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Friday, September 6, 2013

Marc Jacobs The Lolita 206, Style Eye-Con No.7, Plush Eyeshadow, Swatches and Review

In my post about Marc Jacobs The Glam, I mentioned that there were two other palettes calling my name--this is one of them. The Lolita.


Marc Jacobs The Lolita 206 Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Eyeshadow in indoor lighting
Marc Jacobs The Lolita Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Eyeshadow in indoor lighting

One might expect The Lolita to be filled with dramatic, perhaps even bold shades--given the name. Then again, you might not--given that the character of Lolita was only 12--and at that age, girls should still be innocent. The Lolita is an edited palette of neutral basics you usually find in every makeup line.


Marc Jacobs The Lolita 206 Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Eyeshadow in indoor lighting
Marc Jacobs The Lolita Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Eyeshadow in indoor lighting

Marc Jacobs The Lolita 206 Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Eyeshadow in indoor lighting
Marc Jacobs The Lolita Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Eyeshadow in indoor lighting


Marc Jacobs The Lolita 206 Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Eyeshadow in indoor lighting
Marc Jacobs The Lolita Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Eyeshadow in indoor lighting

Marc Jacobs The Lolita 206 Style Eye-Con No.7 ($59 for .24oz/7g) has the same packaging as does The Glam, except the palette is longer, skinnier, sleeker. It houses seven eyeshadows instead of just three and all the shades are the same size, whereas in the Style Eye-Con No.3 Palettes, the shadows pan size varies according to usage.


Marc Jacobs The Lolita 206 Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Eyeshadow in indoor lighting
Marc Jacobs The Lolita Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Eyeshadow in indoor lighting

 The Lolita includes:
  1. A Matte Off-White Cream
  2. A Matte Nude
  3. A Matte Dark Coffee Brown
  4. A Metallic Warm Pink with Iridescent Glitter
  5. An Iridescent Champagne Pink Sheen
  6. A Light Peach Sheen
  7. A Rosy Copper Sheen


Marc Jacobs The Lolita 206 Style Eye-Con No.7 Swatches in outdoor lighting
Marc Jacobs The Lolita Style Eye-Con No.7 Swatches in outdoor lighting

When swatched, some of the colors are slightly different than they are as described.
  1. An Ivory/Eggshell Matte
  2. A Camel Brown Matte
  3. A Burnt Umber Brown Matte
  4. A Peachy Champagne with a Hint of Pink and Gold and Silver Glitter
  5. A Light Iridescent Pink Shimmer, With a Hint of Peach
  6. A Light Peachy Golden Nude Shimmer
  7. A Copper Shimmer With a Very Slight Pink Shift


Marc Jacobs The Lolita 206 Style Eye-Con No.7 Swatches, Shades 1-3 in outdoor lighting
Marc Jacobs The Lolita Style Eye-Con No.7 Swatches, Shades 1-3 in outdoor lighting

The texture of the shades varies--tremendously--from superb and buttery to mediocre and a downright mess. Shade #1 is not ridiculously buttery as one might hope, but it is fairly smooth and even and only slightly chalky. It has fairly decent color payoff with single pass, being semi-opaque, though, when blended, it tends to disappear right into my skin. Shade #2 has excellent color payoff and is only a little chalky. It's not as bad as shade #1, it's only a little powdery. Shade #3 is semi to mostly sheer with first pass, with the color having to be built up. It is creamier than #1 and #2, but it is transparent like a watercolor.


Marc Jacobs The Lolita 206 Style Eye-Con No.7 Swatches, Shades 4-7 in outdoor lighting
Marc Jacobs The Lolita Style Eye-Con No.7 Swatches, Shades 4-7 in outdoor lighting

Shade #4--this is what they call a glitter bomb. It explodes and goes everywhere. It is unforgivably gritty. Avoid touching and/or using it, as glitter will get everywhere. Shade #5 is buttery and smooth and mostly opaque in one pass. Shade #6 is not quite as smooth as #5, but better than others. The surface feels a little uneven, but that doesn't affect the way it goes on. Again mostly opaque in one stroke. Shade #7 is most richly pigmented shade--followed by #5, #2 and #6. Though it doesn't feel the smoothest, it applies the nicest and it is completely opaque in one stroke.

