As in The Showstopper Set, by Marc Jacobs Beauty.
Super quick pics and swatches here. I had to jam through these and only had 10 minutes to jot down some thoughts before heading out to meet my family for my mom’s bday celebration, so if this seems kind of rushed…it was!
Sorry. But Tabs was kind enough to give me the evening off, and I’m not passing that up.
So, what is The Showstopper?
Well, I’m glad you asked! It’s Marc’s six-piece limited edition holiday set — $135 (listed as a $216 value) — and it comes with makeup for eyes and lips, a makeup bag, a mirror and a tiny bee-sized bottle of Marc’s Honey perfume.
The lipgloss: I like. It’s my favorite thing in the set. It has a medium-weight, non-drying formula — slightly sticky, but still comfortable — and it’s neither scented nor flavored.
Color-wise, it reminds me of MAC Lychee Luxe Lipglass (here’s my review from way back in 2010), and it’s sheerer than it looks in this swatch. As far as wear time, we’re talkin’ 3-4 hours.
Now, the liquid liner gave me some trouble. I like the color — it’s a true black without any blue undertones — and shine, but I find the felt tip pen difficult to control (the edges of my lines are jagged).
The mascara holds its own with good length, separation and color (also true black); curl hold isn’t bad at all, and I don’t see any clumps, flaking or smudging. I think the sweet spot’s around one or two coats. Any more than that, and my lashes start sticking together.
Lastly, the eyeshadows, and the first word that comes to mind is “SHINE!” Just like that, in all caps.
I like ‘em. Today I patted them on with a flat eyeshadow brush, but I wasn’t too crazy about the shadows when I buffed them out or applied them with a fluffy brush. With a fluffy (brush, haha!), I thought they were tough to blend and buff out, and I did observe some fallout.
This set used to be available on the Sephora website, but wouldn’t ya know it? I’m not seeing it there now. You might want to check in stores if you’re interested. I did spot it online at a shop called CosPro on amazon.com, but I’ve never purchased anything from them before. Amazon has a pretty good return policy, but I don’t know specifically about this store (like the universe, it’s a mystery…).