Marc Jacobs’ cosmetics line has consistently sought to push the envelope and create innovative, fusion products. However, sometimes those fusion products don’t manage to improve upon the original products in a meaningful way. Today, we’re taking a look at the new Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick to see if it offers any advantages over a traditional lip gloss, or if it’s just more Insta-bait luring us in to a mediocre product in cool packaging.
Disclosure: These products were provided to me by Influenster and Marc Jacobs Beauty for review purposes. All opinions are my own. This post does not contain affiliate links.
Easily one of the most exciting parts of this product is the packaging, which mimics Marc’s lip gloss packaging. The cap is clear plastic with color inside and a silver band at the base, resembling a typical Marc Jacobs lip gloss tube. However, the color in the cap is only for show. The actual product resides in the black, twist-up base.
The packaging is definitely cute, but it does have a few draw backs. First, and honestly this is just me being a brat, but the packaging is extremely light weight plastic. The fact that it’s plastic doesn’t really bother me, it’s practical and it’s a lot less fragile than it would be if it was glass. What bothers me is that it’s so light weight, which may sound like an odd thing to say if you’re not familiar with luxury brands. On one hand, being light weight is a great thing because it won’t weigh down your makeup bag or add weight to your purse. On the other hand, part of creating a luxury experience is having some weight, making the product feel substantial. It acts like a signal: “this is high-quality, this is worth paying more for.” This is a case where that light weight feeling takes away from the idea of this being a luxury product, and it cheapens the overall experience of using it. For a lot of people, this probably won’t matter at all, but if a brand is being billed as luxury, I want to hold it to luxury standards. The appearance is luxurious and inventive, but the tactile experience is not. Simply adding a bit of weight to the base of the lipstick (similar to the now-discontinued Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks) would have easily remedied this.
Second, a much more legitimate problem is that these lipsticks don’t turn down.
Uh, no, not that kind of turn down. I mean that when you twist the lipstick up, there’s no way to twist it back down, it doesn’t retract. If you twist up too much, you’re screwed. The stick doesn’t twist up very much at a time, though. One or two twists is enough for one application. As long as you’re not careless with it, I doubt this will cause much of a problem. It also serves a practical purpose. Well, kind of. It’s the controlled twist-up method that’s helpful. The product is very soft, softer than a typical lipstick, so if you were to twist the Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick up as much as a regular lipstick, you would almost surely break it or smoosh it as you applied it. Not being able to twist the gloss stick back down is annoying, but this type of packaging is necessary for this product, so I can forgive it.
P.S. in case you were wondering, the stick does make a clicking noise with each twist. Satisfying or irritating? That’s purely up to you.
Diisostearyl Malate, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate/Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyethylene, Mica, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Simethicone, Tocopherol, Caryodendron Orinocense Seed Oil, BHT, Limonene, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 7 (Ci 15850), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).
Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick has a very light peppermint scent. It’s a light little burst of scent when you first remove the cap, but other than that it doesn’t have a very noticeable scent unless you put it up to your nose. As a result, this product is probably suitable for people with sensitivities to scent.
Texture & Application
As I mentioned previously, the Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick is extremely soft. It glides over the lips easily due to its smooth, balm-like texture. Although this product contains peppermint oil, it didn’t create any tingling sensation on my lips, which could be a plus or minus depending on your personal preferences. The angled tip makes it easy to create smooth, precise lines.
The gloss stick is very hydrating, so it’s great for chapped or dehydrated lips. It’s sheer, yet buildable. One layer will leave you with a sheer wash of color, two coats will give a more opaque appearance. It can also be patted into the lips to create a stain effect. There’s a small amount of micro glitter in this formula that might bother some people, especially if you have a lot of fine lines on your lips because the micro glitter may settle in to those lines. I can’t feel the micro glitter on my lips, but it’s something that would be visible if you were standing close to someone. The Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick creates a glossy, juicy appearance that’s definitely on trend right now.
Similar to a traditional lip gloss, the Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick has a short wear time. After around 3 hours, it wears down to more of a sheer stain versus the initial glossy appearance. It does wear down evenly, so you won’t end up with the awkward lip outline that sometimes occurs. However, if you’re eating a full meal, expect to be left with bare lips by the end of it. Without eating or drinking, I needed to reapply every 3 hours. While I did still have some color remaining at this point, most of the moisture had faded away and my lips were beginning to feel dry.
Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick vs. Traditional Gloss
Now for the final test, how does this compare to a traditional lip gloss? Is there any benefit to a “lip gloss stick?”
Short answer: yes.
It eliminates the sticky, goopy feeling that a lot of lip glosses have while still providing an intense shine. The slanted tip applicator also makes it less messy than a traditional gloss. On top of that, because of the balm formula there’s way less potential for the color to slide around the way that glosses sometimes do, so you’re able to wear more bold colors without worrying that they’re going to end up all over your face.
One thing that concerned me about this format was the potential for the stick to melt. I live in Vegas, it’s well over 100 degrees outside, and my purse is black. I was nervous to be carrying this around in my purse, convinced that I was going to pull it out to touch up only to be faced with something that resembled melted ice cream. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case. The gloss stick didn’t melt at all.
Is the Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick mind-blowingly innovative? Honestly, no, but it does solve some of the common lip gloss problems. I’m happy to say that this product isn’t just Insta-bait, it really can serve a functional purpose in your makeup collection. There are some minor drawbacks to this product, but for the most part, they’re things that were necessary in order to create this type of product.
You’ll probably like this if…
- You like the appearance of a gloss, but you hate the sticky feeling
- You’re looking for something less visually intense than a lipstick
- You don’t like/aren’t great with standard lip gloss wands
- Glosses make you paranoid that you’re going to end up looking like The Joker
Skip this if…
- Long-wearing products are a necessity for you
- You’re concerned the micro glitter may sink in to your fine lines
- You really, really hate the smell of peppermint
- You want something that’s sheer, but not glossy, in which case you should definitely check out this post: Glossier Generation G vs. ColourPop Blotted Lip Review + Swatches
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