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Sephora marsala01Happy 2015! Sephora’s Pantone Color of the Year is Marsala, a wearable shade that is office-friendly and flattering on many skin tones. To commerate, Sephora has gathered an entire range of products from different lines that fit within this beautiful neutral. In addition, Sephora has put together its own items built around the Marsala color story. These include the Sephora +Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala Multi-Finish Eye Palette ($39) and the Sephora +Pantone Universe Pure Marsala Matte Lip Creme ($18). The eyeshadow palette is sold out online at present, but there were four or five at my local Sephora on Friday (so hopefully there will be some in yours as well).

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These items are packaged in a marsala-toned metallic-colored finish that actually very pretty. The eyeshadow palette is lightweight, slim and highly functional. Although it won’t keep the packaging designers for Marc Jacobs or Tom Ford all night, their simple design is reflected in this highly affordable price point.

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If you want my honest opinion, I think that the line put the money into the product not the packaging. At $39 and $18 respectively, that’s a good call. The quality of the product to the applied to the eye and lips is surprisingly good. The pigmentation, texture, and range of colors and textures is outstanding.

Sephora marsala07As you can see, there are different textures of Marsala-toned colors in the top center. Surrounding these are a range of beautiful colors that coordinate nicely. I found that these applied beautifully–the texture is soft, does not kick up a lot of dust, and are a breeze to apply and blend. If you are heading to the stores today, you’ll want to stop by your Sephora and try out the tester.

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The Sephora Marsala eyeshadow palette was swatched with the NARS Artistry Smudge Brush #45 #45 ($28)(reviewed here), which is a pretty awesome brush. I did an eye with the Wayne Goss #6 brush ($25) and found that the colors applied and blended very impressively. For the price, this Sephora eyeshadow palette is a steal.

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The Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala lipstick ($18) is a nice reddish-brown neutral that is semi-matte.

Sephora marsala06Swatch of the lipstick:

Sephora marsala14I attempted a lip swatch to give you a sense of the color:

sephora marsala lipstick4The good news is that those gorgeous geniuses at Sephora have provided Cafe Makeup with a fresh never-used eyeshadow palette and lipstick for giveaway!  Fun, right? If you’d like a try, you must leave a comment here on Cafe Makeup through the Rafflecopter form for one point (only once for the entire contest, please). If you’d like additional points, you can voluntarily tweet about the giveaway for another point (you are limited to one tweet per day) through the Rafflecopter form below. The comment is mandatory to enter, the tweet is not.

Note that the tweet must be through the Rafflecopter form. 

The contest is open the U.S. readers only and ends on Friday 1/16/15 at 12:00 am Eastern time.

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Good luck to everyone!! Sephora marsala03 Sephora marsala02 These items were provided to Cafe Makeup without charge for review and give-away. This post includes affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup)

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  128 Responses to “Sephora Marsala Color of the Year Palette/Lipstick Review and Giveaway”

  1. Thank you for the chance to win and happy new year!

  2. I love the color of the lipstick and the eyeshadow palette is my eye colors that I love! I would love to win these two items so I can try out! Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  3. thank you for the giveaway!

  4. Great swatches, and giveaway! Thanks!

  5. Thank you! Love your blog!

  6. Beautiful color pallets.

  7. I love how warm toned this is, I think it would be very flattering on blue eyes.
    love the 3rd and top row!! thanks for the giveaway!!

  8. Those eyeshadows are gorgeous!

  9. What a great giveaway. Thanks!
    This palette is really beautiful. Normally the Sephora Colour of the Year products don’t really appeal to me, but this year, I think they knocked it out of the park.

  10. Thank you for the giveaway and the colors offered look great!

  11. Love the color of the lipstick! Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Was really impressed by the eyeshadow for this collection. The eyeliner also looks amazing!

  13. The palette and lipstick are lovely! Thank you for the giveaway!

  14. Gorgeous colors !

  15. I’d love to win the lipstick! Thank you!

  16. Can’t tell you how many beauty items I have purchased, based on your knowledgeable suggestions- thank you!

  17. I love this year’s color – it’s very sphisticate and classy.

  18. i love the color!

  19. love the colors, thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Thank you for the giveaway!

    I love that Marsala is the color of the year.

  21. I love the new colour and think it would work well on my cool skin. It’s more neutral than I expected and I’ve been looking through my collection for any close cousins. Thanks for the preview!

  22. I love this eye shadow palette. I wonder if Marsala suits a pale nc 20.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Great giveaway. Thank you!

  24. At first I thounght Marsala was very, er, “rich old lady,” but the color has grown on me so much, and crave the color in all my makeup! Great swatches btw!

  25. I LOVE the colors of the swatches.

  26. I really like the lipstick on just about everyone I see it on!

  27. The lipstick is a very nice color. Thanks for doing a swatch!

  28. Really pretty shades, look soft & very wearable.

  29. I have been impressed with this eye palette from what I have read and seen on the net. The lipstick is a very wearable colour as well. Super giveaway!

  30. Love the color. Thank you for the opportunity to win it.

  31. I like all the shades in the palette and I’m surprised that I like the lip shade, because I usually don’t wear that color.

  32. My wife would love if I’d win this for her.

  33. I LOVE the lipstick color and the glitter eyeshadow shades. 😀

  34. Nice makeup.

  35. Those are great swatches!

  36. Hello and thank you for the giveaway! I’m new to your nlog, but I’ve read through a couple pages so far and love it! Really exvited that I have a great new beauty blog to add to my daily reading!

  37. The lipstick is surprisingly wearable and versatile vs. the look of it in the tube!

  38. The more I see the products in Marsala the more I like them. I was disappointed at first but I’m now attracted to them. The lipstick looks especially nice on you.

