O!Mega Bronze – Perfect Tan

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$49 
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Category:
Makeup > Bronzers > Powder Bronzer
Last Updated:
6/16/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This fragrance-free, pressed powder bronzer gets the mega part of its name from its jumbo size. (It's expensive for a bronzer but at least you get a lot of it!) Also, true to name is the "Perfect Tan" bronze color that looks like a real tan. Just like fellow fashion designer Giorgio Armani, it appears Marc Jacobs knows how to do a believable-looking bronzer!

You certainly don't have to pay this much to get a good bronzer (see our Best Bronzers list), but this one ranks up there with the best of them and has a natural-looking matte finish, easy application, and a lingering silky, comfortable feel.

Pros:
  • Silky pressed powder with a fragrance-free formula.
  • Natural-looking matte finish.
  • Blends on smoothly to offer sun-kissed, bronze color.
  • Large compact should last you a while, so the price is less of a sting.
Cons:
  • None.

Marc Jacobs first made his mark (pun intended) as a fashion designer and has now expanded his namesake brand to include fragrance and beauty products. Marc Jacobs Beauty is no doubt instigated by his fashions straight from the runway, but just as couture clothing doesn't always transition well into the real world, nor does Marc Jacobs' attempt at makeup. This color line may be pretty to look at, but the performance tends to be less appealing!

One of the problems facing the line is faulty packaging. Although it looks beautiful, multiple products have issues with leaking or just outright breaking. For a line that is supposed to deliver the utmost quality, you should expect more, especially given the high price point (other designed lines do this kind of thing much better from Givenchy to Giorgio Armani).

The line also has far more unconventional colors that pay homage to Jacobs' philosophy that "there are no rules when it comes to beauty." That may work in the fashion world, but when it comes to what you put on your face on a daily basis, you at least want colors that complement your skin tone. You can still find attractive shades in this line, but you have to do some serious weeding to get there.

The biggest drawback is the potentially irritating ingredients that are found in many of the products. We also feel obligated to mention that the anti-aging claims are significantly overhyped, and that's a major disappointment considering consumers are being asked to pay more for something that doesn't deliver.

On the bright side, it's not all doom and gloom. There are a few good products, and hey, at least their clever names might keep you entertained. We also have to applaud MarcJacobsBeauty.com for disclosing their ingredient lists online (many cosmetics companies still don't do this, despite consumer demand and FDA regulation that makes ingredient disclosure mandatory, at least on the packaging so why not on their website!).

We had high hopes for Marc Jacobs Beauty, especially given the designer's success in the fashion and fragrance worlds, but as is, color us unimpressed. And judging by customer reviews we perused on sites like Sephora.com, many of you feel the same!

For more information about Marc Jacobs Beauty, call 1-888-215-8636 or visit marcjacobsbeauty.com.

Marc Jacobs Beauty is sold at Sephora, Marc Jacobs stores nationwide, and online at marcjacobsbeauty.com.

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