Feb 18 2015

Brand Spotlight: Marc Jacobs Beauty


By now, I think all of my loved ones know…if you’re thinking about getting me a gift, makeup (or skincare) is the way to go. Some of you may have caught it on Instagram, but two new Marc Jacobs Beauty goodies entered my life recently: the #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder and Le Marc Lip Creme. Before this, I’d only owned a single Marc Jacobs makeup product: the Shameless Bold Blush in Tantalizing. I did try the highliner (Blacquer) at some point, but I remember not being too taken with it.  Anyway, as I found myself with a nice little trio of products, I decided to do a bit of a Brand Spotlight as the brand is fairly new to me.


Marc Jacobs Beauty


Marc Jacobs Beauty launched in August of 2013 at Sephora and select Marc Jacobs locations/boutiques. With modern high-shine inky black lacquer finishes, silver buttons, thin silhouettes and rounded edges, the packaging of his products are really something. The lipstick bullet, in particular, is well weighted and feels very luxurious.


Marc Jacobs Beauty Packaging


But admittedly, as is evident by the fact that I only owned a single blush, I wasn’t very drawn to the brand at first. I’m not sure why.

Enter the Spring 2015 collection. Something about it just spoke to me. I immediately placed a few of the items on my wish list! And lucky me, someone made that wish come true. 🙂


Marc Jacobs Beauty Reviews


Marc Jacobs Beauty #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder


Of the new collection, the #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powders are the products that most intrigued me. There are three shade variations: Dream Filter 20 (soft pink/ medium bronze), Mirage Filter 40 (light gold/ light bronze) and Hi Fi Filter 60 (warm peach/ deep bronze). They are described as a “duo of silky contouring powders to help sculpt, define, and highlight the face” to make it “appear as though you’re basking in perfectly-filtered light”. The formula promises to blend seamlessly with the skin for buildable, natural coverage. To achieve this, the “bronzer” part of the duo offers a “sheer shadow to define your features”, while the highlight “subtly illuminates, brightens, and lifts to set off your contours”. Interesting shade combinations here, particularly Mirage which combines a lighter bronze with a yellow powder. Perhaps good news for fair skinned beauties with yellow undertones? I chose the duo in Dream Filter because of the neutral/cool look of the bronze which I prefer for contouring purposes.

First off, they’re not kidding – these powders are super, super soft and creamy. This means there may be some kick up when you dip your brush in – a fact that doesn’t bother me because the velvet texture is just to die for. It is a feat that the company says is achieved through “jet-milled pigments”. So fancy. Both powers are matte and it should be noted that the contour and highlight effects of the are meant to be natural, seamless.


Marc Jacobs Beauty Dream Filter Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder Photo


Let’s start with the bronzer. As I said, I prefer cooler tones for contouring. While the bronzer in Dream Filter is decidedly brown, it definitely has some very subtle grey and taupe undertones to it as well as a hint of rosiness that suits fairer complexions.. This makes the powder extremely versatile in my opinion. Depending on skin tone, lighting and how much you apply (as you build it becomes warmer), the powder can appear more cool or more warm. Application was very smooth and I blended it easily using both my NARS Ita or a more traditional contour brush. Despite being described as sheer, this powder packs plenty enough pigment.

You’ll see from the swatches below that the “highlighter” part of Dream Filter, which is described as a soft pink, contains no shimmer. So if you’re thinking this is highlighter the likes of the Balm’s Mary Lou Luminizer, than this product probably isn’t for you. Achieving a “natural” effect is the name of the game here. The pink tone to the powder is almost imperceptible but it’s there. To me, the effect on the skin is like if you mixed the NARS Light Reflecting Powder (Loose version) with a pinch of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light.


Marc Jacobs Beauty Dream Filter Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder Swatches
Marc Jacobs Beauty Dream Filter Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder Swatches Flash


Combined, the two powders work well to add light and shadow to the face in a very flattering, non-obvious way.  The Light Filtering Contour Powders retail for $49.00.


Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème


The newly released (reformulated) Le Marc Lip Crèmes are described as “rich, velvety, ultra-hydrating lipsticks that deliver a dramatic punch of vivid pigment and endless hours of luxurious wear”. 10 hours of wear and “unprecedented color payoff” from triple-milled color boost pigments, to be exact. So basically, the formula promises three things: long-wear, hydration and intense pigment.

