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Chartreuse: More Than Your Average Color

Updated on April 9, 2015

Or You Can Call It "Greenish-Yellow" If You Like

And I suppose yellowish-green would work, too. But I prefer the fancy French version of one of my favorite colors. "Chartreuse" just sounds so ... so sophisticated. So unique.

Which it is. Chartreuse isn't a color you see coming and going, though it's more common than you might think if you really start looking for it, especially in nature. It's also a color that really stands out and makes a wonderful accent in the home and wardrobe, not to mention on homes and on vehicles too.

On this page, you'll find examples of chartreuse products, along with some background and history of the color.

You can order One Dozen Chartreuse Roses like the one pictured here, on Amazon.

Chartreuse eyeshadow
Chartreuse eyeshadow | Source

What Is Chartreuse?

And where did the word come from?

From Dictionary.com:

Char treuse

Pronunciation [shahr-trooz, -troos]

-noun

1. an aromatic liqueur, usually yellow or green, made by the Carthusian monks at Grenoble, France, and, at one time, at Tarragona, Spain.

2. (lowercase) a clear, light green with a yellowish tinge.

-adjective

3. (lowercase) of the color chartreuse.

Origin:

1865-70; after La Grande Chartreuse, Carthusian monastery near Grenoble, where the liqueur is made

Looking for Chartreuse Eyeshadow Like in that Picture Above? - Here it is.....

Shadey Minerals Green Eye Shadows (5gr, Chartreuse)
Shadey Minerals Green Eye Shadows (5gr, Chartreuse)

This chartreuse eye shadow has no irritants in it, like bismuth oxychloride. This and the many other colors available are long-lasting, and the colors stay true throughout the day. You can use this eye shadow for foiling (wet) with mineral sealant liquid or gel.

 

Do You Like Or Loathe the Color? - The traditional and pear versions, that is

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Shades of Chartreuse For The Internet

World Wide Web Color Codes

What exactly is the color chartreuse? There seems to be some variation on the theme, both in "real" life and online. Seen separately, I too have trouble deciding what exactly the color looks like, but when comparing versions next to each other, the differences are clear.

Note: Since this website doesn't support CSS, I can't actually show you the variations in the color. But here are the codes so you can try them yourself:

Traditional chartreuse: #DFFF00.

The pear version: #D1E231.

The web color chartreuse is exactly halfway between green and yellow.

The code is #7FFF00. But, to me, this is lime green.

Chartreuse fashion
Chartreuse fashion | Source

Clothing & Accessories

Chartreuse -- and its variations -- is a beautiful color for anything from sportswear to evening gowns and prom dresses. Check out this chartreuse silk chiffon evening gown.

And here's a vintage 1960s chartreuse gown from Sarmi.

These are some other really pretty pieces I've found:

Some Colorful Selections from Amazon

Here's a sampling of what's available...

TrailHeads Women's Running Ponytail Hat - chartreuse / black
TrailHeads Women's Running Ponytail Hat - chartreuse / black

Polartec Thermal Pro fleece features a water repellent finish so it sheds rain and snow and dries quickly. One size fits most of us pointailed people.

 

A Chartreuse Windbreaker Jacket

The silver dot lining of this jacket works like a space blanket, reflecting and retaining body heat, so you stay toasty without bulky insulation layers. Thermal reflective technology is "smart," so it actually realizes when you're getting too warm and allows heat to escape through the tiny black spaces between dots.

Columbia Men's Trail Fire Windbreaker Jacket (X-Large, Chartreuse)
Columbia Men's Trail Fire Windbreaker Jacket (X-Large, Chartreuse)

In addition to warmth, the Trail Fire repels stains and light drizzles, features zip-closed pockets and has a drawcord adjustable hem so you can lock out the elements. Stash valuables in the zippered chest pocket.

Oh, and it's chartreuse, so that makes it awesome right there.

 

Colorful Cuff Links

Chartreuse Bars By Jewelry Mountain
Chartreuse Bars By Jewelry Mountain

These Italian-inspired rectangular chartreuse green enamel cufflinks are set in a polished silver mount. Each pair is finished by hand, and they're covered by Cuff-Daddy's manufacturer product guarantee.

 
Chartroose
Chartroose | Source

The Color Chartreuse In Sports

This is a common color on the tennis court. The fluorescent chartreuse tennis balls are easy to see.

I've also seen a lot of people jogging around town in fluorescent chartreuse tank tops and running shoes. It's noticeable when you're driving past, which is a good thing.

And this color is also used on fishing lures, especially for saltwater fishing on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.

