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Marc Jacobs Beauty Sugar High Nude Lip Trio

January 16, 2019

Marc Jacobs Sugar High Nude Lip Trio Review | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Beauty launched a new mini set of lip colors with the Sugar High Nude Lip Trio ($25, limited-edition). This is the third variation of their cult classic lip gloss shade Sugar Sugar. Last year they launched a new color called Cream and Sugar in a mini trio which I really loved (and still do). They later launched all three in full-sizes. This year they have the perfect brightening peachy pink neutral called Sugar High. I have high hopes they will have these in full sizes because the colors are PERFECT! The colors give the lips the perfect brightening effect with a gorgeous pinky peachy mix.

Marc Jacobs Sugar High Nude Lip Trio Review + Swatch | The Beauty Look Book

Descriptions of all three Sugar High Lip formulas:

  • Sugar High Lip Creme (1.7 g/0.05 oz) is a cream full coverage peachy pink
  • Sugar High Enamored Hi-Shine Gloss (1.7 ml/0.05 fl oz) is a peachy pink with a hint of shimmer, on the lips it’s not frosty, it has medium coverage with a high shine, no sticky feel
  • Sugar High (P)outliner (0.3 g/0.01 oz) is a twist up pencil that’s also peachy pink, but more muted and matte in finish

Together the three layer nicely but the lipstick and liner are really opaque so for me having all three layered gives my already full lips an extra lush plump look. I tried these a few different ways since ordering the trio. I like the gloss alone or on top of the liner. Or the liner + lipstick. Below some close ups + swatches:

Marc Jacobs Sugar High Nude Lip Trio Review | The Beauty Look BookMarc Jacobs Sugar High Nude Lip Trio swatches | The Beauty Look Book

All on bare lips:

Marc Jacobs Sugar High Poutliner Pencil swatch

Marc Jacobs Sugar High Lip Creme Lipstick swatch

Marc Jacobs Sugar High Enamored Lip Gloss swatch

All three layered, pencil + lipstick + gloss:

Marc Jacobs Sugar High Trio swatch

Side by sides:

Marc Jacobs Sugar High Swatches Lips

Comparison swatches:

Marc Jacobs Sugar High swatch comparisons

Full makeup look, easy to wear neutrals!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Sugar High Lip Look | The Beauty Look Book

Full makeup breakdown, wearing:

Marc Jacobs Sugar High Nude Lip Trio Review | The Beauty Look Book

Bottom line perfect. I’m obsessed with the gloss and lipstick for this color. I think the formula from Marc Jacobs for the lipgloss is one of my favorites because they have a cushiony feel without the tacky sticky finish. I keep forgetting about the lipstick creme formula because of all the other launches but they are among the best for full coverage creams. The only item in the trio I’m not that crazy about is the liner, but I still think it’s a good one. It stays put and is pretty much budge-proof once it sets so if you need something to help extend your lip color check out their other shades. These days I find that I don’t wear a lot of lip liner. The one I reach for the most is the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk because it layers well with everything (also worn with the Fenty Glosses in my holiday glow post).

You can find the Sugar High Lip Trio now at Sephora. It’s limited-edition. I’m hoping they’ll launch these in the full sizes eventually. For now I might get a backup of these because I think the gloss is perfect. Also with the size I know they’ll be easy to use up!

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Holiday 2018

November 7, 2018

Marc Jacobs Beauty Holiday 2018 Review + Swatches

I picked up a few of the holiday items from Marc Jacobs Beauty this year and think all the pieces are beautiful! They describe this as being a high-glam collection with glittering jewel tones for eyes and gold glam highlights for lips and cheeks. Everything is listed as limited-edition but I hope they will keep the highlighter as a permanent item. What I bought:

Marc Jacobs Holiday 2018 Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Holiday 2018 Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

The entire vibe of the collection is indeed shimmering and glam. I think the lip gloss and cheek highlighter are glowing but conservative enough for the natural makeup wearer while the eye shadows are full out glitz and glam. Swatches and thoughts on each piece starting with the O! Mega Glaze All-Over Foil Luminizer in Gilty which is a stunning gold.

