Marc Jacobs Beauty

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème

February 9, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty has released a new formula of lipstick called Le Marc Lip Crème ($30 each for 3.6 g / 0.12 oz). This is a one-swipe richly pigmented lipstick with a long lasting formula. The lipsticks come in 20 different shades named after iconic women that have been an inspiration to Marc Jacobs. I’m excited to share all twenty shades of Le Marc with you. In addition, I’ve teamed up with Marc Jacobs Beauty to take over their Instagram today – be sure to check out their page @marcbeauty and also my page @beautylookbook as I share more about these incredibly pigmented lip colors.

The Le Marc Lip Crème lipsticks are a full coverage lipstick designed with a semi-matte finish for a bold look. They come in the classic black lacquered tube with a magnetic clasp. Although these have a semi-matte and semi-velvety finish to them, I found the Lip Crèmes have a very slight bit sheen to them which prevents them from looking flat like most traditional mattes. All the colors are creams without shimmer yet still manage to give the lips depth. I was able to get full coverage with just one swipe although with rich colors, blending is key around the edges since the color will have a sharp contrast to your natural lip color. The texture is smooth and creamy – if your lips are on the dry side, I do recommend prepping with a balm first. The color will hug your lip which means it will adhere well and last quite a long time, but can also emphasize dry patches so be sure to have a clean and smooth lip first for the best wear.

For the color range, the Le Marc Lip Crèmes come in a variety of color options ranging from neutral pinks, to medium browns, to rich plums, hot pinks, dramatic reds and vibrant oranges. If you’re a fan of the bold lip this is a formula you are definitely going to love. Red lip fans are going to love the options of reds. There are a lot of different reds each with a slightly different undertone.

Here are all twenty shades of Le Marc all lined up. Note they are all pure crème formulas without any shimmer:

Close ups, swatches, descriptions and the inspiration behind each color (removed by request):
  • Georgie Girl is a pale cool-toned powder pink
  • Infamous is a neutral medium rose pink with a hint of mauve
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a deep vibrant rose, but still leans neutral, it’s a deeper and brighter version of Infamous
  • Boy Gorgeous is a rich plum magenta
  • Jolly Molly is a bright cool-toned pink cream

  • Clara is a vibrant hot pink with a blue base
  • Je T’aime is a semi-muted medium coral red peach
  • Mahogany is a medium neutral brown
  • Core Cora is a vibrant hot coral that leans peach
  • So Sofia is a vibrant hot pink coral that leans a bit pink/red
  • ______________________________
    • Goddess is a deep but semi-bright brick red
    • Oh Miley! is a vibrant rich red
    • Dashing is a pigmented rich red with slight brown/brick tones 
    • Miss Scarlet is a brick red cream
    • Rei of Light is a medium red with brown tones, slightly lighter than Miss Scarlet

    Note that reds tend to pull very similar on my skin no matter what the difference in undertone is. These will probably look different on you compared to how they translate on me.


    • Amazing is a deep but subdued red 
    • J’Adore is a warm medium brown
    • Magenta is a plum with a high shine
    • Blow is a medium vamp brown plum, this one has a medium slightly glossy finish making it slightly more like a stain
    • Scandal is a deep plum purple with a glossy finish, this one has a semi-transparent finish and applied more like a glossy stain on my lips


    I tested these for several days and found that in a given day these did last a remarkably long time. The formula adheres well to the lips and hugs them so even after the initial color fades a little, your lips are still left with a significant amount of color. Mine lasted from early morning through several bottles of water and cups of coffee. At lunch the lip color came off mainly because I usually wipe my lips before eating but there was still a lot of color left on the lips. Without touching these they do stay put until you remove it. In terms of scent there is a very very slight hint of vanilla but it’s barely detectable so those with sensitive noses will really like that these are virtually fragrance free.

    Bottom line, 20 shades of Le Marc means there is a lot to explore. Marc Jacobs Beauty did a great job at creating a diverse color range and I think there’s at least one color to suit everyone’s likes and tastes. My personal favorites are Infamous (perfectly polished pink), Magenta (lush plum pink red), and Je T’aime (unique medium coral peach red mix).

    Close up of me applying Infamous (wearing and holding the O!Mega Bronzer)

    Below, Infamous (left) and Georgie Girl (right):

    One last shot wearing Infamous in late afternoon, still on the lips after 5 hours of wear:

    You can find all 20 shades of the Le Marc Lip Crèmes ($30 each) now online at Marc Jacobs Beauty.

    Have you checked out the Le Marc Lip Crèmes yet? Which shades are speaking to you?

    Many thanks to Marc Jacobs Beauty for sponsoring this post. For more information please refer to my disclosures.

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    • Wow, thanks for the mega post, Sabrina! I am eyeing Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Boy Gorgeous. I've just been so obsessed with this type of shades! Glad to hear the formula lasts so well!

      • Anonymous

        You can redeem a miniature size of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang at Sephora for 100 points! (Katherine T.)

      • Anonymous

        You can also get a free miniature Kiss Kiss Bang Bang with any purchase at with code MJBZOE :).

      • Thank you for the recs and codes!

    • Anonymous


      is the label for cora cora and so sofia swithced in the swatches??



      • Hi Daisy, sorry about that, the arm swatches are corrected now (Core Cora is coral, So Sofia is pink). The one with the lip swatches and product photos are still correct as labeled.

        Thanks for letting me know!

    • What an amazing review of the Lip Cremes! I have been keeping my eye on these, but have been waiting to see the feedback. I am completely drawn to many of the pinks and corals, especially georgie girl, jolly molly, infamous, and so sofia. The formulation sounds like the perfect match for me. Thank you for such an in-depth post, and the code at the end! That is just the icing on the cake. Have a wonderful day! xo


      • Thank you Colleen, glad you liked the post. I hope you find some good ones!

