Since becoming a designer, I’ve become irrationally obsessed with anything that has the Pantone name or brand associated with it. For anyone that hasn’t heard of Pantone before, its a standardized color system that began in 1963 that is used by everyone from graphic artists to architects to to identify / match / communicate colors and ensure accurate color matching.

It started with swatch books full of hundreds of colors used primarily for graphic arts. Then came color swatch books for fashion and home – useful for apparel, home furnishings and interior design. In 2006 the Pantone empire expanded to include a line of over 3,000 paint colors. Next came plastics, where anything from contact lens cases (guilty of buying) to toothbrushes (guilty again) to iPhone cases (just try and stop me) became available for purchase. Now you can get luggage tags, notebooks, porcelain mugs (must. own.), cufflinks, messenger bags, folding chairs and even a very special Barbie doll.

Now the entire reason that I’m bringing this up is because I just discovered the best addition to the Pantone family. It involves Sephora. It also involves metallics. I’m talking about NAIL POLISH!

Sephora + Pantone Universe Jewel Laquer is available in 5 metallic jewel tones and an iridescent top coat. There’s also a special set of 4 shades based on the Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango! At very reasonable prices, I’m definitely planning on picking up more than just one! The best part? Each formula is formaldehyde-free and dibutyl phthalate (DBP)-free.

// clockwise from top left: Violet Quartz, Reflecting Pond, Evergreen and Color of the Year set in Tangerine Tango!

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