Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)Able Full Coverage Foundation Concentrate--Swatches of 12 Shades!

marc jacobs remarcable foundation swatches
Above: 12 shades of Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)Able Full Coverage Foundation Concentrate.
Happy September, lovelies!  Last month, I reviewed the Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)Able Full Coverage Foundation Concentrate (HERE) and demonstrated application of the formula HERE.  After receiving a host of requests for additional shade swatches, I am happy to report that I have a total of 12 different shades (there are 22 in all) in the fair-light through medium-dark range!  

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches of 12 shades and a beauty look featuring the foundation (and some new discoveries!) as well as the Bottom Line...

Above: The lineup.
As aforementioned, my comprehensive review of the foundation can be found HERE, but in sum, the Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)Able Full Coverage Foundation Concentrate:
  • Is medium, buildable to full coverage in a few drops
  • As the name implies, is highly concentrated...a little (4 or 5 drops) goes a very long way
  • Blurs pores and instantly covers imperfections; this formula has a natural matte, skin-like finish that still feels light on the skin, even though its highly pigmented
  • Possesses marvelous lasting power (6-7 hours, even in heat and humidity, before I need to touch up)
  • Is unscented and friendly to sensitive skin
  • Can be mixed with lighter formulas (e.g., BB creams, tinted moisturizers and moisturizers in general) to increase coverage
  • All in all, is an excellent option for those seeking natural and lasting full coverage!


Above: The foundation is housed in a frosted glass bottle and features a glass dropper to precisely distribute drops of the formula.
On to the swatches: 

marc jacobs remarcable foundation swatches
Above (from L-R): #12 Ivory, #26 Bisque Medium, #27 Bisque Neutral, #28 Bisque Taupe, #29 Bisque Golden and #33 Beige.
Shades for Light to Light-Medium Skin Tones

marc jacobs remarcable foundation swatches

marc jacobs remarcable foundation swatches
Above (from L-R): #34 Beige Medium, #35 Beige Taupe, #36 Beige Golden, #52 Honey Light, #44 Golden Medium and #58 Honey Deep.
Shades for Medium to Medium-Dark Skin Tones

marc jacobs remarcable foundation swatches


To create the beauty look below, I employed the use of the following products:
Charlotte Tilbury matte revolution birken brown swatch
Above: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown.
Above: Products for a flawless canvas.
by terry densiliss contour beige contrast swatches
Above: A truly exquisite light contouring option from By Terry.
marc jacobs remarcable foundation swatches
Above: Swatches of all products in direct sunlight.
Above: Sunlit and ready for fall.
The following images reflect all products in action in various lighting situations...











marc jacobs remarcable foundation swatches
Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you found the additional shade swatches of the Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)Able Full Coverage Foundation Concentrate to be helpful in your quest for most befitting match.  Although I have quite a collection of foundations at my disposal, I am happy to confirm that this formula is consistently in my regular rotation.  Have YOU tried this foundation?  Thoughts?

Good things ahead, including my closeups of the new By Terry contour powders, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipsticks and a host of fresh fall releases; my teaching schedule is back in full swing now but, as always, I'm committed to sharing beauty discoveries in earnest frequency! 

xx,

--The Beauty Professor

** PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-15 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Classic + Polished Beauty: The New La Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation

la prairie skin caviar foundation
Above: Freshly reformulated, just in time for fall releases.
The opulent La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation (originally reviewed HERE) has recently undergone a reformulation.  Ever the obsession for skincare and foundation aficionados, I am happy to confirm that the fundamental beauty of this revolutionary formula is intact, along with a gorgeous packaging update, a fresh shade selection and an improvement in lasting power!

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the new La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation in action as well as the Bottom Line...

la prairie skin caviar foundation honey beige
Above: The coordinating concealer 
Now housed in the iconic blue packaging, synonymous with the La Prairie skin caviar heritage, the La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation comes in 12 shades, ranging from light alabaster to deep ebony:
  • Tender Ivory
  • Soft Ivory
  • Warm Linen
  • Créme Peche
  • Peche
  • Warm Beige
  • Honey Beige...the perfect match for my current NC 27 skin (swatches below).
  • Soleil Peche
  • Amber Beige
  • Soleil Beige
  • Mocha
  • Caramel Beige
The foundation feels slightly more lightweight than the original installment; a few dots of the silky formula, buffed out from the center of my face creates lovely medium coverage that can easily be built up to full with a touch more.  The difference lies in the feeling and finish on the skin.  Despite having sensational coverage, I feel like this formula is more lightweight in texture and the finish is a touch more radiant (though not overly glowy).  It blurs pores and smooths skin for an airbrushed effect that withstands environmental obstacles like heat, sun and humidity.  

