Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) falls short in two areas: not the 10-hour wear time claimed (more like four to six hours) nor “ultra-hydrating” as marketed. I’m always curious about the process a brand goes through before attaching such a specific claim and how they arrived at such a claim. If a lipstick lasted ten hours and was intensely hydrating, it would surely be a top notch formula, as that’s really the holy grail: long-wearing lip color that’s not just comfortable but moisturizing and improves the health of your lips as you wear it. You typically get really long-wear paired with a more drying/non-hydrating formula or a superbly hydrating formula with more middling wear. For the most part, the shades I tried were nicely pigmented, creamy enough to glide on easily, and were mostly non-drying (a few were drying over time). The formula has a sweet, floral scent but no discernible taste.

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Friday, June 19th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) Sheer Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) Sheer Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) Sheer Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering warm pink.” It’s a medium, rosy pink with warm, yellow undertones and gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff that delivered fairly even coverage. The more emollient consistency made it easy to apply and felt comfortable once on, though the wear was only three hours. The formula felt lightly hydrating to me, but some of the shimmer and color pulled into lip lines over time. MAC I’m In (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. MAC Bare Hug (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Metallic Tu-tu (P, $21.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Ballerina Shimmer (12) (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. MAC Lip Blossom (P, $16.00) is brighter. Chanel Liaison (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker, less glossy. MAC Giddy (P, $16.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Las Salinas (P, $45.00) is lighter, glossier. Chanel Vera (420) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Eat Cake (150) Sheer Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “rosy nude.” It’s a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly shiny finish. The consistency had some slip and a little more weight to it than with the previous shade. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered evenly with some color pulling into lip lines as it wore on for four hours. Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler. Urban Decay Sheer Liar (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted. MAC Grande Dame (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker. Guerlain Avarice (P, $49.50) is darker, less glossy. Chanel Mademoiselle (434) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Bare Hug (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy. MAC I’m In (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Marc Jacobs Beauty Sheer Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be hydrating, smoothing, and have sheerer color payoff. The texture has a moderate amount of slip and feels “wet” applied, though it is thinner, so it doesn’t slide around as much as a thicker lipstick would. The wear time is three to four hours typically with a lightly hydrating formula. The lipstick has a sweet, floral scent, but it is very subtle, even when smelled directly from the tube.

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Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty So Sofia (236) Le Marc Lip Creme
Marc Jacobs Beauty So Sofia (236) Le Marc Lip Creme

Marc Jacobs Beauty So Sofia (236) Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “electric watermelon.” It’s a bright, medium coral-pink with a satin finish. It had rich, fully opaque pigmentation that glided on without tugging for smooth, even coverage. The texture was creamy enough to feel comfortable during application, but it didn’t slide around. The color wore well for six hours but was a little drying. Marc Jacobs Beauty Core Cora (234) (P, $30.00) is cooler. Chanel La Malicieuse (46) (P, $34.00) is cooler. Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC La Vie En Rouge (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Bobbi Brown Watermelon (P, $26.00) is cooler. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is warmer, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Je t’aime (238) (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted. Colour Pop Frenemie (LE, $5.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Burmese Kiss (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Je t’aime (238) Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “rum raspberry.” It’s a slightly muted, medium pink-coral with a very subtle shimmer to it over a satin finish. It had good color payoff paired with a lightly creamy consistency that sat on the lips well and didn’t tug during application. The color wore for five and a half hours and was a little drying over time. Bite Beauty Corvina (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC La Vie En Rouge (LE, $16.00) is brighter, less glossy. Gucci Beauty Hibiscus Thrill (P, $39.00) is lighter, cooler. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Frenemie (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Core Cora (234) (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty So Sofia (236) (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) claims 10-hour wear with “vivid pigment” and a “rich, velvety” texture that is “ultra-hydrating.” As you might expect, they don’t last ten hours; they last four to six hours with some leaving a stain. The texture is lightweight, creamy, and glides on without dragging or tugging on the lip, but it doesn’t have a lot of slip so it stays in place. The formula isn’t hydrating, and it can be drying, depending on the shade. The lipstick has a sweet, floral scent, but it is very subtle, even when smelled directly from the tube.

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty Scandal (226) Le Marc Lip Creme
Marc Jacobs Beauty Scandal (226) Le Marc Lip Creme

