Celebrating the Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid Roundup


By now I’m sure you’ve heard that the official 2014 color of the year is the breathtaking Radiant Orchid. If you haven’t, let me fill you in!

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

I totes agree. And it’s just so darn pretty! If you would like to get your orchid fix, read on for my favorite products in 2014’s hottest shade.

Radiant Rush Matte Orchid

This one’s a given. Every year, Sephora teams up with Pantone Universe to create an official collection devoted to the color of the year. This lip color makes me drool.

Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting in Lavender

Remember how much I like this stuff? Last year, I sang praises for its green counterpart in my first Allure challenge. (That was back when Emerald was the color of the year. See? Full circle.) Well, if you have sallow (aka yellow) skin, this is the stuff for you! Purple and yellow are complementary colors on the trusty color wheel, so they cancel each other out. Consider yourself neutralized.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eyeliner in Psychedelic Sister

Urban Decay’s eyeliners are at the top of my favorites list, no matter what shade. It’s an added bonus that Psychedelic Sister is perfectly purpley and on trend.

YSL Ombres 5 Lumieres in Lilac Sky

These perfectly coordinated hues take the guesswork out of choosing what shades to wear together. Each palette holds four luminous, alluring shades of varying intensity and finish—matte, shiny, pearly, or iridescent—and one highlighter. I love Lilac Sky and all of its orchidy goodness.

Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Magenta Violet

Nearly everything in Marc Jacobs’ beauty line is perfection – this nail polish included. Inspired by Marc’s highly lacquered coffee table, Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer is formulated with patented bonding agents that deliver a plasticized, wet look, while the color-rich creams and fine glitters ensure vivid, chip-resistant wear.

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