In January I shared the Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Rose Quartz & Serenity Collection of products inspired by the colours of the year. However, I thought it would be neat to revisit those shades of pale pink and blue with some affordable drugstore options from Hard Candy. The Hard Candy Nail Lacquer in Sweet Retreat*, Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lip Gloss in Skyfall*, Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipstick in Chalkin’ Pink* and Hard Candy Walk the Line in Silver Sky* give you an opportunity to wear Pantone’s colours on your lips, nails and eyes for under $10.
The easiest place to wear Rose Quartz and Serenity is definitely on the nails. The Hard Candy Nail Lacquer in Sweet Retreat is a pretty pale blue that’s a great shade match for Pantone Serenity. The polish is a bit sheer and uneven but buildable in three coats.
While it’s pretty easy to wear pale blue on your nails, wearing it on your lips is definitely a bold statement. I was really impressed to see that such an affordable, easily available brand had a blue lip product but if you are looking to try Serenity on your lips then the Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lip Gloss in Skyfall is definitely worth picking up.
This is a sparkly baby blue gloss that’s quite pigmented although it tends to pool into liplines so it would do best over a lipliner or lipstick. It has a cooling feeling on the lips and is comfortable and not at all gritty despite all the sparkle. Definitely not a product I have a dupe for in my collection!
For a lipstick that’s very comparable to the Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Matte Lipstick in Rose Quartz but at a fraction of the cost, you’ll definitely want to check out the Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipstick in Chalkin’ Pink. This is a milky lavender-toned pale pink, and while it does have a streaky finish, honestly, so does the Sephora version.
On the plus side, I really like the bejeweled packaging and the formula is moisturizing and really comfortable to wear, so I’d definitely be interested in trying out more of the unique shades in the range.
A final fun way to wear the Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Serenity is the Hard Candy Walk the Line in Silver Sky. This is a dark silver shimmery liner with light blue sparkle. It’s definitely a bit sheer, but it that has a ton of depth and iridescence to it.
It can be a lot of fun to play with new trends, but you don’t necessarily want to spend a lot of money to do it. These Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Rose Quartz & Serenity-inspired Hard Candy products are an easy way to add a little colour to your makeup for an affordable price. You can find Hard Candy exclusively at Walmart and www.walmart.ca
Have you been wearing any Rose Quartz or Serenity this year?