FOTD: Marc Jacobs

Now, before I get on with the business of the FOTD, let me give a closer look at the products I used. I finally got to dig into the Marc Jacobs Foundation and I have to say that so far… I’m a fan. The super thin formula is best applied for me  using fingers. I find that the brush ate a lot of product, and I did a better job of ‘massaging the formula’ (it tends to bond to the skin like MAC Face & Body) into my skin.

My color is Cocoa Light. I strongly suggest you try these foundations in person before committing because the range is … interesting. Beige looks more like ‘grey’ — but then swatches an actual beige in real life. Golden (which you’d think would be my color range) is more like Golden Beige… even the darkest shade (which is confusingly ‘golden medium’ , NOT ‘golden dark’. I tested this theory multiple times and Golden Medium is definitely richer in color and slightly darker than Golden Dark). Cocoa initially looked to me to be a flat ‘brown’ variation, but I found that under stronger lights (camera flash… or outdoors in sunlight) it magically picked out my yellow undertones nicely.

I’ll give the flash on the camera credit for picking up that warmth. In weak light… the color looked very flat and a dullish  brown to me.

As you can see, the formula is very thin. It goes on sheer, but can be built to a medium coverage. This formula is FANTASTIC on my oily skin. I’m not so sure this will work as well on drier skin types. The ‘gel’ formula literally absorbs oil on my face. I was really surprised at this. It reminds me of the Urban Decay Naked Foundation… with more of a ‘skin-like’ finish. UD went matte on me, and really made my skin dry (which is so weird, considering how oily I am). This absorbs oil, but wears weightlessly.
For this FOTD, I also used the concealer pen in 00, and the ‘invisible’ brow tamer.

The pen is ‘click action’ , to dispense as little or as much product as you need. The formula is very dense; I found that ‘half’ a click (without fully depressing the clicker at the bottom) was plenty of product for both eyes.

Number 00 is a perfectly balanced neutral yellow tone. At first I thought it would be too ‘ashy’ — but it warms up if you use the smallest amount of product. A little bit goes a very long way.

 The interesting thing about the brow tamer is the brush. The bristles are dense and clumped together, not separated as you’d find with a typical brow (or mascara) product. This feature dispenses more product in the smallest places, and combs through every single hair. However, I would not recommend this product for people with sparse or thinner shaped brows because I noticed that the density of the brush means there is no ‘illusion’ of building thicker brows with this product. It does not lift and separate the brow hairs as say… the Anastasia version would.
See how dense that brush is?
Now, to the FOTD:
FACE
Marc Jacobs ‘Genius Gel’ Super Charged Foundation (Cocoa Light)
Marc Jacobs ‘Remedy’ Concealer Pen (Stand Corrected)
Marc Jacobs Brow Tamer (Invisible)
Bobbi Brown Pressed Powder (Golden Orange)
MAC Blush (Barefaced)
EYES
Sauce Box ‘Creme de la Creme’ Palette:
Shimmer Taupe on lids
Black on outer lashline and under waterline
Guerlain Kohl Me Kajal on waterline and tightline
Volume de Chanel Mascara
LIPS
Ardency Inn Natural Color Lip Pencil (Essex)
*Marc Jacobs products provided as pr samples

FOTD: Terracotta (again)

Eh, I’m in a Guerlain kind of mood. So I used mostly items from the Summer 2011 collection to bring together this look:

EYES
Guerlain Cream Eyeshadow in Maya (lids)
Guerlain Cream Eyeshadow in Bahia (browbone)
Guerlain Terracotta Kohl in Black Fakir (waterline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara
FACE
Guerlain Tinted Moisturizer (brunettes)
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer in Clair 01
Guerlain Terra Inca Radiant Powder
LIPS
Chanel Lip Pencil in Peche
Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Jicky

SCORE! Guerlain Kohl in Oriental Bronze

DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW HARD IT IS TO SCORE ONE OF THESE THINGS?

I didn’t. I went about the business of collecting my favorite colors (black, brun dore, bleu, oriental metal, oriental bronze) and got all but the last one fairly easily. I went EVERYWHERE… beauty encounter, eluxury (worth a shot), even overstock… and NOTHING.

Then I hit ebay, and one person wanted 70 bucks for one. No dice. I want it, but I’m not paying above retail. Period. I don’t believe in, or appreciate insane markups on coveted items. I know people want to make money, but sometimes it goes too far for my tastes.

I finally found an honest seller on ebay from across the pond (UK), selling it for LESS than retail. I checked her feedback, and bought it right after. It came today! It’s GORGEOUS. I wasn’t sure how the ‘greenish gold’ was going to translate on my warm skin. It’s perfect. I can’t wait to play!

Covet Worthy: L’Oreal Hip Powder Kohl

I’m admittedly a bit of a makeup snob. So I’m always surprised when I come across something that really works for a fraction of the price of luxury brands. I can’t take credit for this latest discovery; it comes courtesy of another makeup maven… who informed me that they were being discontinued.

So I bought just one, because I’m a skeptic. And I tried it… and WOW. I instantly went back and bought the rest of the colors available at that particular store. Many were sold out. That’s likely because they’ve been discounted as much as 75% OFF. You heard me right. I didn’t pay full price for any of them. I had to drive around a bit to get them all… but get them all I did (I think. There might be a metallic grey floating out there that I don’t have).

So RUN — don’t walk — to get your hands on these things. They actually have a better applicator than the Guerlain version (although Guerlain’s packaging is much nicer). They’re not as finely milled, but the color payoff is noteworthy.


And not to worry… if you can’t get any, I’m giving away three of them for the holidays. With any luck, you’ll be selected as the winner!