I'M JUDGING YOU | #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder

Title subject to change but basically these are the things that go through my mind when I'm first trying out a product, a "First Impressions" if you will.

I recently purchased this contouring palette by recommendation from my friend Anna. She is a huge fan of Marc Jacobs Beauty line and I have only dabble slightly. Since I don't go a day without contouring and I am always looking for the perfect ash brown shade, I thought I'd give this one a shot. So here are the quick takes you may want to know.

 

#Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder

Contour & Highlighting Palette that claims to give a light filtering finish . Available at Sephora for $49.

PROS

  • Beautiful Packaging
  • Large mirror
  • Yellow setting powder is light enough to slightly brighten!
  • Smooth, velvety texture
  • Can achieve a natural highlight

CONS

  • Massive packaging - although beautiful, could be prone to a drop or just bulky for travel.
  • Texture can be too soft, lots of fall out
  • Contour shade at times appears to be uneven

So here's bit more about my initial thoughts.

Contour

I've used this for less than a week and I feel as if it's looking like I've used it more than that. The first thing that I did when I even opened the package was sink the tip of my nail in the bottom right of the contour color (as you may be able to see in the above photo) and that's not necessarily the products fault but I barely dipped it and it left a hole. When contouring, I find that it can sometimes apply unevenly. I always set my foundation beforehand and I've tried a variety of brush densities/shapes so I'm still trying to figure out the culprit but when it works, it looks great. I feel like I'm bashing this thing but that's not really my intention, so here's what I like: the texture is buttery smooth and when done right, looks great! The color is the right shade of for a more natural looking contour without looking sallow. Not too grey, not too red. So really the only thing I'm having commitment issues with is the formula. Due to the softness I think it also causes it to be super powdery. The photo below is the result of a few swipes and taps so perhaps it's an exaggerated example (unless you're heavy handed with this stuff) but you get the idea.

HIGHLIGHT

I'm pleasantly surprised by the color of the "banana" powder. More often than not I find that these yellow powders can in fact be too dark for my skintone (about a MAC NC20-25) but this works well to keep that area looking naturally lifted. I can see myself continuing to use the yellow shade since I am now out of my Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder .

Also I should note that I did purchase the suggested Contour and Blush Brush (No.15) to go with it (not shown). Although a beautiful brush, for what it's advertised to do I (personally) didn't find it to be my favorite. For what I like, it's a bit bulky to get precise definition and too dense to get a soft flush of color. I actually get more use out of it as a buffing brush for foundation or setting your makeup but if you only want that, why not get something like the Sephora #45?

So for now, if you want a high end contour color I'd say save your splurge money on this one and indulge on Tan by Dolce & Gabbana. It's been a makeup staple of mine for several years now,  doesn't have fall out and it lasts me forever.

I hope you found this helpful! Let me know what your thoughts are if you've tried this product or what products you'd like me to "judge" in the future!