By now you’ve heard the word…
Pantone’s color forecast for 2015 is out, and the top pick for their Color of the Year is Marsala. The 90’s version of me couldn’t be more pleased! I can’t tell you how many tubes of Revlon’s “Toast of New York” I went through, but I can tell you I’ll be purchasing my first tube of it in almost 20 years the next time I hit up the drugstore. I think Marsala is probably best described as a rosy-brown shade, but can go as far as deep wine tones.
With my Brenda Walsh-era bangs, I absolutely loved everything earth-toned—along with body suits and jean shorts—but let’s forget that part. Marsala reminds me of my days in high school in the 90’s, listening to Seattle-based bands on cassette tape in my first car, and the era of the Supermodel. (CINDY! LINDA! NAOMI!)
In honor of “90’s me” (and Pantone’s top color pick for 2015), I bring you six shades of Marsala-hued lipsticks to love. I chose a variety of matte, sheer, and uber-pigmented lipstick options for you, and you have plenty of time to decide what’s the best fit for your beauty arsenal in 2015!
For some, I know that wearing a wine color on your lips will feel like being pushed head first into the deep end of a pool in the middle of winter. So let’s take it easy with a more sheer shade to break you into the Marsala category gently. Strip is a lovely brown based mauve that will look great when worn solo, and if you fill your lips in first with the 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Manic, you can really amp it up when you’re feeling more courageous. The Revolution Lipstick formula is a beauty junkies’ favorite due to its lush, hydrating feel—making it perfect for the lip-drying effects of harsh winter weather. Lipstick—$22, Lip Pencil—$20, urbandecay.com
I recommend my personal fave of the 90’s, Toast of New York to anyone ready to experience the darker side of Marsala, right off the bat. I honestly can’t tell you if this formula is different than when I originally wore it, but if I remember correctly—it was pretty moisturizing for being such a pigmented shade. Sometimes there’s a trade-off between comfort and pigmentation, and I don’t recall ever feeling like that. $7.99, drugstore.com
Matte lippie lovers will unite over this long-wearing matte lipstick. It’s a true rose-brown (perfect name for it, right?), and housed in a convenient twist-up component for more precise application. (The product itself is more thin than a traditional lipstick bullet, but thicker than a lip liner.) Use it as liner, and all-over color, and you’ll all set for a matte and long-wearing lip in 2015. $16, ulta.com
For the price, I’ve always thought Colour Riche feels more like a prestige brand lipstick, than one you can find at the drugstore! Pigmented, long-wearing, and creamy—check out this rich wine shade when you hit up your next mass retail location. $7.99, ulta.com
Closer to the darkest end of the Marsala spectrum, this deep, rich wine shade from CARGO offers up weightless bold color, and a list of buttery, hydrating ingredients. Olive oil, jojoba, and shea butter should make your lips feel cushion-y soft, and comfortable! $22, ulta.com
If deep wine shades aren’t your thing, try gravitating towards a more rosy-brown shade like Party Line from MAC. This shade boasts MAC’s signature Cremesheen formula that pairs high-impact color with a nice amount of shine. $16, nordstrom.com
What other Marsala-hued lip colors would you recommend?
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