I'm back with my final Brand Focus of the year! I'm so glad that I started this series this year because it has made me rotate my products on a regular basis but also because the posts seem to have gone down really well with you all too! I'm happy that I have done 12 in 12 months (see series here) and already I'm thinking about the brands I can include next year but today, it's all about Marc Jacobs! I love the sleek black packaging of Marc Jacobs products, but I'm less keen on the animal print packaging of the Christmas collection this year!
Marc Jacobs makeup is now much more accessible to those of us this side of the Atlantic now that it's stocked in John Lewis and Harrods. Before that, I used to ask friends who went Stateside to buy some products for me and one of those was Under(Cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer. This is a really lightweight primer, yet it's hydrating enough for my dry skin. It's provides an even, smooth base for my foundation and is non-greasy. Don't worry if you don't like the scent of coconuts because it dissipates quite quickly. It is housed in a glass bottle, which is quite heavy so it wouldn't be ideal for travelling.
I absolutely love Air Brush Blush in the shade Flesh & Fantasy because it is so finely milled and soft that it is impossible to go wrong when applying it. Because it contains two shades, I can achieve a very natural look, however if I want to build up the intensity of the deeper shade, I swipe my brush vertically, rather than horizontally. The formula is very long-lasting on the cheeks - one of the longest lasting in my collection, but it isn't at all powdery. Lush & Libido is next on my list because the tangerine shades would be perfect for summer!
I love liquid highlighters and Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter is particularly gorgeous! This gel cream hybrid works in a number of ways - under foundation, mixed with foundation or as a traditional highlight, which is my preference. I love the pale gold/champagne colour and it suits my skin tone perfectly - it gives my skin the perfect dewy look without looking wet or metallic.
I have two Marc Jacobs eyeshadow palettes - Lolita from the original Style Eye Con range and Edgitorial from the new Eye-Conic range, which is sufficiently different from the other palettes in my collection to justify buying, although I kind of wish I had bought Scandalust. Marc Jacobs eyeshadows are extremely pigmented and whilst they are soft, they aren't buttery soft, which is good because it means they don't all blend into one and there is practically no fallout. They are smooth in texture, easy to blend and long lasting. The packaging is slim but secure and with seven quality shadows for £39, the price is pretty good compared to other high end brands.
For those who prefer cream shadows, there are Twinkle Pop Shadow Sticks and I have the shade Au Revoir. Cream shadows are very convenient but don't always perform well on my oily lids, however I find that this one works really well on me. Only after around 7 hours can I see some creasing, which is pretty good going for me. On non-oily lids, it should last longer. I find that it sets quite quickly so I apply and blend on one eye before moving on to the other, whereas with other ones I have, I can apply to both lids at the same time. I'm sure I'll add at least one more to my collection!
Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara has become my favourite mascara. This is my third tube and I am addicted! It gives fluttery, dramatic, voluminous lashes. It doesn't flake or smudge, doesn't give the spidery lash look and doesn't feel heavy on the lashes. It basically ticks every box for me!
I have two eye liners - one of the gel liners and the waterproof liquid liner in Blacquer, both of which work really well on my watery eye/oily lid combination. The gel liner is ideal for tightlining because it doesn't budge and it's also a pleasure to use because it's soft in texture. The waterproof liner is absolutely brilliant - it does not budge at all and I can build up from a fine line to a full on cat flick. It is very black in colour and doesn't make my eyes water in the way that some liquid liners do.
One of the most beautiful lip liners comes in the form of (P)outliner Longwear Lip Pencil in the shade Nudist. This is so comfortable to wear because it has the perfect texture - not so soft that it will slip all over the face but precise enough to ensure correct application. I love that it's retractable so I don't need to worry about having a sharpener with me. This shade is a beautiful pinky-nude, which is my go-to lip colour!
The first lipstick I tried was from the Lip Creme rang in the shade Slow Burn. It's a mini that came in a Sephora set. I then went on to buy the limited edition Holiday 2017 lip creme in the shade Purr-fect, which is a beautiful rose pink shade. Both of these lipsticks have a very creamy texture but not so slippy that it will be on your teeth and face, just very comfortable to wear. I find that I can get around 5/6 hours from these lipsticks before needing to top up, which is pretty good!
Finally, one of my favourite ever lip glosses is Hi-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer in the shade Sugar, Sugar, which is the perfect nude shade. I love these glosses because they really give a high shine but they aren't at all sticky so I don't need to worry about my hair sticking to my lips! They smell minty and tingle slightly but it's not uncomfortable at all and they're very pigmented, which is unusual for glosses!
If you are yet to try any Marc Jacobs products, I really think you can't go wrong with any of the products I have mentioned here - it just depends on your preference/weakness. Some people love lip products more than anything but for others, it's a mascara. Whatever you choose, I really don't think you'll be disappointed.
Have you tried any Marc Jacobs products? I'd love to hear what your favourites are?
Thanks for reading!