“Well, holy shit, it’s about time she wrote an article about the color of the year. I mean, my god, it’s almost effin’ February,” said every Wear Your Voice reader ever. Yeah, so I’m a little behind. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, 1) what the hell? 2) every year Pantone decides the color of the year and the world freaks out and paints everything that color. Last year, it was Radiant Orchid (puke). This year, it’s Marsala.

*tries not to simultaneously think of dried blood and yummy food*

*tries not to simultaneously think of dried blood and yummy food*

I’ll be honest, in terms of makeup, Marsala scared me teeny tiny li’l bit. As a shirt? Abso-fuckin’-lutely. As drapes against an aqua blue wall? Duh. Duh duh duh. On lips? Yeah, sure! Great. On eyes? I’m scared. I’m really scared. On cheeks? Isn’t that going to be a little intense? I dunnooo.

K. Well now I do know. I marched on over to Target, picked out the most Marsala-y Marsala beauty products, and tried them all on. And, I’ll tell ya, it ain’t half bad.

  1. Neutrogena Lip Color Stick in Raisin
    Aw yis.

    Aw yis.

    And this was the most normal picture.

    And this was the most normal picture.

    This shade is badass. IRL, it’s kind of hard to tell here because of the lighting, it’s deep without being intimidating. Plus, it goes on really smooth and is super moisturizing.

  2. e.l.f. Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Soiree.
    Despite how it looks in the pot, it will not make you look like a rage zombie when you put it on your face.

    Despite how it looks in the pot, it will not make you look like a rage zombie when you put it on your face.

    See? I don't look like a rage zombie. Worst case scenario is you look like a really pleasant rage zombie who will probably invite you for tea and provide finger sammiches.

    See? I don’t look like a rage zombie. Worst case scenario is you look like a really pleasant rage zombie who will probably invite friends for tea and provide finger sammiches.

    This stuff is the shit. You open it and you’re all like, “Oh muh gah it’s a loose powder I gotta be careful not to spill it errywhere.” But, then when you touch it, it’s light and fluffy, LIKE GODDAMN MOUSSE AU CHOCOLAT. You heard me. MOUSSE AU CHOCOLAT FOR YOU FACE BITS.

  3. Covergirl Classic Color Blush in Iced Plum.
    *gulps*

    *gulps*

    It's not quite as intense on as it would appear.

    It’s not quite as intense on as it would appear.

    This one scared me the most. Having an accidentally intense blush day is one of my worst fears. Behind dying, heights, and spiders. And serial killers. And cereal killers (boo). But, it’s not that bad. I have to be careful to apply with a light hand, but it’s nice and warm.

  4. Essie Nail Polish in In Stitches.
    The most Marsala-y of them all.

    The most Marsala-y of them all.

    This one is pretty spot on. I didn’t test it out because I got a really adorable manicure today before I bought it. Sorryyy. But, it’s probably gonna be super pretty.

Here are swatches of the products (with and without flash).

Left to Right: Covergirl Blush in Iced Plum, e.l.f. Eyeshadow in Soiree, and Neutrogena Color Stick in Raisin.

Left to Right: Covergirl Blush in Iced Plum, e.l.f. Eyeshadow in Soiree, and Neutrogena Color Stick in Raisin.

I hope I’ve inspired you to give Marsala a shot! Or at least getcha thinkin’ about it, anyway.

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