Lip Balm

by Marcelle   Essentials
Price:
$6.95 - 0.1 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Lip Products (Including Lip Exfoliators) > Lip Balm Without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
9/18/2009
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This mineral oil–based lip balm looks like a lipstick minus color. The emollient, oil-based formula does a great job of protecting lips from moisture loss and chapping. This is fragrance-free and contains a small amount of antioxidant vitamins E and A, but those are merely window dressing; there isn’t enough of them to have a positive impact on skin.

Daily care to keep lips soft, supple and kissable! Dry, cracked lips are a thing of the past thanks to this superlicious lip balm designed to gently heal and protect lips. Bursting with active ingredients, such as aloe and Shea butter to heal chafed lips while bees’ wax, vitamins A and E nurture and moisturize. Coat your lips in a soothing balm of healing moisture to keep your pout luscious and appealing. Application is as easy as a push of your fingertip! Hypo-allergenic and perfume free.

Mineral Oil, Ozokerite, Oleyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Paraffin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Lanolin Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Beeswax, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Propylparaben, Retinyl Palmitate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, BHT, BHA

Nestled among the flashier lines filling the shelves and display cases in Canadian drugstores is this unassuming, attractively priced skin-care and makeup product line. The packaging is simple and the message clear: These are "hypoallergenic and perfume-free," ergo great for sensitive skin. In reality the claim that these products are hypoallergenic isn't accurate in the least—much like Almay—but that claim is Marcelle's major selling point.

First, the term "hypoallergenic" is not regulated; that is, there are no standards in place for that term so a cosmetics company can attribute hypoallergenic to any product they want, regardless of the ingredients. The second point is that even the most scrupulous company, even if it takes the greatest care about what ingredients it includes in its products, simply cannot know what your skin may be allergic to. Marcelle showcases the elimination of "perfume," (aka fragrance) but fragrance is not the only potential culprit in a cosmetic formulation. And third, allergic reactions are not the primary problems that a cosmetic can impart to skin. Irritation is far more pernicious and, indeed, many of Marcelle's products contain ingredients that have a high potential for causing irritation, such as alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate, and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (e.g., imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, and Quaternium 15; one of their products even contains hydrochloric acid. (Can you believe that?!) Irritating skin-care ingredients not only cause free-radical damage but also lead to an increase in oil production in the pore and break down collagen.

Aside from the erroneous claims, Marcelle hasn't kept up to speed with their formulas in comparison to several other lines at the drugstore. You can easily find moisturizers from other lines that have far more elegant textures and formulas teeming with beneficial ingredients just not from Marcelle. Almost every product Marcelle sells is woefully out of date; their rudimentary formulas are akin to using a typewriter instead of a computer.

Color-wise, you'll find the foundation, concealer, and powder shade ranges are limited to those with fair to medium skin tones. Although it's great that the Marcelle displays provide testers for the makeup, much of it is better left alone. There are some high points, particularly the powder eyeshadows, lipstick, and lip glosses, but the mascaras are barely exciting, the pencils all need sharpening, and the powder blush fails to impress.

All told, Marcelle is best viewed as a line with a few sleeper products worth checking out at price points that won't stress most consumers' budgets, although a few dollars more will get you infinitely better options.

For more information about Marcelle, call (800) 387-7710 or visit www.marcelle.com.

Note: *All prices are in Canadian dollars.

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