifying) mirror forever and look at the lush glossy shade of a true cool red. The finish is so full. It’s a cross between a gloss and a lipstick. More of a liquid lipstick and it actually lasts really well. It’s a show stopper …but not on me. I’m not comfortable enough in this beauty but if you love this kind of red than it’s worth tracking it down. I received it as a GWP but it’s a very similar look to Bombay Core Lipstick with Brilliant Gloss in their regular collection. If you’ve never bought a Le Metier de Beaute Lip Crème you should consider it, they are creamy and have beautiful shine.

Le Metier de Beaute Red Velvet

Le Metier de Beaute Red Velvet

The winner though is Sephora + Pantone Universe Lip Luster Lipstick in Cayenne since I will wear this out of the house. It’s not so “in your face”. I actually bought this online thinking it was a dark pink. But it’s as red as I can comfortably get. The lipstick itself is interesting since it’s actually a core of color inside of a clear balm. The outer section is more of a hard gloss finish with the color inside. I think the color is flattering and I’m happy that it doesn’t emphasize the 4 negatives mentioned. As pretty as it is though, it’s got glitter embedded in it and I wish it didn’t. It would be perfect without it.

Sephora + Pantone Universe Cayenne

Sephora + Pantone Universe Cayenne

Le Metier de Beaute Red Velvet vs Sephora + Pantone Universe Cayenne

wearing Sephora + Pantone Universe Lip Luster lipstick in Cayenne

So did I accomplish the mission? Did I show that there’s a red for even someone that’s afraid of red or should I keep on trying?

Follow my fellow (probably less long winded) members of the Makeup Wars team by clicking on the Previous/Next arrows or their icons to see how I compared. — Marcia