Radiant Orchid Eye Look

Hello gentle readers.

Pantone declared that Radiant Orchid is the Colour of the Year for 2014.

Radiant Orchid. If you are of an age to have been wearing makeup in the 1980's you know that we've been here, done this. We didn't call it "Radiant Orchid" back then, but we wore this colour. Some of us *cough* wore the fuck out of it. Eyes, cheeks. lips, nails. Even brushing it through our blonde tresses... Yeah. And burned out on it. And declared to anyone who would listen (my fat face staring back at me in the mirror) that "I wouldn't be caught dead at a dog fight in that colour, ever again!"

Print my obituary and release the hounds. I am wearing Radiant Orchid. And I am kind of liking it. 

I am a bit astounded. I mean, me? Wearing purple, again? And enjoying it? What's next? Frogs raining down from the heavens? Dogs and cats living together? This is deep blue apocalyptic stuff, here. I am making a conscious choice to pull myself out of my deep neutral eye shadow rut and wear more colour. To embrace and revel in the bright, the bold, (bright and bold, for me, anyway) the fun side of makeup.

This Radiant Orchid look was created with a mix of drugstore, mid tier and high end range products. It was easy to do and would be simple to replicate, if one is so inclined. Would you like details?




I used:


  • Lorac Behind the Scenes primer all over my lids. 
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in Too Cool, a shimmery white as a brightening base. (I loathe that shadow and need to get something else to do that job.)
  • Loreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Burst Into Bloom all over my lid, inner to outer corner, lash line to crease and along my lower lash line from outer corner to about 1/4 of the way from the inner corner.
  • Violet from my It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette in my crease and pulled up onto my orbital bone and blended out. (The Maybelline base made this matte shadow look like a shimmer.)
  • Sheer Joy was applied as highlight on my brow bone and the inner corner. 
  • Transforming Pearl was applied in a fine line from the inner corner to about 1/4 of the way along my lower lash line. (My photos didn't pick it up, but it was visible in person.)
  • I lined my upper lash line with Stila Smudge Stick in Tetra.
  • Mascara is one generous coat of Loreal Voluminous Butterfly in Black on my upper lashes. 
  • My brows were done with Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash. (This photographs a tiny bit warm but it is a true ash tone. I need to do a review post, don't I?) 





The full shadow look. I kept the application simple and blended it out well while not allowing the dark crease colour to blend too much into the lid colour. I wanted to keep that Radiant Orchid shade as true as possible.


The goofy special effects were used to cover the background comprised of a bathroom door that was left hanging open and my messy bookcase. Nobody wants to see that!

The rest of my face:

  • Revlon ColorStay foundation in 150 Buff.
  • Jane Iredale Circle/Delete Concealer in Peach
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light. (A review on this is coming soon.)
  • No contour this time but I used a little Too Faced Chocolate Soliel Bronzer to warm up my face a bit.
  • Maybelline Master Highlight blush in Pink Rose.
  • On my lips: Maybelline Color Elixir in Petal Plush. 

I am pretty happy with how this eye and all over look came together.

I did a bit of extremely amateurish airbrushing to correct the unhappy areas on the sides of my nose, courtesy of my current glasses and to brighten up my dark circles a bit. My lines and wrinkles, the sagging that is natural to someone of my age were, as always, left as is. I am forty-nine, I am the age I am and I am not going to hide it. I am horribly self conscious about my dark circles and the angry areas on the sides of my nose. Happily, there is something I can do to ease them a bit so that I feel better about showing my likeness to the world. I am not going to explain this, every time I post photographs of myself on my blog. But I felt that it needed to be said, this time.

So, there you have it, my Radiant Orchid eye look. I hope that you like it. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask them in a comment.

Thank you so much for coming by and reading, take care and have a beautiful day!

55 comments

  1. Love the eye look and also your eye color is really vibrant here

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  2. I love this eye look - the color is so pretty on you - a little sultry but still sweet. Gorgeous!

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  3. Erika, you are so beautiful!! The look you created is stunning and I loved seeing your pretty face and eyes! <3

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  4. Love this look!! We're twins today! <3

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  5. OOO! I need a Radiant Orchid look! This is so pretty!

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  6. Ok, I love your "wore the fuck out of it," you make me laugh!! But seriously this shade is so flattering for you. You should wear the fuck out of it some more now!!! :)

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  7. I really need to get the Maybelline Burst into bloom. OMG this is so gorgeous on you. So beautiful and what dark circles are you talking about? I see none!!! Beautiful Lady and Beautiful Look.

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  8. So pretty! I am loving all things Radiant Orchid this year!

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  9. Gorgeous! I love how soft the color is.

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  10. Thank you so much. I really enjoyed wearing this look. :)

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  11. Thank you. I like how it is colourful but not too much. :)

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  12. Thank you. :) I am trying to love this colour, again. It's hard, after you OD on it. LOL

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  13. You are very kind. :) I have EPIC dark circles. Between corrector, a ton of concealer and foundation and a touch of photo editing magics I can make them kind of disappear. Trust me, those suckers are there! LOL

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  14. Hee! Hee! I try not to drop the F-Bomb too much in this blog. :D I don't know if I will wear the fuck out of this colour, this time around but I will definitely give it some love. :D

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  15. You should do one. It will be smashing on you. :) Thank you. :)

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  16. Aw, thank you so much. You are very sweet. :)

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  17. Very simple and classy! I love it!

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  18. I love this, and how subtle it is.

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  19. You did a great job of concealing. Under your eyes looks bright and youthful.

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  20. This looks great on you. I love how natural it looks!

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  21. Such a great look on you, really brings out the blue in your eyes! :)

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  22. This is a great look for you, and love how you balanced the brighter eyes with neutral glossy lips. Fantastic!

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  23. I love how the lippie brought out the pink in the eyeshadow. Looks great together. I don't remember wearing all that purple back then - I need to go look at some old photos and see! lol. Oh, wait - did we even have color photos back then? ;) ;)

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  24. love your lip and eye combo. so pretty.

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  25. Love this look! It's so fresh, spring, and rosy.

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  26. Thank you. :) I was happy with the combo. :D

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  27. Bwahahaha! Right? Were there even cameras back then? :P ;) I was heavily into the purple, especially the shimmery, light purple that went so well with shimmery pink that went with the shimmery blue. And don't forget the frosty, frosty white brow highlight. All in perfect horizontal or vertical bands ;) Ah, the 80's. LOL

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  28. Thank you. It is a combo of corrector, concealer and a little editing magic. I am still hunting for products that will give me that look in person. ;)

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  29. Thank you. :D I was going for bolder, brighter but I still end up with softer, more subtle. I think that is just my groove. LOL

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  30. Thank you so much. Classy, I like that. :D

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  31. Thank you. :) I am really liking this eye colour. I didn't know if I would. I have been resisting Radiant Orchid pretty hard and maybe I need to be embracing it! :D

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  32. very pretty look, this color looks great on you!

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