Marc Jacobs OMega Glaze All Over Foil Luminizer Gilty Holiday 2018

This one is described as a warm peachy gold but I find it more complex than that. It’s not quite as sharp as a duo chrome shimmer but as I move my arm or hand in the light I can definitely see a shift in color depending on the angle. It has a warm gold shimmer and a soft peach base with a hint of rose-gold on my olive skin. I think this one is going to suit a wide range of skin tones, on me it’s definitely highlighter material but not a pale one. If you have fair skin this will look deeper perhaps a little bronzey gold on your skin. I think this will look amazing on deeper skin tones too. Shimmer is visible but it’s smooth and does not emphasize lines. It’s not a glaring frost with one swipe but you can layer for more intensity. A look at how the color glows depending on whether direct sunlight hits the pan below.

Marc Jacobs OMega Glaze All Over Foil Luminizer Gilty Holiday 2018

Swatches heavy vs light/blended:

Marc Jacobs OMega Glaze All Over Foil Luminizer Gilty swatches Holiday 2018

The Enamored Hi-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer in Shine A Light looks like a yellowed multi-chrome gold with pink and green flashes in the tube. On the lips it’s a lot prettier than what I see in the tube which I’d describe as a multi-shimmer deeper nude gold with pink flashes. I love a pretty gold shimmer for holiday, this one is pretty alone or layered! It’s true to Marc Jacobs gloss formula – smooth, no sticky tacky feel, cushiony and comes with a flexible sponge applicator. Even though it’s loaded with sparkle there’s no gritty feel or texture.

Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss Shine a Light

On bare lips, photos don’t do it justice:

Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss Shine a Light swatches

Also a few swatch comparisons to a few similar looking colors, NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquers in At First Sight and Cape Town, Marc Jacobs Cream and Sugar, Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss 712, Becca Glow Gloss in Champagne Creme. I’ve linked the previous reviews if you want to see colors on my lips.

Gold Lip Gloss Swatch comparisons Marc Jacobs, NARS, Chanel, Becca

The See-Quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadows are full out glam party shadows. They’re pressed pigments and come with an insert to keep everything in place. The glitter and shimmer is quite intense but pretty for holiday. I’m not sure I could wear them for everyday looks, but I found the color Topaz Flash to be the most conservative for my skin tone. Gleam Girl is a glistening champagne beige sparkle, Topaz Flash is a complex bronze taupe smoke, Copperazzi is a warm orangey copper sparkle. I did not have an easy time using a brush to apply these, for me fingers were the best option for control, less fallout and better color payoff. If you use a brush I’d recommend a dense synthetic one like the MAC 242S or something similar. Once on the eyes if you don’t touch them there’s no fall out and they stayed put all day. If you touch your eyes there will be some sparkle transfer.

Marc Jacobs Beauty See-Quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow review and swatches

Marc Jacobs Beauty See-Quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow review and swatches

By comparison the Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coats have a sheerer base and more conservative sparkle (and those are still intense!). The Hourglass Scattered Light shadows are more refined in sparkle with less chunky glitter. If you want shine and shimmer but no glitter the new Armani Eyes to Kill Stellar are beautiful sheerer options without glitter. I swatched them at the counter and want them all but have not caved to buy yet.

I can’t say one is better than the other in this case. My recommendation would be based on how much you like or dislike glitter. I think Topaz Flash is my favorite. Since it’s a little deeper it makes for a pretty smokey eye on my complexion.

Below a look with three pieces from the collection, also wearing:

Marc Jacobs Holiday 2018 Gilty, Topaz Flash and Shine a Light Gloss

Overall pretty and glowing! In this world of highlighter overload Marc Jacobs has managed to launch one that I think is unique enough to justify owning even though I already have so many other options. Gold with any yellow tones can be hard for me to wear because I have yellow/olive undertones but Gilty has enough warmth with a shift in the shimmer to prevent it from being full on 24K yellow on my skin. I definitely wouldn’t call this a NEED simply because I have so many highlighters already, but I do really love it.

I really like the way Shine A Light looks on the lips. In the tube I was a little worries about the yellow-greenish flashes of shimmer but once on the lips I don’t see any green. It’s ultra smooth without any tacky feel. It does have a slight minty taste but no tingle (at least not on me). It has a transparent quality to it which allows your natural lip color to show through.

