Butter London Molly Coddled – a radiant orchid polish

Radiant Orchid from pantone.com
Radiant Orchid from pantone.com

When Sephora and Pantone announced that Radiant Orchid was the 2014 Color of the Year I think it left quite a few people confused. There have been so many blog posts with beautiful “radiant orchid” cosmetics but the variety in interpretation is quite vast. Is it a pale pinky lavender, a brilliant orchid or a daring fuchsia?  Construals will all be different.

I knew that I wanted to get a few items in this shade so I turned to one of the experts in color – butter LONDON. I was placing an order for mostly sale items when I noticed the shade Molly Coddled Nail Lacquer and the words “radiant orchid”. That was enough for me to add it to my basket.

from butterlondon.com: Molly Coddled Nail Lacquer
from butterlondon.com: Molly Coddled Nail Lacquer

Molly Coddled is butter LONDON’s “nod to the Color of the Year”. It’s described as an “Opaque lavender orchid cream“. Actually I wasn’t sure I would be comfortable with such a bright lavender that might look more orchid on me but in reality the color is much softer.

butter LONDON Molly Coddled
butter LONDON Molly Coddled

I’m normally drawn to polishes that have a little shimmer or holographic glamour but Molly Coddled was just what the doctor ordered to brighten up my hands this winter.

butter LONDON Molly Coddled
butter LONDON Molly Coddled
Molly Coddled by Butter London
Molly Coddled by Butter London

This applied beautifully and was fully opaque in 2 coats. The best part is that it lasted an entire week. But in the name of honesty I cheated after a few days…. I missed that little bit of glitter so I added a top coat I Love Nail Polish “My Private Rainbow” which is my favorite perk up polish these days.

I Love Nail Polish in My Private Rainbow
I Love Nail Polish in My Private Rainbow
butter London Molly Coddled with ILNP My Private Rainbow
butter London Molly Coddled with ILNP My Private Rainbow

If you are looking for Radiant Orchid look no farther than butter LONDON Molly Coddled. I promise no one will consider you to be coddled or sissified! They’ll just be jealous. — Marcia


*pantone picture from https://www.pantone.com/pages/products/product.aspx?pid=1467&ca=33

butter LONDON picture from http://www.butterlondon.com/Lacquers/Molly-Coddled.html

I Love Nail Polish picture from http://www.ilnp.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=my+private+rainbow#page=1&top=228&

Polish was purchased by me and the other pictures are personal


  1. Phyrra | 28th Feb 14

    I love the Molly Coddled with ILNP on top! Perfect combo!

  2. Carrie Meredith | 28th Feb 14

    I’m totally digging this polish- it’s awfully dreamy. Although I haven’t really loved too many Butter London polishes, I’ll grab this one for sure. Incidentally, my pick for the olfactory equivalent of Radiant Orchid isn’t actually an orchid scent, but to me, it’s the perfect color/scent combo: Ramon Monegal’s Impossible Iris. If you get the chance, try it and see if you agree!

  3. Cindy (Prime Beauty) | 1st Mar 14

    I have this and haven’t tried it yet–that top coat works perfectly. Also love this shade with your skin tone!

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  5. Leelo R | 3rd Mar 14

    Very pretty nail polish! Have to have it!

  6. Sheila (Painted Ladies) | 3rd Mar 14

    That looks fantastic on your nails!

  7. Amber | 3rd Mar 14

    What a gorgeous orchid! Love love love that glitter topper too!

  8. beautyin | 3rd Mar 14

    Thanks Amber. I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of this polish.

  9. Moxie | 9th Mar 14

    I love the color on your nails. Great idea to put the ILNP on top!!

  10. beautyin | 9th Mar 14

    Thanks Moxie. I’m so glad I ordered them both.

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    […] Pink but this is orchid on my skin. It’s my $4 Radiant Orchid cream blush and I love it. 3. BUTTER LONDON NAIL LACQUER IN MOLLY CODDLED – This is probably the closest I’ll get to Radiant Orchid. butter LONDON calls this their take […]

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