Happy New Year, my friends!!! I hope you had a year filled with love, laughter and learnings, and I hope 2015 brings you happiness, health and prosperity! Today I am so excited to share with you my last look of 2014 / first look of 2015. I recently purchased some new products from the Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year collaboration line, and was determined to make this daring color work for me in a way I felt comfortable with. Marsala, a warm, deep, and brick-ish red, was this year’s pick, and while more difficult to play with than last year’s color Orchid, it’s just more fun and interesting to see what I can do with it on my own face. So keep scrolling and maybe you’ll decide you love this color too!
I purchased two of the limited edition products in this line, the Shimmering Marsala Cheek Palette and the Marsala Metalshine Liquid Eyeliner. Before I even start about the product itself, I just have to say how much I love the packaging here. The palette and eyeliner outer shells are an eye-catching, shiny rose gold, and feel SUPER elevated compared to the rest of Sephora’s products. So chic! Anyway, out of the entire collection, I chose these two products because they were a bit out of my comfort zone, yet I still thought I could find ways to make them wearable for me.
Here is the eyeliner swatch in a little heart. I am actually in LOVE with this color as an eyeliner. I have always loved a good pop of color to line the eyes, and have experimented with other colors before. Red is a color I’d never think to put anywhere but my lips and the last place I would think to put it is on my lash line, but I’m glad I got rid of that notion. This red specifically is extra special too because of the way it catches light. As the name suggests, it’s shiny and bounces light off as metal would, so instead of seeing a flat marsala red, you get a multidimensional red. It’s also not so bright that it overpowers if you’d want to pair it with a smoky eye or a dark shadow. Two thumbs up!
These are the swatches of the cheek palette on my arm. The darkest red is really dark so I use it sparingly to avoid looking like I am wearing stage make up. I’ve used it as a contouring color but it’s definitely not subtle. The second color is a really lovely blush that I would use alone, if going for a natural look. It’s really lovely when blended with the darker red color. The lightest color, a pearly pink color, is the most dramatic highlighter I own and one I use sparingly so as not to look like a human flashlight. I really like it though because it gives a glow even under low light, which is perfect for going out at night!
Here’s the final look of 2015 starring Marsala, real up-close-and-personal. I think this particular look was more dramatic than what I normally go for but is still wearable. I think even with these two products I reviewed, there is so much room to create more dramatic or more subtle combinations, which is so much fun for me. So what do you think? Are you feeling Marsala for 2015? Let me know!