New•Age Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Night Cream
1.6 fl. oz. for $27.50
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:10.22.2013
Jar Packaging:True
Tested on animals:No

It’s unfortunate Marcelle selected jar packaging for this moisturizer because in most respects it is one of Marcelle’s better formulas, although that’s not saying much. As is, most of the state-of-the-art ingredients won’t remain effective with repeated exposure to light and air. This also contains a blend of plant extracts with irritating properties; although none of them are present in a troublesome amount, any amount is a waste of time and a risk for your skin. Needless to say, it’s 100% false that this moisturizer allows your skin to defy the effects of time. That’s just wishful thinking at its best!


Wake up to a more youthful looking skin. Defy the effects of time with this efficient cream especially formulated for night-time use, period when cellular renewal is at its peak. It visibly reduces wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet. We’ve included the most advanced ingredients in the formulation of this face care. Thanks to its NOVA-CELL complex, a high performance mixture of amino acids, soybean and olive oil extracts, it maximizes moisture and stimulates collagen production, a key element in keeping skin soft and supple while preventing wrinkles. It also has a draining action that eliminates fat cells. The face’s natural contours are restored, giving it a younger look. Red algae extract in its formula increases microcirculation and nourishes skin while caffeine stimulates lymphatic drainage to minimize puffiness. Plus moisturizing ingredients such a Shea butter to heal and soothe. Hypo-allergenic and perfume free. Ideal for all skin types but recommended for women 35 and over.


Water, Cyclomethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic /Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Propylene Glycol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, PEG-75 Stearate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, PEG-8, Synthetic Carnauba, Silica, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Tocopherol, Algae Extract, Bupleurum Falcatum Extract, Allantoin, Ceramide 3, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Caffeine, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Coenzyme A, Sphacelaria Scoparia Extract, Paullinia Cupana Seed Extract, Garcinia Cambogia Fruit Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Leaf/Stem Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Red 40, Diazolidinyl Urea, Disodium EDTA, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

Brand Overview

Marcelle At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; Marcelle provides complete ingredient lists on its Web site; drugstores that retail this brand provide testers, including makeup testers; almost every product is fragrance-free; some good cleansers and makeup removers; impressive eyeshadows; great lipsticks and lip glosses.

Weaknesses: The hypoallergenic claims are misleading because this claim isn't regulated and there are no standards governing its use; formaldehyde-releasing preservatives not recommended for those with sensitive skin; the anti-acne products are mostly alcohol, which is damaging to skin and can increase oil production, making acne worse; dated moisturizer formulas; some greasy cleansers; a general lack of state-of-the-art ingredients; foundations with sunscreen do not provide sufficient UVA protection; average to poor mineral makeup; no shades for those with tan or darker complexions; mostly lackluster mascaras.

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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