There have been too many lipstick reviews – way too many – waaaaaay waaaaay too many! I need to break the spell – so today’s review is on the Marc Jacobs Eyeconic Multifinish Eyeshadow Palette in “Scandalust.” I reviewed the palette “Provocouture” some time ago, which I had really liked. So, let us see how this one performed.
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. Beyond his fashion design, Marc Jacobs is also known as “the ultimate stylist” for making last-minute adjustments to perfect every look right before it walks down the runway. The eyeshadows in each Eye-Conic palette are inspired by textiles and layering, and come in four fashion finishes so you can be the ultimate stylist, too. Finish your look and let it stand out by layering a bright color or lamé pop on top. Read the shade names from left to right for a short poem. The slim, seven-shadow palette was designed to feature the oblong infinity mirror, and was inspired by the rearview mirror of an automobile. 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
My Experience with Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette Scandalust:
Packaging: The palettes 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 palette 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 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 lost on top. There is no applicator with it, which I don’t miss. However, I do wish it came in a velvet sleeve.
I did discuss these points while reviewing Provocouture, but will go through them again. Let us discuss the theme around the palettes:
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 are a variety of finishes to create multiple looks.
A closer look will highlight the fact that each palette is designed for a complete look and includes shade range from light to medium to dark – to create a full look with just the palette.
Each palette has options for brow highlighter, all-over lid colour – matte and shimmery, crease shade, something to darken the outer V and something to add a pop of colour. 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 – Scandalust, the shade names are – Hot Pants, At The Office, Cause a Fuss, That’s Why, They Call Her, Little Miss, Scandalous. Not earth-shattering but very very cute!! If you buy into the story, you will get hooked to the charm of it.
In short, the palettes seem to be 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 seem to be more of “in-trend” shades or the shades I seem to be fixated on – but such is life!
So, let us discuss the Scandalust Palette in detail. This is essentially a “warm mattes” palette. And needless to say – this is the first palette which caught my attention. Warm browns, copper – what’s not to love? Right? Here is the issue with the palette and I did realize it before I bought it – if you have been into the eyeshadow game for a while – you probably have all these shades already – multiple times over, which obviously, is not a “problem” with the eyeshadow palette but with me as a user. So, I consciously decided NOT to pick this one and bought Provocouture instead, but I really liked Provocouture and so, this happened.
This palette is all about the rust and warm browns with scarlet. There are 7 shades out of which 6 can actually help you do a warm neutral look, while one shade can change the whole scope of things and also adds to the fun element.
Let us discuss the shades in detail:
Hot Pants: This is a light beige shade with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. This one took me by surprise. I thought this would be a satin shade for highlighting the brows. While it works for that, it really shines as an inner corner highlight. The pop of metallic beige is distinct and very pretty. 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.
At The Office: This is a light beige with neutral to almost cool undertone and a matte finish. The texture is smooth and creamy. The pigmentation is almost opaque, which works well for a shade like this because you can use this as an all-over lid shade or to highlight your brow bone (yes, you can highlight your brow bone with a matte shade – you don’t always need to use a shimmery shade for that) or you can lightly dust it to set your eye primer as well or even to blend out your transition shade. For fairer skin tones, this could well be the transition shade.
Cause A Fuss: This is a light to medium muted rose tinted gold with a metallic finish. Appropriately named – the shade looks real pretty in the pan, but is slightly more difficult to work with. It does not go opaque on the lid in one go – even though it swatches beautifully when swatched with fingers. You have to layer it and build it up – or use with a wet brush. It also seemed to fade much quicker than the other metallic shades in the palette. The texture feels smooth texture and buttery. However, the shimmer particles seem looser and do not seem to adher to the base shade too well. I have used this shade in the FOTD in the inner 1/3rd of the lid.
That’s Why: The shade without which no warm palette can be complete – a medium, warm brown with orange undertone and a matte finish. This matte performs really well. It has rich pigmentation with an extremely smooth and buttery texture. It applies easily and blends effortlessly. The only issue with the shade is that it kicks up a bit of powder each time you dip your brush in it. It works well as a crease shade or with a very light hand – as a transition shade
They Call Her: The star shade in the palette – a medium warm toned, rusty copper with a metallic sheen. This shade is so easy to work with. It goes opaque in one swipe and the pop of the colour is amazing. It is creamy smooth without being too dense. So, it’s easy to pick up with the brush and does not accentuate texture of my eyelids post application. I have used this shade in the FOTD in the middle half of my lid.
