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You need this! | Marcelle Revival Firming + Brightening Cream Serum: review, photos, swatches

The product: Marcelle Revival Firming + Brightening Cream Serum

I’m not usually one for the brightening serums, but I’ll make an exception for Marcelle for a lot of things. (And, from micellar waters to cleaning milks, they haven’t let me down yet.)

The Revival Firming + Brightening Cream Serum is aimed at menopausal and post-menopausal women, but I honestly think it’s a great find for any age group. Sure, I don’t really need the wrinkle-reducing properties, but it scores top points for evening out tone without whitening it! 

The product: The Firming + Brightening Cream Serum is a cream-serum hybrid, formulated to deliver the results of a serum with the comfort of a cream. You will still need to follow up with moisturizer, but it’s a great “disappearing act” all around: not only does it work to fade uneven pigmentation, but the product itself seems to disappear from the skin, too.

The cream-serum is easy to control coming out of the packaging, applies smoothly, and sinks in quickly. It doesn’t leave my skin any more oily or dry than it would be without, doesn’t have a long-lasting scent (or any artificial fragrances at all), and won’t make foundation catch or ball up.

The results: The Revival serum is made to firm, lift, protect against the formation of new wrinkles, reduce the appearance of brown spots, even tone, clarify the complexion, and improve the skin’s elasticity. (Quite a mouthful!)

I’ve just been using it to help fade scars left behind by blemishes, but it’s been going really well. Scars will stick around on my skin for a good 8-10 months, but the difference I’ve seen with this serum has just been enormous. The patch I’ve been targeting hasn’t faded completely, of course, but I’d peg it at 3-4 months of fading (visually), rather than the 2-3 weeks I’ve actually been using it for.

The verdict?

As the title says: you need this!! $35.95 is a price I know many will flinch at in the drugstore, but when you put it into perspective, it’s nothing at all — it works out to just $21.27 CAD per oz, while most dark spot correctors sit around $60-$90/oz.

I don’t want to promise miracles with the Revival Firming + Brightening Cream Serum, because I know all skins will respond differently to different products, but I honestly think Marcelle hit gold with this formula. It’s not going to give you laser-resurfacing results, but it’ll give any department store brightening serum a run for its money! My skin is particularly sensitive, and so far I’ve had no breakouts, irritation, or stickiness.

All in all, I am very, very pleased with this one. It’s rare that I try out a product that I can’t find a flaw in, but this is one of the few.

P.S. — The ingredients

Though the sleek, silver-and-mauve packaging is easy to use (and looks particularly lovely sinkside), it was the ingredients in this one that put it on my radar. Paraben-, fragrance- and silicone-free, Marcelle’s brightening serum is kind of in a class of its own! Clinique Even Better, Lancome Génifique, Dior Capture Totale, Philosophy Miracle Worker — they all have ‘cones or ‘xanes.

(For those of you who can’t get your hands on the Marcelle Revival line, check out the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum as an alternative. It’s quite pricey, and a bit sticky, but silicone-free targeted treatments can be hard to find!)

The Revival Firming + Brightening ingredients: Aqua, Propylheptyl Caprylate, Glycerin, Soybean Protein, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Argan Kernel Extract, Sucrose Dilaurate, Pea Extract, Sorbic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Phenoxyethanol, Isohexadecane.

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25 Comments

  • Reply Lucie

    Ohhh i want to give this a go! I am your newest follower! x

    November 30, 2012 at 6:27 AM
  • Reply mostlysunnybunny

    Ahh this sounds fantastic! Too bad it's not available here :( I have been using the Caudalie Vinoperfect one and absolutely love it though! As to the sticky feeling, I find that as long as there is a teeny bit of humidity on my skin or palms (like I've just washed my face and patted it dry, but it hasn't been air-dried), it is absorbed REALLY easily! I actually am already planning on purchasing a second bottle. I did some research and found many radiance-boosting serums from even really good "natural" brands contain silicone or alcohol denat. While my skin is fine with practically everything, I am not.
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    November 30, 2012 at 7:06 AM
  • Reply Lily

    Marcelle, you need to come to Malaysia!!! You hear me?
    I'm all for brightening stuff. This one sounds absolutely fantastic!
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    November 30, 2012 at 8:58 AM
  • Reply Larie

    Awesome. I have been debating putting in a Marcelle order someday…this would probably go in it.
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    November 30, 2012 at 10:02 AM
  • Reply Kristin

    Sadly it looks like this isn't a product available in the US. Caudalie Vinoperfect is nice but it's so expensive!

    November 30, 2012 at 10:49 AM
  • Reply telle

    Hi Rae!

    I am going to try this!!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE their new shadows!!! Amazing!! Great pigmentation and long wearing (with primer underneath-i always use primer). I am excited to have an affordable product to help deal acne marks! Thank-you!!

    November 30, 2012 at 5:41 PM
  • Reply Steph

    This sounds like something I've been looking for! THanks for the review Rae! Would you say it's as effective in reducing the obvious dark spots from 2-3 years?
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    November 30, 2012 at 6:21 PM
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    I must check this out. I don't know what's worse. Dealing with acne or the red marks after they're gone. They seem to take forever to fade.

    December 12, 2012 at 7:07 PM
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