Let me present you the new Color of the Year 2016, recently announced by Pantone: the blend of ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY! Rose Quartz is a gorgeous warm pastel pink and Serenity a soft periwinkle. Let’s see Pantone’s reasoning for this choice!
(For the gradient I applied 3 coats of Sally Hansen Pinky Promise as base and sponged on China Glaze Boho Blues on the tips.)
My oh my, creative as always 😉 Although I think there’s a little bit too much creativity going on there, I like the story telling aspect. Because, on one hand, it’s just a color, but on the other hand, what’s more beautiful than a color, which has the ability to evoke all kinds of feelings in us. I also like the fact that Pantone chose pastel shades. It’s a nice change after the strong and saturated colors of the years before (Marsala in 2015, Radiant Orchid in 2014 and Emerald in 2013). While I love both colors Rose Quartz and Serenity, I have very mixed feelings about choosing two colors as color of the year. Read my thoughts on that at the end 🙂
Let’s take a closer look at Rose Quartz! I browsed my stash for matching colors and here they are. The polish that is most accurate is Sally Hansen Pinky Promise, which I’m wearing on my ring finger. It is a creme and I needed 3 coats for full opacity, but I think you can get away with 2. If you prefer a jelly finish, I recommend OPI Put It In Neutral (pinkie). It was part of this year’s Soft Shade Collection. This polish is not meant to be worn opaque and the great thing is, it is already perfectly even on the first coat. I applied 3 coats for the picture. OPI I Love Applause on my index finger is a crelly and a very light version of Rose Quartz. I’m not the biggest fan of this polish, because while I managed to get it kind of opaque, it still looked a tiny bit splotchy in real life. And finally on my middle finger is my favorite: Picture Polish Grace! It is a gorgeous light pink infused with scattered holo particles. You’re looking at 2 flawless coats.
As I said in the beginning, Serenity is pretty much a true periwinkle (feel free to check out my Periwinkle Spring Special for an in-depth color overview!). Those are the four shades from my collection, that match Serenity the best: On my index finger I’m wearing Essie Bikini So Teeny (2 coats). It has a slight lilac undertone and a very subtle shimmer. More blue and also more vivid is the creme polish China Glaze Boho Blues on my middle finger. It was part of the Road Trip Collection and I included it in my Top 5 Spring Polishes 2015. I needed 3 coats for even coverage. A little bit more muted is China Glaze Fade Into Hue on my pinkie. It is also a creme but has a better formula than Boho Blues. I applied 2 smooth coats. It belongs to the Avant Garden Collection from three years ago. Finally we have the show stopper on my ring finger: ILNP Peri Me, a periwinkle holographic. I go crazy for this polish! Formula is also great. This is 2 coats.
Apart from being a grammatical nightmare, the concept of choosing two colors as color of the year is just odd. I wish Pantone wouldn’t have done that. I get that Pantone apparently wants to implement something fancy but this weird approach is just not the way to do it. Wasn’t everyone happy with ONE color as color of the year, as it logically should be? I know I was! What’s your take on it? And do you like Rose Quartz and Serenity?
Hope you enjoyed this post! 🙂