Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Marc Jacobs Blow (210) Le Marc Lip Creme
Marc Jacobs Blow (210) Le Marc Lip Creme

Marc Jacobs Blow (210) Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dark berry velvet.” It’s a medium-dark, burgundy red with subtle, cool undertones and a satin sheen. Bite Beauty #001 (LE, $36.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Truffle (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $50.00) is more matte. NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is glossier. Maybelline Espresso Exposed (955) (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Saboteur (132) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Tribalist (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Diva (P, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The new Le Marc Lip Creme formula is supposed to be a “rich, velvety, ultra-hydrating lipstick” with “vivid pigment” and “10-hour” wear. Sometimes I wonder how many people actually test a product before a brand makes a claim like long-wearing, because 10 hours is a very long time, so I’m genuinely curious how many people test and report back with such-and-such wear time before a brand makes a claim. It is a deeper, richer hue, which tend to last longer than a much lighter shade would, period, but it only lasted six hours for me. Blow is semi-opaque with a noticeable translucency where the natural lip color will come through. The formula is lightweight, lightly creamy, and glides on without tugging on the lips, though there is some unevenness. It was comfortable initially, but I found the formula to be lightly drying over time. The formula has a very, very subtle sweet floral scent, but I could barely detect it in the tube.

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Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Fi Filter #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder
Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Fi Filter #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder

Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Fi Filter #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder ($49.00 for 0.62 oz.) includes a highlighter and contouring powder. The lighter shade is supposed to “subtly illuminate,” while the darker shade “offers sheer shadow to define.” There are three variations in the formula, and this appears to be the darkest of the three. The texture of both sides was incredibly finely-milled and smooth, while the highlighter was a smidgen powdery, neither looked powdery on the skin. The compact is incredibly large but thin, and the lid seemed extraordinarily thin as it tapered towards the edge, which made it seem almost flimsy along the edge (where it clasps together).

Highlighter is described as a “warm peach.” It’s a muted, light-medium yellowed peach with a matte finish. It’s a medium to buildable product with a soft, silky texture that gets a wee bit powdery if you’re not careful. My skin tone isn’t the best to showcase the highlighting shade, as it gets pretty lost on my skin tone (it’s more my skin tone than lighter or darker), unfortunately. The powder sat well on my cheek bones, though, and seemed to make the skin appear almost blurred. From what I could tell, it seemed to wear eight hours before breaking down. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Contour is described as a “deep bronze.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. I wish the finish of the bronzer was also reflected in the highlighter, because it would give a very natural finish–it’s not shimmery, but it looks like skin without being totally flat/matte. The texture was silky, smooth, and very blendable on the skin without being powdery. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is more matte, grayer. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is rosier. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is similar. MAC Tan Tint (LE, $29.50) is darker, cream. Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is slightly less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

 

Marc Jacobs Beauty Spring 2015 Collection
Marc Jacobs Beauty Spring 2015 Collection

Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00) (New, Permanent)

Introducing a luxury lipstick that lasts, finally. Marc is changing the landscape with an iconic, indulgent lipstick featuring a rich, buttery texture and a lavish and lasting (ten-hour!) punch of pigment. A proprietary peptide complex that stimulates collagen is combined with ultra-hydrating, Meranti and Cocoa Butters for lips that are firmer, smoother and more defined. Available in a selection of 20 irresistible, color-drenched shades inspired by the women (and men) that have influenced Marc over the years.

  • Je t’aime (238) Rosy red
  • So Sofia (236) Bright coral red
  • Core Cora (234) Orange red
  • Mahogany (232) Chocolate mahogany
  • J’Adore (230) Light mocha
  • Infamous (228) Muted warm pink
  • Scandal (226) Eggplant purple
  • Magenta (224) Dark plumed magenta
  • Boy Gorgeous (222) Dark magenta red
  • Jolly Molly (220) Coral pink
  • Clara (218) French rose pink
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (216) Dusty rose
  • Georgie Girl (214) Neutral pink
  • Rie of Light (212) Deep sienna orange
  • Blow (210) Burgundy red
  • Miss Scarlet (208) Deep brick red
  • Dashing (206) Red with cool undertone
  • Amazing (204) Warm red
  • Goddess (202) Classic red
  • Oh Miley (200) Bright red with cool undertone

New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel ($30.00) (New, Permanent)

The perfect nude, every time. A first-ever selection of seven, expertly curated, neutral lip shades offer gorgeous, covetable color for all skin tones and makeup looks. These weightless lipsticks have a new irresistibly nourishing formula with moisturizing Monoi Butter, a decadent vanilla scent and a sleek, shiny finish.

  • Eat Cake (150) Neutral medium rosy pink
  • Understudy (114) Neutral coral
  • Anais (146) Brownish nude
  • Have We Met? (108) Neutral coral pink
  • Role Play (110) Neutral dusty rose
  • Moodie Margot (106) Pale pinky nude
  • Strange Magic (102) Neutral pale pink

(P)outliner Longwear Lip Pencil ($24.00) (New, Permanent)

This marks the beginning of a lip liner revolution. Long gone are the days of matching lipstick to liner. These three gel-based shades were developed to match natural lip color while luxuriously lining, defining and shaping lips, creating the perfect longwearing canvas for any lip color – no matter how light, bright or bold. Formulated with collagen to help fill in lines and further prevent bleeding, these three colors work seamlessly across the full spectrum of Le Marc and New Nudes shades.

