Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Canadian Budget Beauty: Marcelle Bronzer and Blush


I love trying out beauty products from other countries but I rarely think of looking to our neighboring North American country, Canada. Marcelle is a popular drugstore brand that was originally established in Chicago but moved across the border where it really took off. I love the Golden Glow BB Cream by Marcelle so I was hoping for two more winners in the form of the Monochromatic Bronzer* and Quad Blush in Ultimate Pinks*.



First off, the Monochromatic Bronzer is huge, weighing in at 13.2 grams for $20. If you happen to love this bronzer, it will last you a very long time so it's worth the price. It’s free of parabens, perfumes, gluten, and preservatives—not to mention hypoallergenic as well. The bronzer only comes in one shade. The Quad Blushes are smaller at 4.5 grams and cost $16. Aloe leaf extract is the first ingredient which I thought was interesting and uncommon. There are three blush shades to choose from: Ultimate Pinks, Ultimate Corals and Ultimate Nudes. I believe Marcelle is considered a high-end drugstore brand if that makes sense. It's pricey compared to the likes of Maybelline and Revlon but it's not expensive enough to qualify as a non-drugstore brand in my mind. Canadians, feel free to correct me on this.... 




Both the bronzer and blush are smooth mattes that have sheer to medium pigmentation. You don't have to worry about going overboard with these because the color payoff is light. The bronzer is a warm milk chocolate brown that does not lean too orange. I like the bronzer for warming up my complexion when my foundation is too light for my summer coloring. The pink will look best on fair skintones as it can pull chalky on deeper skin. The blush can be powdery so I advise swirling your brush in the compact and tapping off the excess before applying to the face.

I like the Marcelle Monochromatic Bronzer enough to recommend it to those who like a warm, natural bronzer. The blush would be good for those who are very light skinned and want a very subtle coloring but it's nothing special. Have you tried any products from Marcelle? 

*The products mentioned in this post were samples provided by Birchbox for job training and are in no way related to this blog. All opinions are 100% my own. 

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