I always wondered why the Marc Jacobs Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder ($61 CAD) in Mirage Filter has been sold out for years. What was so special about this that people continued to drive out of stocks long after the launch? Well, when I came across this at Sephora in New York, it was a unicorn moment where I had to snag it.
The Marc Jacobs Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder comes in a thin, rounded edge compact with a silver button closure, full length mirror on the inside and an extremely large split pan. Personally, I think this is how split pans should be done – each side should be big enough for your largest powder brush to be truly functional.
Mirage Filter contains two matte contour and highlight shades. The left shade is a light banana yellow while the right shade is a cool tone brown with hints of rosiness to it.
The formula is very creamy on both shades, blends out effortlessly and lasts 5 hours before it starts to fade (which is pretty standard for a powder).
The yellow shade does a great job of brightening up my face without adding any shimmer or sheen. Usually yellow powders are quick to fade on me and become undetectable on my skin. However this yellow shows up & shows out! Definitely my favorite shade out of the duo.
The contour shade is not as flattering on me. It’s not cool enough where I can use it as a contour. it’s not warm enough for a bronzer and the slight rosy tones in it barely make it a blush. I dont really know what to do with this particular shade – sparingly I can get away with it as a blush/contour but I have other products I much prefer.
Overall, this is a nice duo. I can appreciate the hype surrounding the yellow highlight but feel that the colour can be tweaked to be more grey for the contour. The formula is creamy and it blends out flawlessly on the skin! If you can make the second shade work for you. I’d say it’s definitely worth the price.