Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Fi Filter #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

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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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
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

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
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

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
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

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

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Powder
  • Marc Jacobs Hi-Fi Filter
On lips:
  • MAC Tenor Voice
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She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Almost, but didn’t buy the Charlotte Tilsbury film star one. I just can’t buy just to buy n later return if I am not happy with it. This one I may try.

Went to Sephora today. They temporarily moved to the shopping center down the block from the flagship store in downtown. Did not see this in the store. I wanted to test this out. Sephora is not the place I buy but this is the only store that carries it. Hopefully soon. I like the fact that it doesn’t have sparkles unlike Charlotte Tilsbury.

It’s actually not a bad price for the amount of product you get plus I’ve spent that much on my MUFE sculpt kit (kept selling out at IMATS for 2 years so I payed full price. lol)

I hope they make a few more shades though. One that is lighter with a taupe and one that is deeper. I

It is huge! I don’t think their “deep” is that dark right now, so I hope they’ll do at least one more that’s darker.

Hi! 😀 They have 3 shades in total to my knowledge, none deathly pale friendly, but all beautiful! I like the cool shaded one most but do not have or use it. This looks lovely on Christine! Way too yellow and dark for me, though!

BTW: Unicorns are one of my main favorite things. *^_^* <3

Hi Barbie! Being that you are fair/light with warm/yellow leaning undertones, based also on many with your color type who have happily been using it, I’d recommend the Mirage Filter! 🙂 It’s beautiful! 🙂

This looks nice, but I wish it was a cream product instead of powder. I find cream contours & highlighters to be much easier to work with.

I like the concept of this and I in no way need another contour/highlight product. I am wondering is this “bronze” meant for cheek contour (ie. is there enough grey in it) or is it a sun-kissed type bronze? I can’t believe this is the darkest! Not a good idea to not cater to woman of various ethnic back grounds imo.

It’s not too warm-toned, but it doesn’t have a strong gray tone to it. Depending on the skin tone, it would work well for contouring. I know for me that anything that has a lot of gray in it wouldn’t work as a contour, but on others, anything with warmth wouldn’t work for them!

Maybe I will have to look at these next time I am in Sephora and try Not to buy them! I have the Anastasia Contour kit and the Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder and the KA cream scuplting set, and the becca cream, lol..I am covered..and I am not huge on the contour thing.I keep it light. Too much makes me look old and scary,lol!.Glad they are permanent!

Hey Nicole!

I’ve been contemplating purchasing a contouring powder/set and you have some really nice ones! What would you recommend from your stash?

Hi Katy,
In all honesty, the one I reach for the most is the Anastasia Beverly Hills. It’s really great. you can purchase one pre-made from Sephora or Ulta( I believe) or Customize one on the ABH website. I bought my original from Sephora at release (it is now called the “light/med’ complexion ) I think they are about $40 USD for the 8 pan palette or you can just buy the pans. But I think the pallet is free( or like a $1 )with 8 pans. I do love the Kevyn Aucoin powder. But it is just contour and it is a heavy look to me.A gorgeous contour powder. It’s just not something I will wear daily and not as versatile as the palette. Hope this helps! Feel free to ask me anymore questions you may have!

I was wondering about these powders so thanks for the review. This contouring shade would be probably too dark for me so I will have to swatch the other two at Sephora.

I was impressed by how much product this has! I think I’ll stick with my Anastasia Contour Kit, though. It has more shades so I can customize, it has about the same amount of product, and it’s cheaper 😛

For contouring it’s Fawn. JUST the right combination of grey and warmth. For under the eyes, I like to mix Banana and Vanilla. Sand is a beautiful highlight, too! I also like that I can repurchase individual pans for it… no need to replace the whole thing.

I have the kit too and it’s my go too as well. Although, I think sometime if i don’t get my setting power where I contour (I don’t like heavy setting powder as I have dryish skin this time of year) I feel like it skips a little. Do you have that issue with the deeper tones Estefania? I have tried a few brushes and it only happens on my right side..so I am not really sure what i am doing wrong,lol! I love the kit too except for that. My Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder does not do that. but, I try to reserve that because it is pricey .Plus like you said the kit, has a lot more options.

There’s also an alternative palette for Medium/Tan complexions, as well! It’s available through ULTA for sure, as I accidentally came upon it last noght, bit I don’t know if Sephora is/will be carrying it.

Xamyx,
I bought my original from Sephora and then I bought the second with the pans for the medium/tan complexions along with refills of my favorites from the original that were getting low and some new ones to try from Anastasia Beverly Hills website.It is so cost effective to go that way. They also make shades for dark skintones as well. They have suggestions for three palettes on their site and a “pro” palette which includes all.

