Friday, January 23, 2015

Marsala - Let's Talk Pantone's Color of the Year

Pantone's Color of the Year (from Pantone's site)

Pantone announced their Color of the Year not long ago and the beauty world has been buzzing since. I'm going to be honest, I've been on the fence with some past Pantone Color of the Year choices and this year is no exception.

Marsala isn't a "bad" color, it's just not something I'm personally drawn to. This reminds me a lot of the 90s, which was not my favorite beauty period. In fact, I'm fairly certain I had several lipsticks that were identical to the color in the image above from when I first started in beauty retail back in the 90s. I hate to say it, but I initially felt as though it was a kind of drab choice. Admittedly, I tend not to like many reds in general--mostly bright cool reds or neutral reds--so there's that. I also feel like some previous Pantone colors have been more flexible in terms of being able to easily incorporate them year-round. With Marsala, I feel like it's darker than what I'd normally choose for a spring or summer color. Not that it can't be worn year-round (I don't believe there are any "rules" when it comes to beauty since it's about self-expression and art), but for me personally, I like lighter colors in spring, vibrant colors in summer, then deeper colors in fall and winter. I'm sure the fact that I live in an area with 4 well-defined seasons is a factor.

Who knows? Maybe this will push me out of my normal preferences, especially if I have clients requesting it year-round. I just wanted to share my initial feelings on Marsala and see if anyone else is feeling the same.

What do you think? Are you excited for the year of Marsala or feeling a bit ambivalent?

I will definitely be looking for Marsala products that get me a bit more excited for this year's Color of the Year. If you have any recommendations let me know! I'd love to find some Marsala eye/lip/cheek product that change my mind.

1 comment :

  1. I wasn't crazy about this color when it was announced but its growing on me. I will say the picture you used is the best representative of the color and makes it more likeable


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