The nourishing formula is kind to sensitive skin, offers SPF protection and wears flawlessly for hours on end; to demonstrate, I took the images of the foundation on my face (later on in this post) in 95 degree heat and humidity after 4 hours of touchup-free wear.  This foundation truly covers a multitude of imperfections while looking like absolutely nothing on the skin!  Additionally, the corresponding concealer offers even more pigment and coverage; be mindful however, a little goes a long way to brighten and lighten dark circles and discoloration.  

All in all, I am beyond pleased with this luxurious base option; it is an investment, but bear in mind that one is getting skincare benefits, foundation and concealer (much less, flawless skin) in a single entity! 
la prairie skin caviar foundation honey beige
Above: The paddle applicator enables facile distribution of the formula...just a few dots of product creates a medium to  full coverage finish.
Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:

Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation is a luxurious cream emulsion that offers full natural-looking coverage while an exquisitely matched concealer camouflages under-eye darkness and deeper flaws while helping to support skin elasticity. The combined formula supports firming with legendary caviar extracts. It includes a foundation sponge and precision concealer brush in addition to a 2x magnifying mirror in the cap.

How to use: Shake well before applying. Smooth and blend with a foundation sponge for desired coverage. Coverage may be built by adding another light application as needed. For use as a concealer, pat onto skin with your fingertip over foundation. Use the concealer brush to blend away edges. You can also apply prior to foundation and blend with a precision concealer brush.
la prairie skin caviar foundation honey beige
Above: Swatches of Honey Beige foundation (heavy and blended) and the corresponding concealer in direct sunlight.
As aforementioned, Honey Beige is a spot on match for my NC 27 skin; it has a neutral to warm undertone that blends seamlessly and the corresponding lighter-toned, highly pigmented concealer banishes darkness upon contact! 

Above: Summertime foundation rotation.
la prairie skin caviar foundation swatches
Above: Swatches of all four formulas in direct sunlight.
Above: Products for a clean and polished look.
For the look that below, I employed the use of the following products:
la prairie skin caviar foundation swatches
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
estee lauder lip potion fierce beauty
Above: I am wildly impressed with the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lip Potion and Fierce Beauty is an excellent everyday pink.  I cannot wait to try other shades in this formula!
hourglass arch ash
Above: The Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil features an angled pencil with immense pigmentation for smooth application with the slightest amount of pressure.
hourglass arch ash
Above: A swatch of Hourglass Arch in Ash in direct sunlight.
surratt pointelliste
Above: Two Surratt Beauty mascaras worth their weight in gold...my lashes love this splendid formula and the thin brushes ensure that every lash gets its due attention.
Above: All about eyes.
The following images reflect all products in action in various lighting situations...

Above: In mixed outdoor lighting. 
Above: Outdoor shade with a flash.
Above: Direct sunlight. 
Above: Outdoor shade. 
Above: Outdoor shade with a flash.
Above: Mixed outdoor lighting. 
Above: Direct sunlight.
Above: Outdoor shade.
Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: The reformulated La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation is absolutely exquisite; creamy, skin-fortifying, medium coverage with a nearly invisible finish, the improved lasting power on this latest release is spectacular.  Combine this gem with the transformational Hourglass Arch Sculpting Eye Pencil in Ash and the decadently flushed Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lip Potion in Fierce Beauty and clean, classic and polished beauty is easy to achieve!

Good things ahead, including more foundation, some favorite beauty gadgets and a host of new fall releases...I am also in the midst of responding to your emails and comments...thanks, as always, for your patience and support ; ) 

xx,

--The Beauty Professor

** PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-15 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

New Tom Ford Lipstick for Fall 2015...Swatches + Review

Above: Tom Ford newness...just in time for Fall!
The Tom Ford Fall 2015 Beauty Collection has yielded many gems thus far...from pressed powder foundation (reviewed HERE) to one of the most gorgeous illuminating duos known to mankind (reviewed HERE and HERE), the latest boon to hit the scene are new shades of the opulent lip color (available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus).  I couldn't help but indulge in four hues that luxuriously address my insatiable desire for peaches and pinks on the lighter side of the spectrum!  

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the lip color in action as well as the Bottom Line...

Above: Which new Tom Ford Lip Color shade am I wearing?
Above: My selections.
In addition to the four new lipsticks,  I also recently procured a fresh pair of sunglasses (shown below and throughout the post).  The Tom Ford Marcellos are a bit of a departure from my normal gravitation towards oversized styles but there was something so classic about the sleek and sophisticated black, gold and green combination and I couldn't help but wear them when we shot the lip color! 
tom ford marcello sunglasses
Above: The Tom Ford Marcello Sunglasses feature a black metal frame with gold accents along the top and sides.  The deep green lens offer an excellent respite from the piercing end of summer sun and the (virtually invisible) nose pads keep the pair from slipping down the nose.  
Onto the lip color...

