I wonder if the words “Radiant Orchid” bring happy thoughts or dread to the world of consumers. I’ve seen so many interpretations of the color that it’s hard to know exactly what radiant orchid looks like. I wrote a review on a nail polish from I Love Nail Polish called Molly and called it Radiant Orchid yet I had some naysayers that said it wasn’t. I doubt we’ll agree on the exact shade which is perfectly fine. It’s best to find a shade that works for your particular coloring and your special taste so you can have some Radiant Orchid fun.
One day when I was at CVS with one of my reward coupons I spotted the new Maybelline master GLAZE cream blush sticks. I love cream blushes and reviews I’ve read are all positive. I was instantly drawn to Pink Fever (#20) and once I had it in my hand I thought of Radiant Orchid. I’d have been drawn to this shade no matter what but knowing it was a variation of the Pantone Color of the Year made me more excited.
I’m super impressed with Maybelline master GLAZE. The stick looks bigger than the product actually is. The top of master GLAZE is only about 2/3 of an inch across so it’s smaller and thinner than something like a Nars Multiple. But it vies with a multiple for performance. This lasts and lasts on me. Pink Fever is a bright spring-like shade of pink with orchid undertones. I apply it directly from the stick and blend with my finger. It’s like a dream. It blends beautifully. I’m sure you can build this up though I haven’t needed to.
Look at these gorgeous colors the master GLAZES are available in (picture courtesy of glitter.gloss.garbage, check out her swatches!)
These retail for about $9 but it’s Maybelline so you know you can find a sale. As I was examining the display I noticed this beautiful Maybelline Color Show polish in Rose Rapture and I knew a review was being written in my head!
I know this isn’t a radiant orchid dupe but it’s the prettiest pink that’s slightly metallc and has a beautiful light shimmer to it. Maybelline Color Show polishes are my favorite drugstore polish since they wear beautifully on me and for $4 or less I can buy a color I might not want in a more expensive polish.
My third product to share is truly orchid and was created prior to Pantone picking this as their shade for 2014. It’s from Painted Earth and it’s their Luxury Lipstick in the shade Orchid. The Painted Earth lipsticks swatches are difficult to see which is a shame because they are some of the nicest lipsticks I’ve tried.
I was very intimidated when I first opened the Painted Earth Luxury Lipstick. I wear light lip colors yet I wanted to try things that are in the orchid family. After all I want to be “IN” style, don’t I? What I found with Orchid is that it can be worn full strength like this (sorry for the lousy color but the light was disappearing) :
or I can blot it down and find a beautiful MLBB (my lips but better) shade:
I’m obviously a lot more comfortable with my lips in the second picture but right from the tube in the first picture made me realize just how beautiful these Luxury Lipsticks are.
I know that Pantone isn’t going to hire me to be a color spotter but perfect or not, these are colors that remind me of thhe radiant orchid that I like and that’s what really counts. What favorites do you have for this Pantone Color of the Year? — Marcia