Trends - Pantone Spring 2016 Nail Polish Recommendations

Some press samples featured**

Hello lovely readers!  I hope you are all having a great start to the Spring season!  To kick things off, I am sharing the Pantone Spring 2016 color palette and my polish recommendations for each color. 

There are a total of 10 colors in the palette that range from bright primary colors to cool neutrals. I picked 3 to 5 polishes per color from mainstream and boutique brands that are easily accessible. Grab a comfortable seat and prepare for lots of pictures!

Nail Polish recommendations based on the Pantone Spring 2016 color palette

Snorkel blue

This is a muted navy blue with navy gray undertones. I associate this color with Fall but it will look great this time of year when paired with off-whites and warmer colors. My top pick polish for this color is Rain Storm by SinfulColors. 

From left to right: Rain Storm by SinfulColors; Jet Set to Paris by L'oreal; Nori by Zoya;
  I Saw...We Saw...Warsaw by OPI; Let the Games Begin by Fresh Paint

Limpet Shell

This color is green-leaning minty teal. This is one of my favorite colors and I own a good 8-10 polishes in this shade! My top pick polish for this color is Spring by Aurora Cosmetics. 

From left to right: Spring by Aurora Cosmetics**; Pretty Peas by Wet n Wild; Swizzle Stick by Barielle;  
Nice Stems by SinfulColors; For Audrey by China Glaze.

Rose Quartz

This color is a neutral pink that can be worn year-round but works perfectly this time of year. My top pick polish for this color is Starfish by SinfulColors. 

From left to right: Starfish by SinfulColors; Humidi-Tea by OPI;
Let me Bayou a Drink by OPI; Sheer Delight by Barielle

Peach Echo

This color is warm peachy coral and is perfect for transitioning from Fall to Spring. My top pick polish for this color is Orange Parfait by Barielle.

From left to right: Off to Miami! by Essence; Flip Flop Fantasy by China Glaze;
Hazard by SinfulColors; Orange Parfait by Barielle; Push the Limit by ORLY


This color is periwinkle blue. I love this color and this post made me realize that I do not own enough polishes in this shade! My top pick polish for this color is Show Us Your Tips by OPI. Other worthy mentions not pictured below include Radiant Orchid by LA Colors and Aster by Zoya.

From left to right: Ahu O Laka by Aurora**; Show us Your Tips by OPI


This color is the shade of yellow that complexes most (if not all) skin tones. My top pick polish for this color is Shara by Little Nail Girl Lacquer. 

From left to right: Mellow Yellow by Sally Hansen; Banana Ana by Bonita Colors;
 Shara by Little Nail Girl**; Lemondrop by Barielle

Lilac Gray

This is a neutral gray with just the right amount of lilac to make it perfect for the season.  My top pick polish for this color is Maiden by ILNP. 

From left to right: U-Concrete Me by Barielle; Maiden Lane by ILNP;
Touch of Class by SinfulColors; Haven't the Foggies by OPI


This color is a brick red. This is another one of those shades that I do not normally associate with Spring but it would work great when paired with cremes and warm metallics! My top pick polish for this color is Demetria by Zoya.

From left to right: Ample Apple by Cover Girl; Aphrodite by Zoya; Demetria by Zoya;
Red Tired by SinfulColors; Orange-U-Excited by Barielle

Iced Coffee

This medium brown is another one of the neutrals shades in this season's palette. My top pick polish for this color is Godiva by Zoya. 

From left to right: Nite Owl by ORLY; Berlin There Done That by OPI;
Never go out of Style by Fresh Paint; Godiva by Zoya; Clockwork by ILNP

Limpet Shell

This color is a bright grassy green that I like to refer to as 'Kermit" green! My top pick polish for this color is I'm Sooo Swamped by OPI. 

From left to right: I'm Sooo Swamped by OPI; Secret Posh Garden by Londontown**;
Plum it Pear by Cover Girl; High Line Green by NYC

Overall, I love the Spring 2016 color palette from Pantone. There is something for everyone and the non-traditional colors work beautifully for transitioning from the darker tones of Winter to the brighter tones of Spring. 

Below are the links to where you can find more information on the polishes featured on this post:

**Items were provided to me free of charge for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Ooh I haven't seen the other trendy colors from Pantone. Love all the suggestions, now to look through my stash for me!

  2. This is a great post - love it!

  3. You did a beautiful job with these picks, I love seeing them all lined up together!

  4. More people should do posts like this, it's a lot of fun!

  5. More people should do posts like this, it's a lot of fun!

  6. This post is wonderful!!! Thanks you for the recommendations!!

  7. Yay! I was hoping someone would do this. <3 Excellent post and picks. :-)

  8. What a unique post!!!! I love this and thanks for all the great color choices!!!!

  9. What great picks for each of these Pantone colors. This is a great idea for a post.

  10. Fun post! The Rose Quartz colors need to go on my wish list!

  11. Great post, you lined up some beautiful polishes to go with each Pantone Colour.

  12. What a fun post! You picked some gorgeous shades :)

  13. Very nice. Loved how you picked shades !!

  14. I definitely need to check out more shades by Aurora! I love Spring!

  15. Love Green Flash picks especially!