Review: Sephora | Shimmering Marsala Cheek Blush Trio

Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.

              – Pantone Institute                                   
I don’t know if you’ve caught the colour wave yet but this year’s Pantone colour of the year is making me very happy. The rich earthy hue of Marsala recalls the early 90s love for nude but in an updated and modern way with variations of creamy blush to deep burgundy.                         

Brand: Sephora (x Pantone Collaboration)
Product: Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio
Collection: 2015 Marsala Collection (Layering lipsticks, matte lipstick, eyeliner, eyeshadow palette, liquid eyeliner, shimmering colour sticks)
Size: 2 x 2.9g + 4.8g
Price: $35 CAD
Availability: Sephora stores nationwide
Would I repurchase: Yes, if I ever finish it but that might take a long time.
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This year’s Sephora and Pantone Collection brings forth a plethora of products to feast your eyes on. A large shadow palette with shades of Marasal and colourful combinations to pair it with, beautiful rich lipsticks that set my eyes sparkling lined the front entrance of Sephora stores. Now I first spotted this Marsala blush palette via someone’s blog post and knew immediately that I had to see it for myself.
L-R | Spanish Villa, Coral Pink, Marsala

Packaged in the collection’s universal gold and white theme, the plastic casing opens up to reveal a mirrored lid along with 3 coordinating cheek products. Note that the inner part that holds the blush is actually an insert that is glued into the case. Mine is tacked down tight but I have heard a few complaints that some may be a little loose.

On to the actual colours themselves; Spanish Villa is a shimmering champagne peach highlighter, Coral Pink is a pastel tinged peachy pink and Marsala is a warm full bodied rosy-orange pink. The highlighter leaves a fine metallic finish while the other blush shades look satin-matte once applied.

In this photo (above) I am wearing all three shades. First a layer of Marsala, then (attempted) to blend out with Coral pink and then finished with a sweep of Spanish Villa. Let me say that the Marsala shade is intense! So much so that pale skinned ladies should definitely dust off some colour on the back of your hand before putting it on your face. (You can see that my right cheek needed a little extra blending.) The highlighter is smooth and imparts a shimmering look (no chunky glitter here) that also needs to be use lightly to avoid going overboard.

All three shades have beautiful pigmentation, smoothness and are a pleasure to use. My favourite method is to use a small flat blush brush (try looking for some travel brushes for the smaller size) for application as it allowed me for more precise pin-point lay down then buffed out with a large brush for blending. Wear time is pretty much all day and I have not noticed any patching or breakdown throughout the day which is great as well. This is also unscented.


The Sephora x Pantone Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio is my must have recommendation to start your beauty routine for 2015. The colour combination is truly universally flattering and for $35 this is a great investment. I love the option of two blush shades which allows you to adjust the intensity from spring well into fall so you’ll be able to wear this all year long. It’ll take me some practice getting used to applying such a rich colour but once I’ve got that down I can see this being a regular in my beauty routine!


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