Chartreuse Liqueur
Chartreuse Liqueur | Source

Chartreuse Liqueur

The origin of the name

From Answers.com

  • Manufacturer: Carthusian monks
  • Country of origin: Voiron, France
  • Introduced: 1605
  • Alcohol by volume: 40% - 55%
  • Proof: 80 - 110
  • Color: Green or Yellow
  • Flavor: herbal

Green Chartreuse (110 proof or 55%) is a naturally green liqueur flavored with extracts from 130 plants with its coloring coming from chlorophyll.

Yellow Chartreuse (40% or 43%) has a milder and sweeter flavor and aroma.

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Chartreuse - Green Liqueur (750ml)
Chartreuse - Green Liqueur (750ml)

First crafted in the 18th century by the Carthusian order of monks, with the precise recipe still known only by few brothers in this order, this spirit is flavored with over 100 different herbs, spices and flowers. This blend of ingredients imparts the unique green color and creates a complex set of aromas and flavors.

Enjoy Chartreuse Liqueur straight or served in tonic water. Product of France.

Available from DrinkUpNY.

 
Chartreuse in Nature
Chartreuse in Nature | Source

Chartreuse In Nature

Add natural chartreuse to your landscaping for somebeautiful contrast.

Once I started looking for this color as I was walking in the woods and through neighborhoods, admiring people's gardens, I started seeing a lot of it.

Because chartreuse looks great paired with so many other colors, it makes for beautiful landscaping with accents of deep red and purple flowers, for example. Chartreuse plants include varieties of:

  • Coleus
  • Spiderwort
  • Golden sweet potato vine
  • Canna
  • Solanum vine
  • Hosta
  • Ladies' mantle

Check out Chartreuse In The Garden by Better Homes & Gardens for ideas.

Chartreuse hostas

Chartreuse hostas
Chartreuse hostas | Source

Chartreuse Epidot

Chartreuse Epidot
Chartreuse Epidot | Source

A chartreuse spider--Eeek!!

A chartreuse spider--Eeek!!
A chartreuse spider--Eeek!!
Chartreuse home accessories
Chartreuse home accessories | Source

Chartreuse Around (and On) The House

It's definitely not drab.

Chartreuse makes an eye-catching, stylish accent for the home, mixing well with many other colors including deep red, orange, light yellow, grape, white and natural wood tones. In our house, we have chartreuse in throw pillows, place mats, wall hangings, towels and dishware as well as several of our houseplants, which is a great complement to our terracotta-colored floor tiles and deeper reds, oranges and browns.

Take a look at what some folks have done with chartreuse inside and out:

An apartment house

A chartreuse house

A chartreuse door against black walls and white trim

A living room

A bungalow (I'll take this one!)

Chartreuse Prints

"Nature on Chartreuse"
"Nature on Chartreuse" | Source
"Metro Leaves in Chartreuse"
"Metro Leaves in Chartreuse" | Source

More Yellowish-Green and Greenish-Yellow for your Home

This is a sampling of what's available on Amazon....

Luna Bazaar Frosted Glass Vase (4-Inch, Bulb Shape, Chartreuse Green) - Decorative Flower Bud Vase - For Home Decor, Party Decorations, and Wedding Centerpieces
Luna Bazaar Frosted Glass Vase (4-Inch, Bulb Shape, Chartreuse Green) - Decorative Flower Bud Vase - For Home Decor, Party Decorations, and Wedding Centerpieces

Small glass vessels like this one here -- and there are a number of other shapes and sizes available in this beautiful color -- look even prettier when they catch the light from a window or lamp. Line them up on a windowsill, use them as small vases to decorate a buffet, or group a few together as a centerpiece ... among other decorating ideas.

 

Chartreuse is a Great Accent for the Kitchen Too

In addition to this pretty teapot, you'll find dishware, serving dishes, small appliances like blenders and coffee machines, placemats and other kitchen accessories available in this vibrant color.

Toss Some Color Around the House

Add a splash of color to your living room, den or bedroom with accent pillows like this. They come in both square and lumbar sizes.

See Lots More Chartreuse Pillows

Toss some cheerful color into your home with Decorative Chartreuse Throw Pillows like this....

Chartreuse and black elegant diamond damask design throw pillow
Chartreuse and black elegant diamond damask design throw pillow | Source

This is the brighter end of the chartreuse spectrum. As an accent, okay, but I don't think I'd have done the whole house.

Source

The photographer writes...

My mom lives in an older housing community which apparently no longer has a housing authority managing what the owners can and cannot do; like painting their house some ridiculous color.

Most houses are the standard shade of stone/beige/brown, but there is one house that really caught my eye. The bright green one. It's totally an eyesore in the neighborhood, but it's also so absolutely rad that I had to take a photo of it.

Chartreuse cars
Chartreuse cars | Source

Chartreuse Vehicles

No more wandering around looking for where you parked your car with THIS color!

