Friday, December 11, 2015

Pantone's 2016 Color of the Year shows up in makeup, jewelry and in the kitchen

Pantone, the world leading expert on color and color trends, announced that the 2016 Color of the Year is actually two colors this time around: Rose Quartz, a dusty link and Serenity, a pastel baby blue. See my story on it here.

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At first glance, these colors remind me of color palettes of the 1950s, which were rich in pastel hues. However, in recent years, colors have been more jewel tone, so just thinking of the appliance industry and the car industry, which take these cues from the Pantone Color Institute's predictions, coming out with pastel products seems--at first--to be a bit of a reach.

Yet, already manufacturers are on the bandwagon. Just check out some of the products that are paying homage to colors predicted to be the hottest in 2016:

I admit, this one is the most unusual for me. Pantone has collaborated with Sephora to develop the SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Color of the Year Matte Lipsticks $18 each at Sephora.

SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Color of the Year Lipsticks

The companies have gone one step further and developed an eye shadow palette with pastel hues, retailing for $39 at In fact, they have an entire collection of makeup available that pays tribute to Pantone's 2016 Color of the Year Rose Quartz and Serenity, here.

SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Modern Watercolor Eyes Palette

The home appliance market is also jumping on the new color trend. Keurig® is offering its Keurig K250 brewer in Serenity and the Keurig Rose Quartz Travel Mug will be available exclusively in starting in early 2016.
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Not to be outdone, KitchenAid has its iconic mixer available in shades to match the 2016 Color of the Year. Here, it is seen in KitchenAid's Cornflower Blue, which looks remarkably similar to PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity. 
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Here, the stand mixer is shown in Guava Glaze, a warm pink tone much like PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz.
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These blue mugs from Crate & Barrel are on trend with Serenity. They range in price from $4.95 to $5.95 and are available in Crate & Barrel stores and at

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Pink mugs matching Rose Quartz are also available from Crate & Barrel.

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Lastly, look for this color pairing to show up in jewelry, too. Here's just one example among dozens. This one is from Sloan Street and shows a pink opal broiler drop earring with crystal open and pariah station. Finished in 18k white gold pink opal with a total carat weight of 22.01. Retail price: $9485.00.
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I found dozens of examples of this trend in action.  I'm sure you'll start seeing it pop up in stores as we get into the new year.

What do you think about these colors? Are you going to buy into the trend?