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Sephora + Pantone Universe 2016 Color(s) of the Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity

The 2016 collection went live online 12/20/15.

I look forward Sephora’s Pantone collaboration for Color of the Year. The 2013 color, Emerald, did not impress me. Radiant Orchid from 2014 impressed me a little too much, so I picked up every item from that collection. Marsala from 2015 was a little too amazing. All the items I wanted from the collection sold out by 01/03/15. Despite items being listed as in stock at stores, my treks over the said stores were unfruitful. That meant I ended up with nothing from the Marsala collection, because the only items left were items I was not interested in. When the 2016 colors were announced, I was less than thrilled.

That’s right. This is the first year where there are two colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. The pastel pink of Rose Quartz and baby blue of Serenity has me thinking baby. They resemble the traditional pink and blue used to announce girls and boys. If they remind you of baby colors, too, it could be intentional. Executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Wiseman, says, “We are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design, opening our eyes to different approaches to color usage.”

One can deduce that this push to get everyone using more colors, regardless of gender, was the motivation behind selecting the two most popular colors for announcing gender. In 2015, we saw more social acceptance for makeup on male or female than we’ve  seen in a long time. Yes, there are still those who claim makeup is “false advertising,” but more people than ever are seeing makeup for what it is, “an art form.” Pantone embraces makeup as an art form with this range of colors many of us have not seen since the 1980s. Although I was a little too young to don makeup in the 80s, I’ve seen the photos, the good, the bad, and the ugly. The good news is unless you save vintage makeup, and look at this article if you do, you probably do not have a lot of these colors in your collection.

As fashion moves forward, we typically look back into the past for inspiration. Marsala was a flashback to the 90s, so Pink Quartz and Serenity being a modern take on gender discussions by borrowing the pastel colors from the 80s seems logical. Are the colors wearable though? Some of them seem to be. I will be picking up a Pink Quartz lipstick and may grab another piece or two. My niece just had a little girl named Serenity four days ago. As much as I love picking up pieces named after family member, I cannot see myself buying a baby blue lipstick. Lipstick Queen makes a blue lipstick, Sailor Blue, that shifts to a berry tint once it touches the lips. Until I see swatches of Serenity, I am not even considering purchasing it.

It seems the collections get smaller each year. Emerald had a large collection as did Radiant Orchid. Marsala did not even introduce a nail polish. Thus far, there is no mention of a blush palette for Pink Quartz. Let’s face it, I do not want to see a blush palette built around Serenity. If blue blush ever comes in style, I say more power to those of you who will rock it. I am sitting out of any blue blush trend that hits. Blue cheeks are usually a sign that you’re too cold (or worse). That is not a look I’d go for. The blush palette from Radiant Orchid is my single favorite piece from all of my Sephora + Pantone Universe items, so I want a blush palette for Pink Quartz. I love colored eyeliner and really enjoyed the Radiant Orchid eyeliner (even though it was more pink than orchid). It is too bad neither color has an eyeliner option.

All 2016 items went live at Sephora online on 12/20/15. Marsala released at the tail end of 2014 for Rouge clients and was available on the 1st for everyone else. This collection opened to everyone at the same time. Based on the out there colors in this collection, I highly doubt it will sell out as fast as Marsala did. Then again, I never predicted the Marsala items I wanted would be gone by the third day of the year either, so I am not the best forecaster for this collection.

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The Sephora + Pantone Universe Modern Watercolors Lip Gloss Set has some conflicting information listed in the description. Once the information clears up, I will edit this. Under the item number, it says 5 x 0.17oz. That may make it seem you will get 5 glosses for this $28 price tag. There is a separate spot where it says this set has: 0.14oz Lip glosses in Cantaloupe, Fox Glove, Rose Quartz, Serenity, Pale Banana, and Sunlit Allium. I’d rather have all six glosses at 0.14oz than five at 0.17oz, so I hope the second description is correct.

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The yellow, orange, and blue glosses scare me a little, but I would gladly wear any of the other three. Right now, I may not purchase this. Paying for a set of items when I think I’d only half is not something I’d normally do. There is a chance they may sell these individually as we get closer to the release date. If they do, and the price is ounce is not a lot higher than the set, I will certainly consider it.

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There are a few colors in this Sephora + Pantone Universe Modern Watercolors Eyes Palette I’d actually wear. It has 24 0.03oz shades making this $54.17 per ounce with its $39 price tag. That is a really good price if you’re interested in most of the shades. If quality lines up with past palettes (Radiant Orchid and Elemental Energy), this will probably be a nice palette. Neither of those palettes are anywhere near my favorites, but they are wonderful for the price I paid. I am still trying to decide whether I want to purchase this.

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The Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Layer Lipstick in Pink Quartz will definitely be coming with me. It is 0.12oz and retails for $18. I see myself buying it as close to 01/01/16 as possible. If you happen upon this article in January 2016 later or later, I should have a link to the article reviewing it. This pastel pink is very pale, so it may need some serious layering for pigmentation. I’ve been impressed with these lipstick collaborations in the past, so I am only concerned with how the color will look.

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The Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Matte Lipstick in Serenity will probably not make it home to me unless I see some impressive swatches. It is 0.12oz and retails for $18. Of all the items in the collection, this is the one I am most apprehensive about but also the one I’d really love to have thanks to its name. Hopefully, it turns out nicer than I am imagining it in my head, so I can get this.

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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.

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