Pantone 2013 Emerald Main Image

I always look forward to the big reveal of Pantone’s Colour Of The Year choice. The sweet pink shade of Honeysuckle won the coveted spot in 2011 and I completed a mammoth task to show you some of the beauty products out there already donning the winning shade. Since then the beauty industry has seen the potential in this prestigious recognition of colour and in 2012 Sephora collaborated directly with Pantone to release the Pantone Universe collection in the 2012 Colour Of The Year, Tangerine Tango. For 2013 I am back to my original ways of showing you some of the greatest pieces I have found in the 2013 Colour Of The Year, Emerald.

Emerald can be interpreted in many different ways and even Pantone have shown a diverse selection in their own mood boards. To start this in-depth look at the items you can add to your wardrobe or beauty kit we should learn a bit about Pantone’s decision to choose Emerald.

About Pantone Emerald 17-5641

Pantone Emerald 2013 Color Of The Year Meaning

Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.

Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.

The official fabric swatch – Pantone Emerald 17-5641 2013 Color Of The Year

Emerald Beauty

Personally, Emerald is one of my favourite colours for nail polish, eyeshadow and eyeliner. It is a deep hue that compliments most eye colours and there are so many ways it can be worn. Taken from the official press release, it would seem Pantone agree:

Equally harmonious on the cosmetic color wheel, Emerald dramatizes all eye colors as it beautifully enhances green eyes, is compatible to blue eyes, emphasizes the green undertone in hazel eyes and intensifies brown eyes to make them appear deeper. Emerald is also a perfect complement to peaches, pinks, roses, ruby reds and aubergines – offering a variety of lipstick and blush options. For those who want to sparkle and stand out, Emerald is the perfect punctuation point in nail color because of its complementary nature.

Pantone Emerald 2013 Color Of The Year Banner

I am also glad to hear that Sephora have confirmed they will be bringing out a brand new Pantone Universe limited edition collection to compliment Emerald:

Sephora and Pantone proudly announce the SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE™ 2013 Color of the Year beauty collection featuring PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, which will be available exclusively at Sephora in March 2013. Sharing a strong passion for how color can transform a face, mood or even an attitude, Sephora and Pantone continue to change how consumers wear, feel and think about color through the second annual radiant and modern Color of the Year beauty collection.

“At Sephora, we pride ourselves on giving our clients first access to what’s on trend – whether that’s a color, a formula or an ingredient story. With the 2013 Color of the Year collection, we achieve all of the above and we couldn’t have a better partner than Pantone,” said Margarita Arriagada, senior vice president of merchandising for Sephora”.

Stay tuned for my post on that amazing collection as soon as more details become available. For now, let’s look at what is already available in the beauty market you can buy right now!

A beautiful, glowing Emerald gemstone

A beautiful, glowing Emerald gemstone


Definitely the easiest way to add a bit of Emerald to your beauty kit, the options for nail polish come widely varied. I have picked out the 12 Emerald nail shades that captured my heart and swatched them for you.

Emerald: Glitter Nail Polish

Left to Right: ORLY in Mermaid Tale, Nails Inc London Nail Jewellery in Piccadilly Arcade and Hello Darling Glitterbug in Emerald Aisle.

Emerald: The Dark Shades

Left to Right: Illamasqua in Kink, Illamasqua in Viridian and Avon Nailwear Pro+ in Noir Emerald.

Emerald: Creme Polish

Left to Right: ORLY in Green With Envy, OPI in Jade Is The New Black and Essie in Going Incognito.

Emerald: The Light Ones

Left to Right: Hello Darling in Lanikai, AEOS in Hilarion and Nicole by OPI in Fell From The Tree.


Working with Emerald on the eyes doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to a full eyelid coloured Emerald green. Use it your way, in your crease, as a coloured smoky eye, as liner. Shimmers, glitters, mattes, metallics and frosts are just some of the finishes you will find in my top for Emerald eyes.

Emerald Eyeshadows

Emerald Eyeshadows

Left to Right: theBalm Shady Lady in Jealous Jordana, Jane Iredale Mystikol in Aquamarine, ModelCo from the Eyeshadow Trio in Island Fever, Vani-T Mineral Colour Crystals in Aquarius, LASplash Hydra Liquid in Infatuation and LASplash Cream Glitter Shadow in Glitz.

More Emerald Eyeshadows

More Emerald Eyeshadows

Left to Right: Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Stoic, Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in Melodrama, Napoleon Perdis Color Disc in Electric Forest and Napoleon Perdis Loose Eye Dust in Emerald City.

Emerald Eyeliners

Emerald Eyeliners

Left to Right: Napoleon Perdis Eye Pencil in Bottle Green, LASplash Remarkable Pen Eyeliner in Camouflage and LASplash Definitive Liner & Shadow Pencil in Tropic Green.


Perhaps the nail polish and eye shades are a little darling for you, but you love the colour and want to see it a bit more because after all Emerald is an inspiring, lively colour. This section gives you some fab green hued products you can easily add to your beauty regime that doesn’t require you to wear it outside.

Emerald beauty products for body & hair

Emerald beauty products for body & hair

Left to Right: Lush Sugar Scrub, Australis Waterberry Body Spray, Clairol Professional Sleek Smoother Shampoo & Conditioner, Weleda Birch Juice, Herbal Essences Set Me Up Mousse and Jade Soaprock from the QTique gift store at QT Sydney.

Emerald Fashion

Just like makeup, Emerald clothing and accessories are a versatile option for many. It is sophisticated, luxurious and enough of a spark of colour to go up against boring black. In my case, I am not so good at running out and buying a whole new wardrobe in a new shade. I prefer to welcome a colour with a few accessories first, so here are my top picks for fashion bits and pieces.

Emerald Fashion Accessories

Emerald Fashion Accessories

Left to Right: Olga Berg Satin Minaudiere, Florsheim “Alegra” Heels, Olga Berg Metallic Clutch and Elk Wood Necklace

Jones New York 933 Emerald sunglasses from

Emerald Sunglasses

Jones New York 933 Emerald sunglasses from

What do you think of Pantone’s Colour Of The Year for 2013, Emerald? Did you like any of my top pics to try? Have you seen a fabulous Emerald item elsewhere? Let me know by commenting below!

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