For my birthday this year I decided to treat myself to a high end foundation. Most of my foundations I use daily are from the drugstore, they are great they do their job and they don't break the bank. Over the years I have no tried many high end foundations and most of them I was severely disappointed in. This year I did my research and I settled on trying the new Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation (wow that is a mouthful!).
The packaging is straight up beautiful, the frosted glass, the sleek shape, the simple design, I love it all. It comes with an easy to use pump, for easy, germ free distribution. It takes me about 1 1/2 - 2 pumps to do my face.
The Marc Jacobs Foundation provides a light - medium build-able coverage. With one sheer coat, it evens out my skin tone. Sometimes I will apply a second coat to my cheeks if they are looking particularly red that day.
The finish of the foundation is very natural with a slight glow, nothing oily or shimmery, but it is not a matte finish, it is a very natural finish. I have been setting this foundation in my T-zone for extra staying power on my oily areas.
There is no right or wrong way to apply this foundation, I have tried it with a beauty blender and with a flat top foundation brush. I have not tried it with my fingers since that tends to give the heaviest application.
The gel formula provides enough hydration to my more normal to dry areas of my combo skin (cheeks mostly), but doesn't over hydrate my oily areas. I still have to blot at some point in the afternoon, but that is normal for me, the bonus is that it is not causing me to produce excess oil.
The Marc Jacobs foundation isn't long wearing on me (but lets be real my day is lonnng, I put on my makeup at 7:30am and the earliest I am home is 8:15pm a good 13 hour day). It definitely gets me through my work day, but the oil I produce causes the foundation to break down (as it does with most foundation). It mostly breaks up on my nose and forehead, if you have normal skin then this will not be an issue for you. I have yet to try the foundation on dry skin since I don't have that, so I cannot say whether or nor it is good for that.
So far I am loving this foundation, it looks natural, it has a nice build-able coverage and for most people it would be long wearing. If you consider 9 hours to be long wearing then you have gotten it. The gel formula is great on my oily combination skin, it will break down slightly by the end of the day, but all in all I am impressed. It also doesn't settle into my fine lines (yes in my ripe old age of 27 I have some lines that things settle into). I definitely feel that this foundation is worth the price tag, there isn't something like this available else where. The next time you are in Sephora you should definitely check it out.
What is your favorite high end foundation?