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Marc Jacobs Beauty for Holiday 2013

Marc Jacobs Beauty for Holiday 2013
Marc Jacobs Beauty for Holiday 2013

After unveiling one of the most sought-after beauty collections in decades, Marc Jacobs has followed-up with an array of exclusive items, just in time for holiday gifting. As with his fashion, Marc’s rule-breaking creativity is at the heart of his makeup vision. For him, it’s about the spirit of youth, confidence and experimentation, and holiday 2013 is no different. From statement-making lips and provocative eyes, to a decadent ensemble of must-haves, each item is quintessentially Marc.

LoveMarc Collection ($350.00, $490 value) (Limited Edition)

Showcased in a lacquered box, this limited edition set features a wardrobe of twelve long-wearing LoveMarc Lip Gel shades, including one new shade, Showstopper – the ultimate Marc Jacobs red.

Showstopper collection ($89.00, $216 value)

Indulge in this decadent set of beauty essentials encased in a patent leather makeup bag patterned in the iconic faille. The set includes Lash Lifter Gel Volume Mascara, Magic Marc’er Precision Pen Eyeliner, Honey EDP Mini Rollerball, plus limited edition shades of Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl (Kiss This) and Style Eye-Con No. 3 Plush Shadow Palette (The Star).

Lightshow Luminizing Powder ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

This luxurious, limited edition luminizing powder offers a subtle bronzing effect with a blend of four luminous shades in one compact. The powder design is inspired by the fishnet pattern seen in the Marc Jacobs fall 2013 runway show.

  • Close-Up (302) Brightening

LoveMarc Lip Gel ($30.00)

  • Showstopper (134) Classic Red

Tonite Lights Glitter Dust ($32.00)

Perfect for the spotlight seekers, this longwearing and light-catching sparkling eyeshadow glides on with a featherweight and velvety sparkle.

  • Stagelight Sheer silver veil
  • Ultraviolet Light Intense metallic purple
  • Blacklight Intense metallic black

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Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie, Gold Digger, Cosmopolitan, Razzleberry Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) are available in over sixty shades, and I have four of them to review in this post. The matte finishes are really soft, silky, but sometimes powdery, so on one hand, it makes them easier to blend, but on the other, there can be excess fall out during application, and sometimes they’ll sheer out if you sweep/blend them.  If you use an eyeshadow primer and pat on the color initially, then blend, there shouldn’t be much fall out or sheering out.  The frosts have a soft, buttery texture, great color payoff overall, and are very, very blendable–they’re just easy to apply and use. Over a eight-hour period, I only had fading issues with Peach Smoothie, while the other shades remained intact and none creased on me.

Peach Smoothie is described as a “light peach beige with a soft matte finish.” It’s a light-medium, peach-orange with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture is soft, a little powdery, and was semi-opaque (it tended to blend in with my skin tone, but it’s about 80% pigmented). It was somewhat buildable, but it’s a color I would use over an eyeshadow base to achieve more opaque color payoff, or else really pack it on. Kat Von D Geek (LE) is similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse #1 (LE) is more orange. MAC Always Sunny (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Samoa Silk (P, $15.00) is yellower. bareMinerals Stealth (P) is lighter. Inglot #368 (P, $6.00) is more orange, less matte. See comparison swatches.

Gold Digger is described as a “true metallic gold.” It’s a warm, yellow gold with strong, orange tones and a frosted finish. It had really nice color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery. Disney by Sephora Triton (LE) is yellower. Maybelline Gold Rush (P, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $15.00) is slightly yellower. MAC Goldmine (P, $15.00) is a bit yellower. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone (P, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Cosmopolitan is described as a “rose gold with gold flecks and a shimmery finish.” It’s a medium, rose-tinged copper with a golden orange sheen and frost finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation, and the texture was silky and soft to work with. MAC Expensive Pink (P, $15.00) is a touch pinker. Inglot #407 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Razzleberry is described as a “raspberry pink with gold glitter.” It’s a pinky-red with subtle cool, undertones with a matte finish and then has gold sparkles on that sit on top of the powder. It had strong color payoff if patted on, but the texture was somewhat powdery, so it can sheer out more easily if you tend to sweep the brush. It’s a shade that performed better when I was applying it to my lid than when I just swatched it.  Sugarpill @#$%! (Red) (LE, $12.00) is matte, brighter. MAC More Amour (P, $21.00) is more muted. MAC Passionate (P, $15.00) is pinker. Inglot #382 (P, $6.00) is similar but has no sparkle. See comparison swatches.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Peach Smoothie
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Gold Digger
Gold Digger
Gold Digger
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Cosmopolitan
Cosmopolitan
Cosmopolitan
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Razzleberry
Razzleberry
Razzleberry
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

