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Not a week goes by without a Marc Jacobs lipstick review at Hello Jaa! ;) Last week I featured the reformulated New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel in Have We Met?, this week I bring you a Le Marc Lip Crème in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang which has a completely different texture — more pigmented, more opaque, more creamy, more mature. Let's take a look!
I recently traded in 100 Sephora points for a mini-size of this Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Le Marc Lip Crème. While also comes in a sleek, black lacquered tube with a round silver knob and brand's logo similar to a full-size, the mini-size lacks a magnetic closure. It simply clicks down to the base to close. The lipstick bullet also has a different shape; it's not as rounded, and has a traditional-style lipstick tip instead. I tried to sniff the bullet but I couldn't detect the familiar delicate vanilla scent that belongs to the full-size version.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is described as a “baked rose” or “dusty rose” shade. To me, it's a combination of both, and with a slight hint of mauve thrown in. It has a true crème texture that glides easily on the lips while depositing a rich, saturated color payoff in one pass. It has just enough slip for a smooth glide without the color sliding off the lips. The application offers a near-opaque coverage in one pass (see following picture) and with additional layers, it manages to cover discoloration on my lips entirely. The color is very true to what you see in the tube when applied, which is a shade or two darker than my natural lip color so I'd categorize this shade as an MLBB shade for me. :)
The smooth, velvety crème texture feels absolutely wonderful on the lips. Unlike most crème formulas, Le Marc Lip Crème doesn't just sit on but rather envelops your lips with a gorgeous satin-matte finish with just enough shine to prevent the formula from being too matte. It does not accentuate lip imperfections in any way, nor does it feel heavy or cakey post-layering.
I typically get about 3 hours of solid wear on my bare lips before the color starts to fade to a soft stain that extends the wear time for another hour or so. I didn't experience any dryness on my lips during initial wear but I certainly did feel it just slightly towards the end. It wasn't an uncomfortable feeling by any means, it's just noticeable.
Here's how it looks on me. I think the color looks pretty nice and polite without tapping into the “too-mature” territory. I'm also wearing Marc Jacobs The Starlet 204 Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Shadow Palette (review | US$59 | Sephora) on my eyes. :)
Have you tried anything from Marc Jacobs Beauty yet? I have to say, I'm loving the brand more and more with every makeup purchase I make from them. It is pretty certain at this point that I will not stop at Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. My first full-size Le Marc Lip Crème will either be Infamous (soft peony) or Clara (bold rose), or possibly both! :)