The See-Quins Glam Glitter Shadows are going to be hit or miss for many of you. They are very glitzy pressed pigments and they are intense. Definitely fun for the holiday season and I think the quality, color payoff and pigment are excellent. But if you’re more conservative makeup wearer I’d suggest trying in person before buying to be safe. I bought the most neutral options but there’s a really phenomenal purple color with some other shades you might want to check out. If you are conservative and want to go a little bolder with the eyes I still think the Pat McGrath Opulence Collection Palettes are the way to go. They have enough shimmer and glam to give you a bolder look but aren’t too crazy with the sparkle.

You can find the Marc Jacobs Beauty Holiday 2018 collection out now. Everything is limited-edition. I bought mine from Sephora and Neiman Marcus. Also available at Marc Jacobs Beauty.

Have you checked out the collection yet? What did you think? If not – what’s your favorite gold colored highlighter?

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick

June 15, 2018

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Beauty launched new lip glosses in stick form called the Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick ($28 each for 2.1 g/0.074 oz). I’ve been such a huge fan of the Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquers I was eager to try the new formula. I ordered five sight unseen. I picked the neutrals which turned out to be a lot lighter in color than I anticipated but still lovely. My picks:

  • Sugar Sugar – sheer nude cream
  • P(r)each – sheer soft peach
  • One Mauve Time – perfect mauve
  • Sweet Escape – baby pink
  • Mocha Choco-Lata – perfect nude beige

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick | The Beauty Look Book

These are emollient sheer smooth gloss sticks. They have a very shiny finish and moisturizing feel. Lasting power is medium – they won’t disappear quickly but they aren’t budge-proof. The gloss sticks have a melt-on texture. Packaging is slightly longer than the Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquers but similar in style. The Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick has a removable pull off cap and the product comes in a twist-up tube that clicks with each twist. The only downside is you can only twist up, you can’t twist back down. The good thing is each click will only push a small amount of color up.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick | The Beauty Look Book

The two lightest shades Sugar Sugar and P(r)each were patchy with the first application, once you have it warmed up a little it smooths out. Close ups of each color below with lip swatches.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review and swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review and swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Mocha Choco-lata!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review Mocha Choco-Lata! | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review Mocha Choco-Lata! | The Beauty Look Book

Sweet Escape

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review Sweet Escape | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review Sweet Escape | The Beauty Look Book

One Mauve Time

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review One Mauve Time | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review One Mauve Time | The Beauty Look Book

P(r)each

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review P(r)each | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review P(r)each | The Beauty Look Book

Sugar Sugar

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review Sugar Sugar | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick review Sugar Sugar | The Beauty Look Book

All side by side:

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick Mocha Choco Lata, Sweet Escape, One Mauve Time, P(r)each, Sugar Sugar | The Beauty Look Book

 

For quick reference my MAC foundation shade right now is the Studio Fix Fluid in NC37. Lip swatches as always done on bare lips.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick Mocha Choco Lata, Sweet Escape, One Mauve Time, P(r)each, Sugar Sugar | The Beauty Look Book

If you want something light and glossy these are great. I think the color selection is a lot more wearable for me compared to the Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayons. The glossy texture feels similar to me although the crayons are full coverage while these new gloss sticks are a lot sheerer. I’d say if you like the feel of the YSL Volupte Tint in Balms or Chanel Rouge Coco Shines you will most likely really like the Marc Jacobs Enamored Lip Gloss Sticks. In terms of glossy lips though my favorite product this season are still the Pat McGrath LUST Glosses although the formula is completely different and also in liquid form.

They are sheer so depending on how much color you want these might be too sheer if you prefer a lot of pigment. I give them a thumbs up – although I do wish the packaging would click up and down. The only shade I think is iffy is Sugar Sugar – this is mainly because I find pale colors challenging to wear in general. If you see the last photo of my natural lip you’ll see that there is going to be a contrast between pale colors and my lip. This is why you’ll often see a dark ring around the outer edge if the product is slightly sheer or transparent. It’s my natural lip color showing through. Since I have full lips if I cover it entirely with product it makes them look EXTRA huge.

Based on how light and sheer these colors are I was tempted to order the other three shades which are deeper/brighter. I have not seen them at stores near me yet but have decided to pass for now. My top two picks are Mocha Choco-lata! and One Mauve Time.

You can find the Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Sticks at Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Net-a-Porter and Marc Jacobs Beauty. Have you tried these yet? What did you think?

