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2016 seems to be the year of color correcting though it has always seemed odd to me that this is a “trend” since not everyone will need to color correct. Even those of us with some discoloration (dark spots can be the worst, yo) can cover them with our regular foundations and/or concealer without needing to add extra products or steps to our routine. But alas, I feel like it is within my beauty blogger-ing duties to test some of the products that hit the market. Today it’s the Sephora Pantone Universe Correct + Conceal Palette in Medium/Dark.
Sephora Pantone Universe Correct + Conceal Palette Official Description:
What it is:
A set of 15 creamy concealer and corrector shades created by the Sephora Pro team experts with Pantone’s color expertise.
What it does:
Each of these palettes is targeted toward a main areas of concern for color correcting: dark circles, redness, hyperpigmentation, dullness, and brightening. The shades also conceal for true color correction. Each palette is organized for three different skintones and includes a handy booklet with application instructions, tips, and tricks from the Sephora Pro team.
Each palette contains:
(Each sold separately)
– 15 x 0.04 oz Color correcting concealers in Pale Dogwood, Laurel Green, Lavender Fog, Rose Dawn, Dusty Pink, Impala, Muted Clay, Amberlight, Apple Blossom, Pink Sand, Maple Sugar, Camel, Sandstorm, Macaroon, Indian Tan.
– How-to booklet by Sephora Pro team
– 15 x 0.04 oz Color correcting concealers in Impala, Cork, Brandied Melon, Mink, Picante, Goji Berry, Pecan Brown, Rawhide, Mocha Bisque, Lion, Mustang, Potting Soil, Burro, Thrush, Chicory Coffee
– How-to booklet by Sephora Pro team
I picked up the Medium/Dark palette and it’s beautiful to see SO many shades of brown looking all glorious in this sleek and easy to carry palette. And OMG the concealers inside are SOOOOO creamy which makes them easy to manipulate. You can sheer them out and use them as foundation or layer on if you need a little more coverage. But be careful—a little can go a long way with these. The finish once they dry down is so GORGEOUS. It’s a natural matte—which you can also manipulate with how you set it (very little to no powder for a more natural look or more powder for a more matte look). You can also vary the finish by adding a luminous/dewy product to it if you wanted. I like using the #13 (aka Mocha Bisque) concealer to cover dark spots and it’s the closest shade that can also double as a foundation shade for me (see which other foundation shades I wear here). I like #8 (aka Rawhide) to highlight under my eyes and if I were to use creams to contour, #14 (aka Potting Soil) would be perfect for my typical contour and #15 (aka Chicory Coffee) would be nice if I wanted a more dramatic contour. But other than those four shades and *MAYBE* another I’d mix in if I were to tan, I wouldn’t get much use out of the rest of the palette. If I were still doing makeup, this would be PERFECT but as my face is the only one I’m beating, I REALLY wish Sephora would make these into individual pots because I would be ALL OVER THEM. Like really, I ain’t too proud to beg, Sephora…lol. PLEASE make these into individual pots.
Performance-wise these are also awesome. I normally test foundations/concealers out in the elements but it was too cold and rainy in NYC for me PLUS I was feeling lazy about going out AND I have so many products waiting to be tested and reviewed that I really want to get out. SO I created a “tropical” environment by running the hot water in a shower and closing my bathroom door…lol. I stayed in there for a few minutes at a time back and forth in addition to the seven hours I had it on testing it and it holds up very well. I actually like the radiant look it has once some of my natural oils come through. Of course I would need to touch-up throughout the day or else the oils will go from “radiant” to “super greasy” pretty fast.
This is just a quick and dirty application so you can see the finish. This is NOT a complete look—I didn’t even blend this properly and I’d also add a deeper shade around the perimeter so there’s more color harmony with my neck. If you want to see more finished looks, look here.
Bottom line: This is an AMAZING product—great quality BUT the average person won’t need all this. This is perfect for makeup artists looking for good quality complexion products that have a range for deeper skin tones. It’s not the ONLY complexion palette out there with shades for deeper skin—there are a number of professional brands that do them and have more range, but if Sephora is more accessible to you, go in and let have.