Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lacquer Collector's Edition
Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lacquer Collector’s Edition

Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lacquer Collector’s Edition ($300.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Indulge in this full spectrum of highly pigmented, honey-infused Kiss Pop shades from Marc Jacobs. From soft pinks to enticing reds, these lip colors feature a long-wear, no-budge formula that glides on effortlessly, delivering the perfect burst of demi-matte color for any occasion. Infused with honey, a natural humectant, it provides comfortable color, while the nutrient-rich leaves of the candelilla plant pairs with silica to lock in bold pigment for smooth coverage in one swipe. Encased in a sleek, covetable jewelry box, each high-performance lacquer is full-sized and has a playfully oversized design that is Marc’s spin on the lip pencil. Perfect for the Marc Jacobs collector, they have a travel-friendly, chrome design that makes lip application easy, wherever you go.  Available at Sephora.

  • 9 x 0.15 oz Lip Color Sticks in Pop (bright berry red), Heartbreaker (pink coral), Smack (burgundy berry), Pop-A-Razzi (electric rose), Crush (tangerine red), Pow (peony pink), Pop Rock (strawberry red), Wham (coral rose), Headliner (berry sangria)

Best Bite Remix ($25.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Effortlessly color and hydrate lips with this set of four festive colors—perfect for pairing with holiday looks. These Mini High Pigment Pencils feature retractable, jumbo pencil tips that allow for smooth application on the go, and they’re also encased inside a gift-ready tin with a mirror for the ultimate on-the-go holiday present. This set debuts two new shades: Winterberry is the perfect festive vibrant shade, and Sablé is a nude color that takes your lip looks beyond the holiday season. Available at Sephora.

  • 4 x 0.05 oz Limited-edition high pigment pencil in Sablé (nude), Pomegranate (rose berry), Rhubard (plum rose), Winterberry (festive Raspberry red)

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick Collection ($37.50) (Limited Edition)

Perfect lip looks with these four travel-ready shades. A perfect stocking stuffer, this set includes everything you need for intensifying, sculpting, and hydrating lips. The navy metallic cosmetic case, designed exclusively by Estée Lauder, holds get-noticed colors that range from nude pinks to muted rose to warm coral red. Available at Sephora and Nordstrom

  • 4 x 0.04 oz Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Envious, Tumultuous Pink, Dynamic, Desirable

Buxom Two of a Kind ($18.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Stand out or go natural with Buxom’s Two of a Kind™ lip colors in Nudist and Provocateur. These creamy shades plump lips while giving them high-impact color to suit any mood. Available at Sephora.

  • 2 x 0.04 oz Mini Full-Bodied Lipstick in Nudist (nude beige), Provocateur (true red)

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Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky-Liner Petite Highliner Collection
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky-Liner Petite Highliner Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky-Liner Petite Highliner Collection ($45.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a set of seven, travel-sized Highliner Gel Crayons, which is a pencil eyeliner that twists up (no sharpening required). The formula is supposed to be waterproof, intensely pigmented, and smooth. I have a love/hate relationship with these, because some of the colors in the range are rather unique, but often, they’re not as creamy or as pigmented as expected. They are, in general, all very long-wearing and waterproof. Two shades–Midnight in Paris and Sunset–are exclusive to this set.

This set seems to be an excellent way to try the formula, though, without investing $25 each. In the set, each pencil contains 0.37g/0.01 oz. while the full-sized eyeliners are 0.5g/0.01 oz. When I convert grams to ounces (using Google), 0.37g is really 0.0131 oz. and 0.5g is really 0.0176 oz. So this set contains 0.0917 oz. worth of eyeliner, or $130.26 worth of eyeliner. Or, if you’re not apt to finish products, for less than the cost of two shades, you get to try seven. I didn’t have any issues with my set, but some readers have received deluxe/travel-versions as samples and have found that sometimes the pencil loosens inside, so that’s just a heads up!

