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 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.
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 #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.
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.
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. 🙂
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”.
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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