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Marcelle BB Cream comparisons, swatches | ft. MAC, Marcelle, and 100% Pure

I know some of you will be ordering your Marcelle BB Cream online, so I wanted to provide some swatch comparisons for Light/Medium (my BB shade). It’s not really the sort of thing that calls for ton of text, so I’ll mainly let the photos speak for themselves – but please do feel free to ask for more info in the comments if you need it!

For the Marcelle fans out there, I swatched their BB against three of their foundations – True Radiance in True Beige and Ivory Beige (my usual shade), and their Sheer Tint Fluid Moisturizer in Luminous Beige. I’m curious to see how long the Sheer Tint will stick around for, now that they have their BB and Hydra-C Perfect Fusion Make-Up, but I suppose it just has to do with how well they all sell going forward! (No, I don’t have any inside info about it – Sheer Tint fans need not worry. It’s all just beauty blogger conjecture!)

In addition, I swatched the new Marcelle BB against 100% Pure’s Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer, in Crème – I know some of you picked it up after our review. Truth be told, I ended up getting a lot less wear out of the 100% Pure than I’d expected, more or less just because I don’t typically wear foundation. (As much as I liked it, it just never ended up integrating into my makeup routine.)

As for how the 100% Pure TM and the Marcelle BB stack up? Well, the latter’s not silicone- or scent-free, but it knocks the TM out of the park on all other counts. More portable packaging, more accessible, better finish, better texture, better price tag… the list goes on!

Marcelle vs. Marcelle, 100% Pure swatch comparisons

Above: 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer in Crème, Marcelle BB Cream in Light to Medium, Marcelle Sheer Tint Fluid Moisturizer in Luminous Beige, Marcelle True Radiance Foundation in True Beige, Marcelle BB Cream in Light to Medium, Marcelle True Radiance Foundation in Ivory Beige.

Above: 100% Pure Crème, Marcelle BB Cream, Marcelle Luminous Beige, Marcelle True Beige, Marcelle BB Cream, Marcelle Ivory Beige.

Marcelle vs. MAC swatch comparisons

Above: MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW20, Marcelle BB Cream in Light to Medium, MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW25, Marcelle BB Cream in Light to Medium,MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC30.

P.S. I’ve mentioned it before, but I have to say it again: if you’re viewing these photos in Chrome, they may not be very true to colour. I love Chrome, I do, and I use it as my main browser – but it still doesn’t colour-manage! *shakes fist at the Google gods* If you’re really concerned about colour accuracy, check these photos out in another browser, too, okay?

Without labels…

Swatched L-R: 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer in Crème, Marcelle BB Cream in Light to Medium, Marcelle Sheer Tint Fluid Moisturizer in Luminous Beige, Marcelle True Radiance Foundation in True Beige, Marcelle BB Cream in Light to Medium, Marcelle True Radiance Foundation in Ivory Beige.

Swatched L-R: MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW20, Marcelle BB Cream in Light to Medium, MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW25, Marcelle BB Cream in Light to Medium,MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC30.

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28 Comments

  • Reply mostlysunnybunny

    Thanks for the comparison Rae! I have a little question though: besides Ivory Beige the rest looks a bit pink… Is it me or do you have the same impression? Or maybe it's because it's not blended into the skin?
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    January 25, 2012 at 6:47 AM
  • Reply jamilla

    They are all quite pinky – but you are quite fair!

    January 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM
  • Reply dani@callitbeauty

    I actually think they're all quite yellow.

    Then again, if last night's colour theory class taught me anything, it's that I get confused by people's undertones. =/
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    January 25, 2012 at 2:27 PM
  • Reply Eden-Avalon

    To my monitor (on FF) these look pretty similar. At least, way more similar than the various foundations i've been matched with. Haha. I should do a post on them as a joke one day!
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    January 25, 2012 at 2:51 PM
  • Reply Liz (Reductionista)

    Your swatches are lovely but the only way to know for certain is to put this all over my face! Eagerly haunting the Marcelle counters. :)
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    January 25, 2012 at 7:22 PM
  • Reply Rocaille

    I guess I was one of the people who picked up the 100% Pure TM after your review, and I have to say I just CANNOT wait until this thing runs out. It oxidizes on me so much, I'm orange! Plus, the texture really isn't the best, especially on my oily skin. Now I want to try that Marcelle BB!
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    January 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM
  • Reply Makeup Kismet

    Better than 100% Pure's TM you say?? Eeeee going to save my nickels & dimes for Marcelle's BB cream instead then!

    January 27, 2012 at 4:53 PM
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