One of the most highly anticipated beauty brand premieres of the year was Marc Jacobs Beauty at Sephora. Marc Jacobs has found his niche in a younger clientele demographic, so his makeup range was bound to be a hit with same set simply because his name carries a lot of weight. I attended the launch at my local Sephora but wasn’t particularly floored by the offerings as being particularly “must-have.” I settled on the Style Eye-Con No 7 Eye Palette in Lolita because I am a neutral fiend and it swatched quite well.
It was the only eye shadow that I brought along on my New York trip in September since the colours are perfect for day wear with a nice mix of shimmery metallics, buttery mattes, and lustrous sheens and the packaging lends itself well to travel. The compact is sleek, slim and solid and slides in to a nylon sleeve for added protection. I found the nylon case to be indispensable due to this compact’s biggest flaw, but more on that in a moment.
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There are 3 matte shades: off-white cream, nude and dark coffee brown. The cream and nude shades are buttery and pigmented. The darkest shade doesn’t swatch as evenly but it has solid buildable pigmentation. All three shades apply and blend very well but are so soft, they kick up a lot of dust in the compact. And yet, I don’t find they have fall down when they apply as long as you use quality brushes that are not too abrasive.
The other 4 shades include a metallic warm pink with iridescent glitter, iridescent champagne pink sheen, light peach sheen, and a rosy copper sheen. The metallic warm pink (the middle of the palette) is very difficult to use since the glitter is very chunky and doesn’t stay in place very well. To put it simply: it’s a beast. The last 3 shades are wonderful in colour pay off and application but not terribly unique.
The deciding factor in my apathy towards this palette as a whole is the shedding. Sitting unused and unmoved in a drawer this palette still manages to slough off layers of fine powder dusting the inside and outside of the palette. Hence the the need to keep the nylon sleeve.
On the eye the shadows have impressive staying power, especially layered over NARS Pro Prime and don’t crease at all. The colours are perfectly curated to work well together; the lighter shades illuminate and open the eye with nice definition provided my the mattes. But I am OCD about mess and at $71CAD, I think this palette is obscenely over priced for the amount of product and performance level. For the hardcore Marc Jacobs fan it may be worth the investment, but for beauty aficionados I say skip it.