Marc Jacobs Blow (210) Le Marc Lip Creme Review, Photos, Swatches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About the Reviewer


Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I’m certainly very skeptical of a claim like that, which is why I’m curious what test results (and the sample size they get them from) that says to a brand, “Let’s make this really over-the-top claim.” They are using it to sell the product/formula. They could say “long-wearing” but they specifically call out 10 hours.

There’s a very, very subtle something… but almost nothing. It doesn’t smell like lipstick base, but it’s almost a little sweet and perfume-y… I can barely detect it with my nose in the tube practically.

The color is SO pretty, my kind of color, but too bad the formula isn’t a little better. I guess it can be tricky to get burgundy red lipsticks right (look at Bite’s disaster with their Jan edition).

Oh no, I hope the other shades wear better as I’m thinking of getting one of these! I don’t understand why brands make those claims either. It would be much better just to leave the long wear claim out all together. Or not attach a time to do. Apart from a few stain like formulas, nothing lasts on my lips more than a few hours. Granted, I don’t do things like drink from a straw or anything else to to try to “maintain” the lip color so to speak. 🙂

I was SO EXCITED to see this review; thank you for this!! But I’m getting so surprised at how these early-2015 releases are rating at the moment.

I have two questions:

1) Do you consider the formula and overall wear of these significantly less impressive than the Marc Jacob Lip Gels?

2) This shade looks a lot like the Bite Beauty Lab Limited Release Shade 001, albeit pinker/cooler. Now that you’ve tried this LeMarc formula, do you find the MJ or Bite lipstick to be the stronger performer?

Hi Jana,

1) Lip Gels are hydrating and more comfortable to wear than this shade was. I’ve only worn two from the Lip Creme formula, and the brand just sent over a few more that I requested to try, so hopefully there are stronger performers.

2.) This was more drying, but Bite applied much worse, if I’m remembering correctly. Neither are good.

Bummer. This is such a “me” color, and it looks beautiful on you, Christine. I’m a little surprised though — your narrative review didn’t lead me to expect a C+. Was there more negative or an I being overly hopeful? Not that I *need* another burgundy-ish lipstick!

It says it is ultra-hydrating, but it is actually drying. It said 10 hour wear, it only lasted 6 hours. It’s supposed to be intensely pigmented, and it wasn’t. While I, personally, think 10-hours is crazy to claim, I go off of what the brand says. If they want to sell it to customers as a 10-hour lipstick, then I’m going to rate it as such! (This is why I try to have a breakout of where a product lost points, so you can decide if that was important/unimportant and make your decision from there.)

This weekend I was at the fashion awards show afterparty where Marc Jacobs MUAs from LA and NYC were flown in to Toronto to the party to apply the new formula to our lips (it was just like … a fun little booth amongst many others at the party that Sephora put on) and I think the colours are beautiful and they look and feel excellent on (I didn’t experience any of the drying you mentioned) but of all three colours I tried, they didn’t have any staying power!

I was at the party for 5 hours and had my lips done three times because it kept wearing off so quickly. On the upside, every time I went back to get my lips redone they gave me a free full-sized lipstick, which was very generous! On the downside, now I have a bunch of beautifully shaded lipsticks with crappy formulas that are sooo tempting to use but have the staying power of a lip balm.

I really like this color but I tried one of his lipsticks before and it was a disaster. I’ve been turned off ever since lol. I almost want to give the formula a second chance but this review doesn’t sound all that great either

So I’m guessing this shade really does “blow”! Am I the only one who is really offended more and more by the glorification of illegal drug related names for makeup? I know it’s “just makeup” and it’s “just a word”, etc. but in all honesty, none of us needs to look very far around us to see the damage that heroin, cocaine, etc. do to people. So I guess I just don’t see what’s clever or edgy about naming cosmetics this way. Okay….rant over.

Ugh. Thanks for the review Christine. Due to the brand description, I had built myself up to hoping these were similar to the Nars Audacious lipsticks, and it seems they are…not hahaha :(. Such a pity, especially because I imagine this shade was named after Isabella Blow.

It is a really beautiful colour and it so suits you Christine. However I don’t thin ANY lipstick would last 10 hours – how ridiculous is that claim? Most really only last a few hours if that on me.
But I think I would purchase the Maybelline one that is almost the same, has the same rating and is a fraction of the price. Love that colour too.

I’ve had a few do it, but ten is pretty long. I think it is a really OTT claim to make – I’d rather brands say long-wearing or maybe say “5 testers said 6 hours, 5 said 8 hours” or something like that.

Hey Christine, I was curious – is the reason for the C+ rating simply because it varied so much for the claim and/or the pricepoint? I can totally get on board with the negatives listed but a C+ rating is pretty low. It looked so lovely on your swatches (I know you try to present the product as best you can) and six hours isn’t too bad but is it just that against their claims, it fell short?

Price isn’t taken into account for ratings – there is no value, price, etc. characteristic. The rating is a reflection of how it performed relative to what it’s supposed to do (their claims)!

It’s a lovely shade. As for the claims: meh, I never believe what brands claim about their products. At least makeup brands are somewhat more honest than skincare brands; philosophy actually claimed their time in a bottle serum can change people’s DNA (a claim they’ve taken off the Sephora website, but are hilariously adamant about keeping on their own site). Brands can (apparently) say whatever they want, but in the absence of properly conducted studies, I just take those claims as a rich source of inadvertent comedy.

This is one of those lipsticks where it just ‘doesn’t quite’ – like, it’s a pretty colour, but it doesn’t quite run cool enough for me. It has a nice finish, but it doesn’t quite come across as even enough. It’s creamy and nice to apply, but it doesn’t quite live up to its hydration claim – so frustrating, LOL! for the moment I’ll stick to Have We Met, and continue to mourn that I never could get a hold of Cabaret. 😉

I definitely feel like you should check out the other shades, because everyone is raving about them and I have personally tried every single shade on and it is a game changer in the lipstick world. They did not dry out my lips at all, and anything that’s long lasting isn’t going to feel extremely hydrating. But it’s certainly not chalky or dry feeling like typical matte/long wear lipsticks feel.

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