Chanel Rose Moire & Rouge Moire Le Vernis

 

Chanel Rose Moire Le Vernis
Chanel Rose Moire Le Vernis

Chanel Rose Moire Le Vernis ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a pale, light pink with a neutral undertone–almost gray-ish–and a metallic shimmer/finish. I had a lot of visible brush strokes that didn’t seem to go away no matter the application or how long I waited for the polish to dry down. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency felt right, but the end result was still riddled with brush strokes. I normally get a week of wear with Chanel’s formula with minimal tip wear and no chipping. Rescue Beauty Lounge Plie (LE, $20.00) is a cream. Zoya Pandora (P, $8.00) is darker, less metallic. Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life (LE, $19.00) is similar–a bit warmer, though. See comparison swatches.

Rouge Moire Le Vernis ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, cool-toned red with ruby red shimmer and a slightly metallic finish. You can see the threads of metallic ruby shimmer running through the polish, so there are noticeable brush strokes. They weren’t as noticeable as they were with Rose Moire, but they were there. The color was opaque with two coats of polish, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $10.00) is much darker. Le Metier de Beaute Dynasty (LE, $10.00) is similar, slightly darker. China Glaze Ahoy (LE, $8.00) is pinker, less metallic. Zoya Blaze (P, $8.00) has a different finish. Butter London Blowing Raspberries (P, $15.00) is a cream. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Rose Moire
Rose Moire
Rose Moire
6.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Rouge Moire
Rouge Moire
Rouge Moire
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Chanel Audacieuse (134) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Audacieuse (134) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Audacieuse (134) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Audacieuse (134) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-red with a soft, frosted sheen. It’s very slightly cool-toned. MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $15.00) is a touch redder. MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $15.00) is matte. NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is brighter. MAC Love Goddess (LE, $15.00) is slightly pinker/brighter. Guerlain Pour Troubler (P, $35.00) is a touch pinker. See comparison swatches.

This is the last of the new (some limited, some permanent) shades of Rouge Allure from Chanel’s Rouge Allure Moire de Chanel collection. Audacieuse was one of the shades that looked better applied compared to the others, as the new frost element of the Rouge Allures tended to make my lips look drier (and sometimes, they actually felt dry). The color coverage was nearly opaque, and the formula itself is lightly creamy and applied evenly from the tube. This shade wore well for five and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating.

Here are the other shades:

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Audacieuse (134)
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

Makeup Geek New Year’s Eve, Enchanted, Vegas Lights Pigments

Makeup Geek New Year's Eve Pigment
Makeup Geek New Year’s Eve Pigment

These next three Makeup Geek Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) showcase three different textures from the range–from finely-milled with sparkle to frost to chunky frost/glitter.  The thing with glitter in loose eyeshadows (and even pressed) is that it doesn’t usually stay put without some sort of adhesive base, and the same is true with these.  I had some fall out with both shades that contained sparkle during wear, and I would recommend applying the eyeshadows first and then your base makeup so you can clean up any fallen product during application.  I would also recommend using an adhesive base or a slightly tacky/creamy base to help everything stick to the lid better.  Enchanted was the best out of the three, as it is nearly foolproof to use–nicely pigmented, finely-milled, and smooth on the lid, whereas the other two take a little more patience to use.

As a note, they currently do not contain any sifters and do come quite filled, so they can be messy on the counter-top.  I know that they are currently working on tweaking the packaging to make them less messy to use, so I look forward to seeing how that turns out.  Until then, I recommend opening over the sink or a paper towel to minimize the mess.

