When Marsala was named as the Pantone color of the year, I got pretty excited because I think it’s a very versatile and flattering color. Marsala is described as a rich earthy red and to me, it’s a pretty complex shade because it does have a lot of rosy/red tones in it, but there’s a brown undertone that makes this shade so wearable.
The past few Pantone colors of the year have been really bright and vibrant and while they were pleasing to look at, I don’t think they were universally flattering. I think everyone can incorporate Marsala one way or another, whether it’s in their wardrobe or makeup routine. Although the color may seem more muted compared to the past Pantone colors of the year, it’s a rich color with a lot of depth and that’s what makes it really stands out. It’s more mysterious and subtle rather than BAM! in your face like Radiant Orchid or Tangerine Tango.
I think if you are concerned with whether the color flatters you or not, it’s best to start off small. Since Marsala is a rosy, brown color, lipstick is one of the best ways to test out the color to see if you like it because it’s natural and it goes with any makeup look. There are a lot of lipsticks on the market right now that are Marsala inspired and I found a few at every price point.
1. ColourPop Lippie Pencil in Brink – This is a perfect base for a Masala colored lipstick because it has more of a brown tone to it, so you can apply a rosier toned lipstick and you’ll still get that earthy undertone from the Lippie Pencil.
2. Maybelline Matte Lipstick in Touch of Spice – This lipstick is totally Masala inspired and it’s free-of shine if you like that matte look. I love these matte lipsticks by Maybelline because they aren’t an uncomfortable matte. They are super buttery and not drying to your lips. This lipstick pairs really well with the ColourPop Lippie Pencil.
3. Revlon Matte Balm Stains in Sultry – This lipstick is a little bit darker than Touch of Spice, and it has a bit more brown to it, but I definitely think it falls into the Masala family of colors. Again, these matte lipsticks by Revlon are super comfortable and not drying. The nice thing about these lipsticks is that even after they wear off, they do stain your lips, so you’ll always have a touch of color on your lips.
4. Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Rhubarb – This is described as a plum rose shade and it’s definitely more on the rose side than plum. There are hints of purple, but when you apply it, the rosy/brown tones really come out. This is definitely the most expensive option, but they are extremely comfortable on your lips and they give your lips a glossy finish. If you have chapped or dry lips, I definitely recommend this lipstick pencil over a matte lipstick.
What are your thoughts on Marsala being Pantone’s Color of the Year? Let me know!