Foundation Road Test…Marc Jacobs Foundation Concentrate

Marc Jacobs Foundation

Marc Jacobs Foundation – Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate was my new beauty splurge. I’ve been watching reviews for months now. Across the board, people seem to like/love it. I was really disappointed with the Too Faced “Born This Way” finish and colour range. I found that it was chalky and none of the colours suited me. I wanted to try the Marc Jacobs Foundation in my search for the perfect foundation.

My favourite foundation so far, has been discontinued (Lumi-Magique Liquid Foundation by L’Oreal). I was in the market for a new foundation. Being so particular about foundation I have a lot of criteria. It needs to offer coverage to even out my skin tone, but at my age, too powdery a finish can age me a lot. 

I had tried samples of Re(marc)able, which were completely the wrong colour, but I did love the texture. It is really, really pigmented. 

How to Apply Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate

“Prime” your canvas (your face)

The Marc Jacob’s Primer is on my list of must-trys, but I cannot justify it until I run out of the Chanel, so I use the Chanel high-end primer. I apply my Chanel Le Blanc De Chanel Multi-use Illuminating Base.I love the illuminating effect and apply to my forehead, cheeks, the tip of my nose and chin and blend out.

CHANEL LE BLANC DE CHANEL MULTI-USE ILLUMINATING BASE
CHANEL LE BLANC DE CHANEL MULTI-USE ILLUMINATING BASE

Applying Marc Jacobs Foundation – “Dot”

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation Concentrate
Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation Concentrate

This foundation is 44% pigment. My colour is Bisque Medium 26 – fair w/ neutral undertones. Even though it says neutral, it is still quite yellow (this is a problem I have with all foundations. I had to blend it well to ensure I had no tide mark at my neck and hairline. Starting with a dot my nose, forehead, and chin, I blended out from there. I used too much. The coverage was amazing, with a powdery but silky look. I looked in the mirror in the car on my way to the ferry and loved the finish. 

“Buff” – Marc Jacob’s The Face I – Liquid Foundation Brush No. 1

Foundation Brushes Sephora Marc Jacobs Beauty Chanel MAC Urban Decay © via The Beauty Look Book
Foundation Brushes Sephora Marc Jacobs Beauty Chanel MAC Urban Decay © via The Beauty Look Book

For a quality finish, you can’t beat a great synthetic buffing brush for spreading foundation evenly across the face and in my case down the neck a bit. As someone trained in airbrush makeup, I feel this brush, with the very fine, rounded brush head, allows diffused application, that looks airbrushed.

Marc Jacobs Foundation Brush No1.
Marc Jacobs Foundation Brush No1.

An advantage of synthetic fibres is that they are non-absorbent and have a smooth shaft so there are no nooks and crannies for the germs to hide. This means that brushes made from synthetic fibres are more hygienic and easier to clean. Synthetic fibres for foundation application means you use less product since the surface doesn’t “drink” the product.

I’ve had this brush for a while now and oscillated between the Beauty Blender and this brush. I think now I have the foundation I will use the brush more. The foundation matches the brush, and I love using products from the same lines together (verging on OCD).

Touch Ups Throughout The Day

Through the day my face felt comfortable, and when I got home it was still in place, which is rare for me as I have an oily nose. I only touched up once with my Urban Decay Pressed Powder.

NAKED SKIN Ultra Definition Powder Foundation
NAKED SKIN
Ultra Definition Powder Foundation

End of Day Verdict

Heading straight to the mirror when I got home, I saw my foundation was still on. This is unlike most other of the foundations I have used in the past. Once I get the quantity to use correctly, the Marc Jacobs Foundation “re(marc)able” will be a great foundation that I will repurchase. The Chanel or Armani Foundations are more expensive, but  I’d put Marc Jacobs with these foundations on par in terms of quality and luxury packaging. It is a comfortable to wear, full coverage foundation.

End of the week verdict

As much as this foundation had outstanding coverageI am just not loving the colour. It is supposed to be neutral but it is so yellow. It settles in my pores and feels chalky. I prefer L’Oreal Lumi Magique, Chanel’s Vital Lumiere, and other foundations that have a satin finish. I think if my skin was perfect and I wanted even coverage this would be a great choice, but for my 47 year old complexion I need something smoothing, that evens out my complexion without trying to look 21. 

Sources: Sephora.com  /   Urban Decay  /  Nordstrom

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