I’m always interested to see how the Pantone Color of the Year will translate into makeup, especially when it’s a more unusual shade, and after adoring last year’s marsala I was particularly excited for the Sephora collaboration. This year there are actually two shades, a pastel pink and blue, so the Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Rose Quartz & Serenity Collection* compliments both with a Modern Watercolors Eye Palette, Matte Lipsticks in Rose Quartz and Serenity, and Modern Watercolors Lip Gloss Set (not pictured).
The Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Modern Watercolors Eye Palette is a small palette a bit larger than my hand which features 24 shades with a focus on the pastels. The case is a sturdy white plastic with a gorgeous design on the front, although hilariously, not a watercolour one. It opens up to reveal a large lid and a variety of colourful shades in shimmer and matte finishes, each one about the size of a nickel.
11-0601 Bright White is a matte white with a very subtle shimmer, 13-1520 Rose Quartz is a pale matte pink, 12-5808 Honeydew is a pale matte mint green, 16-1220 Cafe Creme is a shimmery peachy champagne, 12-0720 Mellow Yellow is a pale yellow matte with a very subtle shimmer, and 16-3802 Ash is pale stone grey matte.
The formula is by far the best on the shimmery shade Cafe Creme, which is buttery and really pretty, while the pastel mattes can definitely be sheer and definitely benefit from a primer.
11-0105 Antique White is a shimmery ivory, 14-1305 Mushroom is a shimmery antique gold taupe, 14-6305 Pelican is a pale shimmery green-toned gold, 17-5107 Chinois Green is a green-to-gold shifting shimmer, 17-1525 Cedar Wood is a warm reddish matte brown, and 17-4111 Citadel is a pale silvery blue with a hint of shimmer.
The formula on this row of shades is pretty good although the shades are still quite subtle, and Chinois Green has a really pretty shift to it.
13-4201 Oyster Mushroom is a silver shimmer, 16-1329 Coral Haze is a pale orange matte, 15-1607 Pale Mauve is a pale shimmery mauve, 17-1227 Cafe Au Lait is a shimmery brown, 17-0625 Boa is a shimmery golden olive and 15-3919 Serenity is a matte pale blue.
The formula on this row is definitely inconsistent. While Oyster Mushroom is a bit sheer, Coral Haze and Serenity are both a bit patchy, the three other shimmers are all quite pretty.
17-1926 Fruit Dove is a matte cherry red, 16-2107 Orchid Dove is pale matte purple, 14-5713 Cascade is a pale matte teal, 16-1624 Lantana is a pale matte orange, 15-0533 Linden Green is a pale green-toned yellow matte and 17-4041 Marina is an azure blue with shimmer.
I really love how cheerful these bright shades are but unfortunately they are also pretty sheer and patchy. If you keep in mind this is a watercolour palette, these are definitely watercolour versions of the shades, sheer and subtle.
Above is a look I created using the Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Modern Watercolors Eye Palette. I used Antique White on the inner corner, which I blended into Serenity. I used Fruit Dove in the crease and Bright White on my brow bone and to blend out the shades. I feel like the end look is very “Canadian” but definitely a good way to get a subtle pop of colour. I’m wearing the shades on their own, but they do need a primer as they have a tendency to sheer out and fade. I think they’d be really pretty over a nice sticky base.
In contrast to the subtle on the eyes eyeshadow palette, the Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Matte Lipsticks in Rose Quartz and Serenity make a statement. They both come in the same lightweight ombre packaging with a magnetic closure but of course inside the shades are quite different. These colours are too far outside my comfort zone to ever wear but could make for a fun artistic statement.
The Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Matte Lipstick in Rose Quartz is a pale pastel pink with a slightly streaky finish. However it’s a really creamy comfortable formula, although it definitely has some shine to it and isn’t matte.
Out of the two, I actually prefer the Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Matte Lipstick in Serenity, which is a pastel blue although the less white-based of the two shades. The finish is fairly even, although best paired with a lip liner…of some sort. This shade might actually look kinda cool on the right skin tone but it just doesn’t work on mine, so I skipped the full face photos this time because it was just too awkward for me.
I’ve got to say that as fun and colourful as the Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Rose Quartz & Serenity Collection is, the products just aren’t for me. However if you are looking for watercolour-inspired shadows or some very unique lipstick shades, definitely check it out. What do you think? How are you making Rose Quartz and Serenity work for you?