I’m so picking up one of these. I was thinking Dream Filter which is suppose to be the soft pink/ medium bronze. This is the first time I can remember being truly drawn in by a Marc Jacobs collection. I’m thinking I may also pick up one of the Le Marc lipsticks and one of the new outliner lip liners. My Hourglass Exposure palette is suppose to arrive this evening – so if that doesn’t work out (as I’m suspecting it might not), I’ll probably end up returning it when I go stateside next month and exchanging it for some of these MJ goodies. 🙂

I played with it a little last night, not on my eyes, but just picking it up with a fluffy crease brush and trying to blend it out on the back of my hand. I definitely noticed the kick-up/powder and the pigment/colour blend away on my hand into almost nothing and I thought, oh no, this ain’t going to work. But I happened to use a different crease brush this morning that’s denser and it worked much, much better. I actually experienced no fall out and great pigmentation. However, I see what everyone is saying about how the colour in the pan doesn’t show up quite the same way on the eyes. The deep purples almost look brown. Based on how it applied, I was almost thinking, oh, I’m going to keep this afterall…but then a strange thing happened. I blended some of the shadow onto my lower lash line and after 2 seconds my eyes began watering and burning like crazy…this never happens to me with shadows. I don’t know if it’s an ingredient or the nature of the product being so fine like dust…mimicking the effect dust would have when it gets in your eyes. I’m going to play with it some more this weekend and see what happens. I’ll probably have my review up by Wednesday…actually, I think I’ve just written at least half of it in this comment. 🙂 Copy and Paste? Lol. 🙂

Temptalia, you look absolutely radiant! What lippie are you wearing? I have a suggestion, could you also put in what you’re wearing in each post. Like this for instance, I know you have a picture of you wearing MJ highlight/contour but you are also wearing lipstick and it appears to be mascara. If you can fill in a little blurb on that, would be nice. Also, every thought about adding other bloggers when it comes to swatching lipstick? I always thought your website would be double, or triple the amount of daily visitors if you added in 4 other bloggers of different tones swatched with the same lipstick you reviewed.

There is actually a section with a very large header that says “THE MAKEUP LOOK” at the end of each post, before comments. 🙂

“THE MAKEUP LOOK
On face: Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation, Urban Decay Naked Loose Powder, Marc Jacobs Hi-Fi Filter. On lips: MAC Tenor Voice.”

Unfortunately, I’m not in the position to pay four other people to blog full-time or spend four times as much on products for review. There are lots of other blogs and you can always use Google to see a product on others 🙂

This was a product that interested me when I initially read about it, but after trying to research the ingredients, I could only find the “good” things, but not a *full* list. Apparently, they’re not listed on the packaging, either… This seems to be an emerging trend among HE brands, and it makes me wonder what they’re hiding. We have laws forcing fast-food restaurants to post calorie counts, but no regulations for products we put on our skin, LOL!

There weren’t ingredients on the box either, but I wasn’t sure if it was just an early run (it was a press sample), though it was on the lipsticks.

On the Sephora site, all it lists are the “vitamins” & “essences”, but not the actual ingredients. Several HE brands have been using petroleum-based products even in powder products, and that is something I try to minimize (I have a few products that have it, but I use them less than once a week…), so it really irks me to see them listed under “fancy” or deceptive terms, or not listed at all. I expect to find certain ingredients in DS products-and that is even happening less frequently-, but if I’m paying top dollar, I expect more expensive ingredients.

These look beautiful on. Do you think the lightest shade from this line are ultra-pale girl friendly?

The last picture of you is stunning. Flawless skin with the red lips and the earrings. Gorgeous.

I wish they’d make more cool-toned contours! I think warm-toned ones have their place (but not orange-orange!), but so many are very warm.

I like a REALLY cool toned contour, the only one i know of is the NYX blush in taupe. they really should make a better variety, even the ones that aren’t orangey are still warm.

I hear ya, Jessica! Genuinely cool-toned contours are definitely missing. I’d love to see brands actually put out contours that cover a spectrum of skin tones and undertones, because you’re totally right that most are warm (and best case is neutral), even if not orange-orange.

Thanks for this review Christine! I’m much more interested in these types of contour kits in comparison to the larger ones where I won’t get much use out of 4 of the 6 powders. Glad to see these are in line quality-wise with his bronzer. Hope they sent you some of the spring lip products as well!

Looks really nice, I can’t wait to see how the other ones turn out! 🙂 Also, some products just have the longest names ever, hey?!

The powder looks nicely soft and plushy, and that compact is impressively large… 😉

Random rant: Someday, I hold out hope that brands will actually release more genuinely neutral contour products. I mean, if one wants a bronzer, then it’s great, but that’s not what’s in the name of the product!

Everyone’s different, and obviously they’re going to need different shades, but I’d really like to see more Light –> Dark + *neutral* contour products. I know even as a cool toned person too much grey is just sickly, and even if you’re warm toned, the natural shadows on your face are still never going to be actually orange.

Quick! Someone do a study and write a paper, LOL! ^_^

Not sure if I should get this – For some reason the packaging is attractive to me, and Marc Jacobs products have always worked on me, but I know I really don’t need another highlight/contour…

Totally not about the product in the actual post..but, your lip! is that tenor voice lipstick or the lipglass,both? I am going to place a pre-order from my local counter. I was going to hold off on the lipglass of Tenor Voice and just get the lipstick. But whatever you got going on..I gotta get it! lol

I almost got excited until I read that this is the darkest version. Very disappointing. Even before this sudden wave of contour palettes there has always been plenty of options for lighter complexions. I can’t wait for more companies to start thinking outside of these same 50 shades of beige

I’ve been searching for the perfect contour kit/compact/shade! Looked at ABH/Kat Von D Shade & Light/KA Medium/Mac Sculpt. I love the formula these seem to have. Which of the three would suit a NW30/MUFE128 complexion? Do you think the KA Medium powder may be a better choice? Thanks!

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