Gene Youth Youth Generating Night Care
1.7 fl. oz. for $38.95
Last Updated:12.23.2014
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

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, it cannot "speed up the cell detoxification process" so you see healthier skin in the morning. Your skin will be smoother and softer in the morning, but that's due to the emollient ingredients this contains, not any sort of detoxification process. Skin doesn't detox; toxins are dealt with in the body via the liver and kidneys.


Allow your skin to recover from the day's damage with this effective cream specifically formulated for night-time use, when cellular renewal is at its peak. The ground-breaking formula speeds up the cell detoxification process for healthier, more radiant skin in the morning. We have included the most innovative ingredients in its formula to simulate the synthesis of the youth proteins, redensify the skin, stimulate the synthesis of elastin, and protect your skin's DNA. It's your key to skin that feels and acts younger. Creamy and lightweight, it penetrates the skin quickly without leaving a greasy film.


Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Canola/Canola Oil/Huile De Colza, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Silica, Sorbitol, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Acacia Senegal Gum, Sucrose Palmitate, Hydrolyzed Candida Saitoana Extract, Allantoin, Polyacrylamide, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Propylene Glycol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Sorbitan Laurate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Laureth-7, Hydroxyethylcellulose, 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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