Makeup Wars and Marsala – the words just flow together. If you are reading a beauty blog like Beauty Info Zone then you know that the word for 2015 is MARSALA. Pantone names a color of the year and for the last few years Sephora has teamed up with them to create a collection. This has brought the Color of the Year to the forefront for beauty.
There are so many different shades and different names that are used when describing Marsala. This is Pantone’s official swatch. I’ve seen Marsala described as deep burgundy;muted, red-toned dark mauve; reddish mauve; rich and creamy burgundy; neutral; cocoa; bordeaux; red-toned dark mauve; reddish mauve and everything else under the sun. Personally I see a reddish brown that can vary in intensity.
When KBShimmer offered Men Are From Mars-ala for review I was so excited. I love featuring independent companies and I loved the pictures I’d seen of Mars-ala. KBShimmer polishes are divine. I love the application and the wear.
Men are from Mars-ala ($8.75) is a very rich reddish brown with a linear holographic shimmer embedded within.
Before I applied this polish I was lukewarm about Marsala being the Color of the Year. I didn’t think it would flatter my skintone but KBShimmer proved me wrong. This polish was a joy to wear and lasted a full week and still looked like new. There was no pooling in my cuticles, no bubbling, just pure delight.
This will stay in my nail rotation way past the time the marsala craze is over. It’s a very universal shade and won’t be passe’ any time soon.
I show you this picture only because of the blush. Purely Cosmetics is one of my favorite indie companies (it was featured in a previous Makeup Wars as that too). Who’d have thought that a blush named Mauve would be a great Marsala shade?
Compare the swatch of the blush with the much more expensive blush from Sephora and you’ll find that you can spend $12.75 to get this gorgeous shade.
Mauve Pearlescent Blush isn’t glittery, it has this magnificent sheen that makes you look like you are glowing.
It’s extremely flattering on your cheeks and will make you feel like you are a fashion plate with the newest shades.
Take the plunge with Marsala with these two independent and wonderful beauty companies.
Be sure to read the other Makeup Wars blogs to see what’s IN for Pantone’s Marsala shade. — Marcia
*sent for editorial consideration