  • (Nude)ist Cafe au lait
  • Prim(rose) Rosy nude
  • Honey(bun) Cocoa spice

#Instamarc Filtering Contour Powder ($49.00) (New, Permanent)

See yourself through Marc’s lens with #Instamarc, the first-ever skin perfecting filter in a compact. This plush luxury powder duo contains jet-milled pigments infused with botanicals and pomegranate extract to transform in a flash, blurring imperfections and sculpting definition where you want it. The compact’s oversized infinity mirror allows you to see the entire face for achieving complexion perfection. Available in three shade duos inspired by past themes of Marc’s runway shows and the creative vision that he had for the models.

  • Mirage Filter Light gold/light bronze
  • Dream Filter Soft pink/medium bronze
  • Hi-Fi Filter Warm peach/deep bronze

The Shape Contour and Blush Brush No. 15 ($44.00) (New, Permanent)

This super-soft, flat-shaped brush has densely packed bristles with an innovative waved surface to pick up just the right amount of color. Designed for use with #Instamarc, the brush offers both wide and narrow sides to hug contours and smooth over rounded areas for endless blushing, bronzing, and highlighting capabilities.

Availability:  Now at Marc Jacobs Beauty and Sephora

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma (216) Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Shadow Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma (216) Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Shadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma (216) Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Shadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) is mix of pinks and neutrals with most shades running slightly warm, though two are cooler-toned. There are two mattes, while the other five are more frosted/metallic. I liked them individually more than I liked them together, personally (I think there are perhaps too many mid-tones for my liking), and I felt like they worked better if one only used two or three shades at a time. There were no duds in the palette at all, and that is always an impressive feat for a palette that goes over four or five shades. I had no issues getting good pigmentation to show up on bare skin, even with the more matte shades, which made it easy to use.

The Enigma #1 is described as a “matte caviar black.” It’s a deep, dark black with a matte finish. It seems to have a subtle warm undertone but appears mostly neutral applied (from what I can tell!). It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that wasn’t too powdery and remained blendable on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. It is a basic shade, so there are plenty of similar shades out there that you may already have. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Enigma #2 is described as a “deep gray pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned gray with a frosted, silver-ish sheen with very fine teal micro-shimmer (it gives it an almost bluish cast at times). It had nice color coverage with a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to use and lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Enigma #3 is described as a “metallic slate green.” It’s a cool-toned, gray-leaning pewter–more silver than gold, but there’s a golden sheen that gives it a more pearly finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was smooth and almost creamy to the touch. It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Enigma #4 is described as a “peony pearl with gold glitter.” It’s a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. I don’t know where they get the glitter part of the description from, because in the pan and when swatched, I don’t see it. If it’s there, it’s in such a minuscule quantity (but normally you’d see it in the pan!). It lasted for eight hours well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Enigma #5 is described as a “soft pink matte.” It’s a brightened, pastel pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. Despite the lightness, it didn’t look or feel chalky at all, and instead, it was soft, smooth, and silky with excellent color payoff. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Enigma #6 is described as a “metallic taupe with iridescent shimmer.” It’s a rich, bronzy brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It’s not what I would describe as taupe (far too warm, even in the pan, it doesn’t look very gray-tinged). The color payoff was fantastic, while the texture was buttery and rich. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Enigma #7 is described as a “rosy champagne pearl.” It’s a warm-toned, medium peach-brown with a metallic sheen. The consistency was soft and smooth, while it blended beautifully on the lid and had excellent pigmentation. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel

As promised, here are the remaining swatches of the Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) shades. Marc Jacobs Beauty has a deal where you can get any three shades for $70 (instead of $90) (use code LIPKIT, ends 12/16), which I took advantage of when I bought these twelve. I still haven’t heard back whether or not this formula is being discontinued (as Sephora only shows eight of the 17-shade range, and of the eight, five are out of stock).

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It’s a more emollient formula with a fair amount of slip–the darker shades seemed to have the most slip–and I have found that the creamier finishes perform better than the more shimmery ones. I could feel the pearl in Little Pretty, which I wouldn’t describe as gritty, but the consistency was thin enough that it wasn’t smooth (I’d just describe it as textured). Some shades are really pigmented, others are semi-opaque to semi-sheer.  In my experience with the formula (I’ve only tested a handful of shades previously), the formula is typically hydrating and comfortable to wear, and the creamier shades were the best-performing for me.  I haven’t tested any of these.

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014


Marc Jacobs Beauty is offering customized Lip Gel trios for $70 when you use code LIPKIT, now through 12/16. They’re normally $30 each, so it’s a savings of $20 (and brings down the individual cost to $23.33). I was able to add multiple trios (I ordered the ones I’m missing) as well, and they actually rang in at $23.33 (making it $69.99 for three).

When I was looking up the full price on Sephora for this post, I noticed that Sephora only had eight shades, while the full range stands at 17 (all available through the Marc Jacobs Beauty’s site), so now I’m wondering if these are on the chopping block… I sent an email over to the brand to see if we can find out what the status is of them and will update when I hear back.

Are you hauling any? (I did pick up some, and I selected 1-day shipping, so I can try to get them swatched for those considering–I will do my best!)