Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection

Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection
Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection

SEPHORA and Pantone proudly introduce the 2015 PANTONE® Color of the Year Collection in Marsala 18-1438, an extraordinary new assortment of cosmetics for eyes, lips, and cheeks in celebration of Pantone’s complex and robust nude shade. Now in its fourth year, this collaboration brings SEPHORA’s innovative textures, finishes, and product forms to the beauty category with a limited edition collection that reinvents and redefines neutrals with captivating dimension, shifting in intensity from boldly pigmented to modestly sheer.

“A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” noted Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute™. “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while it’s grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”

The exclusive collection, designed by SEPHORA, evokes the sleek, modern lines of the iconic PANTONE Chip with a captivating ombre color variation for a stunning presentation. Each color product features Sephora Collection’s high performance formulas that offer rich color payoff and a luxurious feel during wear, with refined finishes like matte, pearl, metallic, and shimmer.

An incredibly versatile color for beauty, Marsala is an appealing and sophisticated shade that’s flattering for any skin tone. It pairs exquisitely with monochromatic mixes of peachy pinks, and sparkles against antiqued gold metallics, offering a range of lipstick and blush options. On the eyes, Marsala illuminates smoky-neutral color combinations, and adds a dramatic touch to bronze, for looks that can be worn from morning until night.

Facets of Marsala Multi-Finish Eye Palette ($39.00) (Limited Edition)

Create an infinite amount of looks with this eye shadow palette containing matte, glitter, pearl, and shimmer finishes, and 24 coordinating shades to accompany them.

Bold Marsala Mascara & Brow Highlighter ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

Achieve a dramatic color effect with this moisturizing and volumizing mascara that can be used both on lashes and brows. The vitamin-enriched formula contains natural Jojoba oil and a blend of soft waxes to keep lashes healthy, improving flexibility and preventing breakage. On the brows, it helps to groom and hold unruly hairs while adding a rich Marsala tone.

Marsala Metalshine Liquid Liner ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

This long-wearing liquid liner delivers a bold swipe of Marsala at the lash line with a striking metallic finish. The soft, flexible brush makes application effortless for high-impact eyes.

Marsala Layering Lip Collection ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

Mix and layer tones of Marsala with this set of five ombre nude pencils that provide sheer coverage and a dewy finish. The buttery formula contains hyaluronic filling spheres for plumping, and resveratrol, an antioxidant derived from red wine grapes, for hydrating color that shines.

Pure Marsala Matte Lip Crème ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

Discover one of the most breathtaking ways to wear the Color of the Year with this gorgeous hue in an exclusive case. Formulated with extracts, oils and Resveratrol, an anti-aging ingredient derived from red grapes, it leaves behind a rich, long-lasting, natural satin finish.

Cooling Marsala Multi ($25) (Limited Edition)

This lightly-pigmented balm cools on contact while delivering a sheer wash of flattering Marsala that is ideal for cheeks, contouring, and highlighting. The caffeine and coconut oil-based stick adds moisture while de-puffing and cooling on contact for immediate skin relief.

Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

This chic compact contains two matte blushes in Marsala, paired with a cream highlighter. The triple jet milled process allows for intense color payoff and a luxurious, velvety texture, while the unique blend of naturally-derived oils and powders enhance the skin’s overall appearance. For flawless application, apply with the Marsala Pro Angled Blush Brush #49.

Marsala Pro Angled Blush Brush #49 ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

The slanted-bristle design of this brush easily hugs the contours of the face for even, precise application in a single sweep. Use with the Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio for a dazzling Color of the Year look.

Availability: December 26th, 2014 at Sephora

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Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection
Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection

Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection
Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection

Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection
Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection

Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection
Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection

Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection
Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection

Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection
Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection

Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection
Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection


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Carla Avatar

Oh god! The Palette, the lip crayons, the lipstick and the mascara are looking very, very nice! Will have to cave in at the end and make an order to Sephora US, ship it to the UK and use Parcel Motel to bring it to Ireland. Hope it’s worth the pain in the back if I decide to do it, lol!

Kate Avatar

whaaaat?! No girl, use an American shipping service like and get it to ireland without a minimum order for less than a tenner 🙂 it’s the same as parcel motel
but right to your door. It’s how I got my Lorac pro to Dublin!

Carla Avatar

I’ll definitely look into it! I knew about Shipitto, but wasn’t sure about the pricing and the risk of custom charges… probably is still worth the risk though, anyway I dounf out in Sephora they charge you the taxes before checkout if you intend to ship to Europe!

Coco Avatar

I just recently learned about Pantone. I still wear what I want to wear, but I do recognize Pantone’s influence. Now that I’m seeing Marsala everywhere, I do appreciate the richness of the color. The colors in Sephora’s and Pantone’s eyeshadow palette look gorgeous. I can’t wait to see the review.

