Yes, I am a lipstick fiend that has a fair share of pinks in her collection. From pale to frosty to matte, I have a wide variety of shades and finishes to choose from... and will probably be adding more to my stash before too long. But out of all I own thus far, I have to say that my absolute favorite right now is the eye-popping Show Orchid by MAC.
Show Orchid is described as a "vivid hot pink" and it most definitely is. It's a hot pink with a gorgeous violet shift and an Amplified finish, which means the color is intense, but please don't misinterpret that as being neon. Yes, it is bright and bold, but nowhere close to being garishly fluorescent. Laced with MAC's signature vanilla scent, it's a creamy lippy that does well in imparting an ample dose of shine to the lips during application as well as an opaque finish.
I've been pairing Show Orchid with MAC's Nightmoth lip pencil, which is a blackened plum color, for the slightest bit of contrast. Loving this combo...
I am so happy that Show Orchid is part of MAC's permanent line up of lipsticks so there's no need for me to buy an entire warehouse worth of the shade. I do check the website now and again, though, to be sure. You know a lot of companies are good for discontinuing shades and products with little to no warning, so forgive me if I seem paranoid. But for now, all is well in lipstick land as it seems to be beloved and well regarded by many, which has - in turn - secured its spot as a verified "OG" on MAC's lipstick roster.
MAC Show Orchid is available at MAC boutiques, Nordstrom and Macy's, and retails for $15.