Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in “Blacquer 42”

A good eyeliner can be life-changing. It sounds dramatic, but in reality, the moment you realize that you can be panda-eye free, there’s something really comforting about that! For the last few years, I’ve abandoned eyeliners in general because I was tired of it never staying put. From low-end to high-end, I’ve tried a variety of eyeliner — all with the claims that it was going to be waterproof, smudge-proof, tear-proof, sweat-proof, etc. In a surprising twist, my future sister-in-law recommended the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon and I’m so glad she did.

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The Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in “Blacquer 42” is a standard black eyeliner that is a “waterproof gel crayon eyeliner that’s long wearing with intense color payoff.” This “extreme-wear, waterproof eyeliner” is nearly bullet-proof. I don’t say these things lightly since I feel that I’ve pretty much tried all kinds of eyeliners out there. Before this one, my favorites were from Urban Decay and NARS.

“Like a gel pot eyeliner encased within a crayon, this breakthrough product is exclusive to Marc Jacobs Beauty. The super-malleable formula glides on smoothly for a flawless, precise application, and then sets in place for all-day wear. A built-in sharpener makes sure the crayon always has a perfect point for a sharp look on the go. It offers intense color payoff and is available in an array of richly pigmented shades, including Blacquer, the blackest, shiniest black.”

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This eyeliner stays put. Even with water and soap, the swatch on my hand didn’t budge. When I was testing them at Sephora, even their waterproof makeup remover barely a made a dent in removing this product off my skin. As a contact lens wearer, this made me wary. However, because it stays exactly where you apply it, it doesn’t even creep into sensitive parts of my eyes; and thus far, I haven’t experienced any discomfort or irritation. In addition, the intensity of this black eyeliner is pretty insane. It’s not a flat, matte black which makes it easy to wear since it won’t look like you drew your line on with a marker, lol. This is perfect for nights out when there’s dancing and sweating — I’m thinking this will last all night too.

Like foundations, I think eyeliners are another really personal item. Not all eyes are created equally, so it’s best to search for something that works for you, your needs, and more importantly, your eyes. I was tired of product transfer, because in the past, no matter what eyeliner I’d use I was always plagued with panda-eyes. The liners would always smudge even with the slightest of humidity in the air. If you’re an eyeliner persona and you need it as a part of your regular routine, I’d suggest giving the Marc Jacobs one a shot. There’s a ton of colors to choose from. To remove, I use the Neturogena Eye Makeup Remover and I haven’t had any problems with it. Since I was follow-up with a cleansing oil to remove my makeup, I don’t find this eyeliner difficult to work with.

Made in Korea.
Retails for $25.00 USD.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel in “102 Strange Magic”

You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been posting frequently about lip products, and my recent curiosity with the new Marc Jacobs Beauty line, has led me straight to the Lovemarc Lip Gel lipsticks. As a range of lipsticks that are “color-saturated, long-wearing, [and] gellified,” these lip gels are housed in sleek, glossy-black packaging with a finish that is shiny and non-drying. The texture of these lipsticks is different — “Unlike traditional waxy lipsticks, Lovemarc’s cutting-edge, gellified formula delivers the utmost in creaminess, comfort, and color payoff. An infusion of monoi butter—a velvety cream made from the tropical tiare flower—provides intense hydration, while myrrh extract works to reduce the signs of aging, and an innovative 3-D plumping agent adds gentle volume.”

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The Lovemarc Lip Gels are light in texture, but creamy and moisturizing at the same time. The formula is soft and feels comfortable on the lips without being drying or overly glossy. The finish is shiny, but not gloopy; and even after the product has worn off, my lips remain hydrated and comfortable. The shade I chose is “102 Strange Magic,” and it’s a warm nude pink. It’s not so nude it’s reminiscent of porn-star lips, but it’s not baby-doll pink either. The warm tone is flattering without it completely muting the lips out, the the light nude-pink tone is flattering even during the day.

The range is worth looking into and I recommend them — mainly because the lipstick fades remarkably well. What I mean by this is that even after a few hours of wear, the color remains intact without looking or feeling like a stain. Even after eating and drinking, the colors fades naturally so that it doesn’t look flaky or patchy. It appears that the new Marc Jacobs Beauty line has gotten positive reviews since its release, and I appreciate that the line has dedicated effort and time into producing products that are unique and innovative. If you’re curious about the Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation, then check out the linked post to see if more Marc Jacobs prodcuts are in your future! What are your thoughts about the Marc Jacobs line? Pleasantly surprised like me?

Contains 0.12 oz.
Made in USA.
Retails for $30.00 USD.

REVIEW: Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation in “10 Ivory Light”

Normally, designer makeup brands get a lot of hype for pretty packaging and the status of being a “designer label.” For brands like Dior, Chanel, and Armani — they’ve been around awhile to have already established a rapport within the beauty community outside of the designer-label community. And, as of late, I’d say that Tom Ford has done well early on as well. When Marc Jacobs came to Sephora, I wasn’t that moved by it and didn’t really pay attention to the released products. However, I was compelled by Lorraine Stanick at TheCurrentCustom, when she talked about Marc Jacobs products in her recent haul video.

The Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation in “10 Ivory Light” is my shade of choice, but I think it’s a tad bit light for my liking. It would’ve been nice if there was a shade that was between 10 Ivory Light and 14 Ivory Medium. Strangely, the color blends out well without making me look ghostly white — so I can’t really complain there. The Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation is described to be a “breakthrough gel foundation that’s anti-aging, long-wearing, [while awakening] your skin to its ideal radiance and clarity.”

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The foundation claims to be a “versatile formula [that] builds easily from natural to full coverage, providing supreme hydration for a radiant finish,” while promising to “erase the past, perfect the present, and protect the future.” This foundation contains “lifestyle ingredients and Buoyancy Gel™ technology,” which means that the Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation “creates a weightless, natural veil that never settles into fine lines. An infusion of Soft Focus Powder reflects light to minimize imperfections, while revitalizing multi-vitamins provide supreme hydration for even application and luxurious wear.”

As usual, these are some high claims and promises; and, since I’m quite picky with my foundations and I admit to having high expectations, I was skeptical even before I applied the product to my face. The texture of the foundation is a gel-like consistency that’s light and creamy at the same time. It blends easily into the skin and buffs out well using a synthetic buffing brush. The formula doesn’t settle into lines, evens out the skin tone, and looks and feels natural upon application. However, despite its gel consistency, this foundation made me oil/shiny early on in the day, even after powdering the t-zone. Also, while the skintone was evened out moderately well, pores were not covered like what I get from the Clé de Peau Beauté Refining Fluid Foundation, the Yves Saint Laurent Youth Liberator Serum Foundation, the Chantecaille Future Skin Oil-Free Gel Foundation, or the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation. Coverage is buildable — from light to medium, but I wouldn’t say that this foundation provides full coverage.

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While the concept is unique and the packaging is sleek, I have foundations in my arsenal that are more dependable with a solid reputation. I like a little extra work from my foundations — I expect my skin to look radiant and luminous, yet natural and glowy. The Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation was just standard for me and nothing special. If my skin were feeling dry, the foundation didn’t help; if my skin felt extra oily, the foundation made it worse; and, if I were more spotty on a particular day, the foundation didn’t do much to help perfect my skin. Also, the color-range is odd with gaps of shades missing. If you’re quite fair or your skintone is more deep, I don’t think this range would have a suitable color. However, if you’re mostly light-medium and medium toned, I think there will a shade that works for you.

Made in France.
Contains 1 fl. oz.
Retails for $48.00 USD.