Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

I thought coming up with a beautiful rainbow of hues might be a fun (and challenging!) theme to work under.  Of course, I took liberties with the concept of rainbow and added a few in-between shades to make a full list of ten.  I would love to see what your top ten shades are, in rainbow-order, so-to-speak! :)

  1. Urban Decay 69 — a bright, medium-dark red with cool undertones
  2. Zoya Amy — a fiery, gold-shimmered orange
  3. Sugarpill Buttercupcake — bright, matte yellow
  4. Illamasqua Fledgling — rich, grassy green with a matte finish
  5. OCC Man by Man — a metallic teal
  6. Urban Decay Radium — a medium blue with shimmer
  7. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans — a blue-purple with shimmer
  8. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory — a bold, cool-toned purple
  9. Too Faced Lollipop — violet with fuchsia shimmer
  10. Dior Aventure (81) — because life isn’t complete without taupe

Share your favorites…  For bonus points, feel free to share picks for teal, violet, and taupe :)

  • Red:
  • Orange:
  • Yellow:
  • Green:
  • Blue:
  • Indigo:
  • Purple:

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67 thoughts on “10 Shades for a Rainbow of Color

  1. I love this theme Christine!..and I know I need to experiment with more color.. ;-)

    MAC Russian Red lipstick
    Nars Dragon Girl lip pencil
    OPI Hot & Spicy nail polish
    (I don’t have anything yellow!)
    Essie Mojito Madness nail polish
    Dior 5 couleurs eyeshadow palette in Bleu De Paris (the whole palette)
    OPI Unfor-Greta-Bly Blue nail polish
    MAC Fig 1 eyeshadow
    MAC Up the Amp lipstick
    Essie Chinchilly nail polish (for my taupe)

  2. I love this post!!! I just love it! I might not buy all the colors…too much color is almost always too much…though I can get away with some used gently and just so (and believe me, I do that all the time). So some will make their way into my stash…

    So cheery and since I’m in So CA perfect for our very warm weather here today!

  3. Red: MAC Sin lipstick
    Orange: OPI Take the Stage nail polish
    Yellow: Urban Decay Honey eye shadow
    Green: Buxom Emerald eye liner or UD Mars eye liner
    Blue: Make Up For Ever #167 eye shadow
    Purple: MUFE rouge artist intense #14 or UD Tornado eye shadow
    Brown: Too Faced Erotica/Silk Teddy shadow duo
    Taupe/Gray: UD South shadow and Mushroom liner

  4. Let

    Top 10 shades:
    1. Illamasqua Panic
    2. Fyrinnae Meloncholy
    3. Orly Lemonade
    4. Shiro Cosmetics Fifteen Birds in Five Fir Trees
    5. Sugarpill Darling
    6. L’Oreal Infinite Sky
    7. Sephora Midnight Swim
    8. MAC Stormy Pink (slightly out of place, but it leans purple, I guess)
    9. MAC Heroine (lipglass– I can’t pull off the lipstick)
    10. Inglot #434

    I had difficulty selecting the purples, since I only have taupe-y and greyish purples. Also, narrowing down taupes to just one shade was painful ;)

  5. My goodness! I think I want all of these ^_^

    Especially that Fyrinnae shadow – such an incredible blue… *sigh*

    This is a wonderful idea for a post, Christine! I hope you won’t mind if I try my hand at it, and put up my list on my blog! It will be interesting, since I’m determined to do this one just from what I have in my own collection…
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  6. Ohhhh, one and ten! Need ‘em!
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  7. I really want the Sugarpill shadow and Too Faced lipstick!
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  8. I’m not sure I’m completely following the idea, here.
    Surely we’re not supposed to wear brights on eyes *and* lips at the same time, are we?
    I’m fairly nervy, but I don’t think even I could go there!

    • Hi Carla,

      You surely could – I don’t see why not – but the theme is merely showcasing some favorites that fall under the theme, so here I have chosen a favorite for red, orange, yellow, etc.

  9. I had to laugh when I saw the taupe…like “since when is taupe a colour of the rainbow”? But taupe is my favourite eye shadow colour, so in “my”world, the rainbow would also contain taupe! So, let’s try this (bearing in mind there are many shades I just don’t wear so don’t have…)

    Red: Chanel Pirate lipstick
    Orange: TheBalm Hot Mama blush (it’s the closes I’ve got)
    Yellow: Wet n Wild Vanity palette – right side yellow shadow (which I never use)
    Green: Urban Decay Kush – a nod to Christine for showcasing it the other day
    Teal MAC Birds & Berries or Steamy
    Blue: Urban Decay Radium
    Blue/purple: Nars Kauai
    Purple: the “exclusive” shade from Too Faced’s Enchanted Glamourland or, if I have to go dark, Mac India Ink
    Fuchsia: MAC Her Blooming Cheek (the closest thing I can think of that might be considered fuchsia)
    and Taupe: I’ve gotta put my love behind either TheBalm Insane Jane or Cargo Yukon or maybe UD Mushroom

    BUT LADIES….you cannot have a rainbow without a pot of GOLD so I vote for either the golden-ish side of Nars Kauai OR TheBalm Honey Pot!!!

