Unless you’re OK with giving your dry skin the bare minimum to keep it smooth and soft, there’s no reason to consider this incredibly dated, glycerin- and mineral oil–based moisturizer. The jar packaging in this case isn’t an issue because there isn’t anything that matters for skin that would deteriorate on exposure to light and air. The price may seem enticing, but it's like getting flavorless instant mashed potatoes instead of a baked potato loaded with all the trimmings that make it so tasty.
We have the one essential product you need to keep your skin looking fresh and young. Replete with powerful essential emollients to promote skin's elasticity, such as mineral oil, alpha hydroxy acids (A.H.A.), which ensure in-depth hydration as they create a shield to retain skin's moisture. Rich and creamy yet light as air, it penetrates skin quickly without leaving a greasy film. Also helps to slow down the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It is the key to soft, supple and silky skin.
Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil/Huile Minerale, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearmidoethyl Diethylamine, Triethanolamine, Lactic Acid, Allantoin, Cetrimonium Bromide, Propylene Glycol, Diazolindinyl Urea, Iodoprypynyl 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.