I’m starting a brand new series on Writing Whimsy called Colour Story, where I take a colour and share different products inspired by it. I say inspired because, well, I’ll often be shopping my stash and I’m not perfect. I’ve had a lot of fun doing colour-themed posts in the past though, like my Purple Nail Polish guest post on Ivory Avenue, and my Blue Eyeshadow on Swatch and Review, so I figured it was about time I brought those kinds of posts to my own blog.
This Marsala Colour Story was fully inspired by Shopping my Stash for Marsala at Makeup Your Mind. I immediately wanted to delve into my own collection and see what I could come up with Pantone’s Colour of the Year. While I definitely don’t feel obligated to follow a particular trend, I happen to love the kind of brick red shade they picked, so although there’s a gorgeous collection of products available at Sephora, I first wanted to see what I already had in my own collection. I came away with three blushes, three eyeshadows and three lip products. Cheeks, eyes, and lips, I think that pretty much covers it!
I actually thought it would be easier to find marsala blushes than it was, obviously a red-tone shade is going to look great on your cheeks. My first pick is E.L.F. Studio Blush in Blushing Rose, which I had only just picked up as a part of an iHerb Haul (here). E.L.F. blushes are incredibly affordable, and Blushing Rose is dusty red with gold shimmer, that is buildable but not overwhelming on the cheeks.
The other two blushes are ones I picked up in London (sorry!) and hadn’t even used before digging them out for this post. I’ve realized I have to be less obsessed with reviewing every product before I put my dirty (well, hopefully not dirty) fingers into it so I went right to swatching them and I have been missing out! Sleek Makeup Blush in Flushed is the perfect winter blush shade, it gives you that in-from-the-cold look and lasts all day on my cheeks. Even though it looks bold and scary in the pan, applies gorgeously, blends well, and should work even on darker skintones.
Of course, I couldn’t not include a cream blush, and the one I went for is Maxfactor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Murano. After being drawn to this in-store, I learned it is a cult favourite, and with good reason! The simple, basic packaging contains a pigmented salmony red that you can easily apply with your fingertips. The fact that it’s a cream also gives a soft glisten to the cheeks, which is great for the colder weather. The lasting power is also great, especially for a cream.
When it comes to my Colour Story for Marsala, I think I’ve gotten it closest to the shade when it comes to eye products. Even though it seems strange at first, I really love brick red eyeshadow, and I reached for the first two of these shades quite a lot last winter. L’Oreal Infallible in Golden Mahogany was a perfectly selected gift from Kalyn, and I am absolutely in love with this formula. You can see my reviews of three other shades here, but they are all outshone by this one. It is a dark, sparkly brownish red that is perfect for a one-shadow look and still looks flawless at the end of the dark.
For a cream option, I have two very budget-friendly options. First is Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk, the shadow that started this love for me. I originally thought people would be crazy to buy this brick red shadow, but once I swatched it I fell in love. It makes a fantastic cream base for red-toned looks, or can be worn on its own, but I prefer the coverage of Golden Mahogany for that.
I also have the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Rust which I was drawn because of its super convenient packaging. The shade is actually richer and creamier than Pomegranate Punk, but the problem is, it is also creases a lot on me, so as pretty as it is, I don’t really see myself reaching for it and may give it a new home after this post.
Anyone who was less scared of dark lip colours than me would probably have an easier time finding ones in the shade Marsala, but I still dug three out of my collection. The first is from a relatively recent blog post I did, and that’s the Lise Watier Rouge Fondant in Kate*, which you can see me wearing here. The was a very creamy formula, and it’s also very shiny on the lips.
I actually got the Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil in Rhubarb in a lip set last Christmas (here), and I haven’t reached for it in months before doing this post. Picking it up again, I am really reminded how amazing it is. The coverage is even, and the brownish rose shade is perfect for every day.
Finally, a product I used to wear all the time–just in case you can’t tell from the packaging. Palladio Herbal Tinted Lip Balm in Brownie was actually featured in my November 2013 Favourites (here) and it’s still a loved, although less frequently used, member of my collection. There’s nothing herbal about it, but the lightly tinted pinky-brown shade is really flattering, easy to wear, and feels like lip balm, which is especially nice during the colder months.
Well, there you have my very first Colour Story featuring the shade you’re probably already sick of, Marsala. Don’t worry, I’ll make the next one lime green or something (somebody send me lime green lipsticks?)
What do you think of Marsala? While the products I’ve included aren’t spot-on for the shade, they are ones I already own and will continue to reach for. Let me know if you have any Marsala in your collection!