 

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Marc Jacobs Coconut Fantasy Collection

May 7, 2018

Marc Jacobs Coconut Fantasy Collection Review

Marc Jacobs Beauty has launched a new Coconut Fantasy Collection this year to continue the coconut theme. There are three new items and one repromote, everything is selling out quickly. A few restocks have occurred online at Sephora and Marc Jacobs Beauty but if you have your eye on anything and see it, I recommend grabbing it fast. The Coconut Bronzer was hard to find last year as it went quickly, this year it also seemed to go fast. I’m hoping it will restock as it’s such a great bronzer (last year’s review here). Today I have a review of the three new items that launched. You can find these at Marc Jacobs Beauty, Sephora, Neiman Marcus and Net-A-Porter.

Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter in Fantasy

Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter โ€“ Coconut Fantasy Collection

Above: Fantasy vs Dew You? Sunglasses from Nordstrom

My favorite item is the Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter in Fantasy and the good thing is that this is the one item that is still relatively easy to find. Fantasy is a rose gold shimmer, it looks bronzey in the frosted bottle but once I blend on my skin I see more rose tones. If you missed last year’s champagne gold shimmer in Dew You? you can still find it available. Formula remains the same – shimmer finish with a gel texture that is easy to build, dries down to semi-matte finish but retains the shimmer. The dry down makes this highlighter last a long time on the skin, once it sets it is pretty much budge-proof. It has the most wonderful coconut scent. 100% worth the purchase.

Swatches:

Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Swatches Coconut Gel Highlighter in Fantasy vs Dew You?

Swatch comparisons:

Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Fantasy Swatch Comparisons

Finish-Line Perfecting Coconut Setting Powder

Marc Jacobs Finish-Line Perfecting Coconut Setting Powder

Next is the Finish-Line Perfecting Coconut Setting Powder which also has an amazing coconut scent. This is a setting powder that sets foundation or tinted moisturizer to matte finish. It has a mesh interior to help dispense just the right amount of product to the brush. I found this to give a very matte finish, but in a soft and natural way. It’s translucent and even on my tan skin has no white cast. If you have super dry skin or prefer matte finish foundations you may want to give your face a quick mist with something like MAC Prep+Prime Fix+ first. I found that this over a very matte finish foundation made my face look too matte. It did work on all my other bases that have a soft finish or slightly dewy finish. It does last a long time keeping the makeup on my face from morning to late afternoon. If you’re a coconut fan I’d recommend layering the MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ Scented in Coconut for extra coconut goodness ๐Ÿ™‚

Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette โ€“ Coconut Fantasy Collection - Fantascene

Last but not least is the Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Fantascene (sold out most places, but still available at Marc Jacobs Beauty). The shadows in this palette have a super soft pigmented texture. There is a mix of mattes, sparkles and shimmers which layer together beautifully. For me they apply well with or without a base. The colors overall are very warm with a soft cream matte, soft warn grey matte, soft rose matte, shimmering pink, sparkly copper, matte plum brown and coral satin. I love shades like these in the pan, on my complexion the overall feel is a little too warm for my coloring. I find Scandalust more wearable for me. Still Fantascene is a gorgeous palette, just one I’ll need to cool-down with a bit of mixing with other neutrals.

Swatches + close ups:

Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Fantascene

Close up 1:

Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Fantascene

Close up 2:

Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Fantascene

Close up 3:

Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Fantascene

Fantascene vs Scandalust:

Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette swatches Fantascene vs. Scandalust

Two looks wearing:

TBLB MJ Fantasy + Kinks Kisses Blush

Overall perfect for summer! I think the Fantasy Dew Drops is a must, it has a pretty soft shimmering rose gold gleam that isn’t overly frosty. I think the Setting Powder is going to be perfect for hot summer days when you need a long-lasting matte powder that won’t caked. The palette isn’t for me color-wise but I can make it work with some blending. If you’re like me and can’t wear warm shades easily, I’d recommend you opt for Marc Jacobs Scandalust, NARSissist Wanted or NARSissist Loaded instead.

You can find Marc Jacobs Beauty at Marc Jacobs Beauty, Sephora, Neiman Marcus and Net-A-Porter. The eyeshadow palette, bronzer and dew drops are listed as limited-edition.

Have you bought anything from this year’s Coconut Fantasy Collection? What did you think?

