Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer - review


I bought this primer late last year when Sephora had one of its 20 per cent off sales, and although I opened it at around Christmastime, I hadn't used it much until last month because I've been busy working on other things.

Still, this is getting old enough now that I need to turn my mind to finishing it, which is why I've been using it a few times a week over the past month or two, and I'm definitely ready to review it.

Marc Jacobs claims/product details:

  • A skin-smoothing, makeup-extending primer infused with five types of coconut to nourish and hydrate the complexion
  • Brings the refreshing feel of coconut to your face while it perfects and extends makeup wear
  • With its hydrating, nutrient-rich formula, it's best for normal to dry skin types 
  • Creates a smooth and improved skin surface before applying foundation
  • Enriched with concentrated coconut extracts that form a natural, vitamin-rich barrier between your skin and makeup
  • The coconut water-derived polysaccharide complex mirrors the effect of synthetic priming ingredients, allowing your skin to breathe without compromising the skin-perfecting benefits
  • The result is makeup that stays on longer and skin that appears younger and better than ever
  • RRP $63 AUD for 30ml, but do wait for sales

The product comes in good-looking, frosted glass bottle with a white lid. It's clean, fresh and minimalist, and it looks fancy to boot.

I also like that it comes with a pump, and the pump dispenses a small dose of product that's exactly the right amount for the entire face, which I also appreciate.


This is a nice primer but it hasn't struck me in any particular way so I wouldn't buy it again because it's expensive and I've used other primers I prefer.

It's a lightweight, white primer that's a hybrid cream-gel in texture. It's quite thin and watery so it spreads and applies well, and it should suit those who don't like heavy primers because it doesn't clog pores.

Note that while it feels reasonably hydrating when applied, I wouldn't rely on this for hydration: I've used other primers that do a lot more for my dry skin than this one does. Indeed, I'm happy to use it now in the warmer months because my skin isn't as dry as usual, but in winter, I need something that offers more nourishment.

I think what this product is doing is mostly sitting on top of my skin, rather than delivering hydration, and my Becca primers (First Light, reviewed here, and Backlight, reviewed here) are a lot more nourishing than this one.

Still, this does have a smoothing effect on my skin and it offers a slightly dewy finish that looks pretty, plus it dries down to a tacky finish that's not too sticky and I do think makeup glides on well over the top.

In terms of whether it makes my makeup last longer, I'm not sure it does. Keep in mind, though, that I generally use tinted moisturisers that don't last as well as foundation - so I don't think we can discount this based on the longevity issue alone because my makeup never lasts that long anyway and I often have my kids' hands all over my face during the day, which is never great for longevity.

Overall I think this is a nice primer but I'm not convinced that it's worth the price-tag and I would absolutely wait for one of Sephora's 20 per cent off sales before considering it. Still, I'm happy to use it and it's a good one for summer because it's lightweight and doesn't clog pores, so I'll have no issues getting through it.

Nice but not a keeper.

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