How to: Wear Radiant Orchid — Colour of the Year 2014


Disclaimer: This picture is not my own. It was obtained from the Pantone website for reference purposes. 

Pantone announced the Colour of the Year some months ago, but I figured since it’s really warming up now that I’d do a post on Radiant Orchid. This is hands down my favorite Color of the Year so far, mainly because of its versatility and how well I think this will work with a variety of skin tones. This post is about how to incorporate Radiant Orchid into your beauty routine, especially if you’re on a budget (i.e. I tried to keep the items to drugstore selections or maximum 20CDN before taxes). Sephora does have in fact have numerous items that are this colour of course, however I can totally understand if you’re not exactly willing to shell out big bucks on such a bold colour that you may not even wear often. So here we go!


Based on my research, Radiant Orchid is spanning everything from lilacs, to lavenders, magentas and deep plum shades. Purple eye shadow and eyeliner have always been favorites of mine — mainly because I have always loved the colour purple, and they also give a pop of color without being too bold.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Painted Purple


I purchased Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in Electric Blue (click to read) last year January, and I still have so much product left! This cream shadow applies so smoothly – I personally enjoy just dabbing it on the lid using my fingers. The wearabaility is amazing – whenever I wear this it lasts for over 12 hours. For about 7CDN before HST, you can easily try Radiant Orchid using these Maybelline shadows.

Wet n Wild Color Token Single Eyeshadow (Glitter) in Binge


I’ve been seeing this in a number of Youtube videos, however I haven’t been able to find it in the Wal Mart’s or Rexall’s closest to me. I can definitely see this adding a really nice pop of both colour and shimmer to the lid — if you’re not feeling so bold you can try tapping a little over a more neutral shade, such as brown. When I checked U.S. drugstore sites such as Walgreens and CVS, this was retailing for about 99 cents, so hopefully in Canada it shouldn’t costs us more than about $2; for 2CDN what’s the worst that could really happen?

L’Oreal La Couleur Infallible in Purple Obsession


When I swatched this, I found that the consistency felt more like that of a pressed pigment — but this is in no way a bad thing. The color payoff is quite nice, especially at such an affordable price point. I would suggest using a brush that really packs on the colour, such as a MAC 239 brush or even a very stiff concealer brush if you choose; I use a concealer brush for my pigments and it works really well to pack on the colour. Do you own zero brushes? Use your clean fingers, they work just as well!

L’Oreal HIP Metallic Duo in Sculpted


These swatch very nicely and the pigmentation is great, even without an eyeshadow primer. For about no more than 10CDN, you’re getting two gorgeous colors that have already been coordinated for you. I suggest either applying the lighter shade all over the lid and the darker color in the crease to add some dimension. Or simply sweeping the darker color from the lash line up to a little above the crease, and adding the lighter color for a bit of a highlight. 

Sephora Collection Eyeshadow in Midnight Kiss 


On the Sephora website this is described as ‘deep violet shimmer’, and retails for 16CDN; which may be a bit much for a single shadow when compared to drugstore brands. I’ve tried 2 eyeshadows from the Sephora Collection, and I can honestly say that they’re worth it. They wear really well with or without a primer and they have a very wide range of shades – all in different finishes: matte, glitter, shimmer.

Sephora Collection Eyeliners in Eccentric Diva and Purple Stilettos


You’ve seen me post previously mentioning eyeliners by the Sephora Collection, and that’s because at 12CDN, they work really well. Personally they lasted longer on my eyes than Urban Decay — which was surprising and almost disappointing all at the same time. Moving on, I recently purchased Summer Cruise (a vivid turqoise shade) by Sephora (click here to read my review on this liner), and I am having a blast! If you’re like me and enjoy a coloured liner that’s long-lasting and at an affordable price point – then go ahead and take the plunge on one of these liners! You won’t be disappointed.


As I said previously, what I love about Radiant Orchid is the versatility, compared to Emerald Green (Color of the Year 2013) for which I only purchased a maxi dress…green lip colour is not for everyone. That being said, let’s move on to lip picks! Because I love a purple lip.

Maybelline's Color Elixir in Vision in Violet

Me wearing Maybelline’s Color Elixir in Vision in Violet

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipsticks(s) : Dazzling Plum, Madison Mauve and Mauve-e-lous

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All of these would be great picks in my opinion, especially if maybe you just want to ‘test the waters’ with this colour, or you want a lipstick that you can easily customize using a lip liner. For these shades I definitely recommend experimenting, maybe with MAC’s Currant liner for a deeper berry/plum shade if that’s what you’re into (click to read the post on MAC’s Currant). I’ve tried lipsticks from Maybelline, and next to Revlon I can easily say that they have some of the better quality selections when it comes to drugstore lipstick options; don’t ever ask me to choose between both brands. Revlon’s Black Cherry is known as a ‘cult classic’ for a reason (click here to read my post on this shade).

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo in Vivid


For only 15CDN you’re getting 2 lip shades, which is a good deal. This duo in contains Palomino (described as a vivid magenta) on one end, and Violet (described as a vibrant purple) at the other. I have seen and heard that these do in fact get soft or sometimes melt quite easily — probably resulting from how creamy this product is. So if you know you’re going to be somewhere that’s really warm, I would say beware. However if you like melting down your lip colours to put them into a lip palette then maybe this is just the thing for you.

L’Oreal Colour Caresse Shine Stain in Berry Persistent


No I am not sponsored by L’Oreal, but I do think that for a drugstore brand they are a strong brand; when a low price point still gives me high quality products, that’s what impresses me — along with a good sale of course. I love the shape of this applicator because it will apply the product perfectly to your lips – it’s made to fit the contours properly instead of you having to make strange faces for proper application. The best thing about the product is that it will dry down to stain. Personally? I love a good lip stain! So I would say if you’re looking for a ‘glossy stain’ and you’re not exactly ready to go right for YSL, then go ahead and try the Caresse Shine Stain.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless


There seems to be a trend with lip products – all the companies are trying to either have a balm stain or a gloss stain of some sort…not that I mind. Anyway this swatched really nicely when I tried it at Shoppers Drug Mart – and they often have sales on Revlon, L’Oreal and Maybelline items. The shade of purple wasn’t exactly what I was going for, as I was looking for more of a brighter shade as opposed to this deep plum. This is however a good product in my opinion and I think it would look great on darker skin tones. Its so easy to apply and I’m pretty sure its no more than 10CDN before taxes.

I hope this post provided you with some easily accessible, budget-friendly options regarding the Radiant Orchid trend that has already begun taking over 2014. Can you tell how much I’m in love with it? Thanks for reading!


Tal 🙂


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