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A limited-edition luminizing powder inspired by Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2013 runway show. This multidimensional powder flatters all skin tones by diffusing light and minimizing imperfections. The formula provides a subtle glow with a universal blend of three complexion-brightening shades, dusted with gold accents for a radiant, glowing complexion.
Marc Jacobs’s new, limited-edition Lightshow Luminizing Powder in the shade Close-Up contains three neutral shades to brighten the complexion.
This luminizing powder compact is made of Marc Jacobs’s signature reflective black plastic. It snaps shut and contains a full-sized mirror.
Close-Up has three shades in it: a cream, a nude-champagne, and a light tan. The pan is sprayed with gold shimmer which pretty much goes away after the first use, leaving the three shades which have a very subtle shimmer to them.
When mixed together, you get virtually no color to the shade (it’s a somewhat nude color) and a slight sheen on the skin. It’s honestly extremely difficult to tell any difference to the skin when looking at the powder under indoor lighting unless you get right close-up (ahem, ahem) to the mirror. That’s why in the last swatch picture, below, it looks almost like I haven’t swatched anything unless you look very closely at the small shimmer particles. Granted, this product is described as giving you a “subtle glow,” but I’d like it to have more of a noticeable impact under artificial lighting.
In outdoor lighting, you can see the sheen this product gives to the skin much better, even without being right next to the mirror. It looks more golden and you can see the shimmer particles when looking close-up.
The formula is finely-milled and soft. But the claims that this powder will “minimize imperfections” is over-stated. If anything, because this powder has small shimmer particles, it can make any rough texture on the skin stand out more. I also think the “complexion-brightening” effect isn’t really substantiated. There’s a subtle difference under indoor lighting because of the shimmer particles, but those same shimmer particles show up as just that–shimmer–in sunlight, making this powder more difficult to use in large areas on the face.
Overall, this is a pretty-looking product with a lovely formula. But the effect it gives to the skin is slight, and the claims for what this powder can do for your skin don’t live up to the powder’s price-point.
Ease of Use: 9.75/10
This finely-milled and almost colorless powder is very easy to use because it blends into the skin seamlessly.
For $59.00 you get 0.38 ounces of powder. Even compared to high-end brands like Dior and Bobbi Brown, you may significantly more per ounce of product when you buy the Marc Jacobs luminizer.
Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isohexadecane, Isododecane, Polyethlene, Synthetic Wax, Silica, Ceresin, Polyisobutene, Methicone, Rosa Canina Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499)