Couleur du Jour

December 11th, 2013

December 11th, 2013

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If you ever thought the hot colours of each season happened by accident, you’d be very wrong.  The textile companies already know what coloured cloth they’re creating long before the Couture houses even start thinking about what they’re designing.  Trend prediction is big business and none more so than Pantone and this year it’s Radiant Orchid.

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Come the New Year the shops will be awash with pinky purple clothes, accessories, homeware and of course make-up.  Now those of us old enough to remember Boots No 17 (as it was then) Twilight Teaser, the iconic 80’s lipstick that could sometimes make you look slightly cyanotic was a staple of any self-respecting New Romantic, will know that these trends just get recycled, but be in no doubt, 2014 will be all about a twilight teaser, pinky purple haze.


According to Leatrice Eiseman at Pantone, the lilac hue is “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones…it is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”  So if you’re looking to add a few splashes of Radiant Orchid your kit, here’s a round-up of our faves.

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Illamasqua Powder Blusher

This Blusher in Morale (£18) is deeply pigmented, comes in a huge compact that lasts and blends out effortlessly, even a bold shade like Morale.  The softly shimmering shade is a great, subtle way to add some of 2014’s Radiant Orchid into your make-ups.


Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes

Clinique’s Chubby Stick formula for lips was so popular that the brand expanded the user-friendly Shadow Tint for Eyes (£17).  The range includes soft, shimmering shades for eyes and includes a pearly purple shade.  They’re easily blendable thanks to a creamy formula.  Clinique also have a deep pink/purples shadow from the All About Shadow in Bubble Bath, Purple Pumps and Lavender Out (£16) designed to deliver deep colour in one stroke, you can work the formula to cream to powder perfection.

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Japonesque Velvet Touch Eye Shadow Duo in shade 6

Velvet Touch Eye Shadow Duo is a high pigment double eye shadow (£18).  You can apply sheer for an ethereal veil of colour or layer and build for dramatic impact.  The two complimentary shades to be worn together, or paired with JAPONESQUE single Velvet Touch Eye Shadows to create a multitude of different looks.


Susan Posnick COLORME Orchid

The Susan Posnick COLORME blushes (£22.50) uses completely natural ingredients and provides a beautiful skin flattering colour.  COLORME comes in a petite, self dispensing pot for portable touch ups.  Every part of this product works for the MUA, from the mirror on top for easy application to the versatile use of the pure mineral colour for cheeks, eyes and even lips.


Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm Orchid Petal

Packed with lip-loving ingredients, this glossy gel balm (£12) from Pixi protects and hydrates lips instantly.  After the balm wears off, lips are left tinted with a flattering, personalized hue (colour & intensity depends on pH level of lips).


Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick

Bourjois has added a little bit of purple to hot pink and created Fuchsia Graffiti (£7.99), a slick dominant Radiant Orchid, which is on the brighter side of the shade.


Make up Designory Eye colour compact

MUD’s vibrant and silky Eye Colours are rich with pigments for long-lasting colour.  Specially formulated with superior ingredients and tested by make-up professionals, the unique velvet consistency allows these versatile shadows to glide on smoothly and evenly – wet or dry.  Mix and match to create an amazing variety of new colours and looks – from natural to dramatic.  Go wet for more intense, long-lasting colour or to use as eyeliner.


Sisley Palette Orchidée

Although not strictly purple enough, the name alone deserves a mention.  Sisley’s beautiful metallic compact contains coral, rose and indeed radiant orchid pinks and stamped with nothing other than the flower of the moment, an orchid (£62).

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MAC Cosmetics Lips and Eyes

The masters at MAC have a wide choice of lip shades, some more purple with Up The Amp (£15) some more pink with Show Orchid, but Snob is the perfect Radiant Orchid.  For the eyes MAC’s Mineralise Eyeshadow Duo in Joy and Laughter (£17) contains two coordinating shades baked together in a single pan.  Exceptionally sheer and lightweight application, and easy, rich colour, the powder finish include super-fine pearl that leave a soft dimensional shimmer on the skin.

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Estée Lauder Pure Sensations Sensuous Lipstick and Five Color Palette

Estée Lauder Pure Color Sensuous Rouge Lipsticks contain an exotic blend of fruit extracts, including red raspberry seed oil, passion fruit, and murumuru and shea butters together with a new warm vanilla scent, the spot on Radiant Orchid is Blossom Tease (£25).  The Lauder Five Color Palette (£36) allows you to play with intensities, mix and blend shades, express different attitudes, soft to bold.  The palettes hold varying colour intensities and finishes: matte, satin, shimmer or metallic. Try Velvet Orchids or Surreal Skies.

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Bobbi Brown Shimmerwash Eyeshadows and Lilac Rose Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown’s sheer, lightly pearlised shadow, which can also be used as a highlighter shade under the browbone, comes in a sleek, flip-top compact that can be used individually or assembled into customisable palettes (£17).  The star of Bobbi Brown’s Lilac Rose collection (the perfect Radiant Orchid combo) is the Lilac Rose eye palette features eight eyeshadows in wearable and flattering dusty pinks, heather greys and lily shades that will effortlessly complement your skin tone (£45).

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YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick

YSL’s new-generation lipstick is inspired by Monsieur Saint Laurent’s iconic colour palette: red, fuchsia and orange.  The gold case that doubles as a handy mirror unveils a SPF 15 moisturising formula that saturates lips with intense, stay-true colour and medium to full coverage with a radiant, satin finish for up to six hours.  For that colour choose Rose Libertin (£25).


Laura Mercier Brilliance Glacé Lipgloss and Colour Bonbons

Brilliant Glacé in Nude Prism is a sheer lip gloss with translucent colour and brilliant prismatic shine the on-sticky formula feels lightweight and comfortable on lips (£20).  Laura Mercier’s Petite Baked Eye Colour Bonbons in Amethyst feature three Baked Eye Colours in a range of finishes – from matte to shimmer, apply dry, or for more vibrant shimmer, simply dampen brush with water and apply wet (£20).

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As just a small nod to all things orchid, Tom Ford’s iconic scent, Black Orchid (£45-£85) is worth a mention.  First released in ’06, it’s a warm winter scent and takes inspiration from rare orchids (radiant or not).  Clarins Blue Orchid Oil (£30) is for dehydrated skin and is part of a collection of three facial treatment oils with a potent blend of essential oils and plant extracts created in 1954 and unchanged since that date.  Each plant formula is 100% natural, rich in carefully chosen essential oils and preservative free, because the essential oils act as a natural preservative.  Pure plant oils also possess aromatic properties, so there is no need to add any kind of synthetic fragrance.

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