First Impression: Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation

If you haven’t seen a First Impressions video before, it’s a video in which I share with you my initial opinion of a product (usually a foundation, for some reason) and check in with you during the course of the day, letting you see how it wears and what my thoughts are as it wears. Marc Jacobs launched his eponymous makeup line exclusively in Sephora stores last month, and I’ll be honest: I wasn’t that enthused. “Just another fashion designer trying to break into beauty,” I thought. I decided to get to know his line by trying one product. I chose the Genius Gel foundation and I won’t spoil it here – you’ll need to watch the video above to find out what I think about it.

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  1. 09.19.2013 / 1:25 pm

    Definitely intrigued by the gel foundations. My only concern is I don’t do well with scented products and if this has a strong scent I wonder if I would break out from it 🙁

  2. Jennifer
    09.19.2013 / 3:34 pm

    You mentioned you use sunscreen every day. (Fellow Houstonian here) I rely mostly on my BB cream (SPF 35) or Moisturizer/sunscreen combo (SPF 25) for my daily protection. I feel like it’s mostly fine, since I spend most of the day inside anyway. I might add a little extra on my arms if it’s bright and I’m driving a lot that day. If I’m doing yard work or working out outside, then I’ll use Clinique SPF 40 on my face. I haven’t really found anything that doesn’t make my face super shiny. My question for you is what do YOU use for (a) your daily sunscreen or (b) if you’re out side for a while. Thanks!

  3. 09.19.2013 / 3:59 pm

    Wonderful review! I’ve been curious about this foundation.

  4. 09.19.2013 / 8:33 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try this foundation. I have the eyeliner (which is amazing!) and I have my eye on the neutral palette. Maybe I’ll have to swing by Sephora for a sample of the foundation this weekend!
    Thanks for the review 🙂

    The Pretty Pinhead

  5. Ash
    09.20.2013 / 1:30 am

    Hook ‘Em!

    09.22.2013 / 12:56 am

    I haven’t tried his foundations, but I recently took a look at his concealers and really wasn’t impressed with the coverage for people with very dark circles. Maybe the foundations are more promising.

  7. Elle
    09.22.2013 / 11:30 pm

    Like Jennifer, this video also got me thinking about SPF. I rely on my foundation/moisturizer combo, but that may not suffice in the long run…In another video, I believe you spoke about using a Dior product — white tube, no smell, great SPF, and a little pricey. Even though great skin is worth an investment, have you tried any other SPF options that you like, maybe at different price points, Kristina? Maybe a topic for a future post?
    And thank you, Kristina, for the review of the Marc Jacobs foundation. I’ve been wondering about this makeup line since it’s Sephora’s latest “push.” Sounds like it might just live up to the hype! 🙂

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