Foundations acquisition...when will it end? For me, likely never! I most recently was lured in my the siren song of the freshly released Marc Jacobs Marvelous Mousse Foundation. Boasting a dense creamy texture and full coverage finish, this formula purports to feel whisper light while keeping skin pristinely matte and perfected. Does this sound too good to be true? When it comes to foundation descriptions, doesn't it always?
Kindly scroll on for images, details, my thoughts on the formula and the Bottom Line...
|Above: #26 Bisque Medium is a light beige with neutral to yellow under tones, suitable for N/NC 23-35 skin.|
Housed in a sturdy glass jar, this foundation offers .63 ounces of product. Although this is clearly less than the standard 1 ounce quantity we've come to expect from most foundations, the pigmentation and texture of this particular formula allows one to use much less to cover the entire face; in turn, I envision this lasting just as long as my other foundation in rotation.
|Above: The protective, removal inner seal.|
The jar is travel friendly, thanks to a wide bottom and inner seal that keeps the foundation from drying out or migrating to the edges. However, as someone who, upon occasion, likes to toss foundation in her purse for long days, I wouldn't say this is handbag friendly, due chiefly to the weight of the jar. In turn, I suppose I could decant some into a small sample jar should touch ups be necessary.
|Above: The foundation in direct sunlight.|
From an aesthetics perspective, the packaging is gorgeous...streamlined and clean, this would look lovely on a vanity. I selected the shade #23 Bisque Medium, which is a N/NC 23-25 shade, appropriate for my dead of winter skin. When I used the Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation in the summer (I was approximately NC 25-27), I selected the Light Beige, which I found to oxidize to a slightly orangish hue. The Bisque Medium is lighter in depth and thankfully maintains its light beige with yellow undertones without oxidizing.
|Above: I think this image best reflects the formula's firm, dense, slightly dry yet creamy texture.|
Texturally, this is a rather "firm" foundation. Unlike the bouncy, souffle-like texture of the Besame cream foundation and the emollient, nearly whipped feeling of the Kanebo Sensai and Suqqu cream foundation, this unscented formula is dense and requires a bit of pressure to transfer it onto a Beauty Blender or foundation brush. I applied it over Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge (as a primer) and found that it looks most natural (at least on my skin) with some vigorous stippling and buffing. One layer yields medium-full coverage; another layer can be added for additional coverage but I wouldn't recommend much more than that as the thicker texture can create a cakey look if over applied.
The finish is decidedly demi-matte without any perceptible luminosity (e.g., no shimmer). That being said, it still has a skinlike finish that looks natural if applied with restraint. From a lasting power perspective, I get about six hours of wear before feeling the need to touch it up with powder. This, in my opinion, is where the caveat lies. Adding a conservative amount of powder, whether it be smooth and pigmented (like the Beauty Is Life Compact Powder discussed HERE) or finely-milled and translucent (like the Surratt Beauty Diaphane Loose Powder Compact reviewed HERE) makes this foundation more conspicuous on the face...it's as if the thicker texture repels the powder and doesn't allow it to meld with the skin, causing the overall effect to look slightly patchy. Also, as the day wears on, I begin to "feel" this foundation on my face; while it is not inordinately heavy, the sensation is not ideal to say the least. Finally, this formula is not as transfer resistant as I would like...I feel like it doesn't completely "set" (though visually, it looks like it has), but as long as I don't touch my face with my hand or objects like my phone (which I try to avoid anyway, regardless of the foundation I am wearing!), it doesn't seem to be a major issue.
Overall, if I had to score this foundation, I would give it a healthy 8. It has good coverage, a natural skin finish and decent lasting power; however, its inability to withstand a touch up makes this a formula I wouldn't embrace on a long day of work (which for me, is nearly everyday!). If you were disenchanted with the Marc Jacobs Genius Gel formula, have normal skin (I fear that skin borderlining on oily might not respond as well to this texture) and are looking for a new demi-matte, medium to full coverage option, this just may be worth a try.
Above and below: Swatches of the Marc Jacobs Marvelous Mousse Foundation in direct sunlight alongside base formulas of commensurate depth and tone.
Below: Images of the Marc Jacobs Marvelous Mousse Foundation in various lighting situations...
|Above: Outdoors in shade.|
|Above: Even in direct sunlight (harsh, I know), the foundation is nearly imperceptible on the skin.|
|Above: Outdoors in partial sunlight.|
|Above: The MJ Marvelous Mousse Foundation gives a lovely (demi-matte) skin finish.|
Bottom Line: I much prefer the Marc Jacobs Marvelous Mousse Foundation to that of the Beauty Genius Gel Foundation (discussed HERE). The coverage and lasting power are superior and it quite reminds me, texturally speaking, of the Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick in terms of finish and wear (though the TF formula is superior with regards to withstanding touch ups). In the initial weeks of owning this, I am rather impressed; however, I will need more time before I can determine if it's earned a coveted place in my foundation rotation. Have YOU tried the Marvelous Mousse Foundation? Thoughts?
Good things ahead on the blog including my recap of the Makeup Show LA, some new product acquisitions and a video tutorial ; )
xoxo and happy weekend!
--The Beauty Professor
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