Chroma Chameleon is an aesthetic centered around objects that can shift through a variety of colors through a variety of methods. It can see a lot of crossover with HoloSexual and Glowwave aesthetics and can be utilized by a variety of aesthetics. This is not to be confused with the nail polish from Revlon of the same name (which CAN tie into the Chroma Chameleon aesthetic) or the hair-dye from Demetar (which does not share anything in common with the Chroma Chameleon aesthetic aside from the name).
Before we get into the ins and outs of Chroma Chameleon, we'll have to define what is and isn't covered by the Chroma Chameleon aesthetic. What is covered by Chroma Chameleon:
- Iridescent: Iridescent pigments can shift through, at least 2 different colors in the same pigment, but it is possible to shift through all of the colors of the rainbow at different times, as opposed to Holographic, which shows off the rainbow of colors all at once, even in colored pigments.
- Photochromatic: Photochromatic pigments change color when exposed to light of some kind (be it regular sunlight or blacklight. HOWEVER, for UV Photochromatic-reactive items, the color has to actually change under blacklight, not simply glow)
- Thermochromatic:Thermochromatic pigments change color between different temperatures.
What isn't covered by Chroma Chameleon:
- Holographic (for that, you want HoloSexual)
- Blacklight/UV-Reactive (for that, you want Glowwave)
Chroma Chameleon visuals work best when shown off in a format that shows off motion, such as GIFs or movies, to get the full effect. There's examples of crystals, cars, and even food that can utilize the effect and tie into the Chroma Chameleon aesthetic, but to simply look at a still image, while it can get the idea of color-shifting across, it's not ideal for the full effect. The best example of the Chroma Chameleon aesthetic in nature is none other than the Chameleon itself, which will change colors to show its internal body temperature or mood (contrary to popular belief, chameleons don't change their appearance to blend into their surrounds; all one has to do is look at the many brightly-colored chameleons out there to know that this belief is absolute nonsense, though other animals that can achieve this effect include the octopus.
Chroma Chameleon is popularly used in a lot of fashion items, especially with clothing tied to Seapunk, Slimepunk, Icepunk, Vaporwave, and Y2K aesthetics due to its unique color properties being ideal to create a retro-futuristic vibe. One of the best-known examples of Chroma Chameleon aesthetics is a Thermochromatic pigment that leads to a "Mood Ring" effect; while it's typically reserved for the titular fashion accessory, some people can utilize the crystals used to make the "mood ring" effect and apply it to shoes and other clothing items to create a truly unique look. If one doesn't want to buy pre-made items, it is possible to find the pigments online and use them on DIY fashion projects as a form of dye.
In the culinary world, there are plenty of synthetic edible items that can create this effect (especially with an iridescent effect), but the three natural ingredients that can utilize this effect to use in other products include Butterfly Pea Flower (blue to red), red cabbage (pink to blue) and turmeric (yellow to red). This effect is only enacted in the presence of some sort of acid (lemon juice and vinegar being the most popular form of acid to utilize to get this effect.