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The magazine is fine. However, I do not like the fact that I actually did not purchase this magazine directly. It is one of those combo purchase + free magazine promotional package deal. I received a few issues for free and then I got charged due to an auto renewal clause in the fine print ( charged to my credit card on file without prior notification.). I had a hard time cancelling the subscription.
I have been a MC subscriber for many years and have enjoyed staying up to date with fashion and popular styles. Unfortunately the magazine has become a lot like the shallow ones that are at newsstands (or maybe I'm more mature). It used to have very good articles that had a lot to do with empowering women and showcasing female talent/intellect. Now it just reads more like a slightly intelligent version of Cosmopolitan, minus the sex craze. Although I understand that there are a lot of social and cultural changes that affect women it was nice to have a magazine that seemed to respect women, not just sexualize them to sell something.
I had no problems with the amazon magazine subscription services. I bought this when it was $5 for a year and I was looking for a new women's magazine. It's not a bad buy for $5 but I'm not sure I would pay anything more for a year of Marie Claire. It's not as strong as other women's magazines. It has potential and it was genius of MC to hook up with Project Runway (that is why I bought it). But... frankly, Nina Garcia's fashion editing is not great. The fashion layouts in the first issue I received might have been the ugliest clothes I have ever seen. I was looking at outfits featured in her spreads thinking, "If a designer did this on PR, they would be torn apart." I do like the focus on some world issues. Additionally, as a slightly bigger girl (i.e. a size 14 instead of a 2, which I don't think is huge at all, but in fashion it is!) I do appreciate the "Big Girl in a Skinny World" column. But I wish they wouldn't confine curvy girls to one little page. Glamour does a MUCH better job at incorporating curvy women throughout the entire magazine. Marie Claire makes me feel like I only deserve to be featured in one column. I worry that some of the models they choose for their magazine are not accurate representations of the majority of women. If you are looking for a well-rounded women's magazine I'd go with Glamour or Real Simple instead.
I purchased this magazine subscription to study the posing and lighting of the women they highlight, but I must admit, there are some pretty good articles they post. I've caught myself reading quite a few.
I got this for $5 so the price was good. But had I reviewed it in the store first I would not spend regular prices on this magazine. It is OK to thumb through like most have said but it is NOT a great magazine. I cant tell what "AGE" it is for. I cant see many people in their 20's or 30's affording clothes in there...not real people especially... so I am guessing it is geared for rich celeb types that have money to burn. So far I have seen one article that I may read... but mostly ads in this. It is OK for the price but I wont be renewing the subscription. It did come in 4 weeks though for the first issue.
I'm not a "fashion magazine" type of woman. I'm in my early 20s, married, and in graduate school. I'm not liberal but I'm also not conservative. So when I subscribe to a fashion magazine, I expect fashion. But Marie Claire is trying to do too much. I like some of it - like the articles from women around the world and the article about stalking. But the articles about plastic surgeries or new "fitness" techniques are not for me. The most annoying aspect of Marie Claire is the almost liberal spin on the issues. I don't think the editors at Marie Claire really have the clout to make any political statements.
As a grad student, I don't have money for high fashion, so I've never bought anything based on the magazine. Most of the "fashion" is too much for me. I like the "big girl in a skinny world" column even though I'm not plus sized.
I'm only keeping it because I got it super cheap, and it's mildly interesting. I'll probably end up cancelling it after a year - maybe I'll try ELLE.
The main reason I subscribed to Marie Claire was the price. Five bucks for a whole year during a special? Not bad, not bad at all. That and the fact I love Project Runway and having it mentioned five times an episode really hooks it in your mind. It took about a month for the first issue to arrive and I immediately dove in. A lot of the stuff is pricey and to be honest, I am not going to buy a $500 must own jacket. I can't even afford the bargain version at $100. Marie Claire might not be as crammed full of pricey things as In Style, for instance, but it's not a great magazine for a bargainista like myself.
Seeing as how I have eleven more issues coming, maybe I'll see something more my style (and price range), but so far, I'm honestly disappointed.
For being a fashion magazine, this one actually has articles worth reading. I purchased all 3 magazines when they were $5 each and this is the only one I did not cancel. There are several magazines I like better than this one, but this one is okay. I can actually stand to look at it.