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Marc Jacobs' Foundation Review
The Fashionista tries the fashion designer's new cosmetics collection.

 Image Courtesy of Sephora


If you're a makeup junkie, I'm sure you are well aware Marc Jacobs announced his new (and first!) makeup line. A stand-alone Marc Jacobs cosmetic shop opened up in Manhattan on 385 Bleecker Street, and his line is also available at select Sephora stores nationwide. I was really glad to hear we would be getting the collection in at our Sephora in Mayfair Mall, and it was only available for a few days before I got my mitts on some of my own.

I was able to play around with various eye shadows and lipsticks and was pleased with their high pigment. Unfortunately, I don't have a money tree in my backyard so I stuck to what I had come there to buy, the Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation, $48. 

The foundation boasts: Erase the past, perfect the present, and protect the future. It's formulated with "Buoyancy Gel" technology to create a weightless, natural veil that never settles into fine lines. 

I've been wearing it for about a week, and here's what I have to say: Out of a 1-10 scale (1 as the worst, 10 meaning best), I would give it an 8. I wear Revitalift by L'Oreal as a daily moisturizer, which contains retinol. My makeup routine consists of moisturizing, then applying concealer (MAC's Studio Finish concealer pot) over my eye lids as a primer, and over any blemishes. (Lucky me, I had a few blemishes the first day I used the Marc Jacobs foundation.)

After I'm prepped, I do my eyes, then foundation, under-eye concealer, bronzer, blush, lips and I set with a finishing powder. After 10 hours of wear the first day I was disappointed to see the foundation had shifted over the areas I applied it over the concealer (blemishes and eye area). It almost balled up like I had been slightly sunburned or had dry skin. 

Day 2: I decided not to use any concealer underneath the Marc Jacobs foundation, and that really seemed to do the trick. It stayed put all day, and my skin looked like porcelain. My only complaint is that because it doesn't settle in fine lines, it also does nothing to cover larger pores I  have around my nose. I began using my concealer over those areas after the foundation is applied, which ends up looking very nice and contoured.  I also noticed that this foundation cuts down on shine, which is great for me because I'm constantly powdering my face. 

As the days went on, I continued to be very pleased with its performance. the foundation goes on very smooth, and you can build coverage from medium to heavy by applying more layers. As I'm 25 years old, I still get the occasional breakout, and this foundation didn't bother me at all. I use the MAC 190 Foundation Brush and then a sponge, such as a Beauty Blender, to erase any brush strokes.

To compare: I've tried many foundation brands, such as MAC's Studio Finish, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Smashbox BB Cream, Makeup Forever HD Foundation and more. Personally, I would say the Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation beats out the other department store brands. The only other foundation I would rate higher that I've tried is the Georgio Armani Silk Illuminating Foundation, which retails for around $60. The Armani foundation goes on like silk (thus the name?) and looks natural and perfect. It has a lighter coverage than the Marc Jacobs brand. Are they worth being nearly twice the cost? I say yes. After all, it is your foundation upon which you build the rest of your makeup, so why not start with something wonderful. 

Have you tried out any of the Marc Jacobs cosmetics? If so what do you think? Weigh in below. 




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