Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid

It’s that time of year again! With the new year approaching, Pantone has announced the new “it” color for 2014: Radiant Orchid.

A modern and surprisingly versatile shade, Radiant Orchid enlivens the skin, making all who wear it feel more healthy and energetic. Blending both cool and warm undertones, purple is an appealing hue for distinctive combinations and flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones.

This multifaceted hue is seductive when combined with red and pairs well with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink, which provides an assortment of lipstick and blush options. Radiant Orchid’s exuberance also acts as a brilliant finishing touch to nails.

– via BeautyPress

Personally, this soft shade of purple is my favorite – I love pairing it with something edgy, like a thick cat eye, lots of mascara, and a leather jacket.

Here are some of our favorite picks for 2014’s color of the year.


OCC Lip Tar Matte: Hoochie Affiliate

A high-opacity lipstick concentrate  with unparalleled pigment intensity and wear time. Only the smallest amount is needed for opaque coverage. Hoochie is described as an “extreme magenta” – I actually received a Lip Tar in this shade in my goodie bag at The Makeup Show NYC last year, but I might have lost it during my move from Boston to Houston. I’m really sad about that now that I know it would have been perfect for next year’s Color of The Year.

Buy Now for $18

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil: Never Say Never Affiliate

Combining the convenience of a pencil with the application of a lipstick in a jumbo-sized crayon design, these pigment-rich sticks provide a matte, creamy finish that will not dry the lips.

I have a few of these pencils and I absolutely love them – they make application so easy and they last forever!

NARS describes Never Say Never as “lilac rose.”

Buy Now for $25

MAC Cosmetics Lipstick: Up The Amp Affiliate

From Anisha’s recent post“It’s a pretty pastel pink that looks almost purple in some lights and wears beautifully on both cool and warm skin tones. It’s my absolute go to for fresh, youthful looks and suitable to wear all year around because youthful never goes out of style. “

I’ve seen other swatches of this lipstick and it does show up more purple on lighter complexions.

Buy Now for $15


OCC Creme Color Concentrate: Miriam Affiliate

Hot on the heels of “Lip Tars,” OCC has now introduced multi-purpose “Crème Colour Concentrates.”  These pods are available in six shades at Sephora for $20.00 each.  They are meant to be applied anywhere blendable, buildable, long-wearing pigment is needed–eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Gigi reviewed this shade a few months ago – read her post here!

Buy Now for 20

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour: Orchid Affiliate

Inspired by Laura Mercier’s cult classic Caviar Eye Liner, Caviar Stick Eye Colour is offered in a range of beautiful shades and in a creamy formula to provide endless options for a flawless smoky eye.

Orchid is a shimmery lilac color that is sheer but buildable.

Buy Now for $26


While this isn’t part of Pantone’s official Radiant Orchid collection due for next year, Elderberry is a pretty close match for 2014’s Color of The Year. This eye pencil is inspired by the element of Air. The smooth, creamy texture helps glide color on effortlessly, allowing just enough blending before locking in pigment. Create a bold, defined line or a smudged, blended look with multidimensional color and intense payoff.

Sephora Formula X Nail Polish – Chromes: Racy Affiliate

Dip your nails in liquid chrome with this full-coverage metallic lacquer. Its captivatingly rich color goes on sleek and smooth with a luxurious finish that intensifies as it dries. The brush design was engineered to complement the highly pigmented, three-free formula, giving you the most even and precise lacquer application. Racy is described as a metallic lavender.

Buy Now for $12.50

Illamasqua Nail Varnish: Velocity Affiliate

Leave your mark with bold, rich, vibrant colors that stand out. The formula is long-wearing and chip-resistant and contains individual finishes from matte to high gloss. Apply two coats for high intensity and use with Illamasqua Nail Base Coat and Illamasqua Nail Top Coat for the perfect finish. Make a statement and talk with your hands!
Velocity is described as a dusky grey-purple with a glossy finish.

Buy Now for $17




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