MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Swatches, Dupes, and a Bit of a Review

Monday, August 12, 2013

I am sure you all know by now that Marc Jacobs has released his own line of cosmetics. I have one word for this...dangerous.

I was at the mall with my husband, and we strolled into Sephora to pick up some "necessities". As we were leisurely walking around, my beauty senses started tingling, and BAM there it was... the MARC JACOBS BEAUTY stand. I wasn't sure if it was going to be available in store, and to my wallet's disadvantage, it was standing right in front of me.

We started swatching everything!!! My husband was swatching things as soon as I started running out of room on my arms. The excitement was just too much for the both of us (I know Keegan just plays along to make me happy, and it works.) so we picked out a couple things to bring home.

Marc Jacobs 116 Happy Ending Lip Gel

I am so in love with this formula! It is very similar to Dior Addict lipsticks, except these lip gels have more of an intense pigmentation. Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with my dear Dior Addicts, they are still perfection to me. These lip gels just give the option of having a moisturizing wear with more color:) Also, the packaging is something out of this world. It is so heavy duty, and is magnetic so you don't have to worry about losing a lid in your hand bag!

Here are some other SIMILAR lip colors I found in my collection. I couldn't find any exact dupes.

Left to Right:

Marc Jacobs Lip Gel 116 Happy Ending

Maybelline Fuschia Flash

Dior Addict Extreme 476 Plaza

The next item I had to have was this stunning bright pink blush

Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush 216 Rebellious

Take a minute to just take in the beauty of this packaging...ahhh. I love this little silver push button that allows for easy reveal of the prize inside. This blush is BOLD and the formula is silky smooth. I could not believe that this little brush was usable, but it is, and I used it:)

Here is the most similar blush in my collection to Rebellious

Left to Right:

Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush 216 Rebellious

LORAC Baked Matte Satin Blush Flaunt

Flaunt is a bit more blue based, and takes more swipes to get a bold color. Rebellious takes one, to two swipes for a bold, yet refined look. There is no comparison when it comes to formula. Marc Jacobs hit it out of the park with his blush formula! I have read some not so great reviews. All I know is, the blushes I have swatched, have beautiful silky smooth formulas, and amazing pigmentation.

Oh glorious eye shadow palettes!!! I want them all...
Being a budget friendly shopper, I only picked up ONE eye shadow palette. My husband and I are so proud. So without further waiting around, here is THE STARLET!!!

Marc Jacobs 204 The Starlet

This palette is absolutely stunning McMuffins times a million. The formula is so smooth, glowy, pigmented, and luscious. You have to go swatch some of these bad boys in store!

This palette is perfect for summer bronzy looks that will take you well into fall and winter. These colors are so versatile and neutral, yet bold enough not to be boring and lumped in with your average neutral palette.

Let's get on to swatchin!
I did find some dupes in my collection that I thought you guys would be interested in. Even though these shadows have dupes/impostors, their look alikes do not have the same smooth formula.

These shadows were swatched with a MAC 213.


The bottom swatches are The Starlet Palette swatched in order, and the the top swatches are the dupes.

Left to Right Dupes

The Starlet 1 DUPE: 
NARS Ondine

The Starlet 2 DUPE: 
LORAC Pro Palette Champagne

The Starlet 3 DUPE: 
NARS Galapagos 

The Starlet 4 DUPE:
LORAC Pro Palette Garnet

The Starlet 5 DUPE:
Urban Decay Half Baked

The Starlet 6 DUPE:
Urban Decay Glinda Palette Oz ( the silver half)

The Starlet 7 DUPE:
Urban Decay Pistol

I hope this dupe/impostor list was helpful! I really hope everyone goes to swatch town at Sephora soon, because I think you guys will really love Marc Jacobs Beauty.

Overall, I am beyond pleased and happy with the items I picked up. I am sure I will be adding more Marc Jacobs Beauty items to my collection!

See my Video Review:


  1. Thanks for this!! Do you know any good dupes for Marc Jacobs' the vamp eye palette??

    1. No problem:)I don't know of any off hand, but I didn't really swatch that one while I was at Sephora.

  2. I absolutely love the colors in this palette! If you have any free time on your hands please check out my blog! I have been a subscriber to your youtube channel and your blog for some time now and you have been such an inspiration to me. I worked for Clinique for 2 years and now have been at Lancome for a little over a year and im just trying to get my name out there. I am starting with my beauty blog and soon will be starting my own youtube channel. My blog is called MissysBeautyChat. Thank you so much for your inspiration!
    <3 Melissa

    1. Aw, thank you so much!!! OF COURSE I WILL! When are you starting your channel?