Pantone Color Of The Year 2015: Marsala

by Sarah

This time of year is particularly interesting for world of fashion, beauty and color trends, as Pantone Color Institute announces the color of the year. And Color Of The Year for 2015 is: Marsala!

It’s a rich rustic red/wine color with brown undertones, which has an element of earthy warmth to it:

Pantone MarsalaAlthough it doesn’t mean we all have to go and douse ourselves in the chosen color, it does conjure up enough interest that cosmetics and fashion brands, home accessories and even food gets inspiration from color of the year in their creative process. So I guess we’ll be seeing quite a bit of this shade throughout 2015.

Sephora teams up with Pantone every year to release a special limited edition collection of the chosen color. Last year’s vibrant fuchsia Radiant Orchid is being replaced with the warm rustic hues of Marsala, ranging from softer nudes to the rich reds.

Here’s a sneak peek of Sephora’s Marsala collection which will be released soon – I’ll keep you guys updated on the launch date. I’m really loving the packaging; it looks so chic and classy compared to the white plastic packaging of previous years:

Sephora Pantone Marsala

If however, you want to get a head start in rocking this very fall/winter’esque color, there are plenty of options available across many cosmetics brands. Prominently cheek and lip colors, the below options (and more listed in the link), will be great starter pieces for your Marsala collection ;)

Click HERE to browse through Marsala inspired makeup items

Marsala Makeup

I think Marsala is a great shade for cosmetics, especially for fall and winter and these rustic hues would look stunning particularly on deep/dark skin tones. Blended with shimmery gold shades for added drama or a flush of color on the cheeks against natural skin, there are many options to make the most of this shade.

Same with fashion; warm cosy marsala coats or corduroy skinny pants, a pop of rich color with bags, scarves and shoes could really help take a simple outfit to a different level. I’m a bit unsure about it for home decor, but then again, I’m more of a modern/French Provincial nudes, beige, whites kinda person.


What do you guys think of Marsala as color of 2015? xx


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Sydney December 10, 2014 - 6:21 pm

Yes, yes, yes, yes, YES! I am loving the Marsala color for 2015! Total “wine-ooo” here!

I would normally reach for this color in the fall/winter months, but do you have any proposals on how to rock this color in the spring/summer?

Awesome post as always Sarah! :) xo

Sarah December 11, 2014 - 5:44 am

Hi Sydney! yes it’s a beautiful shade. I’ll be including suggested looks along with my upcoming Sephora Marsala Collection post but the easiest way to incorporate this color, especially for spring/summer looks is cheek and lip colors. A flush of marsala over bronzed cheeks to add a pop of color or a nice stain on the lips would look beautiful. You could also do a sweep of beige/gold eyeshadow on the eye lids and do a rich shimmery marsala liner on the bottom lash line. Coupled with nude lips and bronze cheeks, it would look so so pretty for a summer look ;) xx

Clarissa December 9, 2014 - 7:49 am

Can’t wait for the Sephora collection. They look so pretty!

Sarah December 9, 2014 - 12:37 pm

Yes they really did a great job with packaging this time. I’m especially interested in the lip products. The look so much like the Marc Jacobs line :)

Emily December 9, 2014 - 4:33 am

Oh I’m excited to see the the Sephora range. I bought couple of radiant orchid items but your right the packaging with this looks so much better. Thanks for the post Sarah!

Sarah December 9, 2014 - 12:36 pm

Thanks Emily!! xx

Trisha December 8, 2014 - 10:55 pm

Ahh…..not sure on this color. Because of my light skin tone, I think it will wash me out a bit and scare people….lol : ) Great post as always!

Sarah December 9, 2014 - 12:36 pm

Thank you Trisha! For eye makeup, it is quite intense but for cheeks and lips, I think you could definitely wear it. When Sephora launches the collection and I do a detailed post on the products, I’ll include different ways of incorporating this color into makeup routines. Maybe you’ll find an option you’ll really enjoy wearing :)


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