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Celebrating the Pantone Colors of the Year: Serenity and Rose Quartz


It’s a boy, it’s a girl, nope it’s Pantone’s color of year! Or rather color”s” of the year. The 2016 Pantone colors have been revealed and it’s Pantone 15-3919 Serenity and PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz. And what better way to celebrate then to break out the balloons and do a photoshoot.pantone-2016-color

If you don’t think that the color of the year has an impact, let me tell you! As soon as Pantone announces, I get non-stop emails from brands pointing out which shades match the colors the closest. The brand tells us the selection of the two colors was meant to be a “harmonious pairing of inviting shades that embody a mindset of tranquility and inner peace”. (We like the sound of that!). There’s also a lot of talk about gender equality and how the colors do not stand for one sex or the other but are meant to convey a sense of compatibility, comfort, calmness, balance and wellness. It’s a little funny talking about a gender blur which is very relevant to the times and then picking a classic baby blue and pink shade as the colors but I like the intention and meaning none the less. Also I think we can all stand for some more tranquility and inner (and outer) peace in the new year.

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With a playful escapism as the theme the pairing of shades can be expressed through prints, plaids, color blocking, and of course makeup! Pantone has set a number of collaborations including with Sephora, Pink, KitchenAid. They also have an exclusive print with American Flat and of course the signature Pantone Color of the Year Mug, which is now a staple in my kitchen.

pantone-color-of-the-year-low-resPictured above, some stylish options from PINK. The Pantone 1026 Color of the Year is offered in shirts and accessories throughout the brand’s collection both as seasonal and core pieces. Highlights include the Gibson classic fit shirt in superior, the Elephant Family Print tie, BX Middlton Check Boxers and Odd Spot sock featured above. Also featured is the PANTON Universe mug I mentioned before. It’s dual sided to represent both shades as well the Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Fragrance, Harmony. Created by Firmenich, Harmony is an airy and delicate fragrance with notes of Centifolia Rose, crystalline Musks and a velvety Incense.

Butter London Celebrates Pantone’s Color of the Year with Jaffa

Pantone Tangerine Tango

I do love me a rich shade of orange (especially when it has a tint of red) so when Pantone announced Tangerine Tango as their 2012 Color of The Year, I was delighted. The shade was all over the runway in the Spring/Summer 2012 shows (check out my photos from the Nanette Lepore S/S 2012 show) and bold lips have been such a strong trend in beauty, that I’d love to see this shade made into a lipstick shade.

And considering Pantone is the international color trendsetter, it’s no surprise the beauty industry was quick to embrace the shade in their collections. butter LONDON celebrated the Color of the Year with their shade Jaffa.

butter LONDON in Jaffa

It’s a very pretty, lustrous juicy orange shade with a lighter formula so while two coats will get you an even application, I prefer to add a third for some extra coverage. The shade also appears to be a little brighter then Tangerine Tango and void of the red tints. None-the-less it’s a very happy and bright orange that I’m thrilled to have in my collection. Plus I LOVE butter LONDON’s packaging, and that all of their formulations are “3-Free” (meaning void of formaldehyde, toluene and DBP). And I appreciate their cheeky shade names — the dictionary definition of Jaffa is a type of seedless orange (and it’s also a British slang word for an infertile man. Live and learn!

butter LONDON Top & Tails Set

Now all you need is a good base and top coat for extended wear and nail protection (I like their Top & Tails set) and your manicure is complete.

Expect to see a lot more Tangerine Tango in the near future. In addition to beauty brands adapting their spring collections to have more orange hues,  it was recently announced that Pantone is partnering with Sephora this spring to present the first-ever Color of the Year beauty collection. I may just get that Tangerine Tango lipstick yet!

For more information on butter LONDON and shade Jaffa 3-Free Nail Lacquer ($14) visit www.butterlondon.com

DISCLAIMER: A complimentary sample of Butter nail shades was given to Pretty Connected for post consideration. Pretty Connected was under no obligation to write this review.