Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Scandalust - review and swatches


Hello and welcome to my fifth and final review of the Marc Jacobs septets I own.

As you may know, I've made it my business to include all five palettes in rounds of Project Dent over the last few months so I could review them, and this is the last on my list.

I love it. I love the colours and I love the formula. More on that below.

Marc Jacobs claims/product details:

  • A long-wearing eyeshadow palette that features seven shades - including four fashion finishes: velvet, satin, silk and lamé - to layer and dress your eyes
  • Empower your inner eye stylist with these ultra-luxe eyeshadow palettes 
  • Beyond his fashion design, Marc Jacobs is also known as 'the ultimate stylist' for making last-minute adjustments to perfect every look right before it walks down the runway
  • Each curated palette includes a covetable mix of chic neutral, wearable shades, and provocative pops in a new super-plush shadow formulation to cover lids in lasting, velvety-rich pigment
  • Available in six different colourways; choose the wardrobe that speaks to you, then layer it on to make the ultimate impression
  • RRP $66 AUD for 7 x 0.08g

There's the palette, direct sunlight:

Left side, direct sunlight:

Right side, direct sunlight (noting that the middle shade is repeated):

Now for swatches.

Indirect sunlight:

Hot Pants is a pale, peachy beige with a shimmery, metallic finish. It's soft, smooth and silky to the touch, and it's pigmented without being too in-your-face. It blends and applies well, and it's a great shade to use on the inner corners of the eye or as a lash-line highlight. I like that it doesn't emphasise texture too much so I can wear it all over the lid without looking ancient.

At the Office is a light-medium brown with rosy undertones and a matte finish. This is one of those shadows that looks a good deal darker when applied than it does in the pan, so I initially tried it to set my eye primer but found it was far too dark for that when applied. It's soft, smooth and creamy to the touch, although there is kick-back with this shadow - no matter how careful I am with my brush. It's a good shade to use as a base through the crease and it also makes a good transition shade.

Indirect sunlight again:

Cause a Fuss is a medium, peachy copper with a sparkling, metallic finish. It's smooth and silky to the touch, although it's a little drier than some of the other shades in this palette. It applies and blends well, and I love this on the lid because it's very brightening and it gives me eyelids that I never had (I have hooded eyes). It has medium pigmentation and it doesn't emphasise texture too badly, although I do get glitter fall-out with this shade so that's something to be aware of.

That's Why is a medium brown with warm orange undertones and a matte finish. It has a soft and smooth texture, although it's a little on the dry side. It applies and blends well, and I love it to add some soft definition in the outer v and also through the crease (I tend to opt for super natural eye looks so this is about as dark as I'll go for everyday wear). It lasts well on me and it's probably my most-used shade in the palette.

They Call Her is a medium, orange-red copper with a sparkling, metallic finish. It has a soft, smooth texture (it's very creamy) and it applies and blends well. It has a good amount of pigment and it does emphasise texture a little on the eyelid, but certainly not as badly as other metallic shades I've used. While I like this shadow in theory, in practice it's a little bright for me so it's not one I use often. Still, it wears well and it's a good-quality shadow.

Direct sunlight:

Little Miss is a deep, muted purple with brown undertones and a matte finish. It's drier and stiffer than the other shadows but it still applies well. It also blends well for a dark shadow and it doesn't have a strong amount of pigment (my preference when it comes to dark shades) so I use this a lot. It's great for adding some soft definition through the crease and in the outer v, but you can also build it for more drama.

Scandalous is a medium-deep cherry red that's matte but there's micro glitter in the formula so it looks more satin on the lid. It's not super pigmented so I find it easy to work with, and it applies and blends well. It's a flattering red (like those you'd find in the ABH Modern Renaissance palette) and I was surprised by how wearable it is, since I don't often use shadows like this. Yes it's a brighter kind of colour, but you can wear it lightly so it's still everyday appropriate.

In sum

I love this palette and I'm so glad I own it. Do note, though, that it has a very similar colour story to the ABH Modern Renaissance, so if you already own that, then I don't think it's necessary to own both and you get more shades in the MR so it's better value. Nevertheless, I'm happy to own both.

Like the other Marc Jacobs septets I own, Scandalous is surprisingly wearable and I can absolutely use it for daytime, although I still find Provocouture to be slightly more everyday appropriate so I tend to use that more often. Also, I always need a cool, mid-toned matte to pull back the warmth of Scandalous, so it's not a complete palette for me personally and that's something to be aware of.

Overall I definitely recommend this palette, and while these aren't cheap eyeshadows, they're excellent and I always think that the amount you pay should at least in part boil down to how much you're going to use and love something. I'll use and love this a lot.


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