Midnight in Paris is described as an “inky indigo blue.” It’s a blackened navy blue with a shimmery sheen and slight sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color in two passes. It was lightly creamy and didn’t tug, but it’s not as creamy as the best in the range. It wore well for nine hours before thinning slightly. NARS Night Flight (P, $24.00) is darker. Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) is lighter. Urban Decay LSD (P, $19.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Industrial (P, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sunset is described as a “golden bronze shimmer.” It’s a coppery orange with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The consistency was moderately creamy and glided along the lash line without pulling. It wore well for nine and a half hours on me. MAC Copperthorn (LE, $$16.00) is a gel eyeliner, more glittery. MAC Cockiness (LE) is a liquid eyeliner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blacquer is described as a “black.” It’s a deep, dark, inky black with a soft sheen. It was intensely pigmented in one stroke, and the consistency was creamy and glided on like silk. It definitely represents when the formula is at its best. On me, this shade lasted for ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

You can browse through reviews of the other shades in this set here. Or view them individually: (Plum)age, Th(ink), (Brown)out, and O(vert). I swatched all the ones in the set to see how they compared in color payoff and texture to my full-sized versions, and (Plum)age seemed to have less of a sheen, was a touch darker but similar color payoff, while O(vert) seemed more pigmented in this set with a creamier consistency. Blacquer, Th(ink), and (Brown)out were consistent.

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Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Holiday 2014 Collection
Marc Jacobs Beauty Holiday 2014 Collection

Availability: Early access at Marc Jacobs Beauty; coming soon to Sephora

La Coquette Collection ($55.00) (Limited Edition)

Create a classic Parisienne look with this set of Marc’s most covetable items. With a Magic Marc’er liquid eyeliner in Blacquer, the perfect nude nail polish, and a shimmering lip gloss for pink pout, you’ll be ready for a night of magic. This set also contains a signature mirror contained in a Marc Jacobs-designed pochette. The perfect gift for someone special or for yourself.

  • Blacquer (Magic Mar’cer Precision Pen Eyeliner)
  • Kissability (Lust for Lacquer Sheer Lip Vinyl)
  • Madame (Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer)
  • Mirror (in a Pochette)

The Sky Liner Petite Highliner Collection ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

Line your eyes like never before with this dazzling assortment of 7 petite highliner gel eyeliners. Cased in a limited-edition collectible box, these perfect petites include 5 best-selling shades and 2 new limited-edition eyeliner shades. This set is centered around the signature shade of the season, “Midnight in Paris.” 7 x 0.01 oz Highliner gel crayons in O(vert) (forest green), Brown(out) (bronze with shimmer), Th(ink) (deep navy), (Plum)age (vivid purple), Blacquer (black), Sunset (golden bronze shimmer), Midnight in Paris (inky indigo blue).

  • O(vert)
  • Brown(out)
  • Th(ink)
  • (Plum)age
  • Blacquer
  • Sunset (Exclusive)
  • Midnight in Paris (Exclusive)

Blacquer and Bleu Eye Essentials Collection ($79.00) (Limited Edition)

Satisfy your love of dramatic eye looks with Marc’s must-haves in eyeliner and mascara, in shades of blacquer and bleu. This decadent collection inspired by the glamour of Paris and its midnight sky features 3 best-selling products contained in a makeup bag designed by Marc Jacobs. The ultimate gift for the girl who loves to shine.

  • Blacquer (Magic Mar’cer Precision Pen Eyeliner)
  • Blacquer (O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara)
  • Th(ink) (Highliner Gel Eyeliner Crayon)
  • Makeup Bag by Marc Jacobs

Style Eye-Con No. 7 ($59.00)

Featuring the Limited Edition Holiday 2014 eyeshadow palette, The Parisienne. Become captivated with the super skinny, sleek design of these iconic, harmonized eyeshadows. Discover the mystery of the girl who believes in finding magic at all hours.

