Another eyeshadow palette review for you today – this time from Marc Jacobs Beauty. I had wanted to try Marc Jacobs eyeshadows since ages. The whole packaging looked so stunning but I did not pick anything because the shade selection did not speak to me. So, when Marc Jacobs Beauty revamped their eyeshadow line, I got super excited because finally I saw some options that I really liked, and the whole theme around them is so cute. I picked up a couple of them and today’s review is on “Provocouture.”
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What it is: A long-wearing eyeshadow palette that features seven shades, including four fashion finishes, velvet, satin, silk, and lamé—to layer and dress your eyes. Empower your inner eye stylist with these ultra-luxe eyeshadow palettes, each featuring four fashion finishes: buttery matte velvet, shimmering satin, sparkling silk, and metallic lamé. Each curated palette includes a covetable mix of chic neutral, wearable shades and provocative pops in a new super-plush shadow formulation to cover lids in lasting, velvety-rich pigment. Available in six different colorways, choose the wardrobe that speaks to you, then layer it on to make the ultimate impression. This palette contains: - 7 x 0.003 oz/ 0.08 g Eyeshadows. It is formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates. Each palette features its own shade personality: Provocouture (dusty plum and magenta): Say it with style; otherwise, you might as well just stay in bed. Glambition (bare and bronze): She was infamous, known for seeking the most over-the-top glamour. Frivoluxe (chilled greige and violet): Fabulous! Always dress outrageously and how you want. Who has time for less? Scandalust (rust and warmed browns with scarlet): Hot pants at the office cause a fuss; that’s why they call her little miss scandalous. Edgitorial (camouflage and reflective gold): Take a memo. Next season, we’ll see, pleather python, making a scene, enviously, everywhere. Sartorial (celestial cobalt and icy teal with prismatic gray): Whenever in doubt: power platforms. Make sure (for once) they know who runs the show.
USD 49/SGD 69
The palettes in this range have such iconic luxe packaging! The eyeshadow palette consists of an elongated black pebble-styled packaging – almost like a premium watch case. The silver knob on the side releases the catch when pressed. The eyeshadow palette has a full mirror (full size of the palette). There is a black separator which lays on top of the shadows protecting them. The flip side of the palate has a pictorial depiction of the palette’s lay and has the eyeshadow names mentioned on it. The palette is made of high-quality plastic and has a decent heft, which again, brings home the luxury feel to the product. However, it is quite a fingerprint magnet and you constantly need to wipe it clean. It comes packaged in the usual black and white cardboard box with product details and ingredient list on top.
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My Experience with Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette Provocouture:
Before we delve into this particular palette, let us delve into the theme around them. Each palette consists of 7 shades, which can vary in finish, from a velvety matte to a shimmering satin to sparkling silk or metallic lame, so there a variety of finishes to create multiple looks.
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A closer look will highlight the fact that each palette has been designed for a complete look and includes shade range from light to medium to dark – to create a full look with just the palette. Also, each palette has at least one shade which will give a pop of colour and can change the look from a more wearable to a bit more adventurous. The palette name and the individual shade names have a theme and form a little poem. So, for this palette, “Provocouture,” the shade names are – Say It, With Smile, Otherwise, You Might, As well, Just Stay, In Bed. Not earth-shattering but very very cute!! If you buy into the story, you will get hooked.
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In short, the palettes seem very thought-out and not really a random selection of shades. Neither do they seem to be buying into the current trend rules because they really have a variety of options to choose from. Yes, the ones I bought seems to be more of the in-trend shades or the shades I seem to be fixated on – but such is life!
So, let us discuss “Provocouture” palette in detail. This is a pink/mauve-themed palate. There are 7 shades out of which 5 can actually help you do a neutral look, one will elevate the look to a more vampy level while one shade is just fun.
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Let us discuss these shades in detail:
Say It: This is a light, cool-toned, pink-tinged, silvery white shade with a metallic sheen. It looks more pink in the pan than on my skin. I think this is the kind of shade which will probably show more pink on very fair to light skin tones and as the skin tones keep getting deeper, the shade will keep appearing more silvery white. It is buttery smooth and has excellent pigmentation. This is the shade I have used in the FOTD in the inner corner of my eye and on the brow bone.
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With Style: This is a light pink-tinged beige in a matte finish. The texture is really smooth and creamy, but the pigmentation is not opaque in one go, you will need to build it up. Also, when blending with another shade, it tends to sheer out easily. This can be a bit of a bummer when you are trying to use this shade on the lid. However, this very fact works beautifully if you are using this shade to set your primer or to transition out a darker shade in the crease.