The quality of these Style Eye-Cons, just doesn't match the price point. I was so excited to get and try The Lolita. Until I tried it for the first time. The shades I used for my eyes faded after a few hours--and it looked like I had just kinda tried to smear some dark stuff above my eyes. And I had primer on. And not crap primer either. AND, I stupidly, unknowingly, tried shade #4. Yep. I got glitter all over my face and wouldn't come off. I should have just stuck with The Glam and stayed there. Two of the shades in The Glam are virtually identical to those in The Lolita and one is very similar. So, essentially, I got dupes of colors from The Glam--yet the texture and quality was the same if not worse in The Lolita. As for me, I highly doubt I will be picking up any more Marc Jacobs items for a while, if ever.

For more swatches and reviews, check out Weekend Ramblings--I think she swatched almost the entire line!!!

Marc Jacobs The Lolita and other Style Eye-Cons are available at Sephora and Marc Jacobs.

Have you tried anything from Marc Jacobs' new beauty line? Do you plan to? Have you had better luck than I have?

14 comments:

  1. Hi Jenny,
    Bummer about the quality. Have you tried picking up the glitter with your fingers and gently pad on your eye lid? I almost always use my fingers for those shades and it works much better. Fading is of course an issue...

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    1. Hey Sara--LOL--Just touching Shade #4 at all--with a brush, your finger--it explodes. It's gritty to the touch and glitter goes everywhere. And trust me when I say those specks of glitter don't like to come off.

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  2. All the shades look much cooler (and maybe even more interesting) in the pan and much warmed up on your arms! This should have been an excellent neutral palette. I'm sorry that the quality is so inconsistent. :(

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    1. Hi Belly--I wish it had been. I was so excited when the full line went live, that I woke up at some crazy hour of the night and ordered it, I wanted it so bad. I am beyond disappointed in it and this review was so hard to write. :(

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  3. Such a bummer about the quality :( I think the line looks SO promising and pretty.. But if it doesn't match up then that's such a shame! Thanks for the honesty.

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    1. Hi Isabelle--The whole MJ line is so cute and different--and I absolutely LOVE his whole vision towards the line--but it just doesn't measure up. I would love to try the gel foundation and the blush--but quite honestly, I'm a bit turned off from the line.

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  4. I guess MJ still needs to work on the quality of the products. At least in the consistency! I think the packaging is cute, but the most important is still the performance and so far, the reviews seem mediocre :-(

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    1. The packaging is way cute and is a nice break from the traditional and what we usually see. As far as the two palettes I've tried--the line just doesn't belong in the price point it's in. I don't know--the reviews are so mixed.

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  5. Thank you for the link, Jenny! I did end up swatching almost everything...and really didn't like anything enough to buy. Your photos and swatches actually make these shadows look much better than what they looked like in person :D

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    1. I blew all the excess powder off and I took my swatch pictures outdoors. Whereas I think you took yours inside--you kinda had too. And most my swatches are more than one pass of pigment--I don't know if yours are or not. Shade #1 for example, just wouldn't show up with one pass if I tried to do that. I think Shade #3 is five or six, lol. And I couldn't not write this post without linking to you. You put in a ton of crazy work!

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  6. I bought The Starlet and adore it. The more I use it the more I learn about the shadows. I think it's one of my best buys so far this year. I looked at Lolita but it didn't seem exciting enough to buy and for sure I won't buy it now but it won't change my opinion of The Starlet.

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    1. I've heard really good things about The Starlet. That palette is composed of all metallic/shimmery shades--and I think there the Marc Jacobs line has succeeded what they set out to accomplish. It's the rest of the textures that seem to have a problem--the mattes, the glitters. The Lolita had all of these--and there was nothing wrong with the shimmer shades--but out of the other four shades, only one matte shade, #2 seemed at all of the same quality. I noticed the same thing with The Glam--now that I think about it. I'm really glad to hear that certain products are a success with his line. I just may not pick up anything for a while. Sadly.

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  7. ah this is the palette that i touched in store, and i was like ahhhh grooossss! (cause i touched that shimmer shade) Bummer!

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    1. Yeah--gross is exactly right. Shade #4 feels gritty and disgusting.

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