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10 Apr 2016

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able foundation review

Last week I was invited to a Marc Jacobs masterclass, led by the global make up artist for the brand, Gilbert Soliz. Here I learned lots of things:

  • The Middle East is the prime income generator for the brand
  • The Under(Cover) Perfecting Coconut Primer smells and feels like a treatment for the skin 
  • The forthcoming Spotlight Illuminator (coming to Dubai in next couple of months) is a sensational product that can be applied in specific points of the face or all over for a dewy base and reminds me of Becca's Pearl
  • The gel liners can work as a long lasting high impact eyeshadow
  • The Fineliner is an excellent sightline product and extremely long lasting; and
  • The Re(marc)able foundation is bloody amazing. 

I left with a goody bag and high tailed it to Sephora. I wasn't gifted the foundation but I was so impressed when playing with the testers in the masterclass that I had to have it.

I am a full coverage fiend. I get giddy with the prospect of using a foundation that promises a flawless base and the claims attached to this one seemed the most promising of them all.

You know the score: twice as much pigment as any other full coverage foundation on the market, lightweight, oil free, 24 hour longevity and a flattering soft matte finish.

I'd seen some dodgy reviews on YouTube, which in hindsight were largely due to an incorrect application technique, so I was curious to see how it performed on me.

After a rocky start, where I too applied far too much product and saw it separate on my nozzle, I can say the following:

  • YOU ONLY NEED ONE DROP - many brands say this but the reality is often a LIE. For example  NARS and their Luminous Weightless Pointless is a one drop wonder that fails to deliver. The Re(Marc)able is a different story - one dollop from the end of the applicator IS enough to cover your face. As soon as you start blending in the dots you will see the richness of pigment blend into your skin and it is at that point you will "get it". Don't plop dollops of the stuff on your face unless you want to look like a cake. 

  • An illuminating and ultra hydrating base is the way to go - during the masterclass Gilbert applied the Under(Cover) Perfecting Coconut Primer and then the new Spotlight Illuminator over the top, all over the skin. I have tried to copy this by using a soothing primer (MAC Prep and Prime) and then Becca Pearl Shimmering Skin Perfector and I LOVE this combination. It gives the foundation the perfect base - nourished skin that is packed full of light reflecting particles. I think this is key to making the foundation look less flat and dry when applied. 
  • Use a dense brush - don't use a namby pamby stippling brush to work this in; it's going to be far more effective with a flat topped or dense brush. If you're feeling spendy you can buy the Marc Jacobs one but I LOVE the Sephora 53. I love it so much that I am washing it daily - my typical behaviour is to use a different brush a day and rotate through the collection until I have to punish myself with a boring brush cleaning session. It's a highly recommended purchase!  
  • It's soft matte in finish - one reason why I would mark this higher than Estee Lauder Double Wear (gasp!) is that my face doesn't look so flat straight after application. Now of course it could - if I applied too much - but once the quantity is perfected all you get is even plastic fantastic skin. It's not luminous but it's not fully matte either. Actually, now I think about it, it gives me a Studio Fix Fluid vibe in terms of finish - just without the heinous stink. 
  • 24 hour wear? I don't think so - I do wear this all day and typically for longer than 12 hours. Does it stay perfect? No. It fades from my T-Zone and gathers a little around my nose. This isn't terribly unusual and at least it doesn't happen within 6 hours of application. 
  • There are plenty of shades but matching may be tricky - Gilbert said that I would either be Ivory Medium or Beige Light. I swatched both and would have bought the former but Dubai being Dubai, it was out of stock. Beige Light is a touch too yellow for me but it's summer here now so maybe I'll get browner...yada yada yada - there was no way I wasn't buying it. I'm not sure how easy it would be to find your shade if buying online. It reminds me of my Kat von D foundation dalliance - I have two bottles of that and neither have the right undertone. For reference I am Sand in Double Wear and an NC25 in MAC. 

(Before is with my primer and illuminator on/After is just after foundation has been applied, before bronzer and highlight. I tried to take the photo in the same light conditions and with the same dopey long distance expression.)

I am currently wearing this daily and have zero desire to deviate any time soon. I have seen others complain that it made their skin look very dry and I wonder if this is one of those foundations that comes into it's own during summertime or humid climates. As the day goes on I feel like it melts into the skin and gains gently in luminosity, all while keeping the coverage levels high. 

If you are a foundation addict like me then you definitely need to give it a go.

You can get Marc Jacobs in Sephora and now in the UK, via Harrods - the cost is $55 or £37.

I know I'm not exactly trailblazing with this review so for those of you who have tried it, what did you think and do you have any applications tips? 

Thanks for reading


  1. My regular foundation is beginning to run out and I'm in desperate need of a new foundation that will do a bit more than turn me the wrong colour. This sounds like it might be a great replacement but I bet I'll struggle to find a shade that matches my ghost like face. Maybe it might actually be worth having a weirdly coloured face for this foundation though!

    Raise The Waves

    1. Lighter shades are always tricky. Scrap that any shade for a full coverage foundation is tricky because it's so rich. Mine is definitely a little too yellow right now but I am sucking it up and pretending it suits my body :) haha

  2. This looks amazing Laura! I might have to take a hop and a skip to my nearest counter!
    Also, what mascara are you wearing? Your lashes look stunning!

    1. Thanks Louise! I am actually wearing falsies on top - the Eylure 143's (I cut them in two and wear on the outer corner) and lashings of Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir :)

  3. In my opinion the result is simply perfect and you look adorable <3
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  4. This looks like a great foundation. And in my opinion its not that expensive considering its brand! X


  5. I love the idea of a full coverage foundation in such a small but I would never be able to stick to only one drop haha! Looks beautiful with the primers under, must look at the range when i'm next in London

    The Beauty Vow

  6. Amazing! You look so beautiful dear!


  7. I am looking for a full coverage foundation, and that one seems to have the finish I like. I wonder if I can find a tester to peruse somewhere.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  8. OK you've made me want this! I already have the coconut primer on the to try list.

  9. This has been sat in my stash since it launched-I need to dig it out pronto! Xx

  10. Nail polish shade please? It looks AMAZING!

  11. I love Marc Jacobs make-up, especially their lipsticks! I especially love Charlotte, the shade that was released in honour of Princess Charlotte - so long lasting! I'll have to give this foundation a go x

  12. It looks SO lovely on your skin... I'm super tempted to make an order now! Thanks for sharing all your tips for it as well :)
    Lucy xoxo

  13. Looks really lovely on you! How does it compare to the Clarins extra comfort foundation? I remember you were quite happy with this Clarins foundation some time ago. It is my stable foundation still after using it a couple of years; it is quite full coverage, and soothes my dry mid 40's skin. Would love to hear your view. Thanks. Heidi

  14. I came here just to comment that you have beautiful skin before! Amazing. My favorite thing to do is watch the youtube reviews of this foundation - it's so cathartic to see people apply it - is that weird? LOL.

  15. It looks beautiful! I need a new foundation. I might have to pop into Sephora and check this one out!

  16. Yet to try from the Marc Jacobs line but looks fab on you! Love your blog and your instagram has inspired me to give my blog and insta a little makeover!