Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid!
Orchid (well, technically it’s purple with a dash of pink) is one of my absolute favorite colors in the world, so when I saw that Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year was this delicious shade of magenta-violet, I dug around for some options.
On the nails, orchid is gorgeous. It goes with any skin tone, brightens up your outfit (and your day), and good colors are relatively easy to find among the cheaper ranges.
Essie Splash of Grenadine - this is a softer more muted orchid that leans towards pink. If purple’s too strong for you, this is a nice and quite subtle shade.
China Glaze That’s Shore Bright - the name says it all! This is a true orchid if you’re not afraid of color!
Revlon Plum Seduction - another shade that leans towards a magenta pink, but has a big shot of purple in it to keep things interesting.
On the lips, you can definitely opt to go strong, but don’t forget pretty oyster-pink glosses that give a hint of that tone without going into bright purple territory.
NYX Purple Rain lip pencil - a quick way to jazz up your existing pink glosses is to layer a bit of Purple Rain over your lips first. This pearlescent purple-pink is strong and pretty at the same time!
MAC Docile Lipglass - with a name like that, you know it’s not going to be a strong shade. This is a muted beige pearl with pinky-purple duochrome sheen. VERY subtle and soft.
MAC Up the Amp - the CLASSIC orchid mouth. This color is a must-try for anyone interested in wearing purple toned lipstick. In fact, make it your first stop. It looks a little duller beside the other 2 lipsticks, but it’s undeniably beautiful. (There’s a dupe from Revlon called Berry Haute which is available in some countries; if you can find that check that one out!)
MAC Flat Out Fabulous - this looks like a magenta beside the other lighter and less intense lipsticks, but it’s really a strong and saturated matte orchid once on the lips. Sadly, it’s a limited edition, and Nars Schiapp is close, but too pink to be a dupe.
Lime Crime Airborne Unicorn - Alright. If you aren’t going to wear anything but TRUE orchid on your lips, you need to check out Airborne Unicorn. This cult color is an insanely bright orchid-purple. But it’s also surprisingly pretty on the lips. Don’t knock it until you try it!
On the eyes, it gets a bit more tricky because the wrong orchid can make your eyes look swollen/sunken/bruised/all-types-of-bad. Here are some suggestions to wearing it.
- If purple is not your color on the lids, make sure you pair it with a little black or grey around the socket or outer V, as well as the lash line.
- Choose a duochrome. Pictured above is a loose pigment from I Nuovi called Ultraviolet, which is a purple with a duochrome pink shift. I would also highly-recommend pink/blue-shifting shades like MAC Stars n Rockets or Urban Decay Fishnet because they give that orchid tone without looking too flat.
- Go dark. An absolute knockout deep orchid purple is Too Faced Poison Orchid. (Lid swatch above applied over black base.) Probably one of the most under-rated purple shadows in the universe, because I’ve seen so many people spontaneously swear out loud when they swatch it and realise how beautiful it is. This is a duochrome black that looks almost blah in the pan, but shifts into the most intense, ridiculously beautiful orchid purple. (And how can you not love a name like that?)
What are some of your favorite orchid-toned products?