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Marc Jacobs Beauty

#Instamarc Light Filtering Contour

0.62 fl. oz. for $ 49.00
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This pressed powder comes in a large compact with a divider between two pans of color, one for highlighting, one for contouring. Three sets are offered, with duos for fair to light, medium, and tan to dark skin tones, and each applies beautifully!

These talc-based, fragrance-free powders have an otherworldly smoothness that almost goes beyond ultra-fine in terms of texture and sumptuous smoothness. Although they apply smoothly, if you overdo it the color can grab in certain areas, resulting in an uneven look—but this is quickly softened with a sponge or clean brush. For best results, especially with the contour color, apply in sheer layers to desired intensity, and always blend so there are no hard edges.

#Instamarc Light Filtering Contour has a beautiful skin-like finish that adds a touch of glamour as it shapes and shades the face without the difficult that can come from using heavier stick or cream formulas to contour and highlight. This comes highly recommended as a great option to not only highlight and contour, but also softly illuminate skin. The contour shades are better for contouring versus use as a bronzing powder, but paired with a warm-toned powder blush, the darker shade in each duo can do double duty as bronzer.

Pros:
  • An easy solution for shaping and shading the face plus add subtle illumination.
  • Divinely smooth texture and buildable application.
  • Natural-looking results for a variety of skin tones.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Colors can grab unevenly during application if you overload the brush.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Strengths:Silky-smooth Perfection Powder Featherweight Foundation; exceptional bronzer; Brow Tamer Grooming Gel.

Weaknesses: An abundance of mediocre to poor products; issues with faulty packaging; some irritating formulas; several unflattering color choices; terrible eyeliner (Magic Marcer Precision Pen Waterproof Eyeliner).

Marc Jacobs first made his mark (pun intended) as a fashion designer and has now expanded his namesake brand to include fragrance and beauty products. Marc Jacobs Beauty is no doubt instigated by his fashions straight from the runway, but just as couture clothing doesn't always transition well into the real world, nor does Marc Jacobs' attempt at makeup. This color line may be pretty to look at, but the performance tends to be less appealing!

One of the problems facing the line is faulty packaging. Although it looks beautiful, multiple products have issues with leaking or just outright breaking. For a line that is supposed to deliver the utmost quality, you should expect more, especially given the high price point (other designed lines do this kind of thing much better from Givenchy to Giorgio Armani).

The line also has far more unconventional colors that pay homage to Jacobs' philosophy that "there are no rules when it comes to beauty." That may work in the fashion world, but when it comes to what you put on your face on a daily basis, you at least want colors that complement your skin tone. You can still find attractive shades in this line, but you have to do some serious weeding to get there.

The biggest drawback is the potentially irritating ingredients that are found in many of the products. We also feel obligated to mention that the anti-aging claims are significantly overhyped, and that's a major disappointment considering consumers are being asked to pay more for something that doesn't deliver.

On the bright side, it's not all doom and gloom. There are a few good products, and hey, at least their clever names might keep you entertained. We also have to applaud MarcJacobsBeauty.com for disclosing their ingredient lists online (many cosmetics companies still don't do this, despite consumer demand and FDA regulation that makes ingredient disclosure mandatory, at least on the packaging so why not on their website!).

We had high hopes for Marc Jacobs Beauty, especially given the designer's success in the fashion and fragrance worlds, but as is, color us unimpressed. And judging by customer reviews we perused on sites like Sephora.com, many of you feel the same!

For more information about Coty-owned Marc Jacobs Beauty, call 1-888-215-8636 or visit marcjacobsbeauty.com.

Marc Jacobs Beauty is sold at Sephora, Marc Jacobs stores nationwide, and online at marcjacobsbeauty.com.

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