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

Thursday, May 5, 2011

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

  1. 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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  2. That "flash white in photos" thing made me laugh.
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  3. Larie, on May 5th, 2011 at 9:34 am said:

    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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  4. Eep! The cost difference between these two is HUGE – I know what you mean!

    I'm sure Canada would love to have you. And we happen to have a spare room right now. :P

  5. Haha, sorry love! If I come across a stellar paraben-free powder, I'll let you know – but I haven't found one (yet!)

    I wear powder every day (literally, every day), so I'm quite glad I found this one rather than a death mask ^^

  6. Gen, on May 5th, 2011 at 2:25 pm said:

    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).

  7. 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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  8. Nice! I can only dream of how cool the Annabelle/Marcelle warehouse sales are; I'm tucked away in lonely 'ol Alberta :p They sound like such fun, though!

  9. I hope you like it (because I LOVE it)! ^^

  10. Kate & Zena, on May 5th, 2011 at 11:36 pm said:

    "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.

  11. rachelle, on May 6th, 2011 at 11:41 am said:

    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?

  12. But this isn't a mineral powder, Kate! Just the regular kind :p

  13. Aww, I hope you like So Sanguine! :) It's very on-trend for the spring, yeah?

    As for the powder shade – I'd say it depends. I know a lot of people (myself included!) have problems with redness; if that's you, too, then I'd go for the more yellow Translucent. If not, then the pink Translucent Medium would probably suit you better. Hope that helps! x

  14. Kate & Zena, on May 6th, 2011 at 2:03 pm said:

    Okay, POWDERS are not my favorite things at the moment. Bare Escentuals gave me a nice lovely rash yesterday. I'm on Powder Low. Oh, I finally found a foundation that FIT my color (my vampire pale cool-tone that has a dash of olive from French-Oneida heritage. Yes, matching that is a PITA), but rashes are not my thing. I wiped it off at Target. Katie needs a recuperation period from powders.

    Yep, Katie is back on the hunt for a oil-free LIQUID very lightweight SPF foundation. No powders. The trials begin again. Why is everything pale so pink-toned? *smacks head on keyboard* It's so unfair.

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  16. Vesna, on May 7th, 2011 at 9:39 am said:

    Is there any chance for us from Europe to get our hands on these? I'd love to try them!
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  20. Not that I know of – sorry, Vesna! I'll have a rummage through my drawers when I can, though; I *think* I have one of these tucked aside somewhere for a giveaway… :)

  21. Angela, on May 8th, 2011 at 1:46 pm said:

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

  22. Not that I know of; sorry! You can call in your order, though, and have it shipped to you :) {details}

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  24. Vesna, on May 9th, 2011 at 2:22 pm said:

    That would be great :D

    <3
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  25. Ale, on May 9th, 2011 at 6:07 pm said:

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

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  27. This sounds absolutely perfect. It's like something I must have! LOL
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  28. Sounds like such a great product! It's so difficult to find THE PERFECT powder these days! Thank you for sharing!

  29. Hi! Just wanted to ask – have you tried the MUFE HD powder? I was wondering how this compares. Thanks!
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  30. I have – that was actually the powder I was using before switching to this one :P

    The two are nothing alike, imo – MUFE HD is pure silica, so it has a particular sort of "slip" that isn't found in traditional powders (which this is). Additionally, while both do a good job of absorbing oil, I find that the MUFE can dry out my skin over time (especially in my undereye area) and flash white, both of which this one doesn't.

    Hope that helps :) Please feel free to ask any additional questions, if I missed anything you were wondering about!

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  37. BooBooNinja, on January 29th, 2012 at 8:13 pm said:

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

  38. YAY!! :D :D I'm so glad you like it – it's a really wonderful product, isn't it? : )

  39. 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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  40. Took some swatch photos for you, so you can make your own decision ;) Will tweet them to you once I've had time to upload!

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