I know, I know, I disappeared again. But there’s a very good explanation for my absence I swear. I was in London for work and I got to hang out in the woods with Bear Grylls!
But we are not here to talk about Bear. We’re here to talk about another awesome guy: Marc Jacobs.
You saw how excited I got about the launch of Marc Jacobs Beauty and you read about how Petah brought some Marc into my life.
My Marc Jacobs bottles (with a few additions) landed weeks later and I was so happy to finally hold them and see them up close.
Warning, a ton of pics to follow. But how can you blame me? This unusual polish bottle shape (created to resemble a smile) was made for nail polish porn. Serious nail polish porn.
They were so crazy pretty and I couldn’t wait to swatch them all before I left but I just didn’t have the time. I Instagrammed about wishing I could clone myself so she could swatch all day while I worked. I had so much work to do before I left that I ended up pulling an all-nighter, writing four articles and not sleeping a wink before rushing off to the airport.
And until now, I have only managed to swatch three of these eight shades. But I swear, you will get to see the rest of them soon (as soon as my nubbins grow back – travel does terrible things to my nails).
From left, Fluorescent Beige, Petra and Evelyn.
Another shot of Fluorescent Beige and Petra.
Let’s start with Fluorescent Beige.
You know me, I’m black-nail-polish girl, green-or-purple girl, crazy-about-ugly-pretty-colors girl. Put a ton of bottles in front of me and my eyes would never be drawn to the neutral colors first. In fact, chances are, I will ignore them. But not this time.
I don’t know if it’s the name (although I think it’s awesome). I don’t know if it’s because Marc Jacobs singled it out, saying, “I love the idea of something neutral being really eye-catching, like the fluorescent beige.”
Described as an iridescent beige, Fluorescent Beige looks exactly like it does in the product photo on the Marc Jacobs website. But its look changes under different lights.
Sometimes its shimmer disappears and it looks more like a beige creme.
Sometimes its mauve side comes out.
Sometimes it looks more taupe.
Sometimes it looks more pink.
And sometimes the shimmer comes out.
On the nails, Fluorescent Beige is the same. It changes colors depending on the lighting. Sometimes it looks like a pink-tinged beige, sometimes it looks more like a dusty mauve. And it doesn’t matter what color it looks like, it’s always pretty, even though the shimmer isn’t as obvious as it is in the bottle. And the formula was fantastic. You know how nude shades can be streak city sometimes? Not this shade. It was super easy to apply. I used three thin and problem-free coats. You can get away with two thicker coats, I think.
Naturally, I was curious to see how Fluorescent Beige compared to other neutrals in my Helmer so I pulled out these slightly shimmery nudes.
But no dupes.
Dior Charnelle is more beige, Rose Cache looks more peach, Rescue Beauty Lounge Be Humble looks more like a lavender mauve and lavender shimmer and Thank You is lighter, pinker and more shimmery.
I thought that by layering Chanel Metal Argent over Dior Charnelle it would look more like Fluorescent Beige but I was wrong.
This is Evelyn.
Yes, I still can’t resist grey polish. Described as “opaque smoky gray,” Evelyn is a straight-up creme, no sparkle, no hidden shimmer.
On the nails, it’s a beautiful glossy grey. Also very easy to apply. I used two coats.
I took out some of my favorite greys to compare with Evelyn.
I quickly realized that Evelyn was darker than all of them.
Out of all of them, Gris Montaigne is the closest to Evelyn but that isn’t very close at all. Evelyn is still darker. They’re all beautiful shades of grey though and I am very tempted to wear them all together.
Say hello to Petra. This was one of the quick hits of the collection, the color girls snatched up super fast. And how can I blame them? It was the first color that stood out to me as well. It’s just beautiful.
Marc Jacobs describes this color as dirty bronze metallic. It’s that and more. It’s also a silvery plum that can look like a goldish burgundy with sparkles of different colors. GORGEOUS. And the formula was great too. This could be a one-coater but I used two coats. I tried but I will be honest – these photos do not do this shade justice. If you will only buy one shade from this line, get this one. (But seriously, I don’t think you’d be able to stop at just one.) And I am seriously wishing Marc Jacobs would come out with other shades in a similar finish. Thinking of the possibilities is enough to get my heart racing.
Petra gave me a hard time. I couldn’t figure out which colors I should compare it with. And I love when that happens – that means I have something really unusual in my hands. This was my lame attempt to find similar shades but they’re obviously not similar at all.
RBL Scrangie 2.0 is gorgeous, with the whole bronze/olive green thing going on; RBL Anne is also gorgeous, a deep olive with gold shimmer and iridescent sparkle and Chanel Haute Chocolat (I love Haute Chocolat!) is a beautiful shimmery rich brown with multi-colored sparkle and Dior Czarina Gold is a blackened gold with olive tones.
All these shades are beautiful but they are no dupes for Petra. So yes, you need Petra in your life.
These three shades were a great introduction to Marc Jacobs Beauty and now I can’t wait to swatch them all. And you know what else I can’t wait to do? Own every single color from this brand. Crazy, I know.
Visit the Marc Jacobs Beauty website. You can buy Marc Jacobs Beauty at Sephora or at the Marc Jacobs Beauty boutique on Bleecker Street in New York.