Marc Jacobs Remarcable Full Coverage Foundation Concentrate review.

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able

As you my have surmised from my previous posts, I have been on a hunt for a new foundation.  I know many people keep several formulations (heavy, medium and light) handy to accommodate for mood or season.  However, I am of a different mentality; I prefer to use one foundation, at a time, to the bitter end.  I am a firm believer in fuller coverage formulations.  The high pigment factor present in these types of foundations can easily be altered to satisfy my every whim and desire.  Marc Jacobs Remarcable Full Coverage Foundation Concentrate 54 Honey Medium ($55 USD/.75 fl.oz.) has proven to be one of the most innovative and versatile foundations I have come across.  “Attention Cover Fx Custom Cover Drops–you have been officially replaced.”  I hope you find this helpful.

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able

The Pros to Marc Jacobs Remarcable Foundation:

  1. Lightweight formula.
  2. Concentrated pigment provides instant coverage.
  3. Small amount needed to achieve desired results.
  4. Synthetic brushes work beautifully to blend foundation on the skin.
  5. Can be mixed with your primer of choice to dilute the consistency and coverage–my preferred way of using this foundation (see below).
  6. Skin is mattified and coverage lasts all day (12 hours) on my dry skin and semi-oily T-Zone.
  7. Covers my green veining at the bridge of my nose–concealer can be omitted.
  8. Leaves skin looking flawless.
  9. No oil breakthrough around the T-Zone area by midday.
  10. Does not oxidize on my dry skin.
  11. Thick frosted glass bottle is sanitary and sturdy enough for travel.
  12. Although I still would have preferred a pump, the stick applicator (as opposed to a dropper) makes for easy access to the foundation and assures minimal product is deposited on the skin.
  13. Comes in 22 colors to accommodate all skin tones.
  14. Formulated without parabens, fragrance, sulfates, or phthalates.
  15. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Marc Jacobs Remarcable Foundation:

  1. Foundation must be shaken, otherwise separation occurs and coverage is compromised.
  2. Moisturized skin is a must–formula adheres quickly, can feel drying, cling to dry spots and settle into pores otherwise.
  3. Due to the formulas excellent adhesion properties, a quality makeup remover and facial cleansing routine must be implemented in the evening.
  4. Due to the exceptional coverage, skin can appear flat–bronzer, blush and highlighter must be used to restore a semblance of vitality.
  5. If used as directed (one drop for each area of the face) the coverage can look too heavy for my liking.
  6. Due to the instant coverage, it is imperative one select the correct shade, otherwise this foundation will photograph poorly.
  7. Does not layer well–not that multiple layers will ever be needed.

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation

  • As specified at the opening, Re(marc)able needs to be shaken in order for the formula to incorporate properly.  Failing to do so compromises the wear, coverage and longevity. If you choose to get a sample from Sephora, ask that your sample be given in one of their mini bottles as opposed to their standard sample pot.
 Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation.

Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer with Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation.

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation.

Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer mixed together with Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation.

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Remaining product after foundation has been applied.

  • Truth be told, when I first tried Re(marc)able I did not like it; the coverage looked too heavy and mask-like.  It was at this point I was starting to doubt my whole “buy only full coverage” mantra.  However, since Re(marc)able’s consistency reminded me of Cover Fx Custom Cover Drops, I decided to use it in the same fashion as my drops, in hopes for more favorable results.
  • Incorporating a small amount of the foundation (take the amount of product on the applicator’s bulbous tip and swirl it in your hand) with Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer seems to produce a more viable outcome.  The opaque coloring and cream like texture of the primer reduced the intensity of Re(marc)able just enough to glide on the skin like silk, yet, provide excellent coverage, adhesion and adequate blending time.  If you are one to favor layering, then this method is for you.  My skin literally looks flawless the entire day, sans patchiness or afternoon oil break through.
  • Very little product is needed to achieve desired result.  The last photo above shows the remaining product after applying one layer of foundation to the face and neck.  For the record, I use Shiseido Foundation Brush to apply Re(marc)able.

Long-Wearing Foundation Comparisons:

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able 54 Honey Medium.

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able 54 Honey Medium.

  • Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able has the highest concentration of pigment than all the others.  The most impressive quality is how well this foundation lasts throughout the day.  54 Honey Medium may look too dark, but this golden shade magically adjusts to my natural coloring.  The coverage is so beautiful many people do not think of asking about my makeup, rather insist I divulge my skin care secrets.
  • Cover Fx Custom Cover Drops provides medium to full coverage.  They are very similar in consistency to MJ, but surprisingly the level of pigment is not as robust as Re(marc)able.  The shade range was always a bit off–I had to invest in two colors to find an acceptable match.  In addition, the poorly designed packaging is this foundation’s true downfall.  I foolishly went through three bottles, all resulting in wasted product seeping out of the opening.
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear has a more liquid consistency with medium to full coverage.  This was my long wearing foundation of choice for many years.  However, my issue with Double Wear is that of comfort.  On my dry skin (excessive in the winter time), this formula had an uncanny ability to suck any and all moisture from the skin.  As the day would progress, I was plagued with a tightening sensation on my face.

Remaining foundation after two passes with a wipe.

  • The above photo shows how well my sample swatches fared after trying to remove them with a wipe. Re(marc)able was the clear victor and did not want to leave the spotlight, Cover Fx came in second, with Double Wear wiping cleanly off.
  • This would also be a good time to stress the importance of proper makeup removal at night. Personally, I use my dual action makeup remover to clean off the initial layer, then follow-up with a quick rinse with my facial soap and conclude with a healthy dose of gentle scrubbing with my Clarisonic Mia.
 Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able

Wearing Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Coverage Foundation.

