• Two New Purchases from Marc Jacobs Beauty

    I’m so happy that John Lewis has started stocking Marc Jacobs beauty.  Well, at least the one local to me is and that’s great for me as it means that now I don’t have to venture into Central London to get access to premium beauty brands like this one.  Even though I know there’s aways online shopping, I generally prefer to visit the shops, swatch test and the like and that’s why up until recently I hadn’t bought anything from Marc Jacobs before.

    However, there had always been two things I had marked for a “one day I will get this” purchase, and that’s one of their Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palettes and their much talked about Velvet Noir Mascara.

    It didn’t take me long to decide that it was the Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Longwear Eyeshadow Palette in Scandalust that I wanted.  Whilst all the colours-ways are beautiful, this to me has the most day and night appropriate shades that I know I would get the most use out of.  It’s also of course a more neutral-toned palette, which we all know I love.

    From the packaging, which is reminiscent of a sleek, mini clutch, to the names and finishes of the eyeshadows, all of which have fashion connotations, this is fashion and beauty combined at its best.  For instance, these palettes contain eyeshadows with four different fashion finishes – buttery matte velvet, shimmering satin, sparkling silk and metallic lamé.  As a beauty and fashion fiend, these little details matter and what makes the expensive price tag of £39 worth it, even if just a little.

    There are seven colours in this palette and it was the deeper red and plummish shades that stood out to me and what moves this palette away from being just another run of the mill neutral eyeshadow palette in my collection. The texture of the eyeshadows are amazing, the packaging is super chic and all the colours are wearable.  From left to right there is:

    1. Hot Pants: a light yellow beige with a metallic sheen.  This works great as a brow bone and inner corner highlight.

    2. At the Office: a matte finish light beige.  Perfect as a base or subtle crease colour.

    3. Cause a Fuss: a copper with pink undertones.  This is a shimmer and looks gorgeous swept across the entire lid or indeed blended into the outer corners.

    4. That’s Why: a warm brown with an orange undertone and the perfect crease colour which is matte in finish.

    5. They Call Her: a deeper and more red-toned copper with a shimmering, metallic finish

    6. Litte Miss: a deep espresso with plum undertones which is in a matte finish.  Great for creating a smokey eye.

    7. Scandalous: a dark cranberry red and for me the stand-out colour of the palette. This is another matte and great worked into the outer corners as well as blended into the crease.

    Don’t you think it’s pretty cool how the names of the eyeshadows create a sentence – oh the little things!

    My other purchase was the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara £22. I generally go for drugstore mascaras but make the exception here as this really does what it says.  For über thick and voluminous lashes this is my go-to and therefore pretty much the only mascara I have been turning to of late.

    The wand has a jagged edge which really grips and coats the lashes in one go.  I know this is a good one because I’ve even used it without an eye lash curler beforehand, and it works just as well.  The only slight negative is that the brush does pick up a lot of product and I therefore have to wipe off any excess first.  However, given the overall finish, I can live with this.

    I can totally see why this is a favourite and highly recommend it if you like big and dramatic jet black lashes.

    Needless to say I am happy with both of my purchases and can see this as great additions to my makeup routine this holiday season.

    So have you tried these before?  What do you think? x