FOTD: Wearable Indulgence

I used the two golden hues from my MAC Indulge haul: Gilt Gourmet (fluidline) and Three Ring Yellow (eyeshadow).

FACE
Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation (Cocoa Light)
Bobbi Brown Pressed Powder (Golden Orange)
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer (03)
MAC Blush in Stylish Me
EYES
MAC Fludline in Gilt Gourmet (inner lids)
MAC Eyeshadow in Three Ring Yellow (entire lid)
Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eye Pencil in Noir (lashline & waterline)
Volume de Chanel Mascara
LIPS
Chanel Lip Pencil in Nude
Shiseido Lip Lacquer in GD 817

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

Lip Service: MARC JACOBS Lip Gel in Seduce Me

Designer Marc Jacobs is collaborating with Sephora to release a full line of makeup. From brow gel to concealer to lipsticks, the line covers almost every aspect of making up — from start to finish. Jacobs says he was inspired to start playing with ‘color’ (his runway models have been traditionally ‘plain faced’ until recently), while working with Francios Nars.

One of the more interesting additions to the line is a ‘Lip Gel’ – which had me a bit confused at first. It looks like a lipstick (comes in a traditional lipstick tube, with a bullet reminiscent of a pair of Marc Jacobs pumps that I sported about 15 years ago). So I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it.

I have the color in ‘Seduce Me’ (the entire Marc Jacobs line features cheeky names… much in the spirit of NARS or OPI), which is a soft berry color.

Now, here’s why they call it a lip gel. You know those ‘jelly’ finishes you get from some nail polishes and lip glosses? This is a more ‘solid’ version of that finish. This lipstick is highly pigmented and moisturizing, and leaves a jelly like finish on the skin.

The formula is extremely comfortable on the lips. I put this lipstick on dry (nearly chapped) lips, and it plumped them up beautifully. Without makeup remover, this lipstick will leave a bit of a stain. I used makeup remover to get it off completely.

Marc Jacobs Beauty will be available August 9th, at Sephora and on sephora.com. You can preview the line HERE.

*pr sample