Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Lust for Lacquer: Full vs Sheer

As promised on Instagram, I am reviewing Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Lust for Lacquer lip vinyl.  These glosses come in sheer and “full,” with six shades each, in reds, pinks, browns and purples.  I was nervous about the fuller shades as I really don’t like bold colours on my lips.  However, because of the glossy nature of the product, the “full” version was really not that bad – at least the shade I purchased.  In fact, I could probably wear this product without a “fully finished” face (BB Cream, eyeshadow, mascara, etc…).  Other, less “natural” looking colours from this collection, however, will require make-up.  For the sheer version of the gloss, I actually found that there wasn’t ENOUGH colour and perhaps best for those who like to emphasize their eyes or not wear any other make-up at all!  Basically something you can put on if you want a one minute face for brief errands.


Left: Full (“Fame”); Right: Sheer (“Kissability”)

In general, both types of lip gloss give the lips a cooling sensation, which a rep at Sephora said was to “plump” them up.  However, I did not see that my lips were any fuller than they were without the gloss, so if you want a fuller look, lip liner is still recommended.  Price-wise, the glosses are $34 Canadian each, a bit more expensive than some of the brands available at Sephora, but similar to Stila’s Stay All Day Vinyl Lip Gloss.  The good thing is that the glosses are not sticky, nor do they have a strong scent.


Wearing sheer on the left and full on the right.  Which one looks better?

Due to the lack of boldness for this product, those who are not fans of intense shades feel comfortable trying bolder colours, especially the sheer version.  The price is a bit higher than what many people might normally pay for a similar product, so I’d think about it before purchasing.

About Cynthia Cheng Mintz

Cynthia Cheng Mintz is the founder and webitor-in-chief of this site and the petite-focused site, Shorty Stories. She has also written for other publications including the Toronto Star and has blogged for The Huffington Post. Her first novel, Aspirations, was published in 2007. Outside of writing, Cynthia researches and advises philanthropic ideas for family funds and foundations and also volunteers.

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  • Akaleistar

    What a great color!

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