December 3, 2015

Pantone 2016 Color of the Year Are Rose Quartz and Serenity

pantone color of the year 2016

The Pantone 2016 Color of the Year shades have been released and they are gorgeous, soft pastels of Rose Quartz and Serenity! The last few years Pantone’s Color of the Year has been rather louder, bolder colors this year they went very soft with touches of light blue and soft rose.

This is actually the first year Pantone has blended two shades versus launching just one. And they go together oh so very well

Rose Quartz (13-520) and Serenity (15-3919) will likely take Spring 2016 Makeup Collections back into the realms of soft, pretty pastels. And let’s be honest, Spring really is the season for pastels right?

These two shades pair up beautifully to create a soft, soothing appearance.

What do you think?

I sadly look horrible in pastels but I’m oh so curious and eager to see Sephora’s 2016 Pantone Universe Color of the Year Collection in the flesh to see if I can pull off any of these colors!


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  • Lauren

    Interesting they went with two colors. This Fast Company story about Pantone has a funny bit about how they choose color of the year For me, I will stick with my Marsala eyeshadow. But I admit Rose Quartz has more makeup possibilities than Emerald did :p

    • Lauren

      Nope never mind that FastCo story is not funny. I can’t remember where I read it, but it was a funny story about Pantone coraling all these designers and fashion people and artists in one room to try to agree on the Pantone lookbook colors for the next season and debating the emotional differences between Eggshell and Ecru etc etc

  • Christina

    Yay! My kind of colours! I don’t wear a ton of pastel eyeshadows except for pinks, but I do wear pink cheeks a lot and have a lot of clothing in these colours. How exciting!

  • Dee

    interesting…I honestly don’t care for pastels as much as I do richer, deeper colors. We shall see!

  • Iris

    I like them both, and I like how they went for softer colours this year to change things up.

  • Nina R.

    Oh No! I am in big trouble – these are totally my colors which means so many of the beauty collections coming will be right up my alley! Pray for my wallet, oh Muse!

  • kellly

    Interesting and a refreshing change from the previous intense colors, much as I liked them. Just a nice difference.
    I like a more natural look with my cosmetic choices lately, so those colors are definitely on my “must see” radar. I just have to be careful about pinks to make sure they don’t contain carmine or my eyeballs will turn carmine-colored all by themselves if I put any carmine on them!

  • N

    I really love these colors. I look better in clothes of these colors, so I guess it suits my coloring. Even if I wear all neutrals like grays, putting on a pink scarf or laying a pink shirt under a cardigan bounces the color onto my face and I look more alive. I would like to see Pantone continue the duo colors of the year instead of just one. I can’t wait to see the full Sephora collection when it comes out. I saw they have a blue lipstick which is interesting.

  • genevieve

    I loved Emerald green and Marsala -they are definitely my kind of colours (Marsala as a lipstick, nail polish). And I suppose it is to be expected that Sephora-Pantone go to the opposite ends of the spectrum for this year’s colours. I really disliked the Fuschia pink!
    But like you, Isabella, pastels aren’t always my thing. I tend to think of them as little children’s colours. However – that blue can easily be converted to a lovely shade arctic blue – which is great for an eye shadow. I will ignore the pink. But, yeah, I can tell that these colours are not really for you. What a shame.