Marc Jacobs Blue Velvet




What a freaking lazy Saturday. Last night I just couldn’t fall asleep, and it was around 3 am when I finally passed out while watching a dumb movie. For whatever reason, my allergies have been acting up really badly so I’ve been feeling kind ofΒ  miserable despite taking some allergy meds. Oh well. It’s been ridiculously hot here which is typical since we are heading into Fall. Oh you silly California, when will you ever get the temperatures right?

Now that my nails have grown and I am back on the swatching train, I swatched a crapton of polishes last night so I will have plenty of new content for you lovely people. The polish I have for you today is one that I was very, VERY excited to finally try: Marc Jacobs Blue Velvet. I don’t know about you, but I kind of really love Marc Jacobs…maybe a little more than Tom Ford because TF seems like such a smug bastard in the most delicious way possible, of course. When I first read that Marc Jacobs was launching a line of beauty products at Sephora, I nearly expired. When I finally got a chance to see the products, I think I felt a little let down. Before I rattle on and on, let me show you one of the polishes I picked up from his line.

Marc Jacobs Blue Velvet 1Marc Jacobs Blue Velvet 2Marc Jacobs Blue Velvet is a highly pigmented blue shimmer polish with the slightest duochrome. In the bottle, you can see some slight pink/purple flashes, but that doesn’t really translate to the nail. Considering that these polishes are supposed to be “Hi-Shine” I was very surprised with how dull-looking it dried. This isn’t really a problem for me since I always use Seche Vite and that makes every polish crazy shiny. The formula is decent: it’s highly pigmented and has a good consistency which gave me great control. I did notice that it was very easy to create bald spots so I do recommend giving this polish a little extra time in between coats. As far as the packaging is concerned, I think the bottles are just weird. I am a sucker for beautiful packaging, but I can’t say that I really like this bottle shape because it just looks awkward. The cap does come off so you don’t have to worry about dealing with the huge cap. My friend Lesley commented previously that if the bottle was a little taller, it would look like deodorant. Hahahahaha! So true!

Marc Jacobs Blue Velvet StainingAnd this is what happened when I removed Blue Velvet. Arrrrrghhhhh! This polish really stains but on the Cynthia Stainer Scale it’s nowhere near thermo nuclear stainer rating–that is reserved for OPI Fly. I recommend doubling up on base coat so you don’t have to deal with this when you remove your polish.

Overall, I would have to say that I am glad I picked up a couple of polishes from this line, but I am not sure that I will be getting more. I have to admit that I like the allure of luxury polish because you can still experience a little bit of the haute couture magic without spending thousands of dollars. At $18 for a .43oz bottle, these aren’t cheap but they are also more reasonably priced than other luxury polishes. I found the choice of colors painfully dull–not as dull as the colors from Michael Kors’ polish line, but definitely not unique or exciting. Have you picked up any polishes from the Marc Jacobs line at Sephora? Let me know what you think!

15 thoughts on “Marc Jacobs Blue Velvet

  1. 14 September, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Beautiful blue! That’s too bad it dries dull but at least that’s something top coat can fix. Too bad about that staining…staining drives me crazy!
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  2. 14 September, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I *was* so excited for the Marc cosmetics line, but just felt kind of…let down. Nothing really seemed truly luxurious, especially at those price points.
    And you are SO right about the Kors shades being snoozers, aaahahaha! His packaging looks super slick, but it’s not all-that when you get up close. Boo!
    I still have yet to break the $18 price point with nail polish – can you recommend a must-have high end polish? You know, like the NARS Orgasm of expensive nail lacquer πŸ˜‰

    1. 14 September, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      My most expensive high end polish is Tom Ford Bitter Bitch. I have to admit that the main allure of that polish (besides the name because I love it when people ask me what polish I’m wearing and I respond: “Bitter Bitch”) is Tom Ford. He is the most delicious shameless bastard on the planet. Can you tell I love him? Anyway, a bottle of his polish will set you back $30. I know there are more expensive polishes out there but I think $30 is my limit. Out of all the high end brands that I have tried, I think I like Dior the most because the colors and formula are consistently good. The one high end polish that I think is worth the splurge is Chanel Taboo. I just love that polish so much–too bad Chanel polishes flake off my nails like crusty dandruff.

  3. 14 September, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    I think that for $18 per bottle, a polish ought to dry shiny and non-staining. It is a truly beautiful color, but there are plenty of salon-priced beautiful colors out there that DON’T stain. Bummer!
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  4. Kristina K
    15 September, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Zhat’s a really beautiful blue color! πŸ™‚

  5. 16 September, 2013 at 4:52 am

    Beautiful color, but that stain is horrible!
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    1. 17 September, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      I know. It makes me sad. πŸ™ Next time I will wear triple base coat.

  6. 16 September, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    I’m just not feeling this color at all! Especially not for $18 a bottle. Geesh! πŸ˜›
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    1. 16 September, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      I’m such a sucker for luxury brands. Well, I at least wanted to try it out otherwise it would be eating me alive. LOL Marc Jacobs: I’m not impressed.

  7. 20 September, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Ehhh. I agree, underwhelming.
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    1. 24 September, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      I wanted it to be so much more. Pretty but definitely not all that.

  8. Lys
    27 September, 2013 at 10:13 am

    The shade is beautiful!! Too bad that it stains so much though
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  9. Lesley
    30 September, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Well…the color is nice, but for the price tag, I’m not down with the balding you mention and the staining. Plus, as previously mentioned, I just don’t like those bottles.

  10. 11 November, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    GORGEOUS but I HATE it when polishes stain, nothing worse!
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