One of the top questions I had after posting the themes for the January #naillinkup was “what is marsala”? Marsala is the Pantone Color of the year which was recently announced by the ultimate authority on color: Pantone.

According to Pantone:

Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors.

Somewhere between rose and brick, you may recognize marsala from the 90s when the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Sarah Michelle Gellar were sporting the earthy shade on their lips.Sarah Michelle Gellar, marsala, marsala lips, marsala beauty,

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Though I don’t think this color would be in my top pick for beauty products – I’m starting to dig it. Looking in my collection for the perfect polish hue that represents masala, I turned to essie in stitches. Though not a perfect match, I think it’s quite close don’t you? I’ve seen some reviewers choosing a slightly darker burgundy but I’m going to stick with this.

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I wanted to create some nail art and thought that a royal blue (I used Revlon wild card) and black (essie licorice) were the perfect complimentary shades to create a camouflage accent pattern to my manicure.

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What’s your opinion on marsala? Do you love it or hate it? Either way, it’s here for a year so maybe we need to embrace it?

Until next time,

nail that accent


 


Comments

  1. Lucy (the Nail Snail)

    I feel ya — at first i wasn’t too crazy about marsala, but it’s growing on me! I definitely like it better than Radiant Orchid. In Stitches looks gorgeous with your skin tone, and the nail art is super cute 🙂

  2. Ashly

    Like Lucy, I wasn’t very sure if marsala would work on an ethnic Asian skin color, but after I tried out the OPI color Yucatan If You Want, which was hiding in my nail polish cabinet for who knows how long(http://s26.photobucket.com/user/Fleur-du-mal/media/01/Make%20up/OPI-Yucatanifuwant01Large.jpg.html), I immediately fell in love with it.

    I love your camouflage design and it looks very sophisticated but is actually quite simplistic. I opted for a marsala nail with a white matte tip in Blanc and my pointer fingernails I did a blue base in Essie’s Rock the Boat with stripes in the same white.

    I am so glad that I found your posts and your designs are absolutely gorgeous. Thanks so much, Lindsay!

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