Andrea Avatar

I feel like next year’s color is underwhelming. I don’t know. Marsala is a great neutral, but it just feels like a more subdued color in comparison to Radiant Orchid (which I *loved*). It’s definitely meant for a more mature and refined look. The packaging is beautiful for this collection though.

Veronica Avatar

I’m not quite as gung ho about the pantone color this year as I was last, but I do like that lip shade. The mascara might also wear well on redheads.

Mariella Avatar

I guess I get my back up at the whole “colour of the year” decree! I don’t want anyone dictating to me what colour I should/ought/must be wearing. It just so happens that I like wine and “marsala” type shades and have lamented the fact that it’s been really hard to find clothing in those shades for ages (another reason I’m glad I sew – I’ve made myself a suit, etc. in this colour long before Pantone decreed that it was “the” colour). I do like the colour of the lipstick though while I’m a sucker for eye shadow palettes, that one doesn’t do it for me – too many yellow and orange shades. And I just may put aside my wine coloured suit, trousers and even my suede pumps for the next 12 months, while there’s a whole army of women parading around in “marsala”.

xamyx Avatar

Just think, though-when this color goes “out”, you’ll be able to find things on sale/clearance, LOL! I have a very defined style myself, and although there are some “pricier” retailers that carry things I like all the time, I appreciate when it falls in line with current fads, and less expensive retailers style a line, and it all eventually ends up 75% off!

Neetz Avatar

Wow, I’m really impressed with the packaging and colors this year! Let’s hope they perform just as well. I feel like in past years the pantone products always beelined it to the clearance

Katie Avatar

What do you think of the 2015 Pantone color, Christine? I’ll admit to being a little disappointed when it was first announced, but maybe it is growing on me? I don’t typically buy a lot of beauty products centered around the Pantone colors anyway, but I like to incorporate it a little bit.

xamyx Avatar

And, it would be a completely different shade… Not every “wine” is the same color. Marsala & Bordeaux, for example, are *completely* different!

Joanna Avatar

You are completely right.

Bordeaux is one region in France that makes wine- certain types of grapes (Merlot, for instance) are used to make it. And it’s a red wine.

Marsala is in Italy, and the wine is more like a sherry or a port. And it’s made from white grapes, but it’s aged and processed which gives it that colour that Pantone wants to capture.

Completely different.

TwirlyGirly Avatar

Pantone couldn’t call Marsala “Bordeaux” because Pantone aready has a color named “Bordeaux’; number 17-1710X. If you Google it, you’ll see Bordeaux leans more to the purple side…

MichelleChefNYC Avatar

Based on the comments it seems like many people are disappointed in this year’s Pantone color, but this is the first year where I’ve been like “OOOOHHHHH I LOVE IT!” when I first saw the announcement. Will be interested to see reviews on these products.

xamyx Avatar

Me, too! I couldn’t even consider the tangerine, the emerald was lacking something, and the radiant orchid collection just seemed incomplete (as did the emerald…). I prefer richer/deeper shades, and although they run warmer, I think I could still pull them off…

Sarah Avatar

I like the lip creme and lip pencils… Maybe the lip creme will be a reasonable dupe for Pink Chocolate from Too Faced – they were touting it as marsala on IG. Fingers crossed it’s a good formula!

Madelyn Avatar

I need to see the pallet in person and swatch (or read your review) but I am interested. This is wayyyy more neutral than I normally like in a pallet, but I have bright green eyes and I know these red browns would make great pops of color. I am currently getting my marsala fix from UD’s Vice 3 pallet.

Jane Avatar

Oh, this collection! That palette looks right up my alley, and I’m also making tentative grabby hands at the eyeliner and the lipstick (and the mascara and the cheek trio…)

It’s such an autumnal color that it’s a little weird seeing all of these browny-red products in January instead of the later months. The color also reads very 1990s to me, but there are uglier decades out there to bring back.

Arielle Avatar

I think shade leans very fall/winter so it’ll be interesting to see if Sephora/Pantone can keep the momentum going for the spring and summer. But I also like how they seem to have several finishes of the color of the year in the eyeshadow palette instead of one huge pan of a single finish like they did for Radiant Orchid. I could see myself picking this palette up depending on the review.

April Avatar

I have to admit..I like this better than last year’s… I’ve been recently getting into red/cranberry type shades from Vice 3 and Balm Jovi, etc, and I feel like marsala is a more…well rounded color than Radiant Orchid. I absolutely love radiant orchid as lipstick and blush, but marsala…is a better eye color, mascara color, cheek and lip color, all around. I would much rather wear cranberry/red colors on my eyes than pink, ya know? 😛 I’m super excited. I might even get the eyeshadow palette, unlike last year- but I will get the lipstick and blush trio for sure! 😀

Ms. Heathen Avatar

I was really bummed out when Pantone announced the color, but that palette looks wonderful! I hope I can grab one before they’re all gone, it seemed like all the Radiant Orchid items sold out the day they were in stock.

