This fragrance-free moisturizer is an overall standard formula making lofty anti-aging claims having to do with gene expression in skin, sun protection, and plumping wrinkles. Gene expression in skin is something lots of ingredients can influence, but mostly in an indirect manner. For example, applying sunscreen can stop the expression of substances that damage the DNA of genes, resulting in the genes "expressing" themselves in a unhealthy manner. Certain moisturizing ingredients can control the expression of genes involved in repairing skin's barrier function, and so on.
What this product cannot do is influence genes in skin so it becomes younger. Although it contains some good anti-aging ingredients, including antioxidant-rich grape seed oil, this product's jar packaging won't keep them stable once this moisturizer is opened. Jar packaging exposes delicate ingredient to degrading light and air, causing deterioration with each and every use, not to mention the hygiene issue jar packaging presents for water-based formulas like this. This formula contains enough light- and air-sensitive ingredients that the jar packaging is a problem.
Last, without sunscreen this moisturizer isn't suitable for daytime use unless you're willing to apply an SPF-rated product on top. The ingredients this contains do not offer "natural photo protection" on their own. You still absolutely need sunscreen.
Transform your skin like never before with three powerful anti-aging concepts to boost gene expression: stimulate, activate, and replump. Using natural photo protection and antioxidants, it protects the skin from future wrinkle-causing damage and improves skin appearance by reinforcing the cutaneous barrier and increasing hydration. Day after day, skin appears renewed and youthful as signs of aging fade away.
Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Butylene Glycol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glyceryl Stearate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Behenyl Alcohol, Silica, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Sucrose Palmitate, Canola/Canola Oil/Huile De Colza, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Carbomer, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitan Laurate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Diazolindinyl Urea, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.
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.