Revival Gold Beauty Elixir Night Illuminator

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 45.95
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This very rich moisturizer for dry skin contains a tiny amount of antioxidants, but they won't be of much benefit for skin due to this moisturizer being packaged in a jar. Jar packaging exposes delicate ingredient to degrading light and air, causing deterioration with each and every use, not to mention the hygiene issue jar packaging presents for water-based formulas like this.

As for the gold, despite its fabled and coveted reputation, gold is actually a bad ingredient for skin. In fact, gold won the dubious title of Allergen of the Year in 2001 from The American Contact Dermatitis Society. Further, there is a known risk associated with gold particles in general inducing oxidative damage, cell death, and toxicity. That's a lot of unpleasant issues for a substance that has no research showing it can benefit skin in any way, especially not for signs of aging.

Otherwise, you're getting shine from mineral pigments that, combined with this moisturizer's oil content, do give skin a glow, but there are better ways to revive skin's radiance.

As for being recommended for mature skin, that's only true if you have dry skin. Someone with "mature skin" that's also oily or breakout-prone will want to steer clear of this oily moisturizer, but we advise all skin types to think twice before buying this, as there are numerous superior options.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Pure 24K gold has been infused into our most luxurious and nourishing formula ever, providing absolute skin comfort and nutrition. The rich and enveloping balm repairs skin overnight and its revitalizing formula helps skin regain its strength and resilience. This formula, ideal for mature skin, improves skins density, firmness and vitality. The appearance of dark spots is diminished and the skin is illuminated, bright and healthy-looking.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cocoglycerides, Glycerin, Olus/Vegetable Oil/Huile Vegetale, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Xylitylglucoside, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Anhydroxylitol, Mannitol, Colloidal Gold, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Xylitol, Hydrolyzed Prunus Domestica, Sucrose Dilaurate, Candelillia Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelillia) Eax/Cire De Candelillia, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-11, Dimethiconol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Polysorbate 20, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Salicylate, Diazonidinyl Urea, Iodopropynl Butylcarbamate, Carmine, Iron Oxides, Yellow 6.

Marcelle At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; Marcelle provides complete ingredient lists on its Web site; drugstores that retail this brand provide testers, including makeup testers; almost every product is fragrance-free; some good cleansers and makeup removers; impressive eyeshadows; great lipsticks and lip glosses.

Weaknesses: The hypoallergenic claims are misleading because this claim isn't regulated and there are no standards governing its use; formaldehyde-releasing preservatives not recommended for those with sensitive skin; the anti-acne products are mostly alcohol, which is damaging to skin and can increase oil production, making acne worse; dated moisturizer formulas; some greasy cleansers; a general lack of state-of-the-art ingredients; foundations with sunscreen do not provide sufficient UVA protection; average to poor mineral makeup; no shades for those with tan or darker complexions; mostly lackluster mascaras.

Nestled among the flashier lines filling the shelves and display cases in Canadian drugstores is this unassuming, attractively priced skin-care and makeup product line. The packaging is simple and the message clear: These are "hypoallergenic and perfume-free," ergo great for sensitive skin. In reality the claim that these products are hypoallergenic isn't accurate in the leastmuch like Almaybut that claim is Marcelle's major selling point.

First, the term "hypoallergenic" is not regulated; that is, there are no standards in place for that term so a cosmetics company can attribute hypoallergenic to any product they want, regardless of the ingredients. The second point is that even the most scrupulous company, even if it takes the greatest care about what ingredients it includes in its products, simply cannot know what your skin may be allergic to. Marcelle showcases the elimination of "perfume," (aka fragrance) but fragrance is not the only potential culprit in a cosmetic formulation. And third, allergic reactions are not the primary problems that a cosmetic can impart to skin. Irritation is far more pernicious and, indeed, many of Marcelle's products contain ingredients that have a high potential for causing irritation, such as alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate, and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (e.g., imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, and Quaternium 15; one of their products even contains hydrochloric acid. (Can you believe that?!) Irritating skin-care ingredients not only cause free-radical damage but also lead to an increase in oil production in the pore and break down collagen.

Aside from the erroneous claims, Marcelle hasn't kept up to speed with their formulas in comparison to several other lines at the drugstore. You can easily find moisturizers from other lines that have far more elegant textures and formulas teeming with beneficial ingredients just not from Marcelle. Almost every product Marcelle sells is woefully out of date; their rudimentary formulas are akin to using a typewriter instead of a computer.

Color-wise, you'll find the foundation, concealer, and powder shade ranges are limited to those with fair to medium skin tones. Although it's great that the Marcelle displays provide testers for the makeup, much of it is better left alone. There are some high points, particularly the powder eyeshadows, lipstick, and lip glosses, but the mascaras are barely exciting, the pencils all need sharpening, and the powder blush fails to impress.

All told, Marcelle is best viewed as a line with a few sleeper products worth checking out at price points that won't stress most consumers' budgets, although a few dollars more will get you infinitely better options.

For more information about Marcelle, call (800) 387-7710 or visit www.marcelle.com.

Note: *All prices are in Canadian dollars.

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