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Radiant Orchid Madness – Vote For Your Favorite Radiant Orchid Nail Polish

By on April 2, 2014
in Radiant Orchid Madness

Radiant Orchid Nail Polish Bracket
If you’re in the same boat as me, your NCAA March Madness bracket was busted pretty early on. Wichita State took me down, I picked them to win, and I lost interest. Though I do applaud all the underdogs that made it so far (Dayton Flyers).

So, now with all that craziness behind me, it’s time to focus on the real battle, a smack-down to determine the best Radiant Orchid nail polish. That’s right, it’s Radiant Orchid Madness.

Last year’s Emerald Madness tournament was so much fun, I decided to bring it back. I’ve selected the 16 best representations of the Pantone Color of The Year and now it’s up to all of you to determine the winner. Let’s get started!

Determining The Sweet Sixteen

Radiant Orchid Nail Polish

As it did last year, the process begins with a pile of polish to sort through. Now, Radiant Orchid is a very specific color with very few dead-on matches. And, obviously, everyone’s interpretations of the color are varied as I received brand submissions ranging from grape to lilac. So, I took a little leeway with my shade selection.

Some colors are lighter, darker, more purple, more pink but all have the Radiant Orchid essence. And, at the end of the day, it’s not about being a Radiant Orchid dupe, it’s about you choosing the nail polish you like best.


Voting is now closed but here are the original 16 contenders.

OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender Essie Under Where?
OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender Swatch Essie Under Where? Swatch
Zoya Perrie Azature Light Pink Diamond
Zoya Perrie Swatch Azature Light Pink Diamond Swatch
Sally Hansen Sugar Shimmer Berried Under Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Bubble Plum
Sally Hansen Berried Under Sugar Shimmer Swatch Sally Hansen Bubble Plum Sugar Coat Swatch
Formula X Glitter Rocket Orly FX Pink Pixel
Formula X Glitter Rocket Swatch Orly FX Pink Pixel Swatch
L’Oreal Paris Lacquer-ized Lancome Violette Coquette
L'Oreal Lacquer-ized Nail Polish Swatch Lancome Violette Coquette 419b Swatch
Maybelline Color Show Lust For Lilac Formula X Gemini
Maybelline Lust For Lilac Swatch Formula X Gemini Swatch
Clinique Grape Ice Marc Jacobs Oui
Clinique Grape Ice Swatch Marc Jacobs Oui Swatch
MAC Embrace Me Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid
MAC Embrace Me Nail Swatch Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid Nail Swatch

You have from now until Sunday, April 6th to vote. Results and the next round of voting will be revealed on Monday, April 7th.

Encourage your friends to vote for your favorite colors using the hashtag #ROMadness or [TWEET THIS]

I hope you enjoy Radiant Orchid Madness and I can’t wait to see which color will be crowned the Best Radiant Orchid Nail Polish!

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  1. Debbie says:

    I LOVE THIS IDEA!!!!!!!!!!! So fun!

  2. Lizzie R says:

    Well if Pantone’s is literally named Radiant Orchid then the others don’t stand a chance do they?

    • Not necessarily. They put out an Emerald shade last year and it didn’t win. This is just a fun game I thought everyone would enjoy.

    • Lorrie says:

      Julep has a (had, I believe it sold out Sunday @qvc) that was Pantone color of the year “Rae”, I thought it might have been in the group.

  3. JoElla says:

    That was harder than I thought it would be. A lot of beautiful colors to choose from.

  4. Marilyn says:

    What a fun idea!

  5. ELizabeth says:

    Jesse’s Girl Julie G Fashion Friday is almost a perfect Radiant Orchid!

    • Thanks for sharing. Though wasn’t that a LE shade? I didn’t think you could get it anymore. NARS Ratin Jot is a great one as well but it’s discontinued.

  6. Melissa D says:

    This really makes me want to dig through my collection and find my radiant orchid shades!

  7. collar wilson says:

    Thanks for including the OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender and the Essie Under Where? I have both, but didn’t remember that I had them. That’s a whole other story. Let’s just say that I have a whole lot of nail polish. I purchased the Sephora Gemini and I am wearing it today. I love their formulas and the ones I have last 5 days without chipping, only minor tip wear, if that.

  8. purple_rain says:

    Yay, it’s back! :) I loved last year’s round.

