Review: Sephora | Marsala Layering Lip Collection

Let’s continue our story where we left off. In the same eventful Sephora trip while looking for the Marsala Shimmering Blush Trio (reviewed), I also spotted this delectable quint of mini chubby lipsticks in a pretty lucite display box right by the window. (Note to self, enclosed boxes give any object an extra sense of allure.)

“Confidently understated, beguilingly simple… a shade of polished sophistication and daring minimalism,” the box whispered to me. Without any testers around I decided that this set of lipsticks looked safe enough to pop into my basket without a colour swatch.

Brand: Sephora (x Pantone Collaboration)
Product: Marsala Layering Lip Collection
Collection: 2015 Marsala Collection (Layering lipsticks, matte lipstick, eyeliner, eyeshadow palette, liquid eyeliner, shimmering colour sticks)
Size: 5 x 1.55g
Price: $35 CAD
Availability: Sephora stores nationwide
Would I repurchase: No
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This Layering Lip Colllection is one of two lip products offered in the Sephora x Pantone colour collection this year. The featured shade Marsala (the colour of the year) is paired with 4 variations of nudes and peachy pinks for a wearable type of lip wardrobe that will take you from smokey eye nude to robust confident nude.

Fitting snuggly into a pull out tray, this set is outfitted with a slide out box gorgeously designed in Marsala with matching Pantone colour chips representing the lipstick colours printed on the back. The lipsticks themselves come in a twist up bullet format with a warm gold casing which is both simplistic and chic. As far as presentation goes, I am smitten.

Each crayon shaped bullet contains about just under 2cm of lipstick (1.55g) and impart various  finishes. Dusty Cedar, Canyon Clay, Rose Dawn and Muted Clay have a satin-matte silicone consistency that feels a little thick on the lips, give off medium to high opacity while looking softly matte on the lips. Marsala is light to medium in opacity and offer a sheer glossy finish. All lipsticks are not fragranced but the satin-matte options have a traditional (slightly waxy) lipstick scent.
L-R | Rose Dawn, Dusty Cedar, Canyon Clay, Muted Clay, Marsala

I love that the selection of nudes are all cohesive variants of each other while still being a tinge different. Of course this also means that depending on your own colouring, some of the shades may not show up well on your lips but as the point of this set is to capture varying nuances of nude which I thought the shade choices did well. Personally, Canyon Clay and Muted Clay looked almost exactly like my own lip colour so they were a dud but both Marsala and Rose Dawn showed well. 
Application was decent with the satin-mattes but I didn’t fancy the thicker silicone consistency which made the product feel heavier on my lips than I thought it needed to. I have worn lipsticks with similar finishes which felt much more luxurious so to me this ranked more drugstore than actual Sephora quality. The Marsala shade was much more lovely but one lipstick doesn’t redeem an entire set. Wear time was an average 2-3 hours but again most of the colours didn’t feel comfortable for long periods of time and I would not recommend these for those with dry lips.

The Pantone x Sephora Marsala Lip Collection had great promise and frankly, was a let down. For the casual lipstick wearer who is looking for a starter set of beautiful colours with low commitment this would be fine. However as lipsticks go from texture to comfort and finish, this was very average. Not terrible, not great. By the time you see this post, it will have been returned to Sephora.

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