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!)

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Truth or Dare (208) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl
Marc Jacobs Beauty Truth or Dare (208) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl

Marc Jacobs Beauty Truth or Dare (208) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark berry purple.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a glossy, creamy finish. It was mostly opaque with smooth, even color coverage that wore well for five hours on me. The formula was lightly hydrating, comfortable to wear, and not sticky. Finding dupes is harder for this type of formula, as most glosses aren’t this opaque. Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is much pinker, lighter. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is sheerer, lighter. MAC Heroine (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Narcissus (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Boom Boom (210) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “hot pink.” It’s a bright, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and fine iridescent shimmer. It rich, full color coverage that went on beautifully. The color applied without looking streaky or settling into lip lines. It wore well for five hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating, comfortable to wear, and didn’t feather or bleed. Revlon HD Pink Ruby (515) (P, $8.99) is darker, redder. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is redder, darker. Estee Lauder Violet Rain (LE, $22.50) is darker, more shimmery. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $29.00) is slightly darker, less neon. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, December 5th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gypsy (204) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl
Marc Jacobs Beauty Gypsy (204) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gypsy (204) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft burnt orange.” It’s a brightened, tangerine orange with warm, yellow undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage, but it applied oddly–the color “bubbled” all over, so it looked a little odd. It was more noticeable to me when I was applying it than it seems to look in photos, but you can see that the color on the upper lip isn’t really smooth or opaque all-over. The consistency is lightweight, comfortable to wear, and mostly non-sticky, but the way it applied left something to be desired. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. It is mint-scented and had a slightly minty-taste, but it didn’t bother my lips. The opacity of the color made it more unique. MAC Grand Pumpkin (LE, $15.00) is sheerer. NYX Cherry Cheesecake (P, $5.00) is sheerer. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Eclectic Edge (LE, $15.00) is darker, more shimmery. Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Fame (206) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “raspberry red.” It’s a muted, warm reddish-plum with a creamy, glossy finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that went on beautifully–I think you can see the difference between the two shades when it comes to how even the color applied. This shade wore well for five hours and was hydrating while worn. Nothing I could think of that was a gloss came that close. Chanel Audace (20) (P, $34.00) is browner, less pink. MAC Ruby (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned, sheerer. MAC Sultana (LE, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty #BlacquerFriday Black Friday 2014 Sets
Marc Jacobs Beauty #BlacquerFriday Black Friday 2014 Sets

These will available on 11/28 in limited quantities for Black Friday (midnight EST, countdown on the brand’s site!). I’m not sure if they’re full-sized products; if they are, each set contains $76 worth of color cosmetics ($18 for the polish, $28 for gloss, and $30 for the lipstick), plus a makeup bag. They look and seem like they are full-sized, but there wasn’t any quantity info on MJB’s website!

In the Rouge ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

Create a dramatic, rouge-colored look with this coordinating collection for lips and nail tips. Experience Marc’s hydrating, gellified lipstick with lip and nail color that shines like 30 coats of lacquer. Products are encased in a Marc Jacobs designed #blacquer cosmetics bag.

  • Rita (Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer) Red sangria
  • Lust for Life (Lust for Lacquer) Red raspberry
  • Neo-Noir (Lovemarc Lip Gel) Cherry red

In the Nude ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

Create an irresistible, nude-colored look with this coordinating collection for lips and nail tips. Experience Marc’s hydrating, gellified lipstick with lip and nail color that shines like 30 coats of lacquer. Products are encased in a Marc Jacobs designed #blacquer cosmetics bag.

  • Funny Girl (Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer) Warm, peachy beige
  • Sweet Escape (Lust for Lacquer) Shimmering nude pink
  • Severine (Lovemarc Lip Gel) Warm beige pink

In the Glitz ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

Create a glistening, glitter-inspired look with this coordinating collection for lips and nail tips. Experience Marc’s hydrating, gellified lipstick with lip and nail color that shines like 30 coats of lacquer. Products are encased in a Marc Jacobs designed #blacquer cosmetics bag.

  • Showgirl (Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer) Gold glitter
  • Magic (Lust for Lacquer) Shimmering champagne nude
  • Saboteur (Lovemarc Lip Gel) Deep maroon

Availability: Midnight, November 28th at Marc Jacobs Beauty

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