28 January, 2015 A Disappointing Purchase: Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer
I always feel bad writing posts on products I dislike – 99% of the time on my blog I’m raving about the makeup and skincare I love and would recommend, but there are always one or two items that let me down, and I hope that telling you about them might save you some money. However, the beauty of makeup and skincare is that everyone’s tastes are different, so please keep in mind that I might love something you don’t get on with, and vice versa.
Today’s post is on a product I had such high hopes for, and really thought I was going to love. Similar to the YSL Touche Éclat, the Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer Pen claims to diminish dark circles, brighten dull skin and conceal discolouration. I picked this up during my holiday in Paris last December and really liked the look of it in-store – cooling metal applicator, nice yellow undertone (I chose the shade 02 Wake Up Call) and convenient click-up packaging which seemed perfect for travelling and keeping in my handbag.
In short, this let me down – a lot. The formula has an extremely liquid, almost watery texture, making it difficult to blend with fingers, a Beauty Blender or a concealer brush. In terms of coverage, it’s patchy and sheer, and any under-eye bags are blurred over, rather than brightened or lifted. Once settled into the skin, it immediately creases (I’m talking 2-5 seconds) and feels powdery and uncomfortable, and it brought out some dry patches around my eyes that no other concealer has done so far. I tried using it with a thick eye cream underneath, but it made little difference.
Another issue I have with this product is the price. Yes, I’m aware no-one forced me at gunpoint to fork over roughly £27-29 for a concealer, but I thought that with a Marc Jacobs product, it really would be the best of the best, and I’d heard such great reviews. The YSL Touche Éclat costs under £20 and is miles better in terms of highlighting, brightening and removing shadows and dullness (when used correctly), and with a product that’s being applied around the delicate eye area, you want something that’s creamy and soft – something the Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer Pen just doesn’t offer.
Still not convinced? You can buy it on the Sephora website for $39 here.
Let me know if you’ve tried this concealer before – what did you think? And do you have any other under-eye alternatives? Leave your comments, suggestions and questions below, and don’t forget to follow me on my social media accounts: @MakingItUpBlog on Twitter and Instagram.