Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow

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Makeup > Eyeshadows > Powder Eyeshadow
Last Updated:
6/19/2014
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Tested On Animals:
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Style Eye-Con No. 7 palettes are made up of seven pressed powder eyeshadows in varying color families. Each palette contains an assortment of finishes: matte, shimmer, metallic, and glitter.

In general, the shimmer/metallic shades tend to adhere well to skin, blend on smoothly and wear well throughout the day. The matte shades are a bit on the powdery so can sometimes sheer out upon application so you may have to layer them (the deeper shades have better pigmentation on skin). The matte shades do blend well and also wear well throughout the day, being resistant to creasing, flaking, and fading.

The shades with overt glitter in them are the duds of the bunch. They don't blend on as smoothly and end up flaking (which is typical of glitter shadows in general). There's only one (at most) in each palette, but still that's a waste when you calculate the price per shade (about $8.50, if you were wondering).

As far as the color combos go, it's hit or miss. The Lolita palette is the most universally flattering, made up of cream, nude, brown, and pink hues. The other palettes contain playful combinations of shades so it's really up to your preference, but out of those, Siren has the most unconventional color scheme – which works is avant-garde is your thing. Neither the Starlet nor the Siren palettes include a matte option.

For the most part, these palettes perform adequately. It's just a matter of whether or not you can find one that contains a combination of colors that suit you, and you're willing to pay the price to get the designer name.

Pros:
  • Most shades are resistant to creasing, flaking, and fading.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Color combos have limitations depending on your preferences.
  • Glitter shades flake.
  • Pricey, especially compared to other palettes that offer more shades!

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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