Have you seen those greenish-yellow Volkswagen Bugs? I'll have to look for one and take a photo. I personally wouldn't buy that type of car (I drive too many dirt roads), but I'd definitely go for a chartreuse vehicle. It would be much easier to find in a full parking lot than my silver car.

In parts of the United States, Australia and New Zealand, chartreuse is the color used on fire engines, because it's more visible than the traditional red, especially at night. In Australia and New Zealand, it's known as "ACT yellow."

For years, police cars in Cleveland, Ohio were chartreuse.

And here's a neat chartreuse car on Flickr. I'm not sure what make or model it is, only that the photo was taken in London.

A Chartreuse Fire Truck in Australia

Source

A nicely color-coordinated fire hydrant

A nicely color-coordinated fire hydrant
A nicely color-coordinated fire hydrant | Source

© 2009 Deb Kingsbury

So, What Do You Think About All This Chartreuse?

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      GEMNITYA5 3 years ago

      Marvelous Chartreuse Color

      Also shared on Facebook :)

      Blessings

      GEM

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      From now on I will say Chartreuse instead of light flourescent green. Teaching me even more stuff!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just purchased an un heated, naturall, 3 ct. Chartreusse gemstone ring, allegedly from Africa from E-Bay. I have to say, it is STUNNING. I'm hoping from wearing & admirng it that all it's healing properties occur as well!

      Karen

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      poppy mercer 4 years ago from London

      It hurts my eyes! But I did like the Chartreuse Green Covertible Messenger Bag.

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      Deb Kingsbury 4 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      @anonymous: Yep, navy looks good with chartreuse. So does a deep red or plum or grape. Very light yellow makes a nice third, accent color with chartreuse and a dark color.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What colours 'go with' chartreuse? Navy perhaps?

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      Nathalie Roy 4 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I love Chartreuse Liqueur, expensive but really good. And this recipe is a real secret!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think it is just a warm and peaceful color no matter what you find it on!

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      Chartreuse has always struck me as a creative color - my wife loves to wear it with purple and she actually makes it work beautifully.

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Nice color and lens, thank you!! :)

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      Chartreuse is one of my favorite colors, too! It's soothing like green, and spicy like yellow. I'm not quite cool enough to rock head-to-toe chartreuse yet, but I'm getting closer every year.

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      This would have been the page I would have written about this color, Chartreuse, if I was as good a writer as you are.

      This is my favorite color, well any shade of green, actually. Just ask my grandchildren.

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Love it in nature - not so sold on it in the artificial world!

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      Sherry Venegas 5 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I love love this page. My favorite color.

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Love this color but every time I hear it now I'm reminded of the movie Death Proof.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      You are so right, chartreuse sounds so much nicer than greenish yellow, or yellowish green. The french name makes this color just so much prettier.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      I like it, but not on the outside of a house.

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      poissonenciel 5 years ago

      Very nice! Thank you

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      Pip Gerard 5 years ago

      I just love the firetruck!! fabulous page!!

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      NC Shepherd 5 years ago

      I'm partial to the chartreuse micro-bus........

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      boutiqueshops 5 years ago

      Interesting ~ I've never really liked chartreuse...until I got all the way through this page. There are quite a few chartreuse things I do like & hadn't thought of till you brought them to mind here. I love hostas; used to wear chartreuse eye shadow (don't tell anyone), and fell in love with that there chartreuse whistling tea kettle! Thanks for the fun break!

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      Joan4 5 years ago

      What fun to see all these chartreuse items! I love bright colors!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Thanks for this -- I am working on a project that requires the color chartreuse and I didn't know what it was.

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Chartreuse certainly is 'bright'. I had heard some places use chartreuse on fire engines. Since Yellow is my favorite color, I like this 'shade' too. Thanks for adding my Mellow Yellow page to this one!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Would you believe? I actually had my bedroom painted Chartreuse when I was in high school. Boy was it bright. I love the color.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Back for a blessings for this favorite color of mine :) I have a chartreuse lens, too! :)

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      BusyMOM LM 5 years ago

      What a great idea for a lens! Well done! I found you via a Squid Quest to find a lens about color. Glad I found yours!

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      C A Chancellor 5 years ago from US/TN

      Weird -- I didn't realize there were different shades of chartreuse! I like the "pear" one but not the ultra-brights.

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      blanckj 5 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens. Thanks for sharing. It was educational.

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      It's bright and cheerful. I like to wear it, too! :)

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 5 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Well I wasn't a fan of Chartreuse before but after reading your lens, and enjoying the pictures, it's definitely grown on me! Blessed by a SquidAngel passing by on Labor Day weekend.

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      cocktailsexaminer 5 years ago

      Fun lens!