  • The Parisienne Inspired by the City of Lights (Limited Edition)

Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer ($18.00)

  • Midnight in Paris Inky indigo blue (Limited Edition)

LoveMarc Collection Lip Gel Set ($350.00) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)

Experience true luxury when you open the stylishly sleek Lovemarc Lipstick Collection, a collector’s edition. Enclosed in a lacquered jewelry box, you’ll find 12 shiny-black Lovemarc lipsticks aligned like piano keys, and the center of attention, Marc’s realized vision of the perfect red—Showstopper. From the mysterious Moody Margot, to provocative Little Pretty, discover the variety of true glamour and fall in love with a new lipstick shade each day.

Availability: Early access at Marc Jacobs Beauty; coming soon to Sephora

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Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty New Shades for Fall 2014
Marc Jacobs Beauty New Shades for Fall 2014

Availability: Now at Marc Jacobs Beauty and Sephora

Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer ($18.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Rita (172) Red sangria
  • Showgirl (168) Gold glitter
  • Blanche (162) Whipped creme
  • Louise (160) Soft ballet pink
  • Madame (158) White cocoa
  • Patsy (164) Gunmetal silver
  • Warm Blue (166) Teal turquoise
  • New Wave (156) Cobalt blue
  • Cora (170) Black grape

Style Eye-Con No. 3 Plush Shadow ($39.00) (New, Permanent)

  • The Seductress (122) Ivory matte, matte midnight black, metallic blue-green silver
  • The Escapist (120) Pink champagne frost, matte deep aubergine, matte lilac gray
  • The Innocent (116) Pearly champagne taupe, matte warm brown, matte nude
  • The Supreme (118) Deep olive sheen with iridescent shimmer, dusty greenish-gray matte, pale creme with golden sheen

Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow ($59.00) (New, Permanent)

  • The Enigma (216) Matte caviar black, deep gray pearl, metallic slate green, peony pearl with gold glitter, soft pink matte, metallic taupe with iridescent shimmer, rosy champagne pearl
  • The Night Owl (214) Champagne sheen with silver glitter, intense black matte with iridescent glitter, metallic golden bronze, matte creme, mermaid sheen with subtle iridescent shimmer, cocoa matte with rose gold shimmer, rich matte espresso.

Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Pink Diamond (326) Light mauve with copper sheen (Sheer)
  • Milkshake (334) Milky light pink (Sheer)
  • Pink Friday (324) Shimmering hot pink (Sheer)
  • Wrecked (332) Shimmering bright red (Sheer)
  • Deeper (328) Shimmering berry purple (Sheer)
  • Rumor (330) Shimmering light reddish brown (Sheer)
  • Gone Bad (216) Coral red (Full)

Availability: Now at Marc Jacobs Beauty and Sephora

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Sunday, September 7th, 2014

You’ve probably noticed that I like to wear teal eyeliner–it’s the perfect pop of color on the lower lash line that brightens and still works whether it’s a minimal makeup day or not (or so I believe, at least). Here are the five that are my most-used!

  1. Sephora Good Mood — a green-teal with a pearly sheen
  2. Marc Jacobs Beauty Intro(vert) — a brightened green-teal with sparkle
  3. Marc Jacobs Beauty Ody(sea) — a pop of blue-teal
  4. Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy — a true shimmery teal
  5. Sephora Fairytale — a deepened blue-teal with gold and green shimmer

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Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Here are a few eyeliners in shades of autumn–browns, coppers, tarnished gold, and plum! What eyeliners do you gravitate towards during fall?

  1. Marc Jacobs Brown(out) — a medium-dark brown with a pearly sheen
  2. MAC Rich Ground — a coppery gel eyeliner
  3. Sephora Sun Tan — a golden copper
  4. Bobbi Brown Black Plum — a deep plum purple
  5. MAC Lord It Up — a sparkly dark brown

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