Pantone Color of the Year 2019: Living Coral

For today’s post, I wanted to talk about a few polishes that fit within the Pantone Color of the Year category for 2019. As I’m sure you guys already know, the color of the year for 2019 is … *drumroll please!*

Living Coral!

I have to admit I felt a bit “meh”, in general, about this being the color of the year. It isn’t necessarily a color I can fully get behind and jump into with a carefree spirit of … well … “carefree-ness”. Coral and I have not always been the best of friends. I’ve always wanted to love her. But I am so used to seeing dark, vampy, and moody colors on my nails that I’ve always felt kind of thrown off by seeing a bright color like coral on my nails.

But!! I want 2019 to be a year in which I push the boundaries of my comfort zone in many aspects of my life. Nail polish is just one of these, albeit a fairly large one. It has become a big part of my life, after all! So this means Living Coral is a perfect Color of the Year for me this year, because I can learn to love her at last!


My Pantone image comes from the Pantone website. The Pantone website describes Living Coral as “an animated, life-affirming shade of orange, with golden undertones”. To my eye, the color looks like a pinky-orange. It seems bright, cheerful, and lively with a lot of warmth to it. I don’t necessarily see golden undertones, other than with the warmth of the color. And I see a pretty good mix of pink and orange.

I scrounged around in my stash and found 6 polishes that I feel fit within this color tone. I don’t feel any are an exact match, although some are closer than others. With that, let’s jump into the colors!


OPI, Spice of Peruvian Life was part of the Fall 2018 Peru Collection. Oddly enough, I really liked this entire collection — even though it was full of shades I would not typically purchase for myself. And this is one of them. I found this polish has a nice formula, although it was a little more “liquid” than I expected. It still built up well on the nail, and I liked opacity in 2-3 easy coats.

I feel like this is decently close to Living Coral. It is slightly lighter than the Pantone image, and slightly more pink. It has a nice balance of pink and orange. And it has a lovely warmth to it. Surprisingly, I really liked this on my nails! I’ve worn it as part of a water marble. And I think I did another nail art with it, too. I haven’t worn it alone in a manicure, but I have been thinking about this polish ever since I purchased it. And that is pretty unusual for me with a coral! Since this polish was from a recent collection, it should still be available for purchase — at least for a little while longer.


China Glaze, About Layin’ Out was part of the Spring 2016 House of Color Collection. I haven’t worn this polish in quite a while, but I remember it having a decent formula that was opaque for me in 2 coats.

I feel like this color is also decently close to Living Coral, albeit a little more on the pink side. In some lights, I think this one is the closest because I can see a good deal of orange in it. In other lights, it looks way more pink-toned.


OPI, Toucan Do It If You Try was part of the Spring 2014 Brazil Collection. This polish has a nice formula that is opaque for me in 2 coats.

This polish randomly came into my collection last Summer, because my mom bought the OPI Peru Collection for me as a gift. This isn’t part of Peru, but the clerk at Sally’s told my mom it was. And so … here it is. Truthfully, I’m not mad about it, although I feel bad my mom spent money she didn’t necessarily need to spend. But I think this is a pretty polish, and I do like it. I would not have purchased it on my own.

This one falls more on the orange side of Living Coral. It still has a nice mix of orange and pink, and this is a nicely soft and pretty color on the nails. I feel like I can see the golden or warm undertones in this one.


Colores de Carol, Daydream was part of the Spring/Summer 2017 Pure Imagination Collection. It has a great formula that is generally opaque for me in 2 coats.

This is my “perfect” coral! I love everything about this polish on my nails. It makes me happy, and I think it looks beautiful. I have worn it on its own and with nail art. I love it, and it continues to occupy the “favorite coral” spot for me out of my entire stash.

In looking at this picture, I think it is also pretty darn close to Living Coral! When I looked at the smaller images on my computer before putting this post together, I thought this one might be too dark in color tone. But I am kind of changing my mind now. I think this polish has a nice balance of pink and orange, and I can see golden undertones and warmth in here.


A. England, Mustardseed A Fairy was part of the Shakespeare’s Fairies Collection. It has a fantastic formula that is opaque in 1-2 easy coats.

This is a recent addition to my stash, too. I purchased the entire Shakespeare’s Fairies Collection during a Black Friday sale. When I started looking at the Living Coral pictures, this polish immediately jumped to mind.  In the bottle, it looks like more of a red or red-brown. On the nails, it is absolutely coral to my eye. It has a nice mix of pink/red and orange in it, although I feel it is slightly cooler in tone than the Living Coral swatches I have seen online. And it probably leans a little more to red, instead of pink.


Zoya, Everly was part of the Winter Holos for 2018. It has a fantastic formula that is opaque in 2 easy coats.

This is another recent addition to my stash, and I am a little bit obsessed with it. It looks really different in the bottle than it does on the nails. In the bottle, I could see it as more of a red. And I have seen it described as a red online. But this one is another polish that hit “coral” for me when I wore it on my nails. It is more on the red side, for sure. But I think there are pinks and oranges in this mix, as well. It’s definitely not an exact match for Living Coral, but I feel like it could fall within the spectrum.


Out of the massiveness that is my nail polish stash, finding 6 polishes seems like no major accomplishment. Because, in comparison to hundreds, six is not many. But coral is not a color I buy often. And it is not a color I have worn often. I was happily surprised that I managed to find six polishes that seemed to fit within this color tone!

I am hoping I will come to love and appreciate Living Coral (and corals, in general) a lot more this year. Although I don’t consider myself a seasonal polish wearer, I am especially looking forward to wearing some of these during the Spring and Summer. But I may also try to battle the “winter blues” with a few of these bright polishes over the next couple of months, too!

What about you guys? What do you think of the Pantone Color of the Year for 2019? What polishes do you have and love that fall within this color? I would love to hear all about them!

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