  9. Kellie says:

    I did this survey with the emerald colors…the outcome was my fav so it was a win win. Can’t wait to see which one wins this time. =)

  10. Christine says:

    As usual I love your voting post!!! Not only was it fun to choose my preferences, it considerably helped in detecting what I consider Radiant Orchid which definitely seems to be more blue toned than Pantones version!

  11. Sandra says:

    Thank you for this! I driving myself nuts the other day at Ulta trying to find the perfect one, I gave up! But now I have a few that I must have thanks to your post :)

  12. Mishi says:

    Some great collection there!

  13. Sandra says:

    Great selections. I think LVX Azalea is a great orchid colour as well.

  14. Dacia says:

    Pretty colors! Cant wait to try some of them

  15. Rei says:

    Oh this is so fun! I love this idea! And some new items on my wish list!

  16. This was fun! Way more fun than a basketball bracket.. *snore*

  17. Mary says:

    Great idea! I look forward to voting all week. I’m sort of surprised not to see Deborah Lippmann’s Between the Sheets. That was my right-off-the-bat match. But that’s maybe because it’s a personal fave. I’m sure it was difficult to narrow it down to just 16! Thanks.

  18. Kat says:

    Was very fun! Great idea to pick up from sports

  19. Rachel says:

    Love that first picture of all your “radiant orchid” polishes! While I am definitely going to dig through my own collection, I think I need some Marc Jacobs polishes in my life!

  20. Lorraine says:

    I am loving all the deep ones- my idea of Radiant Orchid is Tom Ford African Violet and Sally Hansen Complete Cherry Cherry Bang Bang. This is a fun idea. thanks for letting us peek into your stash.

  21. marissa says:

    Hard to pick ! i love this shade!

  22. M says:

    Speaking of shopping the stash, I think I own that Marc Jacobs!

  23. Venn Ned says:

    Great idea! I really like nail polish in this color gamma!

  24. cristina says:

    wow! This is too cool!! I’ve already voted and I completely missed it last year (and emerald is my favourite colour!).
    I have to say than I’m not a fan of Radiant Orchid, it doesn’t match my skin tone and I look like a total zombie with it… but I’ll keep an eye on this!

  25. Becky says:

    Great idea. Cannot wait to see how the bracket progresses!!

  26. Carolina says:

    YAY! I loved doing this last year for Emerald and now I’m loving it again! I recently got butterLondon’s Molly Coddled because it reminded me of Radiant Orchid but these colors are beautiful and they’re making me want to get some of them.

  27. LaraLeaf says:

    I really like these contests you do! Being as I love emerald, last year’s was so fabulous, such beautiful polish (even if I had to see it in retrospect, being a relative newbie to the polish scene!). I didn’t think I would like Radiant Orchid, but have grown attached to it now. So elegant and feminine.

  28. Anna says:

    Loved voting :-) I have a stand out favorite already! Great fun activity!

  29. Olga says:

    Wow that was harder than my NCAA bracket :) Loving all this colors, need to make a shopping list.

  30. Rachel B says:

    Wow, I was hoping they would be a lot more radiant, since that is part of the name of the color of the year. Why is it so hard to find shades in this family that are actually radiant? These are all pretty muted. But I’m really glad you’re doing this!

  31. Cindy says:

    Your so right about this being so much fun, can’t wait to see the winner. Just sit down to do a mani I had my color all picked out and yes you guessed it, now I have to go through my stash and find an orchid :) Thank goodness for color wheels.

  32. Carissa Hensley says:

    love these posts — so much fun and I’m always tickled with the results! Thanks!

  33. Icy says:

    I think Zoya’s ‘Mason’ is an almost dupe of Marc Jacob’s ‘Oui’. I’m a bit said Mason wasn’t on the bracket list. Oh well.

  34. Linda C. says:

    L O V E all the different shades!!! <3

  35. Mary Liberti says:

    I want all these colors!!!

  36. So much fun I love when you do these :)

  37. Natalie B. says:

    I voted once I forced myself to stop drooling over the pile of polishes photo. lol

  38. Tina says:

    Wow! What a great collection of Radiant Orchids!

  39. the Ambler says:

    This looks like fun, but I am having too much trouble choosing. Maybe I’ll wait until the next round?

  40. Pat says:

    I love the zoya polishes, this is fun!

  41. Cat says:

    I would have loved to see Revlon’s “Flirt” polish in the mix. I just picked it up and it’s the exact definition of Radiant Orchid. :) If you haven’t already, you must check it out!