 

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Warm Eyeshadow Palettes from Marc Jacobs, Urban Decay and Natasha Denona

March 30, 2018

Warm Eyeshadow Palettes Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Scandalust, Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat and Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Palette

Happy Friday! Quick roundup today of three warm-toned eyeshadow palettes that some of you have been curious about. I’m more of a neutral lover when it comes to shadows although I do love warm bronze and golds and soft peachy shades too. The warm eyeshadow trend has been super popular for a few years now and I’ve learned to embrace it. There was a day I though I’d never wear an orange or warm brown shadow but I’ve found with some layering they can make some really nice eye looks.

Today I have a review and swatches of three palettes including the Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Palette in Scandalust, Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat and Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Palette. Also shown in top photo is a miniature Louis Vuitton perfume, Wayne Goss Brushes #7 and #4 from his Anniversary Set Volume 2, Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush in 410 Corail Naturel.

A quick look at them all in direct sunlight where you can see the shimmer a bit better:

Warm Eyeshadow Palettes Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Scandalust, Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat and Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Palette review and swatches

Up first is the Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Palette in Scandalust. I’ve had this one for a while since the new palettes launched. My go-to is still the neutral option Glambition (review and swatched here) for a perfect everyday kind of look. Scandalust is a lot warmer but still very wearable for me. I like to mix the shades from both palettes sometimes. Scandalust has ultra smooth rich pigment that feels like velvet. Pigment is really good and easy to layer.

Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette in Scandalust

Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette in Scandalust swatches

Shades include from left to right:

  • Hot Pants is a soft shimmery cream
  • At the Office is a medium mauve-nude matte
  • Cause a Fuss is my kind of shimmering peach with champagne shimmer
  • That’s Why is a matte brown
  • They Call Her is a shimmering copper orange
  • Little Miss is a matte plum brown
  • Scandalous is a wine pink red matte

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Next is the Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat. I’ve always thought that the Urban Decay matte shadows in their Naked Basics and Naked2 Basics Palettes have been among the best. The Naked Petite Heat also has excellent texture and pigment although some of the shades aren’t quite as pigmented as the other two. The color payoff is still really really good with smooth application. Alone it’s a bit too warm for me but I like to mix in a little from Naked Basics to neutral things out a little. The soft mattes are perfect layering and blending shades for days where you feel your eye color might be too neutral or cool. The warmth adds depth and life to the look.

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Palette Review and Swatches

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Palette Review and Swatches

Shades include:

  • Inhale pale ivory shimmer
  • Vibrate light-medium beige
  • Hot Spell soft warm brown
  • Wild Thing matte orange
  • Heist matte warm brown
  • Strike deep cocoa matte

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Finally the Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Palette which is probably he cutest eyeshadow palette I have ever seen! It’s miniature size with tiny pans. This one has excellent color payoff on all the shades. It has a mix of mattes and shimmers with no glitters (yay!). It is very warm and alone too warm for me to wear. I do like it for layering with other palettes though. To some I know this may be too complicated but I find for the most part I’m layering shadows anyways so I don’t mind pulling from a couple palettes.

Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Palette review and swatches

Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Palette review and swatches

Colors from left to right:

  • 175CM Guava is a matte soft brown
  • 176M Apollo is a metallic deep red
  • 177 CM Dirty Mars is a matte warm brown
  • 178M Sun Beam is a metallic warm gold
  • 179M Halo is a sparkling ivory champagne shimmer

Overall thoughts are that the quality, pigment, color payoff, blendability and lasting power on these palettes are all excellent. That being said, Scandalust is the only one I can wear on it’s own. The other two I need to layer with others but for me the Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat is just what I need to warm up an eye look.

In terms of comparisons to other warm-ish palettes, I find the NARSissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette to be more wearable for me although it’s a different kind of warm. It’s got a warm rose vs a warm orange theme. The NARS NARsissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette is the perfect warm neutral palette for me as it has a wide range and includes enough neutrals for me to layer with warm colors. I also find the Pat McGrath Eyeshadow Palette in Bronze Ambition to be more in the warm-neutral category which I really adore.

For those who want to know which eye brushes I like the best, a comprehensive roundup of my favorites in my Favorite Eye Makeup Brushes and Tools post.

You can find the three palettes out now at all counters and online.

