Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate really is remarkable in terms of its richly pigmented, lightweight, fluid formula. You'll be amazed by the amount of coverage you can get out of just a drop or two of this foundation! Though not quite foolproof, the overall performance is pretty impressive. The faulty packaging is where things got a bit murky for us (we explain below), but that may not be a problem for everyone…
Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate comes in a heavy, frosted glass bottle, but that's not our issue with it. The problem we experienced is that the lid has a hard time clicking shut. To quote another customer's review from Sephora.com, "…the foundation was a mess and the top barely stays on. When I got home all the foundation was all over my makeup bag and other makeup." That's exactly what happened to us, and at this high of a price point, it feels like a real waste of money, not to mention an inconvenience to clean up!
We came across plenty of other customer reviews that don't mention the packaging at all, so we have to assume this is a hit or miss issue. However, we had to mention it, because we want you to have as much information as possible when deciding whether a product is right for your needs.
As far as the rest of the packaging goes, the unique wand applicator (like a dropper only with a rounded, enclosed tip) is attached to the lid. You're instructed to dab this concentrated foundation on to skin and then blend out. A little goes a long way; we found it best to even out the concentrated formula with a Beautyblender sponge (you can get away with just your fingertips as well, depending on how skilled you are). The formula is fluid, but with how pigmented it is, you really need to double check your blending as mistakes will be quite evident.
Now on to the performance! Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate does an excellent job of hiding imperfections without feeling like you layered on a full face of foundation. BUT, as is the case with full-coverage, matte foundations, it can also exaggerate fine lines, pores and other crooks and crevices most people have on their face. We actually felt it looked more natural a couple hours into wear once it mixed with our skin's sebum (oil) production.
This formula is best suited for those with oily, combination or normal skin, as well as those battling breakouts. If you have drier skin, you may not find this foundation comfortable unless you prep skin with a rich moisturizer beforehand, and even then, it may cling to flakey or dry patches.
The 24-hour wear claim is exaggerated, but you can expect this to last the course of a standard workday. You'll notice it takes a bit of extra diligence with your cleanser to get this formula completely off. The "innovative ingredients" claim is also exaggerated; this is a standard formula in terms of its benefits for skin.
What about the 20+ shades? Marc Jacobs did a phenomenal job of offering an extensive range that caters to the fair and deep complexions—and every tone in between!
Our final heeding is that if you want an "au natural" look, this isn't the foundation for you. It helps skin look perfected, but not in the way that will cause people to think you were "born that way." Otherwise, if the idea of a lightweight but full-coverage foundation appeals to you, Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate is worth checking out. The reason this missed our top rating was due to the aforementioned frustrations with its packaging, but as we also noted, that may not be a factor for you. (We just hope you get more reliable packaging than we did!)
Note: The formula does contain a small amount of fragrance from a flower wax ingredient, but it's in an inconsequential concentration that isn't likely to be a problem (the same goes for the amount of alcohol present).
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 Marc’er 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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