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Mind blown. That is what I have to say about the coverage of this foundation. It's actually my first impression when I put it on my face for the first time. If you think you know full coverage and haven't tried this foundation yet, then you don't know what real coverage is. Serious! I have a lot to say about this one so let's get on with the review!
Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate is truly unlike any foundation I've tried before. Even the applicator is different. It is housed in a thick, heavy, frosted glass bottle with an outer (black) and inner (silver) caps. Upon twisting open the inner silver cap, you'll see a strange applicator on the other end. It is not your typical dropper style, but rather a small round bulb. To use, you are meant to only “dot” the product on your skin using the bulbous end. It is unusual to have this kind of applicator but it makes sense. In fact, it's actually ingenius for this particular foundation since a few dots are all you will ever need for a full coverage on your entire face. It also allows for easy custom coverage in case you need a little more or less. You are advised to shake the bottle well to homogenize the formula before use. I failed to do it once and the result wasn't pretty. The only one less favorable thing about the packaging though is that the inner cap tends to leak quite a bit. If I'm not careful during opening and closing, the foundation seems to get collected around the rim making it look really messy.
In addition to the unique applicator, you'll also be amazed by the formula. It is quite thin and liquidy but extremely concentrated! The first time I tried it thinking it was one of those thin with sheer to medium coverage foundations, I dotted 3-4 big dots on my right cheek alone, well, it was disastrous because that was just way too much product! My advice is to start off with 1 small dot on each area of the face, then buff it out with a buffing brush or Beautyblender (I prefer a Beautyblender myself). Also better to work on one section at a time since it dries down rather quickly. You'll truly be amazed by how just one dot of this incredibly pigmented formula can cover so much. I'm talking dark spots, acne scars, and even those pesky pores around my nose — all beautifully covered in just one thin layer. Any more than this should be avoided as it could cake, flake, and cling to dry patches. Plus, it will get super oily quickly, too (been there, done that!).
I'd describe its finish as “velvet matte“. Since it covers so well, it has a tendency to make your complexion appear rather “flat”. A small price to pay I suppose but you can always follow with color makeup. In fact, I highly recommend following with color makeup to restore effervescence to your complexion. It lasts well throughout the day for me and I notice that my skin actually looks so much better (more natural) as the day progresses. I'm honestly not too crazy about the initial flat-matte finish but once my skin starts producing a little oil, together with the warmth of skin, the finish becomes much more natural with luminosity in all the right places! I really love it! Of course, you can shorten this process by priming or mixing it with a little bit of your favorite illuminizing primer for a more dimensional finish. Finally I would always set everything with a loose powder to minimize transferring.
Here I'm wearing 27 Bisque Neutral which is just a tad bit lighter than my current skin. Notice how my complexion looks much smoother and more even on the After photo. And this is after just one thin layer of the foundation on! Acne marks, redness, and pores are also less noticeable.
I'm not sure about their claim of lasting up to 24 hours but I've worn it from early morning till midnight and it pretty much stayed in place for the most part. My T-zone where I get most oily became shiny and lost coverage at about 6-7 hours into wear but the rest of my face was still intact. I didn't see it turn darker either so there's no oxidization associated with this foundation according to my experience.
Bonus points: scent-free and containing “patented golden mica” to give skin a natural-looking glow. I didn't quite see the glow too much on me, though. The pigments in the formula are supposedly double the amount of those in other full-coverage foundations which is why you need less for the same coverage. Said pigments are wrapped in “lecithin” to aid in blending and melding the pigments with the skin. If you still find it tricky to spread, maybe try mixing it with your moisturizer for a smoother and faster application.
I wouldn't say this is a quick, slap-and-go foundation because it takes time to blend it in the skin. I mostly reserve it for when I plan to wear a full face makeup and need to make sure my makeup stays in place for as long as possible. I use it more often as a spot concealer, though! It works wonder at concealing problemed spots!
Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate is truly one-of-a-kind full coverage foundation that is worth having on your vanity. Its richly pigmented formula covers skin imperfections effectively while allowing you to use less product so your complexion doesn't appear heavy or mask-like. There are 22 shades to choose from ranging from really light to really dark and from pink to neutral to golden undertones so it is likely you'll find your perfect match. This is yet another wonderful product that I highly recommend to all my readers. :)
Disclosure: The product mentioned was provided free of charge for review consideration. All opinions expressed herein are honest and my own.