From the second I heard about this foundation, I knew that it was inevitable that I would try it. A lot of YouTubers I watched were singing its praises and the first line of its description on the Sephora website claims it delivers ‘instant full coverage in a dot’. Yes please, where do I sign up?! However, Marc Jacobs is not available in Ireland. The best we can do is order from the Harrods website which to me is always a little offputting. Firstly, colour matching is difficult to do online (although not so much for me as I’m usually safe just opting for the lightest shade available) but also because this is an expensive foundation and when you factor in exchange rates and delivery charges, it gets really over the top. So knowing that I was heading to the US in June and that this was readily available in Sephora, it went straight to the top end of my wish list. I had researched the price and a quick swatch in store meant I was right to opt for the lightest shade so it was an easy purchase for me.
I have filmed a video on this foundation where I apply it and test its wear time throughout the day.
If you’re not into videos, read on!
This was my first Marc Jacobs beauty product and I was instantly impressed with the packaging. If I’m paying a high price, I want to feel like I bought a luxury product and this foundation is just that. The pill shaped bottle is sleek and weighty. The frosted glass is pretty and even the black plastic lid feels durable as opposed to a cheap flimsy plastic you could snap in your hand.
You remove the outer lid to find a silver piece you twist to open. The applicator lives on the other side of it.
The applicator is not a dropper type. Instead it is just a stick with a ball on the end. You use it to dab a few dots of the foundation on to your skin before blending. The idea is unique but I have had no issues with it. It is a simple concept and it works. I do wonder how I will fare as I reach the end of the bottle though. I also found that it can get a little messy – my bottle is covered in product!
Now, I love full coverage and I love a lot of foundation. While the Re(marc)able promises full coverage in a few dots, if I hadn’t known better, I probably would have gone hell for leather with it on my face like a regular foundation. I had, however, watched a YouTube video by the stunning Jamie Genevieve where she had made that very mistake so I went in with an unusually light hand (for me). A dot on each cheek, my nose, forehead and chin and then used my Beauty Blender to buff it out.
The packaging reminds you to shake well before use. It says that on a lot of products and I always forget and overlook those instructions. However one day when I applied it, I hadn’t shaken it and it had completely separated in the bottle. It looked horrific on my skin, sitting in my pores and completely uneven so please ensure to shake it before use. This is the one product I have ever used where it is actually necessary!
Unlike other full coverage foundations I have tried, this is extremely lightweight and feels almost watery but it still offers one of the highest levels of coverage I have ever experienced. Because it isn’t a thicker cream foundation, it is easy to blend out although because of the pigmentation, this is one that leaves you with a completely one-dimensional pancake face before you apply the rest of your makeup.
Here is my before and after so you can see how incredibly it covers. This is just those few dots I spoke about! It also layers beautifully if there are any areas that need just a touch more coverage.
There are twenty two shades in the range which is an amazing selection and they cover all bases from gold to pink and more neutral shades. I chose the lightest shade 10 Ivory Light which is described as very fair with pink undertones but I think it is very neutral. This matched me perfectly the day I bought it which was the very day I arrived in Las Vegas but because I was away for an entire month, my skin has darkened a little since then. It is still a really impressive match for my neck which is the whitest part of me but it looks very ghostly compared to my bare face. This is an excellent colour for really pale girls though which is brilliant considering we are often overlooked in shade ranges.
This claims to have an oil-free formula that blends over the skin to cover pores, blemishes and imperfections in a thin layer. I did notice that my pores do not look as obvious when I wear this. It is also said to contain pigments made of patented gold mica to give the complexion a radiant, real-life glow. This I have to disagree with. I feel like it sets to quite a matte base and with this level of coverage, you are never going to look natural. There is no radiance or sheen to it that I can see when I wear it. It is quite a flat matte which is something I have definitely steered away from over the last year or two. I have been suffering some uncharacteristic breakouts lately and this tends to cake on top of them, leaving them looking dry, scabby and flaky. Not a particularly good look. I also don’t suffer from dry skin but find that after application, this can feel quite tight.
When I wore this on holiday a few times, I genuinely loved it but since coming home, I don’t find myself reaching for it too often and when I do, I don’t get on as well with it as I once did. I think it may be something to do with it being so hot when I was away that this sort of melted into my skin looking fresher and slightly more radiant. The past few times I have applied it at home in Ireland where the weather is far from hot, it looks dry and flat.
It is said to dry down to a soft matte finish but I found that there was a slight tackiness to the touch after application so I would set it lightly with powder anyway. I hate not being able to put your hand to your face in case you rub away your foundation. Even though it is said to dry down, I found that it sunk into the lines I have on my forehead so I think setting it with powder is very important to avoid that. I also found that on some days that I applied it, it had a tendency to grab on to the powder bronzer, blush and highlight I layered on top making them look streaky and impossible to blend.
The wear time is excellent. I haven’t tested its twenty four hour theory but in all of the times I have worn it, I haven’t seen it fade or get patchy throughout the day. It stays put.
While it goes on dry, flat and matte, I find that as the day progresses it begins to look nicer and more natural on the skin. My oils break through giving it a sheen and turning it into the type of foundation I normally go for. In the video where I tested it, it took four hours for that to happen though and I can’t really wait for four hours before leaving the house, can I?!
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this foundation which means this is probably a terrible review so I have rounded up some pros and cons to help you decide if this could be one for you to try.
– Only a few drops necessary so it will last a long time
– Incredibly good pigmentation which is buildable to the fullest of full coverage
– An excellent colour range so you are bound to find one to suit
– Doesn’t accentuate larger pores
– Amazing wear time with no fading
– Looks nicer and fresher after several hours of wear
– Very matte finish which can look flat
– Doesn’t dry down fully which it claims to meaning it can grab powders you place on top and sink into lines
– Feels quite dry and tight on the skin
– Can go cakey over blemishes or dry patches
In all, I think your decision is going to be based on your skin type and personal preferences. If you are very oily, I think this could be worth considering as perhaps your oil would break through earlier in the day making the foundation look fresher or perhaps you just prefer a very matte look. If you have dry skin or acne-prone skin, I think you should avoid this. Dry skins will hate the tight feeling and how flat it looks. I also think it accentuates breakouts and dry patches.
I definitely do not love this foundation the way I thought I did when I first bought it and I will definitely not be repurchasing. I will use up the bottle so as not to waste it but I think I will be layering on the water sprays and illuminating primers in the hopes of making it look dewier.
The bottle only contains 22ml which is smaller than the average 30ml foundation but because you use such a tiny amount at a time, I don’t think there’s too much of a reason to complain. It retails for £37 from Harrods or $55 from Sephora.
What do you think?
Is this one you will opt for or avoid like the plague?
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