These days, I’ve had an appreciation for dewy, light-coverage, low-maintenance looks when it comes to foundation. I don’t really need too much coverage on a daily basis, and I also don’t have much time in the morning to do a full face anymore. However, I still love me a good foundation that just covers everything up. I still haven’t found the perfect product to do exactly that while keeping my face looking somewhat natural, however, the Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Coverage Foundation Concentrate has intrigued me. Its been making its rounds around the Youtube, Instagram, and blogger universe, so I figured, why not try the darn thing? From what I’ve been seeing, it’s definitely a very full coverage foundation, so I want to see if it lives up to its name. If you would like to know what my thoughts are, please keep reading.
I picked up the Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Coverage Foundation Concentrate during the Sephora VIB sale in April. Its original price is $69 CAD for 0.75 oz. of product, meaning that it’s a borderline ripoff given that most foundations come with at least 1 oz. of product. It is available in 22 shades ranging from ‘very fair’ to ‘very deep’ with neutral, pink, and golden undertones for each. I got the shade Golden Medium 44 which is described as a “medium deep w/ yellow undertones”, which I’ll discuss in more detail later on in the post. Let’s take a look at the claims made for this foundation from the Sephora website:
Give skin flawless full coverage in an instant with this first-to-market foundation concentrate. This revolutionary formula offers twice as much pigment as a leading full-coverage foundation, but in an oil-free base that blends instantly across the complexion to completely cover pores, blemishes, and other imperfections with the thinnest possible layer that lasts up to 24 hours. All foundations are composed of two parts: pigment and ingredients to carry the pigment to the skin.
Re(marc)able innovates by filling its formula with as much pigment as possible, leaving little room for non-essential ingredients, including water. Not only does it contain twice as much pigment as standard full coverage foundations, but these pigments are made of patented golden mica to give the complexion a more radiant, real-life glow. The pigments are wrapped in lecithin—an ingredient that’s biochemically similar to skin—to blend effortlessly and meld with the complexion for a smooth, soft-matte finish.
In an independent consumer study:
– 9 out of 10 said Re(marc)able instantly and completely covered imperfections, including discoloration
– 9 out of 10 said Re(marc)able won’t cake or settle into pores, fine lines, or wrinkles
– 9 out of 10 said Re(marc)able made their skin look flawless
– 9 out of 10 said Re(marc)able is easy to use
– 9 out of 10 said Re(marc)able is the best foundation they have ever used
– 9 out of 10 would switch to Re(marc)able from their current foundation
Clearly, they’re setting the bar pretty high for themselves. Although this foundation claims to be extremely full coverage while also looking “flawless” on the skin, I had my reservations since my experience with foundations that are very pigmented and matte have shown me otherwise.
Packaging & Formula
The packaging is a bit odd, definitely not like any foundation I’ve ever owned. It has a twist cap with a bulb-tipped attachment that is used to dot the foundation all over your face. It really isn’t the most sanitary way to dispense the product, and will be just as inconvenient to scrape out the remnants of product when the bottle is almost finished. As for the formula, it’s a bit runny, but not water-thin like the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. I initially swatched a bit of foundation on the back of my hand, and it certainly was quite pigmented. It dried very quickly and had a matte, powdery finish to it – similar to how the MAC Pro Longwear concealer sets. Now, let’s talk about the shade. I went with Golden Medium 44 because it claimed to be a “medium deep w/ yellow undertones”. I usually go for a medium foundation in the winter because that’s when I’m at my lightest, but since I have a bit of a tan from when I went on vacation a little over a month ago, I figured that a medium/deep shade would suit me better. To my surprise, this shade was actually much lighter than I had anticipated. It’s definitely closer to NC35 than to NC40, however I made it work for the purposes of this review. I suppose that’s one of the downfalls of wearing such a pigmented foundation; it needs to match your skin perfectly unless you want it to look like you’re wearing a mask. So if you want to try this foundation out, I would highly suggest trying it out in the store rather than guestimating the shade online.
