Marcelle Face Powder, Translucent

Throwback Thursday! Marcelle — Face Powder (Translucent) Review, Plus a Massive Loose Powder Cost Comparison Chart

For non-Canadians, Marcelle is a Canadian cosmetic brand that has been around for a very, very long time.

Marcelle and Annabelle are the mass market cosmetic lines owned by Québec-based Groupe Marcelle, and they are practically ubiquitous in Canadian drugstores. Groupe Marcelle, also very recently acquired Lise Watier, a luxury Canadian cosmetic brand, to add to their drugstore lineup.

While Annabelle is better known for makeup (I even remember their squat little oval nail polish bottles from the ’90s, though sadly, I never purchased any), Marcelle is probably best known for skincare and the product I’m reviewing today: their Translucent Face Powder, which has been around for ages.

Marcelle as a brand never appealed much to me—probably because they don’t sell nail polish, ha! Jokes aside, their face products always seemed a little too pink-toned for my warm-toned skin, and while their popular eye makeup remover works well and is well-priced, I’d rather pony up a little bit more for something better. Their makeup packaging is also decidedly ho-hum and a bit lost in the ’90s, and reminiscent of Almay’s stodgier sister.

However, at the end of 2014, I was in the market for a new loose face powder and I picked up Marcelle’s Face Powder in Translucent. It was a total whim, since I didn’t even wait for it to go on sale. Of course, I paid CA$14.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart, and then it went on sale the week after.

I can’t say it wasn’t worth full price, though. The tub is gargantuan.

It holds 2.4 oz / 70 g. Do you know how much loose face powder that is?!

Loose Powder Cost Comparison Chart

Because I have insomnia, I compiled a table of loose powder prices by weight. Note that this Marcelle powder can be found at and some drugstores for $14.99, though Marcelle’s website lists it at $15.95. I’m using the cheaper price since that’s what I see in drugstores, where one is more likely to buy it. (But even at $15.99, it still ranks as the best value on this list.)

Then, this morning, I went and scoped out a couple others in-store (Joe Fresh, Quo, and Iman).

All of the following 85 (yep) loose powders are available in Canada, and prices are listed in $CA. [2017-10-28 EDIT: This chart is now being updated on the Product Value: Loose Powder page.]

