I can’t believe just how quick these weeks are going. Best laid plans to get jobs completed have been flung to the side and I’m finding myself fighting between getting an early night or staying up just half an hour longer to finish a task. Bed is winning, by the way. Then again, it always does. Sitting my work exams this week has caused me to force myself into a routine. A routine which although good for some, isn’t so good for me. I’ve had to meal plan, lunch plan, outfit plan, sleep plan and choosing which Eyeshadow palette to wear each morning is causing me some distress. I’ve been sticking with Kat Von D Shade and Light palette for ease using Gingersnap from the Too Faced Grand Hotel Café for my lid just in case you’re interested. Lip colours are actually the easiest decision for me to make as I have my own routine when choosing. For work it’s a bright pink or even purple, for nights out a nude that compliments a heavy smoky eye and for day to day, a pale pink, soft lilac or muted coral. Dabbling with Marc Jacobs Beauty, I’ve chosen three lip products that although you necessarily wouldn’t put them together, they work really well.
As mentioned in my previous post on Marc Jacobs Beauty, this luxury brand has been giving me all the feels since it was launched in 2013. Sleek piano black packaging, quality formulations and well thought out products to enhance and highlight your beauty instead of masking it. Each and every product that I have tried has been well received, but I find the lip colours to be on another level. The Le Marc Lip Crème lip colour range started off with a handful of beautifully pigmented colours which has since been extended into a collection that boasts sheer shades, a set of perfect nudes and one of the glossiest black lipsticks I’ve ever seen.
Sticking to a day wear shade, the Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème in Slow Burn is a creamy nude rose shade that is right up my street. It’s the right level of rosiness without looking too pink. Warm toned with a satin finish, it compliments my skin tone well and looks great with or without a lip liner. It does remind me of the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Backtalk which is one of my absolute can’t live without colours, but with a warmer hue. The formulation is so heavily pigmented that it stains lips, and hands when swatching, leaving a sheer wash of colour that lasts til bedtime. Actual wear time is around 7 hours and an oil based remover is essential to remove every last trace.
Although I’ve tried the Marc Beauty eye liners, this is my first time in trying the lip liners. Once, I was a girl who used to turn my nose up at lip liners thinking that they were just an extra step in my makeup routine but as I’m ageing, the need for lip liner is apparent. Amassing quite a collection from various brands, Marc Jacobs Beauty Poutliner Lip Liner seems to have an edge over the others. Maybe it’s because it’s gel based, but the formulation glides on my lips and stays put whilst keeping my lipstick on my lips and not my chin. With only three shades of lip liner in the range, each shade has been designed to work with the whole range of Le Marc Crème and Sheer Gel lip colours, no matter how muted or bright.
The lip gloss colour of the year has to be Sugar Sugar from the Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamoured Gloss range. Thanks to a bit of Instagram marketing, I kept seeing the Marc Beauty page share Sugar Sugar in several provocative images that made me start obsessing over getting hold of it. I’m not usually big on lip glosses. Sure, I have a few and I do use them periodically but as I generally tend to wear a matte lip, a lip gloss tends to be cast aside. Lately, I’ve been trying out some more editorial lip looks and I’ve been using gloss over a matte lip to create different effects and Sugar Sugar is such a pretty shade, that I’ve found myself reaching for it over my Matte finishes. The Enamoured glosses have a super high shine finish to mimic ’30 coats of lacquer’ and have a great minty fresh taste when applied. For a gloss they do last for a considerable amount of time, and have around 3 hours of wear before it’s completely disappeared from my lips. Not drying and lightly hydrating, the Enamoured gloss performs better than most glosses that I’ve used. I’m very impressed.
I’m so pleased that I don’t have to wait for my trips to America to hit Sephora for my Marc Jacobs Beauty products now that Harrods and John Lewis have started stocking the brand. It makes life that little bit easier. I’m compiling a list of what I want next, starting with the ReMarcable foundation. I’ve also just spotted the exclusive Liquid Lip Crémes which have got me a little excited.
What’s on your beauty wish list?
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