Strobing, colour correcting… everyone’s moved on to the next popular thing in the beauty world, yet I am here still talking about killer cheekbones. Sue me! I’ve been trying this one product out for quite some time and I’ve got a lot to say about it, you feel? I had been eyeing the Marc Jacobs #InstaMarc Light Filtering Contour Palette for a very, very, very long time. I emphasised the ‘very’ because it felt like I’d been lusting for this product forever; when I’d go to finally purchase it, it would be out of stock for a few weeks, then by the time it’d come back I’d talk myself out of it. Eventually it got gifted to me for my birthday in November and I haven’t really used anything else for contouring since. Crazy stuff, considering I had fully devoted myself to the Kat Von D Share & Light Palette.
By now you probably think you know where the review is heading, but not all is what it seems, so bare with me!
Firstly, let’s talk about the packaging. Marc Jacobs knows luxury and their makeup line has some of the most attractive packaging I’ve seen. It is a bit of a large compact which I am not a very big fan of but it is very thin. It certainly makes up for it with the lovely mirror inside, which has come in handy when I’ve taken the palette with me for travel.
The compact houses two shades – a highlight shade and a contour shade. Both pans contain 9g of product each, which is quite a lot. There are three duos available for light skin tones (Dream Filter 20), medium skin tones (Mirage Filter 40) and dark skin tones (Hi Fi Filter 60). What attracted me to Mirage Filter was the fact that it had the only two shades I’d need for my medium skin – a banana shade for highlighting under the eyes and cleaning up my contour, and a medium cool shade, perfect for carving out them cheekbones. It makes total sense to just have the two shades you really need as opposed to a whole palette that caters to various skin tones, with shades you won’t even end up using in the long run (unless you’re a makeup artist).
The texture of these powders also had me falling in love – they are hands down the most buttery soft powders I’ve ever felt in my life! But with that, comes a lot of fall-out as you dip your brush in – this will have you going through the product a lot faster than usual; in fact, I’m surprised I haven’t hit pan yet.
Onto the most important thing – how do they perform? I’ve really taken my time to try this duo before reviewing it because I couldn’t make up my mind. I’m a little bit conflicted – the highlighting shade is great at bringing light under the eyes, it does a fab job at brightening. BUT (that’s a big but) if you have that minuscule bit of extra product on the brush, you end up looking like a 60 year old. It just starts to look super drying and chalky, it creases and emphasises lines, it’s just a big mess. I had some days I thought I liked it, but for the most part I’ve tried to make it work but just couldn’t. The contouring shade, on the other end, is incredible. The colour is perfect for my skin tone, it has the perfect amount of grey undertones to mimic a shadow without looking too ashy. I find it blends seamlessly – it just melts into the skin and gives me the best definition. It is quite pigmented (as is the banana shade), so I would recommend building it up slowly. The longevity is wonderful on my combination skin. Although it starts to fade after the 9 hour mark, it wears away beautifully and I can still see some of it if not most past the 12 hour mark.
It’s really difficult to recommend this product because as much as I love it, I also dislike it. I still reach for it every day and I’m a couple of uses away from hitting pan on the contour shade, it’s just that good. Definitely an item to consider if you are feeling spendy; but for $72 from Sephora, I would have loved for both powders to be equally as amazing. For now I will keep using the #InstaMarc duo for my contour, and stick with KVD’s banana shade as nothing has come close.
What are your favourite contouring and highlighting products? Have you tried anything from the Marc Jacobs line?