New Year’s Eve is described as a “light gold reflective glitter.” It’s a soft, light beige with a touch of pink and light gold sparkle. Applied dry, it has more noticeable shimmer but is less pigmented. Applied with a dampened brush, the base color is more opaque, but the shimmer takes a backseat. It’s more like a golden glow or sheen just at certain angles. I did experience some fall out with this shade both during application as well as later on during wear. I would describe it as slight fall out–noticeable but not glaring. I didn’t have any issues with fading/creasing until just after the eight-hour mark (fading). Too Faced Egg Nog (LE) has no sparkle. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE) also has no sparkle. Too Faced Snow Angel (LE) is matte. theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is also matte. MAC Brownluxe #1 (P) is not as golden. Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is slightly warmer. MAC Dew (LE, $15.00) is similar. I want to say it’s like MAC Fairylite pigment as well, but I haven’t seen that in years so my memory might be off there.  See comparison swatches.

Enchanted is described as a “light plum shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, pink-plum with warm, reddish-copper undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, with dry application being somewhat muted and less frosted. It wore well for a full eight hours and started to show some signs of fading after nine hours of wear. Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is similar. Chanel Delicatesse #4 (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever #141 (P, $20.00) is slightly less frosted. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $18.00) is a little more mauve. MAC Trax (P, $15.00) is less frosted. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is a bit softer and warmer. See comparison swatches.

Vegas Lights is described as a “copper glitter.” It’s a brightened, medium copper-orange with a frosted, metallic sheen and chunkier sparkle. The texture of this shade is chunkier–you can really see the difference in the pot–and it’s definitely a texture that works better when applied with a dampened brush, as it helps to smooth and crush the chunks together for a better, smoother result and more even color coverage. Plus, it greatly minimizes fall out, of which there is plenty of during application. If worn dry, there is a fair amount of fall out during wear and it tends to look “flaky” on the lid, and when worn damp, there’s still a few stray bits that fall over the course of a day but it’s not a major issue. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is similar. Sugarpill Asteria (LE, $12.00) is more orange. Guerlain Cuivre Ora (LE, $35.00) is slightly browner. NARS California (P, $24.00) is redder. MAC Star Myth (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Brash (LE, $15.00) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Makeup Geek Pigment New Year's Eve
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Makeup Geek Pigment Enchanted
Enchanted
Enchanted
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Makeup Geek Pigment Vegas Lights
Vegas Lights
Vegas Lights
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

Ardency Inn Purple Hearts Modster Light-Catching Eye Powder

Ardency Inn Purple Hearts Modster Light-Catching Eye Powder
Ardency Inn Purple Hearts Modster Light-Catching Eye Powder

Ardency Inn Purple Hearts Modster Light-Catching Eye Powder ($32.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as “black pigments with pink, peach, and violet reflects.” It’s a blackened purple with bluish-violet and pink sparkle (I didn’t really see the peach), and it has a satiny sheen with some loose sparkle. NARS Tatar (P, $25.00) is similar but a cream product. Urban Decay Half Truth (LE, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Starless Night (LE, $21.00) is purpler, brighter. MAC Black Poodle (LE, $21.00) is blacker. bareMinerals Daring (P) is similar but less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Applied dry, it was very sheer and almost looked dry. Applied with a damp brush, it was much more pigmented and appeared smoother, but it still lacked some of the intensity you’d expect from a loose eye color when used damp. The texture was finely-milled but not totally smooth as it did have some larger sparkle/shimmer in it. When I applied it, the shadow lasted without creasing for eight hours but was somewhat faded after seven hours and I had some light fall out overall.

I’m not in love with the packaging: I had tremendous issues with it leaking pigment everywhere and anywhere, even after totally cleaning it, twisting back the cap on (tightly!), it still would shake loose a lot of product that would sit above the rim but underneath the lid, which would spill everywhere. I’m also not sure how feasible getting to the bottom of the jar will be with a brush (my MAC 239 didn’t really fit inside the hole). I don’t know if the one I received malfunctioned or not, but if not, I wouldn’t recommend this based on the packaging alone. It was really quite a mess and there’s not a lot of product in there that you can afford to waste.  I’d love to hear from any readers who may have tried this to find out if they had any issues with the packaging!

Also, a side note (no impact on the rating)… Holy wow! at the price tag relative to the rest of the range. I’m no stranger to a luxury price point, but when the lipsticks are $25 and eyeliners are $19, I’m not expecting to see a $32 eyeshadow. I think it is over-priced, based on the pricing of the rest of the line.

Ardency Inn Modster Light-Catching Eye Powder Purple Hearts
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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