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Does starlight apple watch look pink?

The new Apple Watch Series 8 was just announced, and one of the new colors available is called Starlight. Looking at Apple’s marketing images, the Starlight aluminum case appears to have a light gold or pinkish hue to it. This has led some people to wonder – does the Starlight Apple Watch really look pink in person? In this article, we’ll examine the Starlight color on the Apple Watch Series 8 in detail to determine if it looks more pink or gold.

Comparing Starlight to Previous Gold and Rose Gold Colors

This isn’t the first time Apple has offered a light gold color on the Apple Watch. The Series 2 and 3 were available with a gold aluminum case, and the Series 4 introduced a rose gold aluminum finish.

The gold on the Series 2 and 3 models was a richer, more yellow gold shade. The rose gold on the Series 4 pulled more pink and less yellow in its hue.

Starlight seems to fall somewhere in between the previous gold and rose gold shades. It’s lighter and less saturated than the original gold color. And it’s not as overtly pink as rose gold.

Hands-On Impressions Say It’s a Light Gold

Now that the Apple Watch Series 8 has started making its way into the hands of everyday users, we’re getting some real-life impressions of the new Starlight color.

Overall, most first impressions indicate that Starlight reads more as a light, champagne gold than a pink in person. Tech YouTuber iJustine said it looks like a “soft gold” and noted she doesn’t see much pink at all. Fellow YouTuber Sara Dietschy called it a “warm, champagne gold” after comparing it side-by-side with a silver Apple Watch.

However, under certain lighting conditions, there are hints of pink that come through in the Starlight aluminum. Unbox Therapy showed how the color shifts between gold and pink depending on the light. So the pinkness seems to be subtle and something you notice in certain situations but not all the time.

Starlight’s Appearance Can Vary Based on the Style

Another factor that seems to affect how pink Starlight looks is the Apple Watch style you choose. Specifically, the color appears more pink on Apple Watch models without cellular connectivity.

YouTuber iJustine noticed this discrepancy when comparing a GPS-only Apple Watch Series 8 in Starlight next to a cellular Series 8 model with the same color case. The non-cellular watch had a more pink hue, while the cellular model read as a truer soft gold.

Other YouTubers like Sara Dietschy and MKBHD have pointed out a similar difference between the aluminum Starlight and the more expensive stainless steel version. The pricier stainless steel style leans more heavily into the gold tones.

This suggests Apple has optimized the color rendering for each style. The end result is Starlight appearing slightly more pink on aluminum versus stainless steel.

Factors That Impact Starlight’s Color

What causes the Starlight Apple Watch to shift between muted gold and hints of pink? A few different factors seem to be at play here:

  • Materials – The 100% recycled aluminum used for Starlight has a different reflective quality than stainless steel.
  • Coatings – Apple may use additional coatings on the stainless steel that alter the way the base color is perceived.
  • Lighting – As noted above, Starlight can take on a pinker tone in certain indoor lighting situations.
  • Band Pairing – The color of the watch band paired with Starlight can impact perceptions of the case color.

So in certain conditions, the aluminum properties allow the pink aspects of the underlying color to come through in a way they don’t on the stainless steel.

Which Colors Bring Out the Pinkness?

As mentioned above, the watch band paired with a Starlight Apple Watch can accentuate or downplay the pinkish tones in the color.

YouTubers who have compared different band options say that Starlight is most noticeably pink alongside white, silver, or lighter colored watch bands. Darker colors like black, midnight, and olive mute the pinkness and make Starlight look more straight-up gold.

Apple’s official marketing images of the Starlight Apple Watch seem to intentionally highlight the pinkness by showing it with the Starlight sport band. This light colored band brings out the subtle pink in the case.

So if you want the pink aspect of Starlight to be more pronounced, go with a lighter colored band. For a truer soft gold that downplays the pink, pair it with a darker band.


So does Starlight on the Apple Watch Series 8 really look pink? After compiling impressions from experts and everyday Apple Watch owners, the answer seems to be: sometimes.

Under certain conditions like indoor lighting and lighter colored bands, the aluminum Starlight color can take on a noticeable pink hue. But in many situations, it reads more clearly as a soft, muted gold.

The takeaway appears to be that Starlight is versatile color that borders on pink and gold, allowing you to accentuate one or the other depending on your styling. It’s the most dynamic, chameleon-like color Apple has released for the Apple Watch so far.

Apple Watch Model Starlight Color Tone
Aluminum Series 8 Most pinkish
Stainless Steel Series 8 More golden
Aluminum SE Pinkish gold
Aluminum Series 7 Golden pink

This table summarizes how pink vs gold Starlight appears on different Apple Watch models based on hands-on impressions. The aluminum Series 8 renders Starlight most pink, while stainless steel looks more purely gold.

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