In the design world, Radiant Orchid is the talk of the town. Since Pantone named it the Color of the Year for 2014, it’s been popping up all over the place. If you’re not as excited about it as I am, then you clearly do not work near graphic designers, artists, architects, interior designers and other such people. I have worked in the design biz for about 6 years give or take, and I can tell you that interior designers really do like watching paint dry. Go figure.
Anywho, this color is all over fashion as well. Since makeup Mega Giant Sephora teamed up with Pantone Universe, they have been telling us in a not so subtle way what the best colors are. This year, it’s Radiant Orchid. But don’t fool yourself. It’s not pink. It’s not purple. It was indeed selected for you from a pile of stuff. A purply pink, Radiant Orchid is bright and springy, and it actually looks pretty good on a variety of skin tones.
I went to the Radiant Orchid eyeshadow class one Sunday morning at the crack of dawn. Not only did I learn how to apply the Bird of Paradise look without resembling Mimi from ‘The Drew Carey Show,’ I also walked out with $100 worth of stuff, including the Radiant Femme Artistry Palette (Sephora knows how to make me part with my money). The palette features other colors that can be made to look wild or neutral – it’s up to you, and of course, the signature shade can be incorporated into every look.
The color payoff is good, and the makeup has good staying power with the right primer. At $42, it’s a little pricey, but you get 25 decently sized shades that create a lot of looks for day, night and everywhere in between. If you’re a makeup junkie, go to Sephora and try this palette. Although Radiant Orchid is only the Color of this year, it’s actually pretty, and you’ll be able to wear it for a while.