Marc Jacobs Beauty

Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel

February 25, 2015


Marc Jacobs released seven shades of a new lipstick formula called the New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel ($30 each for 3.6 g/0.12 oz). These have replaced the original Lip Gels but some of the colors have been re-promoted. Being a huge fan of the original lipstick my heart broke a little when I discovered it was being discontinued because it was so so good. I have two of the original colors to compare with the new ones in Role Play and Have We Met?. The colors are identical but the new formula is slightly sheerer in texture and color payoff. That being said, the New Nudes Sheer Lip Gels aren’t really all that sheer. I would say compared to the Le Marc Lip Cremes these new Lip Gels are sheer, but in terms of how they rank compared to all the lipsticks on the market I would say they are sheer to medium in coverage.


The Sheer Lip Gels come in a twist up beige tube with a magnetic cap. The size and design is identical to the original ones that came in the black tubes. There is a very soft vanilla scent to the lipsticks but it’s not overpowering. The texture is creamy and glides onto the lips and feels very moisturizing. Based on my testing I will say these are a no if you have super dry lips. Having a smooth lip surface is essential for these lipsticks, so I’d recommend adding a primer or lip balm first before applying. The texture and pigment ranges from slightly shimmery to full on creams and the pigment combined with the lightness of the colors can emphasize lip lines. Adding a lipliner by lining and filling or mixing a liner with these lipsticks solves any patchiness that might result by the contrast. Do note that I have pigmented lips so wearing nudes is a challenge for me, there tends to be a sharp contrast between my natural lip color and the lipsticks.



Above L to R: Sheer Lip Gels in Strange Magic, Moody Margot, Have We Met?, Role Play, Understudy, Anais, Eat Cake, (P)outliners in Prim(rose), Honey(bun), Nude(ist)



The colors are gorgeous but ease of wear varies depending on the color. This is the case with most nudes across all brands (for example Tom Ford Blush Nude takes a lot of tweaking for me to wear without looking like a ghost, on some of my other friends, it is an easy swipe and go color).





Strange Magic is a super pale pink. On the lips it resembles concealer and if you have any pigment in the lips this will look streaky and patchy if you wear it alone. It’s a layering or mixing color that can add a sheen to liners or darker lipsticks. Below it’s shown alone on the lips and then transformed into the perfect nude with the (P)Outliner in Nude(ist) added:






Moody Margot is a pale beige that has enough color to not wash out the face. It’s still on the pale side so if you have pigmented lips this one will perform best over a neutral liner.





Have We Met? is a bright hot warm pink that is ultra sheer so on the lips it’s more of a healthy subtle pink tint. The new formula is identical in color to the original formula, but the pigment is sheerer making this one look lighter on my lips.




Role Play is a medium neutral rose pink. The new formula performs the same as the original in terms of color, pigment and level of sheen. If there’s one I had to pick as my favorite this would be it.





Understudy is a warm peachy nude with a hint of coral. It’s a full opaque cream that has medium to full coverage. It has a smooth finish but looks a tiny bit streaky in the swatch photo because I was in a bit of a rush to get all 7 lipsticks lip swatches.




Anais is a sheer nude beige tan cream. This one has a bit more color than Moody Margot making it easier to wear. If you have pigmented lips this will contrast with your natural lip color so adding a liner will help smooth out the color.




Eat Cake is the darkest of the New Nudes and is a rosy terra-cotta peachy rose. It pulls very warm on me which and has just enough brightness to add life to the face. This is a medium to full coverage pigmented cream.





Here are some swatch comparisons of the original vs new formula of shades I have:



I am still trying to get over the fact that the original lip gels were discontinued, but the new ones proved to be just as good in terms of formula, wear and finish. Lasting power isn’t quite as long as the Le Marc Lip Cremes but lasts like the average medium-wear lipstick. Adding any of the (P)Outliner Long Wear Lipliners helps to extend the wear by a long shot. My favorite colors are the darker ones, mainly because I am nude-lip challenged due to the pigment in my natural lip tone. Fav picks include Role Play, Anais, Eat Cake and Understudy. The only shade I would say skip on is Strange Magic because it’s so pale and chalky by itself making it a super high maintenance nude.