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      Paula Atwell 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Amazing how much color changes our world. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      very good lens. the stuff in here is on my like list

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      dawngibson lm 6 years ago

      Excellent share!

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      Susanna Duffy 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Believe me, #7FFF00.is lime green

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      marckq 6 years ago

      Awesome color. I like the chartreuse wall and the chartreuse spider! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Terrific lens! I love chartreuse--it's definitely eye-catching. It's better as an accent color than a main one. I have purses and sandals in chartreuse, but I don't think I'd try an entire outfit! As for the house, I'd might like it, but my daughter and I share a house and she does the decorating--beiges, taupes, and ivory--I think she'd keel over if I introduced something chartreuse!

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      It's kind of a bright color. I enjoyed your lens on it! Blessing it!

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      cuteordeath 6 years ago

      It's definitely a great color for eye shadow! :)

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      GoofyGuitarist 6 years ago

      Its rather nice. For some reason I thought chartreuse was blue! haha!

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      I like the color ... and agree with you on the 'web lime green'

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      My whole kitchen is mostly chartreuse and I'm just now doing a lens on it :)Thanks!

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      Tyla MacAllister 6 years ago

      I love chartreuse. It's the color of the first leaves of the trees in early spring before they turn dark. I really like the chartreuse hosta with the light purple flowers. That has to be one of the most beautiful color combos in nature. I had no idea the color was used for fire trucks and hydrants. I have noticed red firetrucks are hard to see at night sometimes.

      *Squid Angel blessed.*

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      PopStarPeaches 6 years ago

      I love this color, so interesting and pretty! Nice lens!

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Such a lovely color ... and you've shared some beautifful examples here. There are two office buildings in our area painted chartreuse with dark gray. It's a good combination, especially with the right plants (like bamboo and purple hopseed).

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      howdoyouspellst 6 years ago

      This looks fantastic!! Chartreuse is just a great color. It looks amazing! Great lens.

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      Leanne Chesser 6 years ago

      I love all this chartreuse! Thanks for the lensroll. I'm lensrolling back to my purple lens as well as to my green lens.

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      bechand 6 years ago

      did you ever see the "deal or no deal" episode when the girl loved a green like this - and they lit the stage and dressed the girls all in the color, and she got a car or truck offered in that color too ... lets just say - she took the deal !!! (was few years back)

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      Blonde Blythe 7 years ago

      It's my favorite color! :-)

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      Michelle Collins 7 years ago from Florida

      Love it 5*!

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      seegreen 7 years ago

      Nice colour, but not good on me. Makes me look even paler than I am!

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Love the color! I am going to lensroll it to my purple lens when it shows up in lensrolling. I guess it is still too new, so I will be back. Blessed also!

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      lakshyaa 7 years ago

      Great lens on chartreuse color! I love it :)

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      Samantha Devereux 7 years ago from Columbia Mo

      Love your Lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very nice lens, original subject! I love to drink chartreuse, it is very good (and it is supposed to have some mysterious health effect....I doubt it, but hey).

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I didn't know there was so much Chartreuse in the world. I love color and am lensrolling this to my lens Who Is Roy G Biv.

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      Ellen Brundige 7 years ago from California

      My mother had a chatreuse (or at least, '70s green) ford Maverick. We called it the picklemobile.

      Unfortunately it was such an awful car that I now have an aversion to that whole band of the spectrum.

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      This is great. I love the Chartreuse Clothing, Shoes & Accessories. The photo of the house is crazy.

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      Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      That is my favorite color and I don't even know how to spell it. I diffidently like #D1E231 the best. Most of my new kitchen accessories are more #DFFF00. It goes fine with the blue I have in valances. I use it whenever II can in my greeting cards. Thanks for visiting my #0 lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Excellent lens! I have never heard of this color before - but I really like it. It is really popular in fashion right now. Very creative lens!

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      Laniann 7 years ago

      I don't like the color. But, you did a great selling job on the virtue of chartreuse. It looks good in nature. 5*

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Honestly, I never knew the name of the color I referred to as "tennis ball yellow." I like the traditional color best of the three different ones you identified.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Chartreuse is not my favorite color but I really like this lens - great idea.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      That is one crazy cool color. Don't be surprise if I use it. This is a fun lens!

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      Sensitive Fern 8 years ago

      Fun, eye candy lens! 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I think we should paint our bathrooms this color (the traditional one) instead of the lemony-yellow that's in there now. Whaddya think?

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wow, this is an interesting color & I love color! Well Done!

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      Very fun! My Step-dad loved to paint the classic cars he re-built that color, but he called it Banana with a slice of lime...lmao!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I've got so I really like this color! Looks great with pink and brown. Don't think I would paint my house that color! Cool lens!