Marc Jacobs available at Sephora, Neiman Marcus and Marc Jacobs Beauty.
Urban Decay available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Ulta Beauty and Urban Decay.
Natasha Denona available at Sephora.

The three palettes featured were press samples sent for review consideration. As always all opinions my own.

 

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Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation Review + Swatches

March 7, 2018

Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation Review R310, Y320, Y340 and Y360

The foundation I have been the most excited about this season is the new Marc Jacobs Shameless Youthful-Look 24 Hour Foundation ($46 for 1.08 fl oz/32 ml). I was thrilled and thankful to receive a few samples to test in R310, Y320 and Y360. It comes in a wide range of shades with 29 options and different undertones. After trying this I found the samples didn’t match me. Y320 was too light and Y360 too dark/yellow. Anything with an R would definitely be too pink. I ordered Y340 hoping it would be the perfect in-between. I also have their new The Seamless Brush ($38) to review. After testing this for quite some time now I have a luke-warm review on this formula. More thoughts below.

Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation Review R310, Y320, Y340 and Y360 + The Seamless Brush

First some notes about the Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation. It’s a medium natural looking foundation that comes in the cutest squeeze tube packaging. I find it gives enough coverage to make dark spots and freckles disappear in a natural way. There’s no detectable scent. The SPF in the product is 25 but there is no flashback in photographs with a flash (full application below). I like that on these bottles they list the expiration date because so many times I can’t keep track of how long I’ve had a foundation or skincare product. I know that often times the 12 month, 24 month or whatever time period expiration is based on when you open the product, but sometimes having a date is nice.

Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation Review R310, Y320, Y340 and Y360 + The Seamless Brush

I had issues with application. I couldn’t get it consistently smooth without the patchy finish. I tried a number of moisturizers and primers and since I know some foundation formulas are not compatible with all kinds of primers, I decided to try this the most with the Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Face Primer. As much as I’d love to have 1 universal primer, sometimes it’s just best to use the same brand of primer/foundation because they usually design them with their entire line in mind.

If you have any kind of dry skin, I’d say this is not a base for you. I have normal combination skin but due to the weather right now I’m slightly dry. I found the Shameless Foundation worked best over the Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Face Primer and applied with a damp beautyblender. I do really like the new Seamless Brush for other cream products like cream highlighter or blush, but for me it made this foundation streak.

Color-wise the Ys are very very yellow. Most of the time I cannot find bases yellow enough. These are borderline too yellow for me. My best match is Y340, as you can see below Y360 is VERY yellow. I added the Estee Lauder Doublewear 3W1 (also my match) below so you can see that even though that shade is yellow it’s still a little bit more neutral.

Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation Review R310, Y320, Y340 and Y360 + Estee Lauder Doublewear 3W1 Tawny Swatches

The pros of this foundation are the natural looking coverage, lasting power and after it sets it does look nice. It photographs extremely well. The cons are the application – it just never set 100% well on my skin probably because I have some dry spots. All this being said since Florida is about to get hot and humid in a couple of months I’m going to set these aside and revisit in the spring.

The brush is something I really like, just not for foundation. It’s very smooth and soft and perfect for cream highlighters or blushes. For foundation I just really prefer sponges for a seamless blended finish. The size is really perfect – I find most cream brushes too small.

Marc Jacobs The Seamless Brush

Marc Jacobs The Seamless Brush

Wearing Marc Jacobs Shameless in Y340 all over the face below, The Seamless Brush held up for scale (although I prefer using a beautyblender to apply). No powder or concealer. Brows are Diorshow Browstyler in Universal Brown. Lipstick is Sonic Truth. Photo is taken with a flash, you can see without any setting powder the foundation has no flash back. I’d still 100% recommend a setting powder for this though. As you can see below I think it photographs pretty well. An up close and personal look in real life would show you this base just sat on my skin, it never really blended 100% to my preference.

Marc Jacobs Shameless Y340 + The Seamless Brush

Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation Review R310, Y320, Y340 and Y360 + The Seamless Brush

Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation Review R310, Y320, Y340 and Y360 + The Seamless Brush

Bottom line this formula doesn’t work for me right now. If you have dry skin I think it definitely is best you try something else. Given that my skin will change once Florida gets hot again I have high hopes this will work in the spring. There are things I like and things I dislike about this formula. For now I can’t say I love it. I do love the new brush though.