  39. Thanks for a fun giveaway!!

  40. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

  41. Marsala is an amazing mauve color and definitely deserves to be the color of the year!

  42. Thanks for the chance to win these beautiful colors!

  43. i am loving these swatches. i hope i win

  44. I love this palette! Those Marsala shades will look so lovely with all eye colors and chutney is the perfect matte. I shouldn’t have waited to buy it because now it’s sold out :-/ :::Pick me! Pick me!:::

  45. I loved last year’s color of the year but this one is different!

  46. I love the colors in this eye shadow palette, great colors to create some winter looks with.

  47. Love reading your blog. Thank you for doing a giveaway.

  48. I think this is the most flattering and wearable Pantone color for me! I love all the products in the line, and the palette has the most flattering shades for me!

  49. That palette is stunning! Thanks for the give away. I am really enjoying Marsala as the color of the year. 🙂

  50. Thanks for the giveaway!

  51. I absolutely love this years Pantone palette!!!

  52. This palette is gorgeous! I tend to gravitate toward these warm brick and rust colors since they do great things for green eyes, so naturally, I am itching to get my hands on this.

  53. thank you so much for the chance to win this! i love eyeshadow palettes

  54. These colors are gorgeous. This has been the first year that I’ve been interested in Pantone colors. These are much more wearable for me.

  55. Such beautiful colors!

  56. The palette is gorgeous.

  57. Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

  58. Thank you and Happy New Year..xx

  59. I really want the lipstick now! I thought it would be too brown, but it’s perfect!

  60. Even prettier than I thought they would be. Thanks!

  61. Amazing giveaway!

  62. I am excited to participate in this great fun giveaway: hope the lovely people of Sephora open up here in the UK soon.

  63. Gorgeous palette!

  64. Thank you!! 🙂

  65. “Marsala”…love the name…sounds beautiful and elegant. Palette colours are lovely and very wearable.
    Thank you for such a generous giveaway!

  66. Yay! I’m excited to try the lipstick. I really hope they come out with a nail polish, too. Thanks so much and Happy New Year!

  67. The lipstick looks really pretty! Thank you for the chance. 🙂

  68. Thank you for the opportunity!

  69. I would love to win such beautiful colors!

  70. I wasnt sure about these, but youve convinced me! I would love to try them!

  71. I would love to win these products!~

  72. I wish this collection was available in my country, i just love the color! 🙂

  73. Gorgeous palette and great swatches!

  74. Great giveaway!! I love your blog, thanks for the opportunity

  75. The lipstick looks pretty! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  76. Thanks for the giveaway!

  77. Great giveaway! One of my resolutions is to get better at putting on eye makeup this year.

  78. What a wonderful giveaway! That lipstick is gorgeous!

  79. Amazing color

  80. Great packaging and the swatches look really nice.

  81. The lipstick color looks so beautiful on you that I went to the Sephora site to order it for myself–only to find it’s already sold out. So thank you for the giveaway! I don’t often care for the “color of the year,” but marsala has been catching my eye in clothes and makeup since the start of the year. Happy new year, by the way!

  82. thanks for this awesome chance 🙂

  83. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  84. Thanks for the chance!

  85. Wow thank you for the great giveaway. Love the lip color.

  86. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! I love the colors in the marsala palette and all the colors are beautiful and wearable

  87. please enter me in the drawing. Thank you.

  88. Thank you for the giveaway, I absolutely love Marsala <3 very beautiful shades in the palette!

  89. Wow, that palette is gorgeous! And the lipstick looks really nice too, not to dark.

  90. nice giveaway

  91. What a wonderful giveaway! Beautiful colors.

  92. These colors look so pretty. I love Sephora!

  93. great items, i love love love the lipstick

  94. Thanks for the chance to win!

  95. The lipstick looks great!

  96. Thank you so much for this giveaway! That palette looks absolutely amazing.

  97. love to win this for my wife. thankyou, ken

  98. those color palettes looks amazing! 🙂

  99. I dare say that some of these colors remind me of Tom Ford’s Burnished Amber, I am definitely going to take a look at the tester. Happy New Year!

  100. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  101. That palette looks so stunning! Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

  102. Great palette and lipstick and great swatches, as usual. You should post more lip swatches – your lips are beautiful!

  103. Great swatches, thanks!

  104. I have been wanting to try the Marsala color, this is a great giveaway.

  105. I love the palette I would have so much fun playing with all the different colors

  106. Thanks for the giveaway!

  107. Awesome giveaway, thank you.

  108. Great review! Love Sephora! 🙂

  109. this is such a beautiful palette!

  110. These colors are divine. Thanks for doing a giveaway!

  111. Thanks for the giveaway!

  112. Wish I could participate but I’m from Canada! 🙁

  113. Thanks for the giveaway! I’m loving Marsala everything!!

  114. I love the packaging… and the colors are really pretty.

    Thanks 🙂

  115. Absolutely love the colors! I love this store so much!

  116. Thank you for the giveaway. Hope I can win it!

  117. Great swatches! The colors in the palette are so different from what I usually wear that I would love to try them out.

  118. Awesome Thanks

  119. What a great giveaway! I love Sephora!

  120. Thank you for having this contest on your blog!!!

  121. Thanks for the giveaway!

  122. so pretty I love it!

  123. LOVE the colors! So rich and perfect for the new year!

  124. LOVE the colors! So rich and perfect for the new year!

  125. Love the palette! Thank you so much for doing this!!

  126. I love the lippy!

  127. Thanks for the chance! I love this color!

  128. Love the color…wanna win!!

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