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Every year, Pantone releases a colour of the year and for 2014, the company announced PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple, as the colour of the year.
“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 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 invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”
“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.”
Radiant Orchid for Fashion
Radiant Orchid’s rosy undertones radiate on the skin, producing a healthy glow when worn by both men and women. A dazzling attention-getter, Radiant Orchid permeated the runways during the spring 2014 fashion shows and is already making its way onto the red carpet. Fashion designers featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2014, including Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan, Juicy Couture and Yoana Baraschi, are incorporating Radiant Orchid into their spring collections and variations of this hue will carry into men’s and women’s clothing and accessories throughout next year.
– quotes and information taken from Pantone company press release
I’ve been on the hunt for a budget-friendly radiant orchid shade lip colour for a while and only found it recently at the Essence counter in Watsons.
This lippie retails for only S$4.50 and is definitely value for money. I haven’t quite come across another lipstick that is priced so affordably and has such great quality. It is creamy and emollient (non-drying). The colour glides on smoothly and is relatively opaque with two applications. I like that I can build the colour opaqueness by layering applications. This is with two coats of lipstick. Obviously, this lipstick doesn’t have outstanding longevity but I do like its frosted/ satin finish.
I would really recommend trying the Essence brand of lipsticks if you’re looking for a new budget lipstick, or if you want to test out new cosmetics; Essences cosmetics are a great alternative to pricier brands.
So far, I think this is a great colour for daytime and can be office-appropriate. I like how its pinkish-purplish shade accentuates the glow in one’s skin tone. For a lippie, Radiant Orchid is a feminine colour and definitely gives an edge over nude or sheer pink lipsticks. I’m starting to like this shade quite a bit!