Little Miss: The darkest shade in the palette and what anchors it together. This is a deep, neutral to warm brown with a matte finish. It has a smooth texture but not as stellar as the shade “That’s Why.” It goes almost opaque in one go without being too intense, but it’s easy to build up, but maybe not as easy to diffuse (if you end up building the shade too intense).
Scandalous: This is the game-changing shade. This is a dark, moody, dull red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It isn’t opaque in a single swipe but is easy to build up or sheer out and blends effortlessly. With my experience of the reds in ABH Modern Renaissance’s palette, 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 metallic. Except for the shade “Cause a Fuss,” which needs a bit more care to show to its full potential. I had no issues with the rest of the shades applying with any 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 good. It may not be stellar as say Natasha Denona’s shades, but it is still, far superior to the Tartes, Too Faced and Lorac, Earlier, I used to wonder why all mattes cannot be like Viseart mattes – smooth, super pigmented, etc. Over a period of time, I have understood that this maybe a conscious choice by the brands to create user-friendly palettes, everyone is not a professional MUA. Everyone does not have the same skill level or time to create a look. So, while Viseart and Natasha Denona mattes are par excellence and super pigmented, maybe someone who is a novice would better appreciate something which can be built up more easily than to start with a bam of pigmentation. You know what I mean? I feel that these shades fit the bill.
Staying Power: Disclaimer – I apply eyeshadows with a primer because my lids are way too oily. All shadows, except “Cause a Fuss” wear almost the full day. I get about 9-10 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.
Pros of Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette Scandalust:
- 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.
- Most shades were long wearing.
- Not creasing over an extended day.
- Does not transfer.
- The colours 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 Scandalust:
- One shade needed a little effort to work with.
- I could have done with a velvet sleeve for this one – to ensure it could travel with me in my bag – if nothing else, just to sit and stare at it.
To me, Marc Jacobs is a designer brand – comparable to brands like Burberry, Dior, Guerlain, Charlotte Tillbury, Tom Ford, Gucci. This is how the brand has been positioned in the market. The pricing of products across these luxury designer brands are similar, with maybe Tom Ford being the leader of the pack. However, when I look at the eyeshadow palettes available across these brands – they mostly have quads or quints. While these quads and quints have a cohesive colour-scheme or a defined theme; not all of the products can really create a full look on their own. And even if they can create a full look, it is probably the only distinct look their palette can do (on its own). However, in case of these Marc Jacobs palettes, at least the ones I have tried – I love how much thought has gone into each palette. They allow you to create a cohesive look with just the palette because it has everything from a brow bone highlighter to pops of shimmer to pops of colour, etc. Also, while they have a theme, each palette allows you to create more than one signature look. So, if I compare to the other designer brands – I would say this is definitely a better pick than them?
Do I Recommend Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette Scandalust?
Would I Repurchase Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette Scandalust?
Probably not! LOL! Surprised? Okay, let me explain. While the palette is excellent on its own, on second thoughts, I would not repurchase this particular palette. Why? Because, like I said earlier, I have all these shades 10 times over – in other palettes or as singles. I do not NEED this palette. I have come to realize that there is a distinct gap between my passion and my realities. Meaning, while my passion drives me to want to try and review newer products – not just for myself, but to kind of get to the bottom of things and break it down for my readers. My reality is that I am technically not a blogger – so this is not my revenue stream. So my passion keeps clashing with my realities and driving sales in the Beauty World but realities have to set in. Anyway. So, on second thoughts, I would not buy it.
So, who is this palette for? Who would benefit from buying this:
Someone who doesn’t have an extensive eyeshadow collection already. Someone who wants to try eye-shadows but wants to stick to more wearable looks – with an option to jazz it up, if so required. Most of the palette is warm neutral. Depending on if and how you use the red, you can take it from safe to s*xy. Someone who isn’t a self-proclaimed makeup artist. 😉 Meaning someone who isn’t too skilled in eye-shadow application. This palette is very easy to use.
Someone who wants to try shadows for the first time but wouldn’t want to purchase a plethora of shades to be able to create a complete look. This palette would have come in real handy to me some 2 years back. The palette has literally every shade one can need for a complete look. More often than not, when someone tries shadows for the first time, they will pick 3-4 shades and try to create a look. The look may not turn up as beautiful as they want it to be – for lack of a proper crease shade or a transition shade or even a brow bone shade. Also, if you tell someone they need 6 shades to create one look – the person will probably run away! A palette like this comes in real handy for such a novice. For someone who wants to try something more high end but something, which they would get a lot of use, out of. Working women or travelling women – this is a complete palette in itself and not too large to carry. It would be perfect to pop into your bag for application in the office or while travelling.
Like I said, if this had happened to me a couple of years back…
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