I’ve followed Pantone for colour inspiration my entire career. If you have no idea what I’m talking about — Pantone is the global colour authority for creative industries. They provide a colour system that ensures colour translates accurately across all mediums — whether it be in fashion, print, or in design. Creatives also look to them to predict colour trends. Basically, they know what’s up — and they keep everyone in the loop!
Every year, usually in early December, they announce their colour of the year — and for 2015 it’s Marsala! Marsala has a variety of shades and interpretations, all equally gorgeous. Pantone describes Marsala as ‘a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embrace warmth’ and ‘like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness’. Pantone also cites is as ‘flattering against many skin tones, sultry and subtle Marsala is a great
go-to color for beauty’. I couldn’t agree more! Marsala lips are everywhere this fall, so today I’m sharing my six favourite Marsala lipsticks in a variety of shades, finishes and price points. Are you ready to embrace this years biggest colour trend?
1. Bourjois Colour Boost Lipstick in Sweet Macchiato | 2. Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glacé | 3. Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Rhubarb | 4. Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Sultry | 5. Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Bumble | 6. Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Touch of Spice
Dip your toes into the trend with this light, glossy, warm Marsala shade that’s universally flattering. I’ve mentioned these Bourjois Color Boost Lipsticks several times (check out my other favourite shades here and here), and absolutely love this formula. I’ve refered to it as the yoga pants of lip products — they feel like a lip balm! These lip crayons aren’t long wearing, but it’s a trade-off for how amazing and moisturizing they are on the lips. If you’re wanting to venture into Marsala territory but aren’t sure where to start, I highly suggest picking up Sweet Macchiato. It goes on sheer with one layer, but you can build it up to achieve a bolder look as well.
I’m wearing a sheer layer of Bourjois Colour Boost Lipstick in Sweet Macchiato on my lips.
I have two marsala picks from Bite Beauty — Glacé is a browner, more neutral Marsala than my next pick, Rhubarb. It also has a soft, matte finish on the lips. Sephora describes this as a ‘dusty mauve’ — it’s on the cooler end of the Marsala spectrum. If you prefer brown-based nudes and neutrals, this might be your perfect Marsala shade. Glacé wears for about 5 hours on me, and isn’t drying on the lips at all. For more information on the philosophy behind Bite Beauty, and my favourite products, check out my other posts here, here and here.
I’m wearing Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glacé on my lips.
Rhubarb is a beautiful glossy, creamy lip pencil — in-fact, it’s the thickest, most luxurious formula of all my picks. It’s warmer, deeper and more red than Glacé — Sephora describes it as a ‘plum rose’. It wears for about 5 hours on me as well, but the shine starts to wear off around the 3 hours mark and it begins to turn into a matte stain. If you’re wanting to try something from Bite Beauty for fall and you like glossy lip colours, pick Rhubarb up!
I’m wearing Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Rhubarb on my lips.
C $9.34 (on sale!)
Sultry is a deep, marsala wine shade in an awesome matte formula at a drugstore price point. It definitely has more burgundy in it that my previous picks. These Relvon Colourburst Matte Balms are some of my favourite lipsticks at the drugstore — the formula is loaded with silicone, so it glides onto the lips with ease and gives a beautiful, velvety matte finish, without being drying. Sultry wears for about 5 hours on me. Find it at your local drugstore, or pick it up online from Well.ca (which is a great Canadian resource for beauty products if you prefer to shop online).
I’m wearing Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Sultry on my lips.
Bumble is an intense, warm, true Marsala. If you’ve never tried the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lips, head over here for my complete review of 10 shades. Bumble has been my go-to Marsala shade of choice lately — it’s bulletproof, the colour is beautiful, and I love the way it looks with all the earth toned fall shades I’ve been wearing. Here’s how I’ve found the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip wear best on me: first, I make sure my lips are moisturized, clean and dry, then I apply a layer of their Lippie Primer, then the Ultra Matte Lip over-top. This helps with your lips feeling dry throughout the day, and it makes the product wear even longer — I mean all day, through eating and drinking, about 8 – 9 hours! As the name implies, this is an ultra matte formula, with absolutely no moisture in it — it feels almost powdery on the lips.
I’m wearing Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Bumble on my lips.
C $6.99 (on sale!)
My last Marsala pick is another one of my favourite drugstore matte lipstick formulas. Much like the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms, the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipsticks have a silicone-rich formula that just glides onto the lips. Touch of Spice is a super pigmented, silky lipstick that feels leather light and wears for about 5 hours. It’s pretty similar to Sultry, but it’s slightly deeper and a little more mauve. Pick this lipstick up at your local drugstore if you’re looking for a deep Marsala shade that won’t break the bank.
I’m wearing Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Touch of Spice on my lips.
What do you think, will you be wearing marsala lips this fall? If you have a favourite shade, leave it for me in the comments, I’d love to hear from you! If not, what are your favourite lip colours to wear in the fall? And if you try any of my recommendations, please let me know how they work out!
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