The New Nudes Sheer Lip Gels retail for $30 each. Available now at Marc Jacobs Beauty and Sephora. Have you tried or bought any of these yet? Which colors did you try?


The Marc Jacobs Sheer Lip Gels were provided courtesy of MJ for review consideration.


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  • Eileen February 25, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you for comparing the new repromoted colors to the original versions. I have Role Play and Have We Met in the black tube. Even that formulation is not particularly kind to dry lips. I have to reapply balm every time I reapply color and apply balm in between times, but the colors are so pretty. Ah! The things we do for beauty!

    Seeing Strange Magic on you was a case of déjà vu for this old gal. Marc must have been tripping somewhere in the early sixties when he came up with that one. LOL Back then every teenage girl and twenty something woman had an opaque white lipstick in her stash which would be swiped over pink to give that ghostly look. Fortunately, we all soon came to our senses and realized that a bit of color really was more flattering 🙂

    • Sabrina February 26, 2015 at 1:37 am

      LOL about Strange Magic. Funny all the trends that are hot one minute then not forever after haha.

  • Sarina Weeraprajuk February 25, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Thank you for the detailed review. I was googling to find a more detailed review and swatches for my Asian Medium skin tone and voila..perfecto! May I ask, did you find them moisturizing in any way? I have dry lips and I usually use more colored lip balms and love those but have a hard time finding a good nude that's also semi balm-like.

  • michelle February 25, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Not loving the looks of these as much as the MANY other beautiful lip swatches I've seen you post from other brands. The liners appeal to me but won't be a necessity.

  • Kendal February 25, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    These look so creamy and moisturizing! Beautiful!

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  • The Whimsical Fox February 25, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    These colours are all so gorgeous I really like Roleplay, Eat Cake and Have We Met. They go with your skin tone so well!
    It's interesting looking at the old/new formula comparison – definitely going to check these out!

  • Anonymous February 25, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    These all look so gorgeous (except for Strange Magic lol), which do you think would be the most work appropriate? I'm thinking Role Play but I'm looking forward to hearing your suggestions!

    • Sabrina February 26, 2015 at 1:41 am

      Hi Vanessa, depends what work environment you have? All the colors (with the exception of Strange Magic) are neutral enough for a conservative office or corporate work place.

  • Clever Girl Reviews February 25, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Eat Cake and Have We Met are my favorites!

  • Rachel Polansky February 25, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    I have Role Play and Eat Cake, i find them the easiest to wear!

  • Maiko Sharp February 26, 2015 at 1:44 am

    I so want to try these they look so amazing

  • JoanneP February 26, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Wow, the formula looks really good on you! Understudy caught my eyes!

  • bisbee February 26, 2015 at 2:31 am

    I've got a Eat Cake…and I don't find it at all sheer. Again, it's funny that it looks much cooler on you than on me…it's very warm on me, and my lips are also quite pigmented. I think I'll try a rosy balm underneath…that might make it easier for me to wear.

  • Toni Marie Reyes February 26, 2015 at 6:45 am

    These shades look amazing! Especially loving Understudy and Anais 🙂

  • Elsa BeautyTeen February 26, 2015 at 7:52 am

    WOW your blog is amazing! I really enjoyed reading it! 🙂 Very inspiting blog post, keep up the great work, I'm a fan! 🙂

    xoxo ElsaBeautyTeen

  • Stella R. February 26, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Loving Eat Cake and Role Play. The beige packaging is so pretty! Can't wait to try out a couple of these 🙂

  • Anna February 26, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    These look so pretty!!

  • Ashlyn | Let It Be Beautiful February 27, 2015 at 1:02 am

    Just received all of these in the mail & I can not wait to try them out. The colors are just incredible. & the packaging is gorgeous. Your reviews are always on point.

    Let It Be Beautiful

  • Fancie March 1, 2015 at 3:00 am

    I really like the way Role Play and Eat Cake looks. Such beautiful colors!

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  • Kelly March 3, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I totally love the colours!

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