Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a new and limited edition formula for spring. It’s a “demi-matte” take on the permanent Lovemarc Lip Gel, but it’s still supposed to have the “gellified feel” of the original. I’m not a fan of the formula because of how it looks and wears over time. Initially, they apply so-so but tend to catch on any imperfections on the lips, and the lighter shades did not apply evenly. Worn, they settle into lip lines terribly and tend to leave color on the outer edges of the lips. The settling process happens after about an hour and a half of wear and steadily worsens. None of these were drying, though none were hydrating. The finish is more satin to natural, less semi-matte. They are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

Shout (138) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “matte bright watermelon.” It’s a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and this shade applied the smoothest out of the three I tried. It wore for four and a half hours on me. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is lighter. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is similar. Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) (P, $36.00) is darker, brighter. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is similar. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Chanel Genial (LE, $34.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Pout (142) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “matte soft nude.” It’s a light, pink-tinted beige with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and though it glided on without skipping, it didn’t apply evenly. It lasted three hours on me. Maybelline Blushing Beige (915) (P, $7.49) is warmer, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is glossier, warmer. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is warmer, more matte. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Nude (P, $49.00) is pinker. MAC Luxe Natural (P, $22.00) is slightly warmer. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches.

Flirt (144) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “matte soft peach.” It’s a light-medium, peachy coral with a semi-matte finish. It had mostly full color coverage, and it applied fairly well but wasn’t perfectly even (better than Pout, not as good as Shout). The color lasted for four hours. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is similar. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Sentiment (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, warmer. MAC Innocence (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC Runway Hit (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Flavour (LE, $16.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Spring 2014 Collection
Marc Jacobs Beauty Spring 2014 Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty introduces five new Spring complexion and color essentials for flawless skin and powerful lips this season, including a complementary new beauty tool.

“I love the look of bright color and beautiful, clean skin,” says Marc. “For me, it’s perfect example of an “effortless” look that anyone can wear.”

Marc’s three new complexion products expand on his philosophy of Smart Complexion: modern, weightless formulas enhanced with innovative ingredients that act as treatments and perfectors, leaving an impeccable finish.

Marvelous Mousse Transformative Foundation ($55.00)

This incredibly lightweight formula transforms from a smooth, refreshing mousse into a featherweight, full coverage powder texture thanks to proprietary Melt-on™ Technology. This luxurious formula is enriched with coconut and vitamin extracts to maintain optimal moisture levels, Indian Ginseng to soothe, and essential amino acids to reduce redness and provide anti-aging properties. Select from 12 versatile shades and apply with The Face II – Sculpting Foundation Brush for best results.

  • Ivory
  • Ivory Medium
  • Bisque Light
  • Bisque Medium
  • Beige Light
  • Beige Medium
  • Beige Deep
  • Golden Medium
  • Golden Deep
  • Fawn
  • Fawn Deep
  • Cocoa

Re(Marc)able Full Cover Concealer ($32.00)

Richly pigmented and luxurious, this full-cover concealer is infused with anti-aging and nourishing ingredients, including soy protein, Shea butter and coconut oil to help repair, moisturize and rejuvenate the delicate skin under the eyes. The ultra-emollient formula easily blends with skin, fully covering spots, dark circles and blemishes to energize any look. Select from seven versatile shades that complement the range of Genius Gel Super-charged Foundation and Marvelous Mousse Transformative Foundation.

  • Awake
  • Alive
  • Young
  • Glow
  • Perfect
  • Fresh
  • Bright

The Conceal Full Cover Correcting Brush ($30.00)

This first-of-a-kind angled concealer brush lets you sculpt your concealer over imperfections for a perfect, flawless finish. Featuring synthetic bristles, an asymmetrical head with flat tapered sides and a balanced handle, this brush allows for ultimate control and easy, precise application of
Re(Marc)able Full Cover Concealer.

Perfection Powder Featherweight Finish in Finish Line ($46.00)

Add the finishing touch to your routine with this compact powder’s patented weightless formula and silky texture. Infused with anti-oxidant red seaweed and hydrating bio-lipids, this anti-aging mattifying powder effectively sets foundation in place for all day wear while taking down shine and diffusing flaws. The universal shade – Finish Line – can be used on all skintones.

Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel ($30.00)

Shout, gossip or pout like you mean it with these luxuriously matte lip gel shades, only available this Spring. Kokum and Murumuru butters replenish, nourish and moisturize lips for comfortable all-day wear with the silkiest matte finish. Create your own modern lip look with any of the five limited edition shades ranging from vivacious brights to sultry nudes. Designed for this collection only, the new Lovemarcs are encased in a matte black cap with a hi-lacquer white base and Marc’s signature metallic button closure.

  • Gossip (140) Matte hot fuchsia
  • Shout (138) Matte bright watermelon
  • Scandal (136) Matte warm red
  • Pout (142) Matte soft nude
  • Flirt (144) Matte soft peach

Availability: Now @ Sephora

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Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) Lovemarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) Lovemarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “warm peach pink.” It’s a warm-toned peach with a faint hint of pink. The subtle pink hue is only noticeable when applied, but it looks more peach-orange in the tube and swatched. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is sheerer, rosier. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is similar, slightly pinker. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is more matte, lighter. MAC Sweet & Sour (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC To the Future (P, $18.00) is more muted, cooler-toned. MAC In a Heartbeat (LE, $16.00) is darker. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is slightly darker, more matte. See comparison swatches.

The Lovemarc Lip Gel formula is supposed to be a “color-saturated, long-wearing, gellified lipstick.” I’ve really enjoyed this formula–one of my new favorites–but I believe this is the first shade that’s fallen short of expectations. I noticed a slight tendency for the formula to bunch up when applied to lips, so it doesn’t look quite even, and the consistency had a little graininess to it. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and the texture of the lipstick was very slick and emollient, so it did feel like it was slipping around when I wore it. This is a more emollient formula in general, but this particular shade seemed extra wet. It wore for three hours on me, and it was hydrating during that time, but it settled into lip lines over those hours.

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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Not everything released in the past year was impressive, and some products were downright disappointing! When I worked on compiling this list, I thought about cringe-worthy products; ones that I can’t wrap my head around at all. These are products that truly disappointed me with their performance and quality.  Every single brand mentioned below has products I love but not every product can be a winner.

What were the most disappointing beauty products you tried this past year?

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

2013 was good year for lipsticks, particularly if you loved yours bold, bright, and/or matte. There were new formulas to fall in love with, and plenty of new and limited shades released from my favorite formulas. This was a tough list to compile! Because I really do believe variety is the spice of life, I tried to pick across a variety of formulas!

What lipsticks did you fall in love with this past year?

Monday, December 30th, 2013

I have to admit: this was a complete challenge. In fact, it felt unfair trying to narrow down favorites to a mere ten when I was considering around 300 different shades from the past year. As what tends to happen when I start to feel indecisive, I went for favorites across brands and weighted uniqueness slightly more heavily than other factors. But there were some really outstanding formulas released this year! At year-end, I have to give major props to Cult Nails and OCC, both of which had a lot of contenders.

What were your favorite polishes you tried this past year?

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