I purchased this as part of the 2009 Colour Ready Collection when I saw all the salesgirls with it on and fell in love with it. The Colour Ready Collection came with 2 shades of lipsticks: impassioned, which is a bright peachy-orange hue, and show orchid, which is a vibrant fuchsia colour. I tried both on and orchid was definitely the most flattering. Everytime I wear this, I get noticed though some of my conservative friends don't like this on me. I loved this color in the winter when my NC35 skin was more pale. However, I disagree with others that this looks good on all skintones. Recently, I tanned and became a few shades darker and paired with my ultra-dark bronzer (Too Faced Chocolate Soleil), the show orchid was a really bad combo. This is because the show orchid has blue undertones and does not look good with brown tones in my opinion. I will definitely save this for winter but will stay away from it for summer.
Absolutely love this lipstick! Initially I didn't pick this up when it came out in the regular stores but went back and bought it after a friend of mine said she saw it on one of her friends and how awesome it looked. I can say it's bright, bold and Beautiful! I like to wear it with Magnatique Lipglass or you could wear it with Tender Tryst Cthru Lip Colour. What a creamy, awesome shade to wear! Nobody can ignore u with this lippie!! :)
This is a favourite lipstick of mine. The colour is totally WOW! I've had it for about six months and there aren't that many situations where it is wearable (because it is so bright), but when you do wear it, it certainly has wow-factor. I also tried to use it as a blush after I saw a video on youtube saying that you can use lipstick and blend it into cheeks as blush and it works really well, makes me look a bit doll-like.
Not one for the fainthearted, as it as an amplified lipstick the colour comes out exactly as it is in the container. I always fancied a bright hot pink lipstick so when I saw show orchid i knew that was the one, it looks gorgeous applied with a pink lipgloss over the top (at the minute im using a very cheap unknown brand i got from a set at xmas, and its working great but i will probably pick up some sort of fun dazzleglass to wear over show orchid in the future :) and the gloss gives it that extra pop, perfect for a dramatic look, or if going subtle with the eyes then show orchid creates a perfect balance between subtle and fierce. I like pairing it with all that glitters eyeshadow with some black liquid liner, looks gorgeous :]
My first review so please bear with me. :) I practically RAN thru the MAC store the other day as hubby was waiting outside with my Chihuahua. I picked up Show Orchid, Chatterbox & Snob (which of course is an old friend).
The color of Show Orchid just grabbed me! I tried it on alone, asked the hubby what he thought & he said "it's red." Of course Show Orchid is not at all red but it is as bold as a red. I then tried it with Chatterbox & Snob & it was very surprising to me that I did NOT choose these colors to wear together. Remember, I basically ran thru the store. I also picked up Half Red l/l & found using all of these I got a very lovely version of the Colour Ready photo! I applied Show Orchid on the outer parts of the lips, Chatterbox in the middle then Snob on the inside middle.
I really cannot wait to experiment with Show Orchid again & again. I think it is going to prove to be a very versatile color able to be worn with other shades, mixed with other shades or alone.
This lipstick is HOT. Like someone mentioned, it is a NEON pink with a tint of fuchsia. It is surprisingly moisturizing and adheres longer than most other MAC lipsticks. I think this color would look amazing on any skin tone. I am fair with yellow undertones (asian) and this looks great! I can honestly imagine it looking extremely well on either Caucasians, Hispanics, or African women... This certainly isn't a color for everyday. But anytime you're feelin' bold, this lipstick is the way to go.
EDIT** I took off one lippie since I noticed that it makes my teeth look yellow..ew!
Amazing!! This formula is really long lasting, color rich, and moisturizing! It's great. I couldn't dream up a better shade and formula. I like this with black liner, and bronzer. To take it up a notch further layer Extra Amps Dazzleglass over this lipstick. Crazy beautiful. Be prepared for the attention you'll get if you wear this.
I highly agree with the previous reviewer. This l/s is gorgeous! For anyone who is intimidated by bright colors, DON'T BE! It's flattering on any skin tone. It was however recently released with the Colour Ready Collection, not rose romance. Would def. repurchase again.
Wow .. this one is a *loud*!! You have to have some serious balls to wear this lippie! this is bold .. it is bright .. this would be suitable if you really want to wear something unconventional .. if you want to turn heads. I however don't really want loud lips that scream "Look here" ... this is almost glow in the dark bright. Maybe Barbie could pull this off .. on my MMM/NC40 skintone however, this was just awful .. hideous and obnoxious.
Love, Love Love this color, I rushed to the Mac counter to buy it. It's a girly color. I hope they don't discountinue it I will be devestated. I am half Puerto Rican and half black it looks good on all skin tones.