I wonder if Marc Jacobs has ever opened a coconut… He likes coconuts, obviously, because there’s a bunch of new products in his makeup line that are coconut inspired and have coconut water in them, but has homeboy actually ever opened a coconut? I hope he has! And I hope you have at least once, because it’s weirdly empowering. Girl, we’ll get to Marc’s new coconut bronzer and highlighter in a second, but let me just tell you that I opened a coconut this morning for the very first time — used a hammer to lay the beat down on that husk! — and when that bad boy finally cracked open, I was like, “YES! I opened a coconut, motherf*ckers! I CAN DO ANYTHING.”
It felt really good. LOL! Anyway, just your daily fruit diversion. 🙂
Marc’s got some new coco-nutty products, and they’re all about tans, glowing and summer skin.
O!Mega Bronzer Coconut Perfect Tan
The new bronzer is kind of ridic because of the price — $49!! I know. Think of it this way, though: at least it’s cheaper than Tom Ford’s.
It’s called the O!Mega Bronzer Coconut Perfect Tan because it smells like coconuts (it’s not overwhelming or faux-sweet), but looking at the ingredient list, it doesn’t appear to have coconut in it.
I’ve never tried the original O!MegaBronzer in Marc’s permanent line, but I’ve read that this new one is supposed to have the same formula. It’s LE and has different packaging (crisp summer white!). It also has a different undertone, which is less warm and more neutral than the bronzer in Marc’s permanent collection.
So many bronzing powders claim to be neutral but lean cool and taupe, and when they’re on my warm-toned skin, something about them doesn’t look right. Ya know? They look muddy and kinda dirty, like I accidentally swiped the wrong shade of foundation on my cheek and left it there.
But this one is truly neutral. It’s supposed to be universally flattering on warm and cool skin. Unusually, and I mean that in a good way, it has absolutely no orange, gold or taupe tones in it. The color is a spot-on match for tanned skin.
It blew me away the first time I wore it. As I eased out the edges with the new bronzing brush (we’ll get to that in a moment), my skin looked progressively better and better until it looked like I’d just gotten back from a day at the beach
I’ve heard through the grapevine that this has already sold out a few times on the Sephora website and can be tough to find, and I can see the reason behind the hype. It perfectly mimics the color of sun-kissed skin. On top of that, the powder grains are almost imperceptible.
That said, Marc and I’ll have to agree to disagree about the whole universally flattering thing…because if I were at my end-of-summer deep bronze goddess lusciousness tan, this would be way too light for me to do any real bronzing. So, if you’re a deeper shade of brown than I am, swatch it first if you can.
Leave it to me to go off on a bronzer tangent for 10 minutes, my goodness. But damn, it’s so good!
The Bronze Bronzer Brush No. 12
OK, focus, Karen. There’s also a limited edition bronzing brush in this collection with a white handle to match the white bronzer’s packaging. It’s $78…which is, again, crazy ridic.
Do you need it? Um…well, probably not, but I will say this for it: even though the price is a complete turnoff for me, the brush feels weighty and sturdy in my hand, and the size of the brush head is perfect for me. When I lay the base of the brush head just beneath my cheek bones, the tip of the bristles (which are synthetic, by the way) hit the top of the apple of my cheek, so it places the bronzer exactly where I like it to go.
This mofo… It’s beyond precise. I mean, it’s also obnoxiously expensive, and I don’t want to like it, but I kind of do. I also know that I could use it every day.
If you want it, you gotta go to Sephora, though, because they’re the only place that carries it.
Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter in Dew You
The $44 golden peach liquid highlighter, which has coconut water for moisture, is also new, and it’s now part of the permanent collection. It’s super shimmery when it comes out of the pump so it looks kind of scary… I was frightened by it at first.
But the more I work it into my skin, either under or on top of foundation (you can also mix it into foundation), the more the pearl effect softens, so IMHO it just looks better and better as you go.
It’s a very specific kind of highlight — shiny and glowing but not shimmery, glittery or frosty — so as far as highlighters go, it’s less flashy and more natural-looking, which is my favorite kind of highlight.
If you want, you can crank up the shine by patting more of it on, because it also layers well (but resist the urge to apply too much, because it’ll make any dry spots on your skin look drier).
Re(cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist
The $39 Re(cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist is another coconut-related item that’s been in the Marc Jacobs line for a while, but I just got around to trying it meow.
I think it smells good, like coconuts, but I don’t see a difference in the longevity of my makeup when I use it. I’d probably skip it.
Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer
I’d also skip the coconut face primer, too. I use primer to blur my pores and lock down my makeup, and this doesn’t seem to do either for me.
It behaves more like a makeup-prepping light moisturizer, if you’re looking for something like that, but if you want more of a hardcore face primer, holla at me in the comments. Tell me your skin type, and I’ll give you a few recs.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,