Marc Jacobs Beauty

Style Eye-Con No. 3 Plush Shadow

for $ 42.00
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Style Eye-Con No. 3 palettes are made up of three pressed powder eyeshadows in varying color families. Each set comes with one matte shade and two metallic/shimmer shades. The lightest shade in each set is the largest in size (the logic being that you will use that the most, typically as a base shade).

These shadows are resistant to creasing, flaking, and fading and blend well no matter which color you use. The matte shades are a bit on the powdery side and can sometimes sheer out upon application so you may have to layer them, but the deeper the shade, the better the pigment coverage on skin.

The color combos are a matter of personal preference. The Ingenue and Glam shades are the most universally flattering, made up of neutral nudes and browns. The Punk palette is purple-based. The Rebel palette contains a warm ivory, deep pink, and dark grayish purple. The Shoe Gazer palette comes with bronze sheen, taupe brown, and light turquoise blue. The Mod palette is made up of white, black and gray, which is about as high contrast as it gets!

Overall, these palettes perform adequately. It's just a matter of whether you find one that suit you, and whether you're willing to pay the price for three powder shadows from a designer label when less expensive options are available.

  • Pressed-powder texture blends on smoothly.
  • Resistant to creasing, flaking, and fading.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Pricey!
  • Some of the matte shades apply more sheer than we'd like.
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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