Marcelle CC Cream: Micro-Review

Marcelle CC Cream.

Marcelle CC Cream.

Marcelle is a well-known Canadian beauty brand available at drugstores, including London Drugs and Shoppers Drug Mart. They market themselves as a good choice for sensitive skin. 

I received this product, a CC Cream, at  a recent beauty bloggers' event in Vancouver—the goody bags were awesome.  :)

Marcelle's website describes its CC Cream this way:

Pure 24K gold has been infused into Marcelle’s Complete Correction Cream to diminish the appearance of dark spots and skin tone imperfections that can be caused by sun exposureor the aging of skin. The formula’s lightweight consistency and ingredients provide full coverage and leaves your skin feeling smoother, firmer and highly moisturized. Radiance is boosted to give your complexion a perfect glow! With SPF 35.

The good:

  • If you're looking for light coverage, this offers it with a nice, natural-looking glow.
  • The texture is lovely—it melts right into the skin even when I apply it with my fingers.
  • The price is quite reasonable—at least compared to higher-end brands. For about $30, you get 30 ml of product.
  • The packaging works well for me. Some might not like that you can't see how much is left, but I prefer opaque packaging—it protects the ingredients in the product from the light.
  • The pump dispenses just the right amount of product (one pump is enough).

The not-so-good:

  • The smell. I don't notice it throughout the day, but when I'm putting it on, it smells strongly of paint.
  • The wear time is just okay. I definitely need a mid-day powder touch-up or two even if I set it with powder in the morning. I also need to be careful not to touch my face too much. Note, though, that I have normal/combination skin. If your skin is drier, this might be great for you.
  • The colour selection leaves something to be desired. There are only two shades: LIght-Medium and Medium-Dark. True, given the product is sheer enough for your skin tone to show through, the shades will work for a lot of people. I also like that it's more beige than yellow or orange (like many MAC foundations I try seem to be). But it doesn't work especially well on my fair (NC/NW 15–20), cool-toned skin. (Note that I liked it at first—then a colleague pointed out my foundation line. Oops!) 

Here's a shade comparison to my favourite foundation, Make Up For Ever's Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation in 20: 


Left: Marcelle CC Cream in Light-Medium. Right: Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation in 20.

Left: Marcelle CC Cream in Light-Medium. Right: Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation in 20.

The verdict: I'll occasionally wear this with caution (that is, a lot of blending) when I'm in a rush (I like not having to wash a brush) or I don't need to look very formal, but it's not something I'll consider purchasing unless they come out with a lighter shade. 

Have you tried anything from Marcelle? What about another brand's CC Cream? What did you think? Let me know in the comments! 

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