Corals, peaches, oranges, and pinks

Note: Unless stated otherwise, the images in the blog belong to me.

If there’s one gripe I have with the makeup industry, it’s on corals.

Don’t get me wrong, I love corals, and I’ve found them to be a flattering colour on a variety of skin tones, cool and warm, fair, tan and dark. But it seems that just about every item (ranging from pink to orange) seems to have ‘coral’ slapped onto it, because the people selling the makeup know that people will go nuts over it and it’ll sell. Since we’re still in the late spring/early summer season, makeup and clothing brands will go nuts over the colour again.


Dior Iconic Gloss ad. Image from

From left to right: coral, peachy nude, pink. See how different the colours are?

I’m going to be putting up a lot of images here from to give a better idea of how the different colours look.

Corals can be either orange-based or pink-based, and are actually a mix of orange and pink. The differences between the two are fairly obvious when shown side by side. Proper oranges are then sometimes called coral, while peaches (we’ll get to that later) are sometimes also labelled as coral.


Korres Lip Butter in Mango, an orange-based coral

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Orange-based coral nail polish. You can still see some pinkish tones. Image from

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From the Dior Iconic Addict Lipgloss ads. The woman’s lips and nails are a pink-based coral. Image from

Peaches look similar to corals, but have got more yellow tones than orange. The two are close, but should not be mistaken for each other. I think of peaches as sweet saccharine colours, while corals are for a fresher, brighter summery look.


This blush is from my Coastal Scents 48 Shade palette. It’s a neutral peach, neither too pink or too yellow.

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The woman is wearing a very pretty pink-based peach blouse. Image from

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Peach lipstick, MAC’s Born To Love from the Divine Desire 2012 launch. Image from

Oranges are made out of both yellow and red, and as such, the colours can look different depending on how much yellow and how much red there is in the product.


This is a yellow-based orange. Image from

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This is a more neutral orange, leaning to the yellow side but it’s not too yellow.
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Lipstick and eyeshadows are red-based oranges. Image from



Urban Decay Magic from the Glinda palette

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Women’s lipsticks are very obviously a fuchsia pink. Image from

Pink nail polish

Pink nail polish. Shades like these are most often mistakenly labelled as ‘coral’.

Yep, so I hope all of the above clears things up!

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