  10. Such pretty dhades esp the purple from Fyrianne!
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  11. raven

    MAC ruby woo
    MAC sushi kiss
    burt’s bees chapstick
    butter london swinger
    MAC heroine
    the body shop damson in distress

  12. Avatar of Samantha Samantha

    Red: MAC Ruby Woo lipstick
    Orange: OPI A Roll in the Hague nail polish
    Yellow: MAC Bright Yellow eyeshadow
    Green: Illamasqua Fledgling eyeshadow
    Teal: Butter London Slapper nail polish
    Blue: Urban Decay Chaos 24/7 eye pencil
    Indigo: Illamasqua Sadist eyeshadow
    Violet: MAC Violetta lipstick
    Taupe: Butter London Crumpet nail polish
    Purple: Borghese Vigneto nail polish

    • What a fun list, Samantha! So glad you like Fledgling, too :)

      Sadist is another fantastic shade from Illamasqua!

      • Avatar of Samantha Samantha

        I fell in love with Illamasqua during their after Christmas sale.

        I got Fledgling a few weeks ago from Sephora’s Illamasqua mystery box. I really liked the box because I got some shades I would not normally buy (they were all a bit older, but given the price, it was a fun buy).

        • Oh, nice! What else was in the mystery box?

          • Avatar of Samantha Samantha

            The mystery box had Electrum liquid metal, Facade Square lip gloss, Monogamous nail polish, long fringed falsies (with glue), Scribe precision ink, and Fledgling. I really like the box. I had never worn a brown lip before (oddly enough with how adventurous I am with makeup). Fledgling is my favorite from the box, but I like everything. Monogamous is a much lighter toned polish than I am used to, but a nice formula. I have no idea of what to do with Scribe.

  13. Oh I forgot to mention the picks!
    Red: MAC Russian Red
    Orange: NARS Taj Mahal
    Yellow: MAC Chrome yellow
    Green: MAC Humid
    Blue:MAC DeepTruth
    Purple: Kauai #, MAC Heroine
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  14. Jenn

    Red: Illamasqua Scrab
    Orange: Guerlain L’Extrait Envie
    Yellow: Illamsaqua Rare, I prefer Golds so Mac Crushed Metallic Pigment Gold
    Green: Lancôme Mint Jolie
    Blue: Butter London Scrouse
    Indigo: Mac Crushed Metallic pigment
    Violet: Mac Plum Dressing
    Teal: Tarte Aqualillies Splash
    Taupe: Urban Decay Portobello
    Purple: Mac Designer Purple

  15. This is such a brilliant idea, Christine! :)

    My picks are:
    Red:Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense in Pirate
    Orange: Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense in Excentrique or Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain in Orange de Chine
    Yellow: Chanel Le Vernis in Mimosa
    Green: Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Lacquer in Jack
    Blue: Guerlain The Eye Pencil in Katy Navy
    Indigo: Deborah Lippman Nail Lacquer in Ray of Light
    Purple: MAC Lipstick in Up the Amp

    Fuchsia: Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Fuchsia Fever
    Taupe: MAC Eyeshadow in Satin Taupe
    Teal: MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Undercurrent

  16. Nikki

    I’ve adjusted this list to accommodate my beauty collection, but here goes:

    Red: MAC RiRi Woo lipglass
    Orange: China Glaze Sun Worshipper
    Yellow: Rock and Republic Alpha Blonde lipgloss (really more golden, but close enough lol)
    Green: China Glaze Re-fresh mint
    Blue: I don’t own any true blues. Go figure!
    Indigo: Urban Decay Evidence Eyeshadow (on the extremely rare occasion that I use color versus neutrals for eyeshadow)
    Purple: La Femme Blush on Rouge in Purple Passion

    Teal: China Glaze Custom Kicks (my absolute favorite nail polish ever)
    Coral: MAC Whoops! Lipglass (I’m trading violet for my favorite makeup shade!)
    Taupe: Urban Decay Pistol Eyeshadow