    • Anonymous

      thanks for doing this! The colors look gorgeous on you!

    • Can I have them all? gorgeous lipsticks

      • LOL, the colors are indeed gorgeous!

    • Jaa

      Awesome post and photos, Sabrina! Infamous looks like my color so I may pick it up. Also, it's very nice to see your pretty face! 😀

      • Thank you Jaa for those kind words 🙂

    • Catherine

      I love your style! That Breton top is perfect.

      • Thanks Catherine! I love striped tops 🙂

    • Fabulous post and swatches, as always. I will be ordering Infamous tonight!

    • Je t'aime, So Sofia, Magenta, and Boy Gorgeous are my favs out of the group. I could certainly see myself getting all four shades!

    • I kiss kiss bang bang because it's a slightly bright neutral without being muted!

    • Lovely photography! Wow! 😉

    • Thank you for all the lip swatches and for the full face view of Infamous. I think it is by far the one I like the best, but as you said, there is something for everyone in this collection. Also, thank you for the link and info about the free shipping and three minis. I just ordered 🙂 So, in a few days I can be Infamous, too! LOL

    • i love the infamous shade best too it's right up my alley!

    • Petunia

      You look fabulous in these lip cremes! As always, your photography and styling are impeccable. So talented. I do appreciate your swatches. Love your choices. I am also feeling So Sofia for spring. Have you tried the lip liners yet? How is the bronzer? It looks nice on you. Looking forward to more Marc Jacobs Beauty reviews.

      • michelle

        If I may chime in, I am NW 20-25 and love the MJ bronzer. It is a lovely shade, goes on light and smooth, is not too orangey nor muddy and comes in a large, beautiful compact. HTH!

      • michelle

        Such a fabulous post, Sabrina and love seeing all of you! I am drawn to these and especially Infamous but the dryness factor is concerning. May have to sample first!

      • Hi Petunia, the bronzer is fabulous! I've been debating whether or not to do a full review. It's a matte finish without looking flat. I like that it's warm but not orange. I am really impressed! I have not tried the lip liners yet.

    • Wow, what eye candy. I get some of the color inspirations, but a bit bumped at the one inspired by Kate Middleton, she seldom wears bright lip products.

      Anyway, I especially like the way you do your lip swatches, Sabrina. They really show the color yet give some context with part of the face shown. The reds look awful similar on the hand swatches but on the lips you can really see the differences.

      • I found some of the inspirations a bit odd too.

        The reds almost all look identical on me, but in general reds with any brand tend to pull very similar with my skin and liptone, lol.

    • I am in deep trouble, 3 of the pinks at least need to come home with me! lol Valentine's Day gifts to me!

      • Happy early Valentine's Day to you!

    • Anonymous

      You're as lovely as your beautiful blog, Sabrina! : )

      • Thank you, this is so sweet of you to say.

    • Thanks so much for these beautiful swatches. I bought Infamous sight unseen the second these came out and have been very impressed. Beautiful color, lovely formula as good as any I own. I don't seem to quite get the extensive wear that you do but I'm a constant sipper which is ruinous, haha! I imagine the deeper colors also last a bit more. Je T'aime is now on my list!

      • You had me laughing at the constant sipping!

    • Anonymous

      I'm getting Kiss Kiss Bang Bang as 100 pt reward at Sephora – can't wait for it to come, so I can try the new formula! (Katherine T.)

      • That's awesome!

      • Alix

        I went to Sephora today, and didn't see it among the 100-point rewards there. Not on the web site, either. Where is it available?

    • Sooo many beautiful colors! I'm loving the way Scandal and J'Adore looks. Ciara is quite bright and pretty too!

      Follow me to Fancieland

      • Thanks Fancie – I agree, lots of beautiful bolds in the collection.

    • So many pretty shades here! Infamous is especially lovely 🙂

    • OOhh I want them all! I'm going shopping…

    • Wow, thanks for sharing! So many gorgeous colors to pick from and glad to hear the formula is long lasting too! Jolly Molly is my favorite!

    • beautiful! my favorites on you are Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Infamous!

      LOOOOVE your bag in the full shot of you. what is it? (if you don't mind me asking?)

      • Thank you! So sweet of you to say. The clutch is an older style oversized YSL patent clutch. I think they still make them but the styling is different these days.

    • You are very pretty! Thanks so much for all the effort you put into creating this very formative post, great work and you should be proud!

    • Alix

      Infamous is calling my name (though I do think it odd that a lipstick inspired by Diana Vreeland isn't scarlet). How do you think these compare to Nars Audacious lipsticks?

      • The formulas of the MJ and NARS are both full coverage. I would say that the MJ has a more velvety finish with a slightly creamier feel. NARS on the other hand is a bit more lightweight in texture.

        I would also say there is a large difference in color options. NARS has a lot more neutrals and nudes to choose from. MJ has a small handful of neutrals/lighter shades with more emphasis on brighter/deeper colors.

        Hope this helps!

    • I had to come out of lurking to say thank you so much, Sabrina! For this and all your posts. The colors all look gorgeous on you. You always make everything look so attractive in your posts. It's very bad for my wallet. Oh well 🙂

    • I love that grey sweater! Who's it by?

    • I love the lip gels these look so nice I've seen 5 I'm going to buy now since seeing your swatches xo

    • Great swatches, thanks

    • Thank you for helping me decide which colours I should get!

    • Anonymous

      Which lip liner would you recommend to wear with Georgie's Girl?

    • Infamous and mahogany are best on u ! Trust me

    • Was googling for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang swatches and stumbled across your blog! Than you for being so informative!