Marc Jacobs Showstopper Collection: Review, Pics and Swatches

Marc Jacobs Showstopper


Purchased by me

Yeah, I caved. You just saw this on my holiday wishlist yesterday and what did I do? I ran right out and bought it! What can I say? I have zero willpower!! The good news is that I’m GLAD I caved. You just can’t beat Marc Jacobs quality, luxe packaging and attention to detail. I purchased the Style Eye-Con palette in The Starlet this fall and immediately fell in love with the brand. The Marc Jacobs Showstopper 7-pc. Holiday Collection ($89) provides me with a way to try several more Marc Jacobs products all in one easy kit!

Marc Jacobs Showstopper

 Marc Jacobs Showstopper 7-pc. Holiday Collection($89)  includes:

  • Mini Rollerball in Honey Eau de Parfum
  • Style Eye-Con No. 3 eyeshadow  trio in The Star
  • Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl in Kiss This
  •  Magic Marc’er Precision Pen
  • Lash Lifter Gel Mascara
  • Showstopper Makeup Bag and Mirror

The bag is quite roomy and of nice quality. On the back there is a slot with a small mirror–nice touch Marc!

Marc Jacobs Showstopper

Let’s take a look at the individual pieces. The Style Eye-Con #3 trio in The Star is exclusive to this set and perfect for the holidays and beyond. There is a shimmery icy white for highlighting, a pewter grey with silver sparkle and a yellow gold with subtle gold sparkle. The shadows are über creamy and blend like a dream. No worries beauties, this sparkle is over 40 appropriate.–it’s really more of a metallic sheen. This trio is a mix of warm and cool shades so it should be suitable for all skin tones. All the shadows have great pigment and staying power. I think they would look great layered over each other too using the white as a base. This and the gloss are the stars of this show! OBSESSED!

Marc Jacobs Showstopper

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The Lash Lifter Gel Mascara has a nice formula–it feels very conditioning and not at all drying or crunchy. It gets points for being very black and shiny too. The brush is supposed to be a triangular shape but I sure didn’t notice that. It’s not my favorite mascara–I just didn’t see any wow factor in length or volume and these are my must-haves in a mascara. I also found the tube, though stylish, too big and bulky.

Marc Jacobs Showstopper

 Magic Marc’er Precision Pen was inspired by a calligraphy pen and it is evident in the versatility of this liquid liner. Draw super thin lines, medium lines or thick cat-eye lines with this rich, black liner. The supposedly never-seen-before shade was developed in Japan to create the shiniest and blackest black on the market. It’s fade proof and last all day without flaking! PERFECTION!

Marc Jacobs Showstopper

 Mini Rollerball in Honey Eau de Parfum. Honestly, I was not even excited to try this: for one, MJ fragrances don’t last on me and secondly, I didn’t think I would be crazy about a honey scent. Actually I don’t detect much honey in this juice, it’s much more floral. Even the notes are fruity floral so i”m not sure where honey comes in:  Pear, Juicy Mandarin, Orange Blossom, Peach Nectar, Apricot, Honeysuckle, Honey, Golden Vanilla, Smooth Woods. I’m very surprised that I really like this scent. We will see how long it lasts on me as I wear it more–the rollerball is a great way to give it a test run. PRETTY!

Marc Jacobs Showstopper

 Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl in Kiss This–simply gorgeous! This shade is exclusive to the kit and it’s stunning! A beautiful, glossy warm reddish pink. It’s smooth and non-sticky with sheer coverage and just the right amount of shimmer. Don’t let “sheer coverage” fool you–the color payoff is great! The formula is infused with antioxidants, essential oils, and a hint of effervescence. The lasting power on this gloss is amazing! Kiss This is a sophisticated shade that gives lips some va-voom without being in your face. AMAZING!

Marc Jacobs Showstopper

Marc Jacobs Showstopper

Bottom Line: The Marc Jacobs Showstopper 7 -pc. Holiday Collection is a stunning collection that represents a good value for this luxury brand–the retail price is $216. After seeing the amazing quality and texture in MJ’s eye shadow palettes, I wanted to try more of  items and this a fabulous way to do it. It’s rare that I’m verklempt with everything in any collection and unfortunately the mascara in this kit missed the mark for me. However, the rest of the products are exceptional so that really does make up for it. Even though $89 is on the pricey side, it’s still an excellent value for 6 full sized products + the deluxe sample perfume for a brand of this caliber. Recommended!


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  1. I caved too… not ashamed in the least 😉

  2. Oh man! I need to get this for real.

  3. I caved. I knew I didn’t like the mascara but I really wanted the e/s palette and the liner and figured the rest were bonuses. I’ll give away the fragrance and maybe the mascara (I had a mini that I used before). The makeup bag that it comes in is terrific. Well worth the price.


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