Marc Jacobs… beautiful fragrances, incredible fashion, quirky accessories, and now a successful makeup line. It’s hard to keep up! But if you’re wanting some designer items minus the super hefty price tag, some of his gorgeous beauty products may just tie you over; especially these gorgeous New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel lipsticks. The packaging is to die for, and the formula is not too shabby either.
Thanks to the much-awaited arrival of an Australia Sephora, Sydney-siders now have access to Marc Beauty, which has been on my radar for quite some time. Lots of US beauty babes have been singing praises about the line, and I simply couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.
I went with the New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel lipsticks ($43) because I was looking for something lightweight for everyday wear, and these fit the bill wonderfully… And because I am currently obsessed with nude/neutral lips. It’s funny how things change. A few years ago, I associated ‘nude’ lips with concealer, corpse-like lips – anyone else or just me? I didn’t own not even one neutral shade of lipstick, it just didn’t occur to me there could be a natural-looking, flattering shade of nude made just for me. And maybe back then, there wasn’t. But there is now, 7 of them! The New Nudes line consists of 7 different shades, plus 3 lip liners (of which I don’t own any, yet) all of which are supposed to take the guess work out of choosing the perfect nude, and there is something to suit every skin tone.
The two shades I own are 110 Role Play and 150 Eat Cake. Role Play is my current obsession – a dusty rose-mauve nude, quite a neutral shade and my perfect MLBB. Eat Cake is a beautiful rosy pink shade, with a hint of peachiness for good measure. This one really brightens up my face, plus I couldn’t resist the cute name… Mmm cake.
The beige packaging is oh-so luxurious, featuring a magnetised cap and silver detailing. It’s stunning and it’s certainly a treat to pull these out of the handbag. I realise the style of packaging may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but personally I find it classy and unique. Plus, look how photogenic these lipsticks are!
Although I only own two lipsticks from this line, I can tell you that they aren’t all that sheer, as the name would suggest. OK – they can be sheer depending on application, but can most definitely be built to medium opaqueness with two swipes. The texture is very rich and creamy, and really does feel like a gel when you apply it; as it just glides onto the lips with the utmost ease. The formula is quite moisturising and neither of these two shades emphasise dry patches, which is a huge plus – I love that there is no prep work, aka exfoliating or using a balm underneath them (unless you have super-dry lips). Once applied, you’re left with a beautiful shiny finish that is quite opaque. There is a faint vanilla scent present, but nothing offensive.
The use of a lip liner is not entirely necessary as they do not feather, or settle into lip lines. They last roughly around 3 hours before I need to reapply, which is not awful considering they don’t claim to be long-wearing and I am constantly drinking water or tea throughout the day. They’re quite balmy and have a lot of slip, so bare that in mind.
You will like these if:
- You’re after a comfortable everyday lipstick
- You want a good selection of nude shades to choose from
- You don’t mind having to reapply often
- You’re a sucker for chic packaging.
Things to consider:
- They’re pricey lipsticks
- Not very long-wearing
I’m very pleased with Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel Lipsticks and am constantly reaching for them. I cannot wait to get my hands on more Marc Beauty goodies in the future! Have you tried anything from MJ?