Can I say I’m in love? Could you tell by my title? I am head over heels crazy about Marc Jacobs The Starlet palette or to be specific Marc Jacobs Beauty Style-Eye Con No. 7-Plush Shadow in #204 The Starlet. This is what dreams are made of.
Like many other bloggers I waited until I could go see the Marc Jacobs Beauty line in person at Sephora. Aesthetically the line appealed to me from the first pictures but quality was the question. While I love a few of the Tom Ford Beauty items I was disappointed in their early eyeshadow palettes so I wanted my buddy Marc to prove himself. He did that! Not only did I buy The Starlet but I also placed a few orders after that first day in Sephora and bought more eyeliners, another palette (The Vamp) and nail polishes.
Let’s concentrate on The Starlet for now. 7 gorgeous colors without a sparkle in sight. These aren’t matte though, some of them have a high shine while others are more satiny. At first I didn’t see how these worked together but they do and the results are magical. I find I can wear one color or 4 and feel just as pretty.
The first two shadows are described as a shimmery muted lilac and a shimmery champagne pink. The lavender is really darker than it shows in this picture and to me it’s more of a satin finish. I feel like it’s a taupe with lavender. This is one of the shades I was instantly attracted to. The champagne pink does have more of a shimmery feel to it than any of the others; it’s great for all over or as a highlighting shade.
When looking at these 3 shades my immediate reaction was “one normal, two I’m not so sure about”. Well I love them all. Shade 3 is a shimmery dark copper brown. It’s the most ordinary shade in the bunch – until you start pairing it up with the others. It brings out more of the taupe in the first lavender shade; it makes your eyes pop with shades 4 and 5. It is the workhorse of the palette. Shade 4 (the middle one above) is a metallic bright copper – this has a gorgeous yet unusual finish. Usually when shadows say they are metallic, they really aren’t. I feel it’s often a marketing word. But this shade is metallic and it’s very striking. You won’t wear it to work on its own unless you work in the beauty industry, but you will wear it and know you are a star. This is actually the first one I wore. It’s the most “dangerous” of all.
My picture is more subdued than it looked in real life. It is a very striking color that you can build up if you’d like.
The 5th shade is described as metallic gold but it’s unlike other golds since it has a green undertone and high shine. The pigmentation is wonderful. You won’t fight with this or the other shades in the palette. They WANT to be seen on your eyes so they play along!
Shade 6 is also metallic – this one is a silver with a lot of blue in it. I like it with shade 7 although sometimes it’s a little too much for me since I have a heavy hand. The last shade, shade 7, is described as a metallic gray but I don’t agree. I don’t consider it metallic. It’s a satiny gunmetal gray and it’s beautiful.
These swatches are pretty accurate although the brown and gray don’t look quite that much alike.
My favorite eye with this is to start with the lavender, put the 3rd shade in the crease, add a touch of the 4th copper shade at the very outer lower V and use either the champagne or a lighter beige as the highlighter shade.
The Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye Con No. 7 Eye palettes are $59. While initially I felt this was expensive, it’s basically the same price as Dior and Chanel are charging so the prices are right in line. The quality is amazing and worth the money. I’m enchanted with this palette and the line. I know where all my money is going to be spent for a while! Have you tried any of the line yet? Have you fallen in love? — Marcia
p.s. A wonderful review with great swatches can be found at Prime Beauty. She beat me to the punch with reviews but I’ll forgive her so that you can see her fabulous swatch pictures.