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Radiant Orchid is Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014 – Get Ready for Orchid Madness

By on December 5, 2013
in News, Radiant Orchid Madness with 31 Comments
Pantone Color of the Year 2014, Radiant Orchid

Pantone Color of the Year 2014 – Radiant Orchid

The next Pantone Color of the Year for 2014 was announced today and it’s Radiant Orchid. You guys know how I love purple and green so I’m all about it.

“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.”

You know what this means, right? A follow up to my Emerald Madness nail polish competition, featuring Radiant Orchid. I’ll host a bracketed nail polish smack down of the best orchid nail shades, similar to NCAA March Madness.

So as I start to curate the best representations of Radiant Orchid in the world of nail polish, I’d love to hear your suggestions. I don’t want to accidentally leave out a great shade

So which nail polishes do you think best represent Pantone Color of the Year 2014, Radiant Orchid? Are you happy with Pantone’s choice? 

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  1. This one will be easier to make a lipstick for than emerald for sure ;)

  2. Lorraine says:

    hmmm…. I like the idea. Orchid image evokes Essie Splash of Grenadine. I am sure there will be new polishes coming. Curious to see what polish makers and mixers come up with for this.

  3. DWJ says:

    I think Essie Splash of Grenadine is a good contender.

  4. Kitty Kerosene says:

    Illamasqua – Velocity! It’s a bit warmer than ‘true’ Radiant Orchid, but it’s the closest match I can think of.

  5. Frankenstyna says:

    The first polish that comes to mind is Essie “Play Date”. LOVE that shade!

  6. jessica maria says:

    Immediately reminds me of Essie’s “Play Date” which I love!

  7. Galaxia @ Nail Care Enthusiast says:

    Orchid is a great color choice! Can’t wait to see your polish picks.

  8. Ali says:

    An oldie, but a goodie, OPI Grape Wall of China is still one of my favorite orchid shades!

  9. Arathael says:

    Yay!!! Love this shade, not my fave purple, but I do like them all!

  10. lori b says:

    Essie “Play Date” !!!

  11. Lu says:

    Hmm…I’m thinking Zoya’s Perrie or Malia and butter LONDON’s Molly-Coddled.

  12. Nora W says:

    Wonder if OPI’s Lucky Lucky Lavender would qualify as an orchid shade?

  13. marchlion says:

    Based on all the online swatches I think it’s close to OPI Pamplona Purple? There seem to be two distinct colors being represented as the Pantone – one is way pinker/warmer than the other.

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      You’re right, there are two different looking swatches. The fabric swatches, as compared to coated paper, tend to do that. Even the coated and uncoated Pantone guides I have are different.

  14. marchlion says:

    If you look at the fabric swatches that come up in google, as opposed to various backgrounds/objects, it’s a warmer pinky-purple.

  15. Kathy Schrenk says:

    Olry Plum Noir is very pretty, but I don’t think it fits the bill; it’s more maroon. Essie Play Date is gorgeous and perfect as “Radiant Orchid!”

  16. Ellen CA says:

    I added this to your facebook post earlier, but after wearing it for a week, I’m even more in love with Essence “break through.” And, it’s only $1.99 at Ulta!

  17. Color Club’s Sweet Pea, perhaps.

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