Nancy T Avatar

Gotta get that cheek trio!!! Perhaps the lip pencils too. As for eyeshadow, I think that I may just be covered when it comes to “marsala” shades primarily because I own Lorac Unzipped, as well as those Wet n Wild l.e.5 pans that dupe UD Naked 3, and MAC Folie, Brown Script and others that may be dupes for the eyeshadow palette? Looking forward to your review and swatches of these to see whether the eyeshadows are dupes or not.

Deborah Avatar

Marsala – I think it is absolutely elegant! Finally a color that doesn’t look like everything else! I love it. “Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us into its embracing warmth.”

Sylirael Avatar

I like the look of everything (especially the lip set and the mascara/liner) except the eyeshadow palette. Don’t get me wrong, I’m keen to see how a few of the shades swatch, but it looks terribly, terribly warm for one of my colouring. We all know that promo photos are ‘more like guidelines anyway’ (Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa voice) though, so I will reserve judgement 😉

xamyx Avatar

I’m actually looking forward to *everything*, particularly the eyeliner & blush trio. I’ll likely pass on the lipstick, mascara, & multiple, though, but everything else will likely end up in my stash!

charlotte Avatar

Radiant orchid was harder to wear with my skin tone so I’m glad to see a warmer tone. They seem to rotate warm/cool each year which is nice. Loved the previous Pantone mega palettes (precious metals still ranks as one of my favorite palettes of my entire collection) but last years was awful. I used it a few days in a row and just couldn’t bring myself to touch it again. I wound up using the blush palette for shadow instead and it was 1000x better quality. Will probably just get it this year, unless the palette gets really good reviews.

Kristi Avatar

I’m actually pretty disappointed in this collection. :/ I was super excited about it when they announced the new colour of the year collection, (wishfully) thinking it would be like the original Tangerine Tango collection, which had a variety of products and, it seemed like, was more centered around the colour it was supposed to be celebrating. I also hate the new packaging and think the gold looks super tacky and cheap compared to their original white and silver packaging. Not that that’s quite enough to stop me from buying the products I want haha. 😉

Rachel R. Avatar

I am so lemming after the eye palette, mascara and eyeliner. OMG! Colors that will make the green in my eyes so intense. I want it all, though, really. Heaven.

Rachel R. Avatar

I’m still mourning Almay discontinuing the Raisin Quartz shade of mascara, and I’ve gone through all my backups. I’m hoping this one might be close.

kellly Avatar

I’m definitely interested in some of these – probably as many as I can afford!! I love this color. It’s going to work very well with my skin tone and not look artificial and overdone at work. I’m going to be going to Sephora right away once these come out! I’ve been interested in getting them ever since the announcement of the CoTY came out! I know this will work great on me.

Alyssa Avatar

When they first announced the 2015 color, my initial reaction was “Ew.” Then, I realized it was actually brilliant for makeup products. I only purchased the Radiant Orchid blush trio from Sephora last year because I didn’t like the eye shadow palette (it didn’t feel cohesive to me at all) and the other products were very bland, and I’m thinking I might purchase this blush trio as well. I’m really interested in the eye shadow palette, mascara, and eyeliner, too.

I’m excited to see this collection hit the physical stores. I want to see the packaging in person, poke my fingers at the shadows and blushes, and draw all over my hand with the eyeliner!

Annie Avatar

Hmm I wish they brought back the Venus Lure lip balm that they had for 2014 Radiant Orchid. I absolutely love that tinted balm, I have two back-ups! They should make that permanent and with more colors! Not too crazy about Marsala and a little confused as the Pantone swatch looks like a dusty rose but all the products / clothing I’ve seen and now even this official Pantone x Sephora line looks more like a muddy red… hmm.

treefinger Avatar

I really enjoy burgundy colours like marsala, but I’m a little disappointed that they’re trying to water it down into being a neutral rather than a rich shade like it actually appears on the Pantone colour swatches. I guess they were worried it wouldn’t otherwise be wearable.

Lisa Avatar

Dear Sephora,
You can create an infinite number of looks, or an infinite variety, or an infinite assortment. You cannot create an infinite amount of looks–“looks” is a countable noun.

The mascara can be used “ON both lashes and brows” or “both on lashes and ON brows,” but not “both on lashes and brows.”

And “the unique blend of naturally-derived oils and powders enhance…”? “Blend” is a singular noun; the unique blend *enhances*.
Are you kidding with this?

Diana Avatar

Oooo really looking forward to the eye shadow palette and cheek palette and the lipstick! I totally love marsala as the 2015 color of the year!!! Although I can’t stop thinking of chicken marsala and it makes me hungry T.T…..^^ hehe

Katherine T. Avatar

OMG, 2015 is going to be the year of the empty wallet!! I can’t wait to swatch the eyeshadow palette. As for lips, these are my fave colors —brown- reds, brown- pinks, and wines.

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