Marc Jacobs Beauty Scandal (226) Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “intense plum.” It’s a muted, medium-dark berry purple with warmer, pink undertones and fine violet shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff that crept into lip lines and tended to look a little patchy on. The consistency was thinner and had more slip than several other shades in the range. On me, it lasted for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Colour Pop Leather (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Instigator (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Yung Rapunxel (LE, $16.00) is warmer, glossier. NARS Train Bleu (P, $25.00) is darker. MAC Smoked Purple (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Infamous (228) Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “soft peony.” It’s a muted, medium rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly without dragging on the lips. The color lasted for five hours and was a little drying. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is warmer. Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste (P, $34.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Indian Rose (P, $50.00) is darker. Urban Decay Sheer Streak (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Cary (LE, $32.00) is darker. Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is cooler. Maybelline Touch of Spice (P, $7.99) is lighter, cooler. Clinique Plum Pop (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Core Cora (234) Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “brilliant coral.” It’s a bright, medium coral with a hint of pink and a soft sheen. It had very nearly opaque pigmentation that covered the lips with smooth, even color. The texture was lightly creamy and didn’t tug when applied from the tube. On me, it lasted for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Rozz (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Toxic Tale (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is darker, less glossy. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler. Estee Lauder Fierce (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Clinique Poppy Pop (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Je t’aime (238) (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted. Colour Pop Frenemie (LE, $5.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty So Sofia (236) (P, $30.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) claims 10-hour wear with “vivid pigment” and a “rich, velvety” texture that is “ultra-hydrating.” As you might expect, they don’t last ten hours; they last four to six hours with some leaving a stain. The texture is lightweight, creamy, and glides on without dragging or tugging on the lip, but it doesn’t have a lot of slip so it stays in place. The formula isn’t hydrating, and it can be drying, depending on the shade. The lipstick has a sweet, floral scent, but it is very subtle, even when smelled directly from the tube.

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty Rei of Light (212) Le Marc Lip Creme
Marc Jacobs Beauty Rei of Light (212) Le Marc Lip Creme

Marc Jacobs Beauty Rei of Light (212) Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “toasted brick.” It’s a medium-dark, slightly muted, orange-red with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation with nearly opaque coverage that applied smoothly and evenly. NARS Rita (P, $32.00) is brighter, glossier. NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is darker. Guerlain Calligraphy #6 (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Estee Lauder Fierce (P, $30.00) is darker, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Jolly Molly (220) Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright bubblegum.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with subtle, cool blue undertones and a light sheen. It had rich color payoff with a creamy, glide-on consistency that was comfortable to wear. It wasn’t hydrating, but at least it wasn’t drying! This shade lasted for six hours on me. Colour Pop Sweet-Thing (LE, $5.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Ambitious Pink (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Fetch (P, $5.00) is less glossy. NARS Claudia (P, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Silly (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy. Maybelline Ravishing Rose (P, $7.99) is less glossy. NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is lighter. Clinique Sweet Pop (P, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Boy Gorgeous (222) Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “berry rouge.” It’s a brightened, reddish-berry with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a lightly creamy consistency that glided on without tugging on the lips. It wore well for six hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Bite Beauty Aubergine (P, $24.00) is darker. Urban Decay Sheer Shame (P, $20.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Plum Lush (05) (P, $50.00) is lighter. NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is darker. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is more muted. MAC Splurge (LE, $22.00) is lighter, more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is brighter. MAC Heaux (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. Estee Lauder Confident (P, $30.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Violet (16) (P, $50.00) is warmer, glossier, brighter. MAC D for Danger (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) claims 10-hour wear with “vivid pigment” and a “rich, velvety” texture that is “ultra-hydrating.” As you might expect, they don’t last ten hours; they last four to six hours with some leaving a stain. The texture is lightweight, creamy, and glides on without dragging or tugging on the lip, but it doesn’t have a lot of slip so it stays in place. The formula isn’t hydrating, and it can be drying, depending on the shade. The lipstick has a sweet, floral scent, but it is very subtle, even when smelled directly from the tube.

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer Style Eye-Con No. 7 Eyeshadow Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer Style Eye-Con No. 7 Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer Style Eye-Con No. 7 Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes seven shades of warm-toned hues ranging from yellowed beige to reddish-brown along with a lot of gold and copper in-between. There is a good variety in finish, which is its strength; I liked that there was at least one darker shade, but I think one of the light beige/peach shades could have been substituted with a more mid-tone or transition kind of shade in a satin/matte finish (maybe like a coppery brown). Most of the shades had good pigmentation and were soft and blendable, though the palette is really one that should be used with a primer to get the most out of it, as a few shades were slightly powdery.

The Dreamer #1 is described as a “baked creme matte.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed beige with a matte finish. The texture was soft, silky, and blended well on the skin. It lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #2 is described as a “golden tan shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, golden copper with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #3 is described as a “French vanilla satin.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow with a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the powder’s consistency was soft, almost creamy, and blendable on the skin. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #4 is described as a “deep espresso matte.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. The texture felt silky, but it was a little dry and powdery, which made it harder to apply evenly as the color didn’t adhere as well to the skin. It faded a bit faster than the other shades at the seven and a half hour mark. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #5 is described as a “warm peach matte.” It’s a brightened, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a subtle gold sheen. It had nice color payoff, while the texture was just a smidgen powdery, which made it a little harder to get true-to-pan color on the lid without it sheering down. It lasted well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #6 is described as a “fiery copper shimmer.” It’s a pinky-coral with a lot of gold frost, which gives it a frosted sheen with strong, warm undertones. The texture was slightly dry, but it had fairly good color coverage. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #7 is described as a “warm gold shimmer.” It’s a medium, orange gold with a finer gold shimmer-sheen finish. It had good pigmentation, though the texture was soft enough that it was a little thin and powdery, where it really has to be gently patted onto the lid (and preferably, over a primer) to maintain its intensity. On me, it started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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