In case you've been searching for a Pantone Serenity kind of polish...
1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
3 Coats SinfulColors Lavender
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite
When Pantone announced that Rose Quartz and Serenity were the Colors of the Year for 2016, it was surprising and a bit confusing. But the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. As a nail blogger, I'm always interested in what new hues and shades we'll see in upcoming collections. Two Colors of the Year? That's just twice as many ways to be on-trend, if not more!
Now, don't get me wrong, I don't aim to be uber trendy, but I'm not exactly hipster material either. Basic with a side of glitter? When asked for that one word that describes me... it's usually fruitcake. A random conglomeration of mostly sweet stuff. Mostly. I mean, I like what I like, and if I like it, I'll buy it or wear it and do so with gusto. But I think that's most people.
Right now, I'm kind of loving both of these colors. But loving them and knowing how to wear them or if they work for me? Not always easy. But that's where the love of nail polish really comes in handy! It's probably one of the most inexpensive ways to test run a color and see how I like it! And if I don't, it's not like I spent that much money on it. In this case, I was actually able to shop my stash to find Lavender!
SinfulColors Lavender is one of a few Serenity-like shades in the sparklestash right now. If I had to call it, though, I'd still say that Violets Are Blue is the closest match to Serenity that I've got. Buuuuuut I've already dedicated a blog post to that shade, and honestly? I like Lavender a little bit better. It's a shade darker than Violets Are Blue and leans a little bit more purple. But the purple lean doesn't come out in the photos. (totally side-eyeing my Cybershot right now.)
As much as I love waiting for Pantone's announcement each year, and the subsequent hunt for the perfect shade to match... when it comes down to it, if I don't like it, I'm just not going to wear it. But I do try to give you guys some options of polishes out there in case you do. Marsala is a really good example of not-my-color. Rose Quartz falls in definitely-my-color-land. Serenity is more not-quite-sure-probably-just-on-my-nails. But that's okay! In the end, it's totally what works for you!
Oh, and don't forget... there's always that shade of purple you get when you mix Rose Quartz and Serenity together... the unofficial 3rd Color of 2016. Serene Quartz, anyone?!? :)