Worth Every Penny?: Marc Jacobs Marvelous Mousse Foundation

Thursday, March 6, 2014

I've got a big family wedding coming up, and it's quickly turning into the only thing I think about. Every pair of shoes, every clutch essentials article, and every nude nail polish I see leads to only one thought: Should I/can I use this for the wedding? (It's extra pathetic because I'm just a guest). Obviously, I've been obsessing even more over my makeup for the event, with particular emphasis on my base. Good foundation is the critical building block to good makeup, and I've been on the hunt for the perfect long-lasting, medium to full coverage base with a natural finish for my cousin's big day. I was hearing good things about this new offering from Marc Jacobs, and decided to try out the base while simultaneously dipping my toe into the brand's makeup.

For starters, this is not a mousse foundation. Mousse products are light, whipped and airy (think of any of the Maybelline mousse products), whereas this is really a cream-to-powder foundation. It's not dense or heavy, and actually goes on light, but be warned that the texture is not what you'd expect. I was a bit disappointed that it wasn't as fluffy and whipped as I thought it would be, but I've actually come to really love the texture of this foundation. Super pliable, it goes on and blends out incredibly easily and quickly sets to a dry-to-the-touch powder finish. As an oily skinned girl, I hate foundations with tacky finishes that don't feel like they've "dried down"--that's actually the element of face makeup that makes it uncomfortable for me to wear. This is the kind of foundation where someone can touch your face and not get makeup all over their fingers (crucial for cheek-kissing relatives, you know!). Similar to Revlon ColorStay in terms of its touchability, but a hell of a lot lighter and easier to wear, this is the most comfortable foundation I've ever worn.

Despite how light it feels on the skin, it's very dense in the compact, so I prefer to apply this with the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. You can try getting it on with your fingers, but it'll go on quite thickly, and take entirely too long. This could also be a good one to use with something like the Beauty Blender, but I like it best buffed in with the stippling brush and then smoothed over lightly with my fingers to get rid of any brush marks. 

Normally I'm more of a medium coverage foundation girl, but I'm really into the full coverage-ness of this product, especially as it looks reasonably natural. Again, because the formula is so pliable, it doesn't take much to even out your skin tone, but you can build it up to hide any pesky spots without your base looking cakey. The only thing about this foundation that can look heavy is that it tends to cling to patches of dry skin, so drier skin types might want to steer clear of this, or at least prep your skin underneath really well. The clinging isn't super obvious, but it's definitely noticeable if you get up close.

I've been basically raving about this foundation, but I do have a few problems with it. For one thing, despite the semi-matte finish, it doesn't seem all that mattifying for oily skin. Depending on what moisturizer I'm wearing underneath, my nose turns greasy roughly 4-6 hours after application. It's also not the most longwearing, as my base tends to start breaking down around the 10 hour mark. For those reasons, it won't be my wedding (guest!) foundation of choice, as I need something that can last for a good 15 hours, but this has still been my favorite foundation recently.

Since this is a Worth Every Penny post, we need to talk about the price. This foundation is $55, putting it right up there with Chanel bases. Marc Jacobs Beauty is a new company, and I get that they're working the luxury angle, but that just seems like an exorbitant price for an untested cosmetics line. I feel like some of the justification for paying high prices for Chanel foundations is that Chanel is a reputable beauty company, and people generally expect quality from them, but Marc Jacobs Beauty hasn't built that reputation yet. (I do hear almost all positive things about the line of makeup and nail polish, though). I love this foundation for workdays and such, but at $55 I'm not sure if I would repurchase. I'm leaning towards it just because I enjoy the texture so much and comfort is key when wearing face makeup all day, but I'm still hoping I can find something similar for less. 

Bottom line: This is a great, full coverage, extremely comfortable and easy to wear foundation with a semi-matte finish. It's probably best for normal skin types, with a bit of wiggle room if you're a bit more oily or dry, though dry skin types should prep the skin more as this foundation can cling to dry patches. Not the most longwearing or oil controlling, this is still a fantastic ultra-comfortable foundation for everyday and is worth trying out if you're willing to fork over the $55. 

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