Above: A stunning quartet, no?
When selecting the shades (sight unseen, I might add) from the new color offerings, I chose to remain within my general comfort zone, confident that my chance for disappointment could be mitigated by predictability...with names that included "coral," "pink," "peach" and "lilac," I was sure to find delight:
  • Naked Coral (also available at Neiman Marcus):  The boldest of my choices, this creamy light coral (which, up to this point was an Asia-exclusive) has little to no shimmer and a lovely, reflective shine finish.  It is less warm/orangy on my lips than both Spanish Pink and Skinny Dip and remains a stunning, color-fast coral for the duration of wear.  
  • Forbidden Pink (also available at Nordstrom): This may look similar to Naked Coral in the tube and even in swatches, but on the lips, this once only-Asia exclusive is decidedly more pink in tone.  Warm and bright, with the slightest hint of luminosity, this shade is unlike any of the past pinks in the Tom Ford lineup.  The only shade that even comes close is Pink Dusk, which is less shimmery, more opaque and much more mauve than Forbidden Pink.  This shade has marvelous pigmentation and delivers instant life to the face without heading into fuchsia or hot pink territory.
  • Bare Peach (also available at Neiman Marcus):  The lightest of the shades I ordered, I was a touch concerned that this past Asia-only exclusive might be too light.  I am happy to say that it is not!  It is easily warmer and darker than Vanilla Suede (which has a similar, slightly shimmering finish) and can be worn alone for a quintessential peachy nude look.  
  • Lilac Nymph (also available at Nordstrom): I love the fact that this stunning cool-toned violet pink is a brand new shade in the Tom Ford lineup.  It is more purple and distinctively darker than Lips and Boys Flynn and carries a vibrancy that the more muted pinks in the line do not possess.  It has a very creamy (read: non-shimmery) finish and is highly pigmented, easily proving to be the most opaque of the four shades I selected. 
All in all, I am over the moon for my new Tom Ford lippies; each of these shades are a novel edition to my collection and the color-saturated, highly moisturizing and long lasting formula will forever rank amongst my favorite.  If you have a penchant for pinks and peaches as I do, then I implore you to consider these four hues!

tom ford naked coral lipstick swatches
Above: Tom Ford Naked Coral.
tom ford forbidden pink lipstick swatches
Above: Tom Ford Forbidden Pink.
tom ford bare peach lipstick swatches
Above: Tom Ford Bare Peach.
tom ford lilac nymph lipstick swatches
Above: Tom Ford Lilac Nymph.
tom ford bare peach naked coral swatches
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight with a flash.
tom ford lilac nymph forbidden pink swatches
Above: Swatches in mixed outdoor lighting.
tom ford lilac nymph forbidden pink swatches
Above: Swatches with a flash.
The following images reflect all four shades and the Tom Ford Marcello sunglasses in action...

tom ford naked coral swatches
Above: Tom Ford Naked Coral.
tom ford naked coral swatches
Above: Tom Ford Naked Coral.
tom ford forbidden pink swatches
Above: Tom Ford Forbiden Pink.
tom ford forbidden pink swatches
Above: Tom Ford Forbidden Pink.
tom ford bare peach swatches
Above: Tom Ford Bare Peach.
tom ford bare peach swatches
Above: Tom Ford Bare Peach.
tom ford lilac nymph swatches
Above: Tom Ford Lilac Nymph.
tom ford lilac nymph swatches
Above: Tom Ford Lilac Nymph.
Above: Tom Ford Lilac Nymph.
tom ford marcello sunglasses
Above: Tom Ford Lilac Nymph + Marcello sunglasses
tom ford lilac nymph forbidden pink swatches
Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: I adore the latest Tom Ford Lip Color releases (available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus) that I selected.  Each shade is drenched with pigmentation, offers impressive hydration and boasts competitive lasting power; the fact that they are unique both in my Tom Ford collection and lip color agglomeration at large makes me additionally pleased!  

What do YOU think about these shades?  Will you be picking up any of the new fall hues?

Also, I am quite enchanted with my Tom Ford Marcello sunglasses...something about their timeless lines compels me to believe that I will be wearing this pair for years to come.  

Good things ahead including fresh foundation swatches, more fall releases and a skincare update!

Have a splendid Thursday...xx,

--The Beauty Professor

© 2012-15 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.