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Marc Jacobs Beauty

Magic Marcer Precision Pen Waterproof Eyeliner

for $ 30.00
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The only magical thing about this liquid eyeliner is the way it makes your money disappear! Its biggest drawback is the irritating tight feel it has once it dries down (due to the mix of film-forming agents and alcohol). It also has an unpleasantly tacky finish that can end up transferring to the upper eye area.

Adding to the list of problems, the color ends up fading, smudging and flaking as the day wears on. And waterproof? Ha, not so much. Just a couple splashes of water and the formula begins to break down.

Even the pointed, felt-tip pen applicator performs inadequately, resulting in color that skips. (In order to achieve a smooth, even line of color you have to go back over it several times.)

We were left wondering if anyone at Marc Jacobs Beauty tested this eyeliner before it was launched, because it's just so bad, and that's unacceptable when you're charging this much!

The one promise that Magic Marc'er actually delivers on is imparting glossy black color, but you can get that (and more) liquid eyeliners costing $5! Save your money and check out our Best Eyeliner list instead.

Pros:
  • Imparts glossy black color as promised.
Cons:
  • Dries down to an irritatingly tight, tacky finish.
  • Color fades, flakes and smudges.
  • Not waterproof as claimed.
  • Takes extra effort to achieve a smooth, even line of color.
  • Way overpriced!
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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