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12 MoC: Gilded Orchid

So... Pantone recently announced Radiant Orchid as the 2014 Color of the Year. Of course, I went on a pinning and clipping spree to find matching polish shades AND created a Radiant Orchid Holiday Gift Guide. I also shopped my own collection, and found a pretty close match in my stash. I paired it with a recent China Glaze acquisition, and this is what happened...

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
4 Coats L'Oreal Lilac Coolers
1 Coat China Glaze Tarnished Gold
2 Coats Borghese Clear Coat
1 Coat Essie Good to Go

So, I found a couple of polishes online that looked like good matches for Radiant Orchid, and those were the ones included in my guide. Lilac Coolers slipped my mind and didn't make the list, but it definitely should've been included. It took four coats to build up to the color you see in the pictures. After that, I added a super thin coat of Tarnished Gold for instant nail art. Crackle polishes typically dry matte, so it took two coats of clear and a coat of Good to Go to make this layering really shine the way I like it!

I know it's not a perfect match, but Lilac Coolers is definitely right there as far as shades go. It's from L'Oreal's Summer 2013 Miss Candy collection, so it's still reasonably accessible. Some of the Radiant Orchid contenders on my list were featured in past collections (like 2010 past) and aren't easy to find anymore. I've seen Miss Candy polishes still in stock on the shelves at my local WalMart. China Glaze Tarnished Gold was actually a recent find at Big Lots, and they had quite a few in stock.

I really like this layering for Christmas, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention it as a contender for New Year's Eve. What better way to ring in 2014 than with the Color of the Year on your fingertips? Okay... maybe add in a glass of something bubbly and a smooch from the one you love, and it sounds like the perfect night to me!

Would you rock Gilded Orchid?


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