I started off by applying a pore-minimizing primer on the left side of my face and left the other half bare (FYI – used the Smashbox Photofinish Pore Minimizing primer). As you can see below, my skin is mostly clear. There are some areas around my cheek that could use some coverage (i.e. old acne scars, some dark spots and one stubborn zit), and the area around my mouth is a little darker than the rest of my face. I used an orange colour corrector on both sides of my face for that area to even that out because I knew that it would end up looking grey no matter how full coverage this foundation is.
I applied 1 small dot of foundation on my forehead, two dots on my cheeks, and one on my chin, then proceeded to blended it out with the Sephora Classic Multitasker Brush #45. My immediate reaction was: “JFC, this foundation is P I G M E N T E D!!!”. This stuff is seriously no joke – it is extremely full coverage, especially when buffing it out using a dense brush. I also think that I used way too much product, which says quite a bit since I barely even used any. I didn’t find that my makeup caked up while trying to blend out the excess product, therefore it’s quite easy to work with using a dense brush. This foundation also sets extremely quickly, so I would highly suggest working in sections and blending out that way rather than applying product all over the face first then make your way through. As I’ve mentioned before, this particular shade was way too light for me, and it is even more apparent because it’s so pigmented.
Next, I used a Beauty Blender to apply the foundation on the right, primer-free side of my face. I used the exact same amount of product as I used on the left side of my face. I found that the BB actually sheered out the foundation significantly (I can tell because I can still see the little dark spot under my eye on the right side), but it still gives a fair amount of coverage. I also noticed that it was a lot more difficult to blend out the foundation using a BB. It made the product look patchy and just didn’t glide on as easily compared to the left side, however this could also be because I didn’t apply primer on this side of my face. Because of this, I would definitely recommend using a dense buffing brush to apply this specific foundation.
I didn’t bother trying to add a second layer because I was quite happy with the coverage that one layer gave. It’s incredible! It dried down fully matte, and because of this, I also didn’t feel the need to set it with powder. The foundation on the primed side and the non-primed side looked the same for the most part. I didn’t see any of the foundation sinking into the fine lines on my face or the pores, which is something that most matte, full-coverage foundations do after a matter of minutes. I was quite impressed! I continued on with the rest of my makeup to see how it would apply.
The rest of my makeup went on nicely. Even without a setting powder, my bronzer, blush, and highlighter went on like a dream on both sides. I tried to bronze my face to compensate for the lightness of the foundation so I could step out for a few hours and not look like I’m wearing a white mask. After my look was complete, I still did not notice any signs of creasing or settling – so definitely a good sign!
I kept the foundation on for about 4 hours and noticed some very minor settling of product in some fine lines that I have, but nothing too crazy. The foundation didn’t make my pores look more apparent on either side of my face. In fact, my skin was looking pretty flawless. I started to get a little shiny on the corners of my nose and forehead, but it was definitely not as bad as I thought it would look, especially since I didn’t set my foundation with powder as I usually do. Overall, it wore very well after a few hours and looked phenomenal the longer I wore it.
I ended up exchanging the shade I had for Honey Light 52, which is described as a “deep w/ yellow undertones”. It matched a lot better to my current skin tone, which is closer to an NC42.
I’m very impressed with this foundation. It’s one of the few that is actually extremely full coverage without feeling like a mask on. It’s lightweight, it wears very well throughout the day, and most importantly, it doesn’t emphasize the imperfections on the face, but rather almost blurs them out. That being said, a major downfall is its steep price, however this is definitely not a foundation that you would go through quickly given that you barely have to use any product to get the maximum effect. The shade selection is great since it caters to most skin tones, and it doesn’t need to be primed or set. I believe it would be a great foundation for most skin types, however this may not be the best product for people with very dry skin since it does have a matte finish. I would definitely recommend giving this foundation a try if you’re in the market for something very full coverage, however, I wouldn’t say that it’s the best foundation I’ve tried. I could stretch it as far as it possibly being the best full coverage foundation I’ve tried to date, however saying that it’s the best foundation of all time is very subjective, and at this point in time for me, a matte, full coverage product isn’t my idea of a “perfect” foundation.
Have you tried the Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able foundation?
What are your favourite full coverage foundations?