Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation


80 reviews

46% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$$


Aqua/Water/Eau, Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Sorbeth-30, Nylon-12, Peg-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Mica, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Silica, Aluminum Hydroxide, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire De Candelilla, Magnesium Sulfate, Methylpropanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Magnesium Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Paraffin, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Parfum/Fragrance, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Laurate, Tocopherol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492, Ci 77491, Ci 77499).

on 5/12/2015 12:29:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I have a big crush on the Marc Jacobs cosmetic line, but this product is definitely the failure of the group. The texture was weird and runny, it oxidized like crazy, basically fell off of my face, and was just overall a crap foundation (and the price! what a waste).

Right out of the bottle, this stuff is thin. Real thin. Just a kind of drippy mess to apply with a brush. And streaky! SO streaky. You'd better dedicate 5 minutes to tireless blending (I was using my favourite Real Techniques foundation blender brush).

Coverage-wise, it's your standard medium formula. Until a few hours later when it all melts off your face. Maybe because I have oily skin? Still... nothing has ever been so short-lasting for me.

Additionally, if you already have decent skin the finish from this foundation probably works great for you. However, as someone with occasional acne/dry spots this just highlighted any slightly flaky areas (ex. a healing pimple).

Overall: if you have clear, relatively even, non-oily yet non-dry skin, this will probably be great for you. If you don't, don't bother.

on 5/9/2015 12:56:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

This worked fine on my dry skin and looked great, but it oxidized so fast. This was the one time I didn't take the time to test out a foundation while buying in-store and I am never doing that again. When I swatched it, the shade looked perfect and I decided to just buy it since the store was busy and I didn't want to stand in the way of anyone. When I got home and put it on my face, by the time I had finished applying it, the color had basically turned completely orange. Other than that I think it was a great foundation, but I don't really want to look like an Oompa Loompa.

on 3/7/2015 12:58:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I would honetly say this could be my new HG. I'm an addict, tried many brands and types, this foundation beats them all. First the color matched my skin perfectly (beige light), and the texture... Gosh the texture... So in love with the gel texture which hydrates my skin all day and dries in semi matte finish, last for 10 hours on me (high humidity), it stays put and doesn't clog my pores at all. I can just touch or wipe my face and just a teeny bit came off, and still tons melted when cleansed. No transfer whatsoever. Application is a bit tricky, I use my fingers to spread, spray a bit of setting spray on F80 and smooth things out. Once dries, it won't budge. I don't even need to set it with powder. All set to go and looking naturally flawless LOL..

Lightweight, feels like own skin
Suprisingly hydrates my skin
No transfer
No powdery look/feel
Amazing pump!

Tad expensive
Dries quickly so be careful when applying the product
Can balled up, so better prep skin, scrub before applying

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 2/7/2015 12:57:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I guess I'm in the minority for loving this foundation. I went to Sephora for color match and this foundation came out with the best matching colour. Plus I have dry skin and SA told me this one worked great with dryer skin. First of all I was a little skeptical about the color matching machine but it did turn out to work pretty well. This foundation blends so well with my skin tone. It doesn't dry out my skin (I do use a moisturizing primer). It hides discolouration and gives my skin a nice smooth look. It lasts all day for me. I would add this to my list fave foundation list (which was only just Armani and Tom Ford). The price is not cheap. If you're certain, get a sample from Sephora before splurging.

on 1/22/2015 10:28:00 AM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I love this foundation! It stays on all day long,i finally found THE foundation! There is only one problem,it's expensive,in my opinion,but totally worth it!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 1/17/2015 2:35:00 AM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

Going to the counter to purchase this product was definitely painful, the price tag is steep. However, once I bit the bullet and brought it home, I was not disappointed. I've been using this for just over a year now and it is my absolute holy grail foundation. Although the smell can be a little off putting (it's a very perfumey, flowery smell), after its applied you hardly notice it anymore. If you are extremely sensitive to smell I would think twice about this product because it is definitely prominent. However, the finish is stunning. You achieve the perfect glowing skin that can't be over applied. The first layer is light medium coverage but is easily buildable without being cakey. It photographs beautifully, it's glowy without being shiny or shimmery in any way. I don't even need a setting powder half the time (I have mild combination skin). If you have oily skin, don't be afraid of this product. A little powder in the T zone won't compromise the glow and it's very forgiving when it comes to touch ups. Dry skin will love it because it isn't drying and it looks as if your skin is healthy and hydrated. The packaging is beautiful as well. It's chic, clean and classy and it has a very nice pump. Packaging may not say much about the actual product, but I am definitely a sucker for it. Although most of the time I'm a very budget conscious shopper, I am willing to splurge on this product because it is worth every dime.

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 1/8/2015 9:56:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Other, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

i am a foundation junkie!!!! I recently decided to switch from the Nars sheer glow and MUFE HD to something i grabbed the Marc Jacobs gel foundation. I LOVE IT!!! I have dry skin with some broken capillaries on my cheeks (sad face) and this foundation covers them up completely and the lasting power for me is amazing!! i have had it on for 9 hours and it hasn't budged all!!!im obsessed!!!!!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 12/29/2014 5:12:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Other, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

PROS: lightweight, buildable, blends beautifully CONS: not for everybody. I'm so head over heels for this foundation. I have hated this foundation journey I've been on. I prefer a buildable coverage, a slightly luminescent finish and not to look pink or orange; in other words, I want my skin to look like skin when I put foundation on and nothing has done that for my dry/t-zone combo/neutral-yellowy skin. UNTIL MARC JACOBS DECIDED TO COME OUT WITH COSMETICS. I don't know how to describe how remarkable it feels to finally try the foundation you've been fawning over but have been scared of disappointment AND IT WORKS FLAWLESSLY. I work freelance at Nordstrom and I get so many compliments on my complexion it's not even funny. My skin, for the most part, is even in texture and I don't have many scars or acne but I wanted to even out the color. I apply by dispensing two pumps onto my hand (thank you for the hygienic feature Marc) and apply dots with my finger in sections and then take my beauty sponge, spray with fix+ and dab away. If I feel like any areas need extra coverage, one more pump and apply where needed. The color is perfection and I've never experienced that before. When it sets or dries down, the finish is really something to admire. Not dewy by any means but glowy or luminous. This foundation couldn't be anymore perfect for someone like me.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 12/14/2014 11:48:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I have lost count of the number of foundations I have tried. Nancy at Sephora worked with me and came up with the perfect shade and I love it! Just looks invisible on my skin but just makes my skin so much smoother and prettier!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 12/7/2014 11:13:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Uuuuugh I wanted to love this... The girl at Sephora talked me into it,I was looking for a lightweight feeling with medium coverage, also I like makeup that "melts" into the skin. She put some on and oh man did it ever look amaaaaazing, it looked like my real skin, but 10x's better. One layer and everything I need covered is covered, two layers and it still looked like skin but all blemishes are hidden. I wore it all day long bragging about how perfect my skin was, about 2 hours into my 8 hour shift, I looked in the mirror and had to do a double take, IT WAS MELTING OFF. It separated and hugged my oily spots and left over spots bare and red. What's a bummer, I was hoping I'd love this because of all the buzz I've heard. Big thumbs down, but points for such a flawless finish, I just wish it stayed like that.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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