You can find the Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation out now. Available at Marc Jacobs Beauty, Sephora, Neiman Marcus and Net-A-Porter.

Have you tried this? What kind of skin do you have and what were your thoughts?

Many thanks to Marc Jacobs Beauty for sending this to review. Y340 purchased by me.

 

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New Marc Jacobs Beauty: Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon and Cream and Sugar Trio

January 24, 2018

New Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon and Cream and Sugar Trio | The Beauty Look Book

There are some new Marc Jacobs Beauty launches out now for the lips and I have a few swatches of some of the shades! A new lipstick formula is out called the Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon ($26 each for 0.07 oz/ 2 g). Also new is a super cute set of minis called Cream and Sugar Nude Lip Trio ($25) with a new color of liner, gloss and lipstick called Cream and Sugar.

The Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayons are ultra pigmented smooth chubby sticks. Marc Jacobs Beauty calls this “liquid lip in a stick.” These are one-swipe wonders with a rich creamy texture that feels like it melts into the skin. They have something they also call “ghost pearl” which is a very subtle sheen you can see on the lips to add dimension. Formula-wise these are incredible. Probably the most cushiony chubby pencils I’ve ever tried. They’re super comfortable on the lips and last like a long-wear lipstick. I love that they have a little shine/sheen and don’t look dry like a lot of the current lip trends did last year. The only downside for me and pretty much a deal breaker for most of the colors is that the colors are very dark and bold. As a neutral lip lover there is only one shade I feel I can pull off which is Night Mauves.

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon | The Beauty Look Book

I have four colors:

  • Send Nudes is a deep brown nude, this makes me look dead
  • Night Mauves is a pearly soft pink, doesn’t really pull mauve on me but I love this shade!
  • Pink Straight is a super bold bright pink
  • Plum N Get It is a bold plum

I would have liked some more natural shades or medium-brights like the colors from the Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim line or Chanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur formula. But the formula is top notch! Another look + swatches below. Packaging is in a twist-up format and the lids have a special locking feature when you press down so they don’t pop off easily in your purse. I love little details like this!

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon | The Beauty Look Book

I added an arm swatch of Le Marc Liquid Lip in Slow Burn which to me is the best neutral medium rose color ever made:

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Next is the Cream and Sugar Nude Lip Trio which has a new shade Cream and Sugar. It comes with minis of the Le Marc Lip Creme (peachy nude), (P)Outliner (peachy nude) and Enamored Hi-Shine Gloss (pearly gold champagne). I’m completely obsessed with all the colors and hope this means we can expect new shades in the full sizes soon. The lipstick is full coverage and opaque with a creamy feel (review on the formula when it originally launched here). The lipliner is really opaque and matte so it does tug a little on bare lips. The gloss is super pretty with a sheer finish.

Lipstick and liner have no detectable scent or taste. Gloss has a slight minty scent like all the other glosses. They have a nice cushiony feel and even though this gloss has sparkle it’s still smooth without any gritty feel.

Marc Jacobs Cream and Sugar Trio | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Cream and Sugar Trio Sephora | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Cream and Sugar Trio swatches | The Beauty Look Book

This swatch shows the gold pearl of the gloss better, there are multi-colored sparkles which makes it hard to photograph all aspects of the gloss:

Marc Jacobs Cream and Sugar Trio swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Marc Jacobs Cream and Sugar Trio swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Swatch comparisons to some other nudes for reference:

  • Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Honeycomb review here
  • Marc Jacobs Screen Test swatched here
  • Marc Jacobs Anais swatched here
  • Marc Jacobs No Angel here
  • Tom Ford Lips and Boys in Bradley here
  • Marc Jacobs Sugar Sugar review here

Marc Jacobs Cream and Sugar Trio Sephora | The Beauty Look Book

I’m completely in love with Cream and Sugar Lip Trio. I’ve bought some of the other mini sets they had which are usually limited-edition. For the Lip Crayons I love Night Mauves. Since I know not everyone is a neutral lip lover like me I do think a lot of women who like bold lips will find something to love. The formula is soooooo good, I do hope they expand the line.

You can find both available now at Sephora and Marc Jacobs Beauty. The trio is limited-edition.

 

Marc Jacobs Pink Straight and Plum N Get It provided courtesy for review.

 

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