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Marcelle Face Powder (loose) review | Or, “Finally, a product that does exactly as it should!”

The product: Marcelle Face Powder (loose)

I’ve been trying to be better at reviewing my go-to products, recently, because I feel like they’re a bit neglected. I mean, they’re all amazing products, but they’re just so simple that it’s altogether too easy to forget about them!

Marcelle’s gorgeous face powder comes in two shades and just one size. The lighter shade (Translucent) has a more yellow base, and the darker (Translucent Medium) has a more pink one. I typically opt for the former, of course, but both are sheer enough that either would likely suit fair to dark (N5 to N40) skintones.

Marcelle Face Powder in Translucent, Translucent Medium; sifters removed.

What it does:

  • Blends in to complete translucency, disappearing (seriously, disappearing) on your face
  • Gives a just-matte-enough finish, keeping oil at bay well until lunchtime
  • Leaves a satiny smooth “skin” feel (which I love, of course)

What it doesn’t do:

  • Add coverage
  • Flash white in photographs
  • Mattify you to the point of Chalky Death Mask (not to be confused with its cousin, Glittery Death Mask)
  • Catch on dry bits and dry out your skin over time (ahem, silica powder)

 

The cherry cherries on top:

  • Despite its tiny price tag (under $15), this contains a whopping 70g of product – easily double the amount in most loose powders, if not more
  • The packaging! It’s very no-nonsense, but works as it should (that is, it feels well-made in my hands, and the threads of the lid always catch just right). I don’t know, I just… like it.
Edited to add: See comparison swatches of the two shades here.

The verdict?

Go on, then, get out there and pick one up! Because of its overwhelming size, stellar price, and incredible quality, it’s pretty much perfect for anyone looking for a translucent powder that’ll do exactly what it should. (The exception: very dark skintones, and those with talc sensitivities.)

In short, I loves it, my precious. So very much so that there is a necessity for inappropriate pluralization and creepy Gollum-vibes.

Availability: $14.50 CAD online at Marcelle.com (US & Canada), and in-stores at most drugstores across Canada.

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44 Comments

  • Reply Jen W

    Gosh, this sounds/looks perfect! And so much better value than what I'm using (Laura Mercier Translucent Setting powder)

    If I keep reading your blog I may end up moving to Canada LOL
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    May 5, 2011 at 3:57 AM
  • Reply vijiis

    That "flash white in photos" thing made me laugh.
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    May 5, 2011 at 4:36 AM
  • Reply Larie

    Boo, parabens. I don't know that I use powder very often, though…prolly because I fear the both types of Death Masks :p
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    May 5, 2011 at 9:34 AM
  • Reply Gen

    I bought both at the Annabelle/Marcell warehouse sale for 16$ (for both). Love them!!! They are so much better than everything ive owned before ( iam looking at you MAC).

    May 5, 2011 at 2:25 PM
  • Reply Beauty Reflections

    Cool! I'm almost out of my LM one-this one sounds just as good and SO MUCH CHEAPER. On my list to get! Thanks! :)
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    May 5, 2011 at 8:31 PM
  • Reply Kate & Zena

    "Chalky Death Mask " I love that. I love the note in parentheses too.

    If only I didn't currently lose trust in any and all mineral powders. I was not a happy camper.

    May 5, 2011 at 11:36 PM
  • Reply rachelle

    oh, i am DEF going to pick this up! i actually bought so sanguine by annabelle at pharmaprix today, inspired by your review! hopefully it won't look horrible on my cool-ass skin tone :P.

    i have def a more pink than yellow base, should i opt for the 'darker' shade with the pink undertone?

    May 6, 2011 at 11:41 AM
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  • Reply Vesna

    Is there any chance for us from Europe to get our hands on these? I'd love to try them!
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  • Reply Angela

    I need this powder! I've been using Cover Girl loose powder. Can it be purchased anywhere in the US?

    May 8, 2011 at 2:46 PM
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  • Reply Ale

    Yay, some love for this powder. I love it, the jar is huge, and works so much better than more expensive alternatives.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:07 PM
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  • Reply Rainy Days & Lattes

    This sounds absolutely perfect. It's like something I must have! LOL
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  • Reply Rose

    Sounds like such a great product! It's so difficult to find THE PERFECT powder these days! Thank you for sharing!

    May 22, 2011 at 6:27 AM
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    Hi! Just wanted to ask – have you tried the MUFE HD powder? I was wondering how this compares. Thanks!
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  • Reply BooBooNinja

    Rae, I got this and I loves it too :)
    Thanks for the recommendation!

    January 29, 2012 at 8:13 PM
  • Reply PerilouslyPale

    Wow so you say the medium would work just as well on fair skin tones? I'm about NW10 and I'd much prefer it's pink tones. THanks!
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