The job of any great foundation primer is to provide a smooth canvas for makeup application, as well as helping your foundation last longer. We're happy to say Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer does just that, with a fluid formula that makes skin feel noticeably softer.
Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer comes in Marc Jacobs' standard sleek packaging, this time being a round, frosted glass bottle topped with a pump-style dispenser. As mentioned above, the primer is a fluid lotion that glides across skin with ease and absorbs quickly. It feels very moisturizing and sets to a slightly dewy finish, making it best for those with normal to dry skin.
We found that this did help improve foundation application, creating a smooth surface that made application easier and quicker. It also extended the wear time of our foundation by a couple of hours—hey, we'll take all we can get!
So what about the coconut that's this primer's claim to fame? This does indeed have five coconut-derived ingredients, making them good additions to add moisture to skin and alternatives to the other commonly used (but still great) emollients such as silicone, glycerin, and squalane.
This primer does have a light coconut scent, but that's not from the coconut ingredients included; rather, it's from the addition of a small amount of fragrance. That, plus the fragrance ingredient linalool at the end of the ingredient list mean this could be slightly iffy for those with very sensitive skin, but most should be able to use this without issue.
Though it's certainly not the least expensive primer option out there, Marc Jacob's Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer is certainly worth a look because of its positive qualities, up to and including the fact that it really does enhance foundation application and wear time.
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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