What a shame this fragrance-free moisturizer is packaged in a jar because, despite a couple of potentially irritating plant extracts, it's one of the better formulas for normal to dry skin from Marcelle. The issue with jar packaging is that it 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.
In better packaging, this formula's silicone, antioxidant-rich emollients, fatty acids, and water-binding agents would be able to provide maximum benefit for skin, and that includes improving signs of aging. The peptide this contains does not have research proving it boosts the synthesis of skin's essential elements…it's a good ingredient, but the claim is more in line with the misguided thinking that there's one miracle anti-aging ingredient, be it a peptide or an exotic plant extract, that has all the answers for multiple signs of aging. We wish skin care was really that simple, but the truth is it's far more complex and one ingredient, however good, isn't enough.
NEW•AGE PRECISION combines targeted technologies that reinforce the skin’s structure. This night cream is formulated with MATRIXYL® Synthe’6, a powerful peptide that boosts the synthesis of 6 essential elements to help rebuild skin from the inside. It also helps speed up cellular renewal and repairs the skin overnight.
Aqua/Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Octyldodecanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Synthentic Carnauba, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Silica, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, PEG-75 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Steareth-20, Bupleurum Falcatum Root Extract, Allantoin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Disodium EDTA, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Caffeine, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Sorbitol, Coenzyme A, Titanium Dioxide, Ceteth-20, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Leaf/Stem Extract, Paullinia Cupana (Guarana) Seed Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract, Garcinia Cambogia Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, PEG-8, Red 4, Diazolindinyl Urea, Isoproynnyl 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.