I knew this product was going to be big but by golly it’s ginormous. The highest points of the compact measures 11cm and 12cm so this thing could possibly be used as a shield (just kidding). I bought the darkest shade (60) from Sephora NZ during one of the membership sale weekends so I didn’t pay full price but I still felt the pinch (or more like jab).
I love the black sleek packaging but was surprised that it’s very light, almost fragile so if you were to drop it on a hard surface the plastic is no doubt going to crack. There’s a raised engraving of MARC JACOBS on the compact with a silver button which you press and the lid springs up slightly for you to pull open. I really like how this compact is put together.
There’s a ginormous mirror inside which is the full length and width of the lid and I can see my entire face (I have a big face so it’s a good indication this mirror means business). The product is split into semi circles of a highlighting powder and a bronzing contour.
When I swatched both products with my finger I instantly regretted my purchase. I could see the pigmentation on my finger but when swatching on my skin I saw nothing. Don’t be alarmed though because it turns out it’s a buildable product which is better used with a brush. The powders have to be one of the best textures I have ever felt – it’s silky soft, almost cream-like with little kick up of powder.
I prefer to wear this without foundation – no particular reason this is just how I like it. Personally the highlighting contour doesn’t do much highlighting or brightening for me. It’s more of a salmon peach shade which blends beautifully with my skin tone. There is light skin around my eyebrows where I’ve overplucked (good one!) and this powder covers it up perfectly.
In the pan the bronzer has some grey undertone to it but it’s warm enough to add definition to your face without it looking too muddy. Even though the powders are blendable, lasts all day and are housed in a convenient compact, it’s not a must have in my books. I enjoy using it but I can’t justify repurchasing it just for the bronzer alone.