Ingredients for 54 Honey Medium:

-Lecithin: Biochemically similar to skin to help the foundation blend evenly across the complexion.
-Sunflower, Acacia, and Jojoba: Emollient plant extracts that help the foundation blend evenly across the complexion.
-Patented Golden Mica: A pigment that gives skin soft-focus perfection.
Bis-hydroxytethoxypropyl Dimethicone, Ethyl Trisiloxane, Caprylyl Methicone, Isododecane, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone, Jojoba Esters, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Mica, Silica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Helianthus Annuus Seed Cera/Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Alcohol, Water, Acacia Decurrens Flower Cera/Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Polyglycerin-3, Tocopherol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 774912, 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).


**Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Coverage Foundation can be found exclusively at Sephora and**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell in no uncertain terms, this foundation is truly remarkable.  The coverage, packaging, longevity, versatile usage, color range and even the play on the word re(marc)able has solidified my love for this product.  This is the ideal foundation for those who demand exceptional performance with little to no touch-up required throughout the day.  Finally, a product that delivers on its claims–who wouldn’t want that?  🙂   Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.


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About Maria Pia

A blog about beauty (what else), what makes me smile and life with two boys and a dog. This blog is about positivity and inspiration sewn in with a little humor. Makeup is not serious, but how we feel after we apply it, is no joking matter!!! I'm here to share my tips and tricks I have learned on my own for the past %&^$% years :) Enjoy my lovelies.


  1. Julia Harper says:

    Wow, fantastic skin! I am rushing out to buy some of this foundation!! I have a question about the eyes…what is the purplish shade used on upper lids?
    Impeccable makeup, as always.

    • Hello Julia,

      Thank you so much.

      Keep in mind the applicator of this foundation is not the best..a fun fact I discovered after 6 months of use–a lot of wasted product. There is significant seepage right at the opening even if stored right side up.

      Other than that, the formula is still one of the best foundations I have tried..but I will not repurchased until the company makes changes to the packaging.

      The purple shade is Vincent Longo Intergalactic.


  2. First of all, your skin looks like porcelain ♥ I was loving my Kat Von D Lock It foundation until I hear all the rave reviews on the MJ Remarcable foundation so I purchased the Beige Medium #34 along with their Coconut Primer. The coverage…….you have to try it to believe it. I don’t have horrible skin (just “older” skin Ü) at all but I love the flawless look that a full coverage gives. It truly is remarkable! My disappointment comes in the staying power. I’ve shaken it, tried it with and without the primer and also not setting it and setting it with powder. I still manage to get settling in my forehead lines, 11’s between my eyes and also around my nose creases. The dispensing bulb wand has GOT to go, too! It’s so messy and I feel I’m losing a lot of product on the bottle’s neck. I wish I knew how to combat this creasing because the speed I can put my foundation on leaves me more time I can surf your blog ♥

    • Hello Tracy,

      I too love the coverage, but I can see the formula settling into lines especially on dry skin. I always moisturize heavily with this formula, otherwise the results can look unsightly. I have never had a problem with the staying power, again this could be due to my utterly dry skin. I find using the Artis Oval 7 gives the most remarkable (pun intended) finish and coverage. I’m not proposing buying this $60 brush, but I must inquire, what are you using to apply your foundation? Sometimes, using a damp sponge or brush can spread full coverage formulations more evenly. I’m also utilizing Skindinavia Setting Spray for hot, humid days.

      Wayne Goss (on youtube) has a fabulous video outlining how to keep foundation on all day. Basically, immediately after applying foundation, use a tissue to blot off excess oil, then use a powder puff with your powder of choice and gently press a thin veil of powder over your “problem” areas. Apply your bronzer, blush and highlighter as usual and follow up by using a fluffy brush to apply another thin coating of powder on the face. This will not only blend all the colors on your face, but also keep foundation on for most of the day.

      I agree, after having the bottle for a few months, the wand apparatus is useless. I’m also finding that foundation gets clogged in the opening–not as severe as Cover FX drops.

      I hope this has helped and thank you sincerely, for visiting my site and providing such interactive feedback.


  3. Can’t wait to try this. Thank you for the review. Your reviews are always so helpful.

  4. I too am a full coverage girl. I have a bottle of the original MJ foundation and love it. I recently tried a sample of the new foundation. It is super opaque and scared me a little. Without some bronzer, blush and a little contouring you will look like the Bride of Frankenstein lol. Your suggestion to blend with a moisturizer is excellent! Why didn’t I think of that? Thanks Maria! I concur on the Cover FX custom drops. They are the messiest little bottles and I will not repurchase. Tfs.

    • Hello Erica,

      I adore this foundation because so little can be used to achieve amazing coverage. LOL…Bride of Frankenstein is right–talk about covering everything!! CoverFx really has to fix their packaging–then again, once you go Marc, you can never go back. Thank you for taking the time to connect with me.


  5. Your skin…how?? HOW IS THERE NOT A SINGLE FLAW IN SIGHT??? I’ve eyed some of the Marc Jacobs foundations because they offer a few shade options for pale folks.

    • Hello Maeve,

      Thank you so much my dear. Other than makeup, I maintain a healthy epidermis by not drinking, smoking or eating out (I like to know exactly what is going into my food) and using my derma roller once a week (see here). I’m also quite fortunate to have resistant Italian skin. The real “secret” is this foundation–anyone can fake great skin with this baby :).


      PS: I’m glad to see your new website..I was quite bummed when I thought you ended your blog.

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