Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution review, photos | A makeup remover to love (even more)

Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution paraben-free makeup remover

The product: Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution

My love for the Marcelle Essentials Cleansing Water is long and well-documented one, and today, I am happy to share with you that this fan favourite has been re-packaged and re-named in the best way possible. 

I am a little late with this news (the changeover occurred during the fall), but cleansing water addicts across Canada can now easily get their hands on this awesome piece of innovation!

Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution flip-top packaging

New Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution flip-top cap

As I mentioned in my original review, the Marcelle Essentials Cleansing Water (now called the Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution, but I promise that it’s the same stuff) is gentle and super-effective, removing makeup easily without drying out your skin or leaving an oily residue behind. It uses little micelles–an actually legit science thing–which “trap” makeup in little micro-capsules of makeup remover.

I know, the whole thing sounds like a total hoax, but micellar solutions are a real, big thing in the skincare industry right now — and they work really, really well. I find that this one isn’t quite as effective as scrubbing down your whole face with cleansing oil, but it works better for me than any other oil-free makeup remover that I’ve tried.

(It’s more effective than a lot of the bi-phase ones that I’ve used over the years, too. Plus: no mess, and no stinging.)

Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution review makeup remover

The verdict?

You need this. I mean, you needed it before, but the new Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution is actually cheaper per ounce than the original and features a very awesome blue flip-top cap, which makes it super easy to soak a cotton pad one-handed.

Also, the new packaging is super pretty, and we all know that that’s the real game, here.

Availability: $19.95 CAD/10 fl oz at drugstores and mass market retailers across Canada (or online at with shipping to the US & Canada).

Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution makeup remover review

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  • silvermoon3

    Awesome! Thank you SO much! I've been wanting to pick up a micellar cleanser up and there's so much out on the Bioderma… But I'm an ingredients hawk and I'm sure there was at least one thing that made me :( when I glanced at it once in passing…

    Plus, yay for Canadian companies! And paraben (etc) free? Yes, please!

    I'm happily off to pick myself up a bottle – and that dispenser top? LOVE!!

    You're the best! Merci!

    • De rien, my dear!! I hope you LOVE this as much as I do! (But really, I'm not worried. This is good stuff! ;))

  • AHHHH! I totally want this now! I need something like this, effective, gentle and easy to use!
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  • Brenda P

    How does this compare to Bioderma, for effectiveness and gentleness on skin?

    • I haven't tried the Bioderma yet, but I should be giving it a go in a few weeks!! I'll let you know :)

  • But… I can't GET it :-( Even though I want and apparently need it. Boooooo.
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    • I'm sorry, dude!!! :( :( Keep buggin' Marcelle; maybe one day, they'll ship overseas!

  • Ooh this one sounds wonderful, I'll have to check it out when I need some next. I'm currently using the L'Oréal Paris Eau Sublime (or something like that) and it works great, but stings my eyes if I put too much on my cotton pad.
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    • It'll vary from eye to eye, but this one is pretty gentle! I get a little bit of stinging, but no more than I would with water :)

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  • Aww, thanks for taking the time to come back and update me! :D

    I'm so glad to hear that you're loving the Marcelle micellar water, girl! I always get a little giddy when I recommend something I love to someone and they love it too. It's like, O HAI, COME CELEBRATE IN THIS JOY WITH ME PLEASE.

    This one is so good for the price, and I love that it's not marked up and perfumed like (ahem) some other offerings. Plus, I'm a total sucker for the packaging — but be warned, it is NOT optimized for q-tips, as I learned one rather messy afternoon!! I moved some of this back into an old makeup remover bottle that I had lying around, and that's what I use now when I just need a small amount.

    Also, can I ask what kind of health issues you have, lovely? (My apologies if I've asked in the past and it's slipped my mind!) Sending you lots of <3 either way — I think everyone could use a couple extra heads to get through the day, but especially those with disability issues adding that extra degree of difficulty.