  17. What fabulous post n idea and can I again say it loud
    I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee five ways ( happy dance )

    my picks would be

    red ….. mac cherry lip pencil
    orange …. mufe no 18 eyeshadow
    yellow …. mac bright sunshine eyeshadow
    Green …. ysl jade black liner
    blue ….. mac deep truth
    indigo …. ysl no 18 nail polish
    purple …. mufe 92 without a doubt

    taupe ….. ud mushroom eyeshadow
    teals …. mac undercurrent
    fuchsia …. lancome midnight rose lipstick

    gonna bookmark this post :)

  18. MAC Russian Red
    Chanel Holiday Le Vernis
    Maybelline Electric Orange
    Urban Decay Half Baked eyeshadow (closest I have to yellow!)
    Bourjois ‘Lime Catwalk’ So Laque nail colour
    Chanel Blue Boy Le Vernis
    L’oreal Infallible eyeshadow in All Night Blue
    Milani blush in Fantastico Mauve
    Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Royalty
    Revlon Nail Enamel in Graceful

  19. How fun! I’m doing this for my group blog too but doing one colour per week, to avoid spoilers I’ll do the extras :)

    Teal: Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Endless Rain
    Violet: Femme Fatale Exorcism
    Taupe: the middle shade in NYX’s Rock & Roll Trio (dupe for Satin Taupe)
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  20. This was a great post idea! Zoya Amy looks so cute!

  21. Red: Outlaw Liquid Lipstick – Kat Von D.
    Orange: Taj Mahal Powder Blush – NARS
    Yellow: Colossal Mascara – Maybelline (packaging counts?)
    Green: Mossy Green Color Tattoo – Maybelline
    Blue/Teal: Eletric 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil – Urban Decay
    Taupe: Bronzed Taupe Infallible Eyeshadow – L´óreal
    Purple: Sensual Eyeshadow – NYX
    Violet – Shameless Matte Balm – Revlon

    I had so much fun picking these itens!

  22. Red: MAC Russian Red
    Orange: n/a
    Yellow: I’ll go with gold, Guerlain Les Ors primer
    Green: Origins GinZing cream shadow Khaki Kick; Dior Smokey Khaki; MAC Greensmoke; L’Oreal infallible Gilded Envy; Tarte smoldereyes Rainforest Green; Tarte skinny smoldereyes Emerald
    Blue: Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Apparition; Dior Blue de Paris, L’oreal infallible Midnight Blue
    Indigo: n/a
    Purple: OPI Miss You-niverse; L’Oreal infallible Purple Priority
    Teal: n/a
    Violet: Guerlain Les Violets quad
    Taupe: Upgrade e/s from bareMinerals’s The Finer Things palette; Chanel Fauve; Burberry Rosewood

    I feel so strongly about certain shades, I couldn’t just pick one :)

  23. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    I really need to get my hands on Fyrinnae’s Parental Advisory. So gorgeous!

    Red: Ooh, that’s a tough one. I have so many! Let’s go with Lipstick Queen’s Red Sinner lipstick for a traditional red and Guerlain Rouge G in Gigolo for a vampier red.
    Orange: Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin
    Yellow: Not a color I traditionally wear…I do have Benefit’s Lemon Aid, though, which is designed to offset dark circles!
    Green: Urban Decay Mildew
    Blue: Revlon polish in Chic
    Indigo: Despite it being one of my favorite colors, I don’t actually own anything in this shade! I’ll have to remedy that.
    Purple: Urban Decay Tornado
    Taupe: Oh, this is like the red lipstick of eyeshadows for me…Chanel Fauve for eyeshadow, Rimmel Taupe for eyeliner, and L’Oreal Greyt Expectations for nails.
    Teal: Estee Lauder eyeliner in Electric Teal…when it was still mine. My mom has worn it to a stub at this point. :P

    Really surprised at how little purple I own, especially since I have brown eyes. I guess I’m just a consummate neutrals girl!

  24. kastehelmi

    Red: MAC Cockney, Bobbi Brown Scarlet, Serge Lutens Mise a Mort
    Fuchsia: NARS Schiap
    Pink: Bobbi Brown Hot Tutu
    Orange:Shiseido Daylily, Shiseido Tiger
    Yellow:Need a good dupe for MAC Bright Sunshine
    Green: Bobbi Brown Bash Eyeshadow…and MAC Sassy Moss Fluidline, Bobbi Brown Ivy Shimmer Ink
    Blue: Bobbi Brown Denim Ink
    Indigo: Zoya Indigo
    Purple: Maybelline Violet Intrigue or whatever Thandie Newton is wearing here: http://www.instyle.com/instyle/package/general/photos/0,,20162681_20162569_20374854,00.html

  25. Yen.Lin

    Christine, what would your pick be between Dior Aventure and Millenium?

  26. Love all of these! Now christine, heres a challenge: incorporate all of these into a good composition and you will be my idol forever!