Brand & Product Price ($CA) Weight 🔼 Cost per oz
Translucent Face Powder
$14.99 2.4 oz $6.25/oz
Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder
$4.99 0.7 oz $7.13/oz
Professional Loose Powder
$7.49 0.7 oz $10.70/oz
Caryl Baker Visage
Flawless Finishing Powder
$24.50 1.48 oz $16.55/oz
Studio Finish Face Powder
$27 1.4 oz $19.29/oz
Match Perfection Silky Loose Powder
$9.99 0.45 oz $22.20/oz
truBlend Minerals Loose Mineral Powder
$13.99 0.63 oz $22.21/oz
True Color Flawless Loose Powder
$15 0.63 oz $23.81/oz
Loose Powder
$30 1.13 oz $26.55/oz
Blended Face Powder & Brush
$33 1.2 oz $27.50/oz
The Style Fitting Wear Cashmere Powder
$20.99 0.71 oz $29.56/oz
Set Powder
$33 1.1 oz $30/oz
Loose Powder
$32 1.06 oz $30.19/oz
Fashion Fair
Loose Powder
$30 0.99 oz $30.30/oz
Loose Setting Powder
$34 1 oz $34/oz
Studio High Definition Powder
$9.99 0.28 oz $35.68/oz
Yves Rocher
Couleurs Nature Velvety Loose Powder
$30 0.71 oz $42.25/oz
Elizabeth Arden
Ceramide Skin Smoothing Loose Powder
$42 0.99 oz $42.42/oz
Physicians Formula
Mineral Wear Airbrushing Loose Powder
$14.99 0.35 oz $42.83/oz
Inner Light Mineral Loose Powder
$30 0.7 oz $42.86/oz
Cinema Secrets
Ultralucent Setting Powder
$29 0.67 oz $43.28/oz
Mineral Loose Powder
$47 1.06 oz $44.34/oz
Paul & Joe
Loose Face Powder Refill
$36 0.81 oz $44.44/oz
L.A. Girl
Pro.Powder HD Setting Powder
$7.99 0.17 oz $47/oz
Laura Mercier
Translucent Loose Setting Powder
$47 1 oz $47/oz
Joe Fresh
Loose Powder
$10 0.2 oz $50/oz
CC Powder
$20 0.39 oz $51.28/oz
Mineral Loose Powder
$12.99 0.25 oz $51.96/oz
T. LeClerc
Loose Powder
$46.95 0.88 oz $53.35/oz
Yves Rocher
Couleurs Nature Light & Luminous Loose Powder
$30 0.53 oz $56.60/oz
Kat Von D
Lock-It Setting Powder
$38 0.67 oz $56.72/oz
Fixing Powder Box
$20 0.35 oz $57.14/oz
Studio Finishing Powder
$12 0.21 oz $57.14/oz
La Prairie
Cellular Treatment Loose Powder
$130 2.2 oz $59.09/oz
Studio Finishing Powder
$60 1 oz $60/oz
Black Up
Loose Powder
$43.80 0.70 oz $62.57/oz
Shu Uemura
Lightbulb Glowing Face Powder
$45 0.71 oz $63.38/oz
Shu Uemura
Matte Face Powder
$46 0.71 oz $64.79/oz
Translucent Loose Powder
$43 0.63 oz $68.25/oz
Mineral Rice Setting Powder
$25 0.35 oz $71.43/oz
All and Nothing Sheer Finishing Powder
$35 0.49 oz $71.43/oz
Natasha Denona
Invisible HD Face Powder
$49 0.63 oz $77.78/oz
Smoothing Translucent Setting Powder
$20 0.24 oz $83.33/oz
Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder
$27 0.32 oz $84.38/oz
Mineral Veil
$27 0.3 oz $90/oz
Translucence Silky Loose Powder
$47 0.5 oz $94/oz
Second To None Semi-Loose Powder
$20 0.211 oz $94.79/oz
Clé de Peau
Translucent Loose Powder Refill
$95 1 oz $95/oz
Blot Powder / Loose
$27 0.28 oz $96.43/oz
Studio Fix Perfecting Powder
$27 0.28 oz $96.43/oz
Make Up For Ever
Super Matte Loose Powder
$37 0.35 oz $105.71/oz
Pure Anada
Loose Mineral Glow Finishing Powder
$12 0.11 oz $109.09/oz
Flash Effect Loose Powder
$24 0.21 oz $114.29/oz
Rainforest of the Sea Filtered Light Setting Powder
$41 0.35 oz $117.14/oz
Poudre Première Mat & Translucent-Finish Loose Powder
$66 0.56 oz $117.86/oz
Estée Lauder
Re-Nutriv Intensive Smoothing Powder
$75 0.63 oz $119.05/oz
Yves Saint Laurent
Souffle d’Éclat
$62 0.52 oz $119.23/oz
Cover FX
Perfect Setting Powder
$42 0.35 oz $120/oz
Diorskin Nude Air Glow Loose Powder
$68 0.56 oz $121.43/oz
IT Cosmetics
Airbrush Illuminating Powder
$29 0.23 oz $126.09/oz
Giorgio Armani
Micro-Fil Loose Powder
$68 0.53 oz $128.30/oz
Brightening Setting Face Powder
$27 0.21 oz $128.57/oz
Cosmic Face Setting Powder
$36 0.28 oz $128.57/oz
Soft Light Blurring Setting Powder
$46 0.35 oz $131.43/oz
Estée Lauder
Perfecting Loose Powder
$46 0.35 oz $131.43/oz
Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder
$46 0.35 oz $131.43/oz
Soft Velvet Loose Powder
$46 0.35 oz $131.43/oz
“Un” Powder
$42.50 0.32 oz $132.81/oz
Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder
$41 0.30 oz $136.67/oz
Soft Focus Finishing Powder
$44 0.32 oz $137.50/oz
Make Up For Ever
Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder
$44 0.29 oz $151.72/oz
Jay Manuel
Luxe Loose Filter Powder
$40 0.25 oz $160/oz
Juice Beauty
PHYTO-PIGMENTS Light-Diffusing Dust
$40 0.25 oz $160/oz
Juice Beauty
PHYTO-PIGMENTS Flawless Finishing Powder
$40 0.25 oz $160/oz
Too Cool for School
Dinoplatz Loose & Silly Powder
$45 0.27 oz $166.67/oz
Future Solution LX Total Radiance Loose Powder
$75 0.35 oz $214.29/oz
Diorskin Forever & Ever Control Loose Powder
$66 0.3 oz $220/oz
Bobbi Brown
Sheer Finish Loose Powder
$47 0.21 oz $223.81/oz
Phyto-Poudre Libre Loose Powder
$115 0.42 oz $273.81/oz
Bobbi Brown
Retouching Powder
$44 0.16 oz $275/oz
Anna Sui
Loose Face Powder Refill
$34 0.1 oz $340/oz
Poudre Haute Protection Naturelle Refill
$43 0.11 oz $390.91/oz
La Mer
The Powder
$120 0.28 oz $428.57/oz
Diaphane Loose Powder Cartridge
$22 0.05 oz $440/oz
Kevyn Aucoin
The Gossamer Loose Setting Powder
$86 0.11 oz $781.82/oz

Yes, I got carried away. But hey, look how economical Laura Mercier seems! And holy crap, L.A. Girl.

Marcelle Translucent Loose Powder Review

Back to the Marcelle powder! Despite its very, very low cost, it remains a perfectly good and serviceable finishing powder. It is finely milled and has a silky feel.

Marcelle Loose Powder in Translucent

My skin is naturally dry, though it does get a bit oily throughout a hot day. This powder does well to keep my foundation looking even and not oily.

From Marcelle:

This loose powder is the perfect tool for setting your makeup or for making those little touch-ups during the day. Its texture ensures beautifully matte skin