Otherwise: This is a medium dirty mauve with warm undertones and a matte finish. This again has smooth texture. However, this too seemed low in pigmentation and sheers out easily. Again, if using on the lid, this would need to be built up a little. I have used this shade in the crease in the FOTD and it worked well for me because it gave me control to build the shade gradually and to be able to sheer out the edges.
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You Might: This is such a beautiful and unique shade. This is a light to medium, cool-toned, slightly dirty mauve with a warm golden sheen. It had rich pigmentation and was extremely smooth with a buttery texture. This is one of those shades, which are a tad bit denser and pick up better with fingertips than with a dry flat brush.
As Well: The darkest shade in the palette and what anchors it together. This is a deep black-brown with softly interspersed gold and copper specks. Absolutely stunning!! It has a smooth, velvety texture and intense pigmentation. The flip side, this can fall out if excess shadow on your brush is not tapped off, so beware.
Just Stay: This is a medium to dark, slightly dirty plum shade with a pearly sheen. It has good and smooth pigmentation. The texture is smooth and creamy, slightly dense, but it applies easily with the brush. I do not need to use my fingers for this one.
In Bed: It’s the game0-changing shade. This is a medium, bright fuchsia pink in a matte finish. With my experience of Modern Renaissance’s Love Letter, I expected this shade to be slightly stiff in texture. On the contrary, it was buttery smooth and had good pigmentation.
Texture: I have discussed the texture of each shade individually. All the shades have a beautiful smooth, buttery texture whether they are matte or satin or metallic. Even the matte shade with sparkle particles suspended in it – “As Well” was smooth and creamy. Except for the shade “You Might,” which seemed a bit dense and performed better with fingers than brush, I had no concern with the brush not being able to pick up other shades or lay them onto the eyelid. Most of the shades are extremely easy to work with. They apply smoothly and blend out easily onto the skin. None of the shades seem to add texture to the eyelids either.
Pigmentation: Pigmentation for most shades is really good except for the two light matte shades – “With Style” and “Otherwise.” Having said that, I am not sure that it is a miss from the lab/manufacturing perspective or it is by design meaning, are the shades low in pigmentation and easy to sheer out by accident or on purpose. Because the shades which have this concern have more than one use in the palette and the fact that they can sheer out actually works well for the palette. Even with the shade in question, though the pigmentation is not opaque with one swipe, it does build up fairly easily. The shades blend well and mesh well with the other eyeshadows without getting muddy.
Staying Power: Disclaimer – I apply these eyeshadows with a primer because my lids are way too oily. These shadows wear almost the full day. For this palette, the look in question was done at about 8.30-9.00 in the morning and taken off at about 10 in the night. So, it was more than 12 hours of wear. While the shadows definitely didn’t look as vibrant as they did in the morning, most of the shades were still fairly intact. The light pink in the inner corner and the highlight shade had pretty much disappeared but the rest of it had not become a creasy oily mess. These stood up fairly well with time.
Pros of Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette Provocouture:
- A well-thought out array of shades.
- A cohesive palette with a mix of light to medium to dark shades and some pops of shimmer and matte.
- A variety of textures to create a full look and a variety of looks.
- Most shades have good pigmentation.
- Extremely smooth, creamy texture.
- Long wearing.
- Not creasing over an extended day.
- Does not transfer.
- The colors blend easily and mesh very well together – without getting muddy.
- Did not irritate my eyes.
- Gorgeous luxe packaging.
- Travel friendly.
Cons of Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette Provocouture:
- A couple of shades are low on pigmentation, but like I said, this may be by design because they do serve more than one purpose in the palette.
- I could have done with a velvet sleeve for this one, to ensure it could travel wit me in my bag – if nothing else, just to sit and stare at it.
I am bowled over this by this palette and love it! I do understand that the price point of this palette is on the steeper side and you probably won’t get as many looks with it as you would be with say ABH, KVD, Tarte or Too Faced palette which would still be in the same price point and would have at least a dozen shades to choose from. However, one needs to remember that Marc Jacobs Beauty is a designer luxury brand, not unlike Burberry or Tom Ford. However, if I were to compare this palette to the ones by Tom Ford or Burberry, this is ever so slightly lower priced and is still way more cohesive than any of the Tom Ford or Burberry quads. More than anything else, I appreciate the amount of thought which has gone into creating this palette – from design to the colour selection, to the themes to the stories, to the shade names. It has it all!
I totally recommend! And will be sharing another palette from this range with your soon!
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