Yes, there’s no doubt that Radiant Orchid was (and still is ) a beautiful color. With its soft purple mixed with fuchsia and pink undertones you couldn’t help but to feel joy, gentleness and a sense tranquility whenever around this color. Heck, I know I did! So much I even wanted to paint an entire bedroom this color because it just made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Truly a simple and youthful color that translated well not only for wall paint (as I wanted to do) and general home decor but it adapted well in the world of fashion and makeup. With many variations, some more purple others more fuchsia; Radiant Orchid inspired many designers as well as makeup companies to give us their own take on the color.But like all beauty queens, the “it” PANTONE color only reigns for one year and then it’s time to hand over the crown to the next chosen color. And as mentioned before that 2015 crown now belongs to Marsala.
But before I go any further, in case you were asking yourself “what in the world is PANTONE ?” Since it does sound like a South American dish or something (at least that is what it sounded like to me at first). PANTONE (as described on their website), “is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries.” In other words, they are like the Miriam Webster of colors.
When I saw that Marsala was the choice for 2015 color of the year I shouted a big YES up in the air. Not only is this color simply gorgeous with its rich yet soft wine and earthy browns; Marsala, like good wine, just has an air of elegance and maturity about it. Leatrice Eiseman executive director of the Pantone Color Institute described Marsala as: “hearty, yet stylish tone that is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.” And I completely agree, especially when it comes to beauty and fashion.
Even before Marsala was announced I had already seen many beauty gurus and celebs sporting variations of this color in recent months. It’s just a gorgeous shade that’s very complementary to many types of skin colors. And when it comes to makeup for I have a feeling that Marsala will be most popular in lipstick and eye shadows that are in matte or semi-matte formulas. A big trend that we got to see this year thanks to Kylie Jenner’s now famous matte lipstick. Which by the way, was a mauvy type of color with brown undertones, in case you were interested. 😉
Anyway, as I mentioned, I am really loving this color. Sure, I have no doubt that at some point next year I might be sick of it as I did with Tangerine Tango (2012 PANTONE color of the year) … but then again I might not. Until then I look forward to all the fashion and beauty products that will be inspired by this lovely and earthy color.