Sephora Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio review | An acceptable way to wear wine on your face

I don't know what those folks over at Pantone do, but they seem to continuously nail it every year with their predictions of what color will have us frothing at the mouth. Sometimes I wonder if they're accurately predicting it, or whether their prediction is self-fulfilling as we fashion and beauty geeks mindlessly follow the crowd? Either way, I am happily one of those sheep.

I haven't previously been too obsessed with the colors of the year collections, except for a mild approval for the year Emerald wore the crown. Last year's Radiant Orchid did have me cruising through Sephora for the lipsticks, but alas, I was too late. This year I was resolved to be more proactive and I pounced on the Marsala collection as soon as it began circulating blogs.

Unlike Radiant Orchid, Marsala is a much more versatile color in my opinion. It can be suitable for most any skin tone and perfectly encapsulate's the beauty world's current obsession with 90s rose-brown tones. I checked out the Sephora Marsala collection during the holidays and everything in it seems really beautiful with sleek gold packaging and creamy, pigmented products. While not all of the products are stunners (i.e. the lash and brow highlighter), most are very wearable and perfect, with the standout for me being the Sephora Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio.

Sephora Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio review | Just J

I first saw and swatched this palette in store on December 27. Alas, I did not pick it up as Mr. Artist convinced me that $35 is too much to spend on blush. What a mistake! I went home and obsessed for another few days, berating myself for not immediately purchasing it. I checked my other blushes for dupes, but really, we all know there wasn't one. I was terrified that it would be sold out and I resolved to go back as soon as possible to buy it. Thankfully, luck was on my side this year this time and I was able to purchase it in store easily! Lesson learned: do not fool around with limited edition collections!

The Sephora Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio is made up of three colors that can be mixed and matched or worn solo:
  • Spanish Villa, a shimmery gold highlight
  • Coral Pink, a peach-pink matte
  • Marsala, the star of the show and a rich matte rose-brown shade with a hint of wine

Sephora Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio review | Just J

In terms of pigmentation and wear, this palette is solid. Pigmentation, especially for Marsala, is intense. Just a little dab of your brush will do. Using my Cover FX powder brush, this blush blends fairly easily on my apples and hollows of cheeks. I find it easier to use this palette with a large round blush brush like the Cover FX as opposed to a more angled one as the roundness let me buff it easier into my skin.

Sephora Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio review | Just J
Coral Pink

Wear time is very good as the color lasts throughout a work day.

Sephora Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio review | Just J
Spanish Villa

So far, I prefer the Marsala over Coral Pink as my winter go-to shade. Coral Pink is much more of a spring shade and gives my skin that girly flush when you want to feel dainty and feminine. Since winter time is all about black boots and smoky eyes for me, the Marsala is way more suitable. As well, Coral Pink also seems more powdery than either Marsala or Spanish Villa, and can emphasize dry skin.

Overall, I would say Marsala is ideal for darker skin-tones, while Coral Pink looks lovely on fairer gals. If you're a medium-tone like me though, either can work well and all three shades look fantastic blended together to get a really three-dimensional look to your face.

Final Verdict: Buy

Sephora Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio swatches | Just J
L to R: Spanish Villa, Coral Pink and Marsala

Have you checked out the Sephora Marsala collection yet?

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