I have the Le Marc lipstick in Je T’Aime 238, which is described as a rum raspberry. This color really had me in a tizzy. When I first opened it (in the car about mid-day), I thought for sure it was a warm pink. The next evening, I took it out again and it look like a raspberry red with brown undertones (true to the name, “rum raspberry”). The following day, early afternoon, when I was taking photos, it looked almost coral. It drove me crazy. One thing is for sure, it applies darker on the lips than it appears in the tube. In the bullet it does look like a deep, warm pink – but once it’s on your lips (or skin) the red and brown tones come out more. It’s kind Marsala-esque, actually. 🙂


Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme Je taime


Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme Je taime Swatch
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme Lips Je taime Lip Swatch
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme Je taime Lip Swatch


Now about the formula. The pigmentation is definitely there, though I wouldn’t say its the most pigmented lipstick I’ve ever used. It applies well and, initially, feels quite comfortable. Where it falls somewhat short, based on promises, is long-wear and hydration. On me, this lasted only about 4-5 hours before fading and it was also slightly drying. (I do acknowledge that my lips have been chapped lately). A nice lipstick that I will use, but I probably won’t consider any of the other shades until Summer. The Le Marc lipsticks retail for $30.00 USD.


Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Bold Blush


Finally, we have a product that’s been in my collection somewhat longer (I think over a year): the Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Bold Blush in 218 Tantalizing. The color is described as a deep magenta which fits the bill pretty well. Different lighting will bring out the red tones (bright) or purples tones (dim).

As for the formula, the “Shameless” Bold Blush line, as its name suggests, promises to give “unprecedented vibrancy to your cheeks”. It is “infused with bio-lipids and essential amino acids, which create the powder’s ultra lightweight, silky texture and ensures a seamless application”.


Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Bold Blush Tantalizing
Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Bold Blush Tantalizing


Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Bold Blush Tantalizing Swatch

Shameless Bold Blush Tantalizing: Left No Flash; Right with Flash


Again, for powder product, this blush is quite creamy though not as creamy as the contour powders. As fair as I am (well, light), I’d chosen a rather daring shade. At the time, I was thinking I wanted something that gives the “snow white” flushed cheeks effect. And this can do that, applied with a light hand.  Applied with a heavier hand, however, the magenta is more apparent.  This is one that I love in the Fall/Winter. I think it would suit a range of skin tones and would probably be stunning on darker skin. The Bold Blushes retail for $30.00 USD.


Well, that’s it for this Marc Jacobs Beauty Roundup! I hope you guys have enjoyed. Do you see anything here you would consider? Do you own any Marc Jacobs makeup? What do you think of his line of products?





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  1. I have the biggest hearts in my eyes for that blush!! I love a good solid color on the cheeks- just for that Snow White effect that you mentioned! The lipstick looked beautiful too. And isn’t 5-6 hours long lasting?! Haha that’s more than any of mine have ever stayed on 😉

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

      • Kimmy on February 19, 2015 at 11:57 am
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      The blush is beautiful. I highly recommend! 🙂 With the 5 – 6 hours, are you talking about the lipstick? I think I said 4-5 hours. Anyway, you’re right that is pretty decent for a lipstick (that’s without eating or drinking – if you eat/drink its more like 2-3 hours). However, they claim and promise 10 hours. So I was testing it against that claim. Generally speaking, the formula did perform fairly well. It probably would have been better not to attach the 10 hours claim and just say long-wearing 🙂

  2. I’ve never tried Marc Jacobs makeup! The lipstick looks great on you and the contour and highlight duo look like they have the most amazing formula ever! xx

    Magpie Jasmine

      • Kimmy on February 19, 2015 at 12:22 pm
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      Thank you, Jasmine. The Contour Powders are definitely what sold me. The have the most amazing texture! xo

  3. Hey Kimmy, wow that blush is so amazingly bold! I really wonder if I’ll be able to pull that off!

    I haven’t tried anything from the brand, partly because it is not available in Belgium, and partly because I haven’t seen anything that I consider a “must-have.” I can’t say I haven’t been tempted tho! Who knows? Maybe one day soon you’ll see me with some MJ goodies 🙂

      • Kimmy on February 19, 2015 at 12:11 pm
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      I wondered the same thing when I first purchased the blush – like what was I thinking? But with a lighter hand and some blending, you’d be surprised. I was the same as you – not particularly tempted by the makeup line at first, but these Contour Powders brought me into the fold. 🙂

    • Lia on February 19, 2015 at 1:18 am
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    I have seen the makeup range of YSL, tom ford etc but didn’t know about Marc jacob makeup range…

      • Kimmy on February 19, 2015 at 12:09 pm
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      He’s only being doing colour cosmetics for about two years, a little less (I think he released in August, 2013). The range is definitely one I’ve come to appreciate.

    • kpsays on February 19, 2015 at 3:12 am
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    I only have lipsticks and glosses from Marc Jacobs (I love them). I do want to try more products. I LOVE the packaging, but it sure is a bitch to photograph!!! ugh!!

      • Kimmy on February 19, 2015 at 12:07 pm
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      Yes it is! It took me so many shots to try to get the glare down to a minimum – if someone had filmed me it would have been hilarious. I was coming at them from all angles. 🙂 I’d never considered any of the lip glosses – what do you love most about the formula?

        • kpsays on February 20, 2015 at 1:41 am
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        First off, I am not a big gloss fan. But these aren’t sticky, have a cool/plumping sensation, pigmented, and last. I have a post on it. Check it out!

          • Kimmy on February 20, 2015 at 3:14 pm
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          Thanks, Karen! I definitely will! xo

  4. Wow, the packaging screams luxury. Love the look of the bronzer and highlighter duo and the lipstick is also right up my street. I’m not sure we can buy Marc Jacobs in the UK yet but will do some research on it. I’m also tempted to get the Lolita palette. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

      • Kimmy on February 19, 2015 at 12:05 pm
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      It is sad that brand isn’t available everyone. The person who gifted me these actually purchased them in the U.S. You know, I was never drawn to any of the eye shadow palettes. But maybe I’ll give them another look see. 🙂 I remember Lolita being so popular! xo

    • Jen on February 19, 2015 at 1:50 pm
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    The lip creme is gorgeous! <3 The red is so lush, perfect for this time of year.

      • Kimmy on February 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm
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      Thank you Jen! xo The red tones definitely come across strong on my lips. 🙂

    • Jaa on February 19, 2015 at 3:34 pm
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    It actually took me quite a while before I made my first MJ purchase! I think my first item was the highlighter pen! And since then I’ve been collecting bits and pieces from them. Can’t stop now! Haha.

    I have the same experience with you regarding the lipstick. It wears beautifully and feels nice on the lips but as soon as it starts fading, it feels a bit drying. 🙁

    That blush though… SO BOLD! I bet you would have to use a super duper light hand!

      • Kimmy on February 20, 2015 at 11:31 am
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      I’m afraid I won’t be able to stop now that I have my feet wet! It is a shame about the lipstick, I’m trying it with balm underneath and it’s working a little better. The blush is bold indeed. I’m wearing it today, actually – with a super light hand!. 🙂

  5. You always have the most amazing photos!
    That blush looks devine!! And the lipstick.
    Stop showing me things to buy!!
    Love ya,

      • Kimmy on February 20, 2015 at 3:25 pm
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      Aww, that means so much. I try. Actually, I really did try with this set! Haha. And I think enabling is part of the job description, no? Lol. Hugs and Love. xo

    • Silke Laura on February 19, 2015 at 5:40 pm
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    I just need that highlighter/bronzer duo in my life, Kimmy! It looks absolutely perfect for me. Wish I had better access to Marc Jacobs products! That blush and lipstick look so beautiful aswell. Such a pretty Jacobs collection you have!
    Edit: Nvm.. I found Marc Jacobs on the french Sephora! Allow to say ‘hell yes’!?!

      • Kimmy on February 20, 2015 at 3:35 pm
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      Woohoo! I’m so happy this is available closer to you! I mean sad for your wallet hehe but happy that this brand is available in more places. Hell ya! 🙂 xo

  6. I love that blush, even if it’s quite dangerous! I’ve been stalking Sephora for the contour powders but they’re still not here, I’m so excited about them! And I’m also glad they reformulated the lipsticks because I didn’t like the original ones. The shade you have is stunning! 🙂 xx
    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

      • Kimmy on February 20, 2015 at 3:14 pm
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      Thank you, Gyudy! If you do end up getting one of the reformulated lipsticks, I’d be interested to know how it compares to the older formula. And yes, the contour powder is divine! xo

  7. Oh I loooove color of the blush! <3 And the lipstick looks SO good on your lips! I love the color, I love the finish, everything. Maybe a layer of lip balm underneath would help for hydration?

      • Kimmy on February 20, 2015 at 3:12 pm
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      Thank you, Melissa! I have been trying the balm underneath trick and it has helped for sure. Thanks for the tip, hun. xo

    • Ingrid on February 26, 2015 at 2:33 pm
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    That blush is stunning! I own a Marc Jacobs lipstick and one of his eyeshadow palettes (The Starlet — the one with all the metallics) and really enjoy both of them. I don’t mind reapplying lipstick, so I’m not too picky about wear-time. I would love to own either the bronzer or the contour palette, partly because the huge compact appeals to me!

    1. I’ve been thinking about finally getting one of the palettes but I’m not sure which one – do you have a review up of Starlet? xo 🙂

  8. The packaging of these all look stunning and I would be tempted to get them just because of it 🙂 I do like the look of the highlighter and bronzer duo and the lipstick looks gorgeous too! xx

    Pink Frenzy

    1. The packaging definitely feels luxe and modern. The only thing that frustrates the organizer in me is that the lipstick bullet doesn’t fit in the standard acrylic containers. :/ I can live with it though.

  9. One word: STUNNING! Love the packaging and that bronzer / highlighter duo, in particular, is to die for. I wish we could get Marc Jacobs easily in the UK. Actually, it’s probably better that we can’t get it here. Bad temptation! lol 😛 x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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