As an admitted lover of odd lip colours, I picked up the SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Color of the Year Matte Lipstick in the shade Serenity ($23 CAD/$18.00 USD, available for a limited time here. Note: It currently appears to be sold out, but there’s a good chance Sephora will restock, and you can sign up for an email notification if/when they do). If you’re not familiar, PANTONE is basically the global authority on colour. They annually declare a particular “Color of the Year“, which then often shows up in fashion, makeup, etc. for that particular year. Serenity is one of two Colours of the Year for 2016 (the other being Rose Quartz). The lipstick itself is described as “a modern lipstick that dresses up the lips with bold coverage and unmistakable attitude”. Sephora also mentions that it can be layered and mixed with other shades, but I purchased this primarily to wear on its own, so I’ll be doing the review based on that.
- Serenity – a pastel cornflower blue with a creamy satin finish.
I swatched this next to the NYX Macaron Lippie in the shade Earl Grey for comparison. Serenity is just a touch cooler and more white based, but the two colours are very close.
Why You Might Like This:
- If you like unique/statement lip colours, this one is gorgeous. It’s also not a colour you see very often in a lipstick.
- Because this shade was made based on PANTONE‘s Color of the Year, it’s very on trend for 2016.
- It’s pigmented and opaque. I was pleasantly surprised that Sephora didn’t do a sheer/toned-down version of this shade, and instead they just went for it!
- The formula is very creamy and hydrating, which is great if you have drier lips. And who (in North America) doesn’t right now? Thanks, winter.
- If you happen to be a lover of pretty packaging, the ombre tube is beautiful.
Why You Might Not Like This:
- Despite its name, this lipstick is not matte. There is a definite shine and the texture is very creamy. If you prefer matte lipsticks (or if you, you know, expect a lipstick labeled “matte” to actually be matte), you might be disappointed.
- Because of the thicker, creamy finish of this lipstick, it has a lot of slip. This leads to it moving around on the lips and bleeding outside of lip lines. It also makes the colour spread unevenly/disappear in certain areas when you press your lips together.
- This doesn’t last a very long time on the lips, so reapplication throughout the day is necessary. This may or may not be a problem for you.
- On its own, this is not a colour for everyone and it wouldn’t be classified by most people as “wearable” or “everyday”. If you normally shy away from “weird” lip colours, you’ll probably wanna skip this one.
- Since the colour is so pastel and white based, it can very easily look ashy/chalky (especially on deeper skin) and could potentially make the teeth look a little more yellow.
As a fan of unusual lipsticks, I actually do like this colour, but the formula is a complete miss for me. No matter how carefully I apply it, it slides around and it becomes streaky and uneven the minute I press my lips together. I think if this were a neutral shade, the formula could work, but with this being such a bold colour, any patchiness is super noticeable. It might perform better when mixed with other lipsticks, but I didn’t purchase it for that reason so I can’t attest to that. Looks like I’ll be returning this one. I’ll continue to satisfy my pastel blue lipstick craving with the NYX Macaron Lippie, since that formula works better for me. Have any of you picked this up? If so, what are your thoughts? Do you guys have any lip colours that you love but with formulas you hate? Let me know in the comments!