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Marsala Makeup 2015


The Pantone Colour of the year is Marsala!

Marsala Makeup 2015


When I first heard this I had two thoughts. Firstly, Pantone as in Pantene? Why is a hair care company choosing the colour of the year? And secondly, oh wait, it actually is Pantone. Who? What? Oh, Marsala is PRET-TAY! I can roll with this.

Pantone, according to the internet, hosts a secret meeting, a couple times a year, with all the big wigs of colour standards from around the world. It is there they decide the “Colour of the year” for the following year. Think, CIA cross United Nations, except they talk about something that doesn’t really matter at all and is almost pointless. However, for us people of the first world, Pantone has control over the biggest colour trend every year! Such power! Such importance!

Rolling with the theme of being a first-world-girl, I enjoy Marsala and have collated my favourite Marsala-coloured-ish makeup products for y’all.


MAC Lipstick - Dubonnet (Marsala)MAC Lipstick Dare You - (Marsala)MAC Lipstick Spice It Up!- (Marsala)

MAC Lipsticks in Dubonnet, Dare You and Spice It Up! – RRP $36

I love MAC Lipsticks. They are a little on the expensive side, but so worth it. Such a great formulation. How can you resist these Marsala coloured lipsticks? To me they say Vampire meets the 90’s, and who doesn’t want to rock that look? I like to live on the edge, so I’ll definitely being grabbing one of these three Marsala coloured lipsticks next time I shop there.


L'Oreal Paris True Match Blush in Rosewood Marsala

L’Oreal Paris True Match Blush in Rosewood – RRP $25.95

It was very difficult to find a cheaper brand, Marsala blush that would be readily available in Australia. Thankfully L’Oreal Paris has one out from the true match collection. I haven’t tried any of their blushes before, but if I was going to try one, it’d be this one, since it’s so different from any blushes I already own. Hopefully it’s not like a lot of drugstore blushes I’ve tried that are made for people who don’t actually want any blush on their face – so poorly pigmented you work up a sweat from trying to get enough of the product on your brush, before you actually manage to get any colour on to your face.


OPI Marsala Nail Polish

OPI Nail Polish in Park After Dark – RRP $19.95 AU

This nail polish just screams Autumn to me. I can’t wait to whip out some Marsala coloured nail polish soon! A trustworthy brand like OPI has come through with the goods, like always, and has brought me one step closer to Marsala-ing up my life.


Revlon Colorburst Mattebalm in Stand Out Marsala

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Stand Out – $17.95 AU

Omnomnom, I love me some Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm. I already have 5 of them and they are so easy to use, and look so great on the lips. But if you have tan to dark skin, and consequently darker lips, I’d avoid the lighter coloured matte balms since they tend to make your lips look terrible. Thankfully, Marsala is a dark colour, so go crazy with this one. Available here.


Sephora Colorful Blush in Rose Glow 15 Marsala

Sephora Colorful Blush in Rose Glow 15 – RRP $19 AU

Sephora recently opened a store in Australia. If you didn’t know that, I’m very disappointed that you actually have ‘more important’ things in your life keeping you busy than keeping track of one of the many American stores setting up camp in Australia. If you don’t even know what Sephora is, please leave… (jokes). I have no idea what the Sephora brand is like, but this blush is Marsala coloured and under $20, so YEW.


NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow in Flustered (HS68) - Marsala

NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow in Flustered (HS68) $6.95 AU
I found it difficult to find single eye shadows that were Marsala coloured, however they are a lot of eye shadow palettes that have at least one Marsala coloured eye shadow (see the Savior Faire palette below). Thankfully, I found at least one reasonably priced Marsala coloured eye shadow, from a brand readily available brand in Australia. Say hello to this gorgeous NYX eye shadow. If there was ever a time to spend $6.95, now is that time.


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure Marsala

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure – RRP $46 AU

If there’s one blush I’ve been drooling over, it’s this one. I’ve had my eyes on the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes for a while now, but haven’t been able to justify the money. But just look at that photo, SO PRETTY. Maybe one day if I travel to America where makeup is so much cheaper than Australia. For now, I’ll just admire it from afar via. YouTube and Blog reviews.


Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in New York Scene Marsala

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in New York Scene – $25.95 AU

I already have two of Revlon’s moisture stains in Miami Fever (an orange) and Parisian Passion (a dark purple). They are a cross between a liquid lipstick, a lip stain and a lip gloss (minus the awful stickiness of a lip gloss!). Both the ones I currently own are very opaque and look great on the lips. I also like the applicator, and find it easy to use. I think this Moisture Stain is a great product, but it is not worth $25.95! Wait for it to go on sale… because you’re worth it 😉 .


NARS Blush in Outlaw Marsala

NARS Blush in Outlaw – RRP $39 AU

I’ve always loved the idea of NARS blushes, they seem like a beauty blogger must have. But that price, it just burns. It is a very beautiful blush, but not sure if it’s worth the price unless I would use it very regularly. Since I don’t have any products, I would only buy them in store, so I can swatch them, but I have no stores that stock NARS close by. #straya


Rimmel Nail Enamel 60 Seconds Rapid Ruby Marsala

Rimmel Nail Enamel 60 Seconds Rapid Ruby – RRP $7.95 AU

If you’re anything like me, 50% of your manicures get ruined by you smudging it within the next couple hours after applying the polish. Not only is the Rimmel polish significantly cheaper than the OPI one, it also dries quickly to help prevent that dreaded smudge, and reduce that length of time where you can’t undo your jeans to go to the bathroom.

Marsala Makeup 2015

Savoir Faire Limited Edition Kit – “C’est le ton qui fait la musique” (Winter)

As an extra, the Savoir Faire palette that I am using for my ‘Pan that Palette Challenge’ has a Marsala coloured eye shadow (which I am very pleased about!). Pigmented well, and blends beautifully.



My two personal favourites that I would like to get my hands on  (once I finish my Project 10 Pan), is the MAC Lipstick in Dubonnet and the Hourglass Blush. I think they’d go great together and would be perfect for the Autumn and Winter seasons coming up. Just thinking about wearing dark and berry coloured lipsticks in the next few months makes me feel happy inside. Almost as happy as cuddling a puppy, that just wants to snuggle, and sleep, and not bite you. Oh, such possibilities. Perhaps dreams do come true. Subscribe to my email updates for a weekly dose of wisdom such as the profoundness you’ve just read.

Now, get out there and Marsala up your 2015.

Good luck beauties 🙂



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