Marc Jacobs has launched his long-awaited beauty line and I immediately honed in on Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation ($48) since it is claimed to be a “breakthrough gel foundation that’s antiaging." Let me save you the bother by getting straight to the point: there is nothing that is anti-aging about Marc Jacobs Beauty’s foundation.
And I mean nothing. There isn’t even some fairy dusting of green tea or argan oil. On the other hand, there’s enough silicone here for a breast implant.
Other ingredients are beyond mediocre, such as aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, an anti-caking agent, synthetic emollient isononyl isononanoate , and binding agent dimer dilinoleyl diner dilinoleate. I could go through them all, but it’s too depressing. The only half-way decent ingredient is glycerin.
I wondered whether I’d have better luck with the rest of the range. Marc Jacobs Beauty Lip Lock Moisture Balm ($30) also claims to be anti-aging with myrrh extract. This does, at least, have antioxidant properties, but that’s it. The rest of the ingredients are what you’d expect to find in a conventional lipstick. On the plus side, there’s nothing too awful apart from BHT, an ingredient that is considered to be carcinogenic.
I’ll be sticking to my new find W3LL People and La Vie Celeste, for natural ingredients with genuine anti-aging actives and great performance.
Ingredients in Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation:
Water, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Polysilicone-11, Butylene Glycol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Solica Dimethicone Silylate, Dimer Dilinoleyl Diner Dilinoleate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Isododecane, Sodium Chloride, Methicone, Dlyceryl Caprylate, Calcium Carbonate, Dorbitan Sesquioleate, Trihydroxystearin, Potassium Sorbate, Methylpropanediol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Disodium Edta, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone (+/-) Titanium Idoxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77491, Ci 77499).
Ingredients in Marc Jacobs Beauty Lip Lock Moisture Balm:
Octyldodecanol, Polybutene, Phenylpropyldimethylsiloxysilicate, Polyglycerl-2 Tetroisostearate, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dicalcium Phosphate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-I0/I Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Ozokerite, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Hexyl Laurate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Propylene Carbonate, Bht, Methicone, Ethyl Vanillin, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract, Tocopherol, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carmine (Ci 75470). (+/-) Titanium Dioxide (Ci 7789i), Iron Oxides (Ci 7749i, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 6 (Ci I5850), Red 7 (Ci I5850), Red 7 Lake (Ci I5850), Blue I Lake (Ci 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci I9i40) Yellow 6 Lake (Ci I5985).