I bought this last week in Light Medium, I am a NW15-20 and that is a touch too dark for me. It cost $39.98 CDN before taxes reg price at Shoppers/Pharmaprix. With GST and BC PST it came to $44.78.
Positives: It's not matte, but not dewy either. It's my skin only better stuff. Call it a tinted moisturizer with extra benefits and a touch of extra coverage.
Comes in a pump bottle with an opaque plexiglass container to keep light out which is good because this has some active ingredients including Vit C which are light and air sensitive. One pump does my face.
It has medium coverage which takes out the redness for which I bought it.
Supposed to help stop discolouration and fade marks that are already there but a good sunscreen with Niacinimide like Olay will do that too. It has a few more bells and whistles than Olay so I think it might work well in tandem with it, but I can't speak to the brighten and lighten claim yet.
It feels like nothing on my skin at all, also good. Leaves me moisturized not parched. Slight tendency to be an oil slick on my nose after 6 hours of wear so I am now carrying a powder compact with me to just touch up the coverage and matte the nose down again but cheeks, forehead and chin are fine 12 hours later.
SPF 35 coming from titanium and Octinoxate, a chemical sunscreen which is an excellent strength and on me it doesn't itch, burn or irritate. Now there is a proven age spot and freckle reducer!
Fragrance Free, supposedly hypoallergenic and on me it is.
It allows a couple of minutes to smooth it on before it sets. Time to fix mistakes, blend it out a bit etc.
It doesn't ball up on top of my SPF30 Olay Complete day moisturizer. That combo gives me assured sunscreen. (I don't trust a foundation to do it all, as I apply it sheer to nothing on the outer thirds of my face where the wrinkles live).
Here are the negatives:
Colour range is poor, I only saw light med and med at my Shoppers/Pharmaprix. The light med is a touch too tan for me although I can tone it down with my paler powders as I set it, either EL's Lucidity in Light Medium or Lancome's Neutrale II in Dual Finish. If I can find a tester of Light, I will buy that next time. Otherwise I will just keep buying and tweaking the Light Medium with a paler powder to set.
I also had to dust on a little pale bronzer onto my neck and decollete region to make my face and neckline match.
I think anyone above a NW or NC 30-35 might have trouble getting this to work. NW or NC 15 and below should TRY to find the light shade if you can.
HOWEVER my daughter looked at me in daylight yesterday and didn't think it was too dark at all, thought it looked quite nice, like me but better.
I apply it with my fingers, which isn't ideal, can be streaky but the setting time allows me to fix streaks and dab a bit more on spots that need more.
Tends to pool in the pores a bit and accentuate wrinkles on the outside of my eyes, so I sheer it out to nothing on the sides of my face and I plan to start using a primer on top of the sunscreen before putting this on. Hoping that takes out the pooling pore problem, but honestly that doesn't show unless someone gets in really close with a magnifying mirror.
Either a primer or applying with a beauty blender should eliminate that problem. I plan to buy that Rimmel primer again, I remember it worked well on other foundations before.
EDITED TO ADD: I am upgrading this from 4 to 5, I've tried it with a primer and it makes no difference as to wear time or pore pooling, but what DOES make a difference is using my Quo disposable non latex sponge applicators and patting it on. That leaves an absolutely wonderful finish. I still touch up the nose with powder once in a 12 hour wear time, but that is it. I put 1 pump onto the sponge and dab the excess on my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin and blend out from there. Colour wise it's fine, I'm not even using a lighter powder to set it, I'm using my regular skin tone powder which is Lancome's Dual Finish in Matte Buff II.
BACK TO ORIGINAL REVIEW:
I really like it and plan to buy more.
If my beloved Elizabeth Arden cream foundation wasn't giving me pimples now, I'd still be using it.
Fact is if you are after a tinted moisturizer with a little more to it for aging skin, this is quite a good option. It isn't as expensive as Laura Mercier if you can get it (Sephora is only in major cities and LM isn't at many other outlets in Canada) and it's a little less expensive than a CC or BB from Estee Lauder, Dior or Lancome. About the same pricewise as Clinique but I think this has better performance than Clinique.
Edited to add:
Bought the Clinique CC to compare and yes this is a better product but the bulky hard square bottle is annoying to travel with and that is where Clinique's CC is better. Cliniques feels drier and heavier on the face though, so I prefer the Marcelle but for foundation purposes I've moved on to Lancome's Teint Visionnaire in Ivoire 110 C which is providing equal comfort and more coverage with a perfect satiny skin look that I'm loving. However it is almost twice the price of Marcelle or Clinique.
Final update: Tossing it, I'm liking my Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude cushion stick applied over my usual SPF 30 (olay complete for sensitive skin) much much better. The finish, the wear time the ease of application and lastly that bottle. My DWNude stick fits in my TSA liquid allowance for ease of flying and travel so much better than this hard bulky rectangle. Lighter too.