Re(Marc)able Full Cover Concealer
Naming this a full-coverage concealer is an exaggeration. While it's possible to build up to that level of coverage, the emollient, creamy texture has a tendency to slip into fine lines and rubs off easily. As such, the only skin types that this would work OK for would be normal to dry with only minor imperfections to conceal, but even then it's a lackluster, not "Re(Marc)able" formula.
This is marketed as being "infused with antiaging and nourishing ingredients," but those ingredients are used in such a low concentration that it's nothing to brag about. Also, the formula contains a potential irritant, commiphora myrrha resin extract (myrrh) so whatever positive effects those ingredients might have had are likely negated.
It's also worth mentioning that many anti-aging ingredients such as antioxidants are sensitive to light and air so the jar-packaging that this concealer comes in can't keep them stable once you open it.
Speaking of the packaging, there isn't an applicator that comes with this concealer so you're left applying it with your fingers unless you purchase (or already have) some type of concealer brush. That's not necessarily a bad thing; just something to be aware of. Luckily it blends on pretty easily so you can get away with applying it by hand, but if you really want to target problem areas, we'd recommend using a concealer brush.
The shade range caters to light-to-medium tan skin tones. Watch out for pink undertones in shades 1 Awake Ivory and 5 Perfect Fawn, but the others are neutral and flattering.
As much as we wanted to love this product, it failed to deliver. Close that pocketbook, and consider a superior (and often better-priced) option on our list of Best Concealers instead.
- Moisturizing feel for dry skin.
- Coverage doesn't stay put.
- Creamy texture has a tendency to slip into lines.
- Contains a potential irritant.
- Over exaggerated anti-aging claims.
- Too expensive for such lackluster performance!
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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