Drugstore Haul - Marcelle Makeup and Skin Care, Review, Swatches and Photos
I have used and been a fan of Marcelle products for many years. This haul comprises of products that I have used before and have a good working knowledge of as well as some products which are new to me. Although being drugstore they are much cheaper than their high-end counterparts, many of the products compare extremely well and this is a good brand choice for anyone not wanting to spend a fortune on their cosmetics.
Unless you live in Canada you might not have heard of the Marcelle brand of makeup and skin care. They can be found at most Canadian drugstores and of course on their own website marcelle.com. The brand is cruelty free, hypoallergenic and fragrance free. Many of their products are also gluten and/or paraben free.
So, what did I buy? Let's start with makeup:
Face Powder: This face powder comes in two shades: translucent and translucent medium, both of which are gluten free. I purchased both shades as I not only use this myself, but I also use it on my clients, so slight variations in colour are useful. The jars are large and you get a lot of product for the price ($15 CND). You can use a puff or a brush to apply this. I always use a large, fluffy face brush to dust over the top of makeup for a soft, even skin texture to set makeup.
Pressed Powder: I rarely use pressed powder, but had heard good things about this, so decided to try out a couple of shades. They produce a monochromatic pressed powder and a quad pressed powder, both of which are again gluten free. I chose one of each in medium.
The quad version has four slightly different shades which when used together for an even shade over the skin, or used individually to help define. The palette opens up to reveal a mirror and an applicator sponge. The monochromatic one is all one colour but laid out exactly the same as the quad and also has the mirror and sponge. All are $20 CND each.Once I’ve used this I will report back.
CC Concealer + Corrector: Marcelle boasts that this stick concealer conceals dark circles, under eye puffiness, age spots and redness. I have not used this product before, so chose all three colour options: Fair, Light to Medium and Medium to Dark.
They are full coverage concealers, going on quite thickly but they do blend and conceal well. I did find some slight creasing under the eyes with makeup applied over the top, but it wasn’t too bad and was easily smoothed out with a brush. It stayed on well and performed well. So far, so good. $13 CND. Marcelle also produce a CC Cream which as the name suggests is a tinted cream in either Light to Medium or Medium to Dark which may be a better option for some. I will have to get some of this to try ($30 CND).
New-Age Anti-Wrinkle Make-Up: This is a liquid foundation available in six shades aimed at the mature woman, which unfortunately I am. Marcelle says it fights the signs of ageing and gives skin a more youthful appearance and is for all skin types. I am a sucker for marketing, so thought I would try this out, choosing the shade True Beige ($23 CND). I found it to be a light to medium coverage foundation which goes on easily, blends well and looks good on the skin. It feels very lightweight, not at all heavy and I really liked it for these reasons. However, for me I cannot give it full marks as it did allow my oily skin to show through after a couple of hours, even with primer under and powder over. I am sure that someone with less oily skin for find it great. Therefore I do recommend it, just not if you have very oily skin.
Xtension Plus Mascara: I purchased this in Black and Dark Brown as replacements for ones I already owned. I find this is a nice allround mascara that gives volume as well as length. It has a brush with short bristles that catch the shortest of hairs. Unfortunately as a makeup artist I never use the wands that come with mascaras as it is unhygienic. I always use disposable wands, but this mascara still works well even with those. As an individual using this, you should definitely use the wand provided. ($13 CND).
Ultimate Lash Mascara: Again these are replacements for ones I use on myself, so in this case I do use the wand that comes with it. This is my personal favourite mascara as it goes on very smoothly and lightly, but can be built up if needed. It creates volume and length and at just $11 CND is a bargain. I love this and will be devastated if they ever discontinue it.
Now the Skin Care….
New-Age Precision Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Day Cream: Marcelle says “this rich, velvety firming cream fights the visible signs of ageing and improves skin's elasticity and suppleness. Wrinkles, fine lines and crow's feet are less visible, leaving your skin feeling youthful and soft” ($34 CND). I will let you know how this works once I have used it for a few weeks.
New Age Precision 8 in 1 Power Serum: Apparently this will “transform my skin in 7 days for a smoother, softer and more radiant complexion.” It is gluten and paraben free and costs $34 CND. Again, I will report back once I have given it a fair trial.
Ideal Skin Perfector: This says that “if applied before moisturiser it will correct and combat the appearance of fine lines, dark spots, visible pores and dullness. Clinical results show a remarkable improvement in skin texture and tone after just two weeks.” Well. I’ll be the judge of that - watch this space! ($25 CND).
Moisture Lotion: This is a moisturiser I use for clients as it suits most skin types, is hypoallergenic, fragrance free, paraben free and gluten free. It absorbs quickly into the skin and is not greasy, but very light and smoothing and forms a good base for makeup application. $20 CND.
Lastly, I restocked my Eye Make-Up Remover Lotion. This is my go to makeup remover which is oil free as well as free of gluten and parabens. It removes makeup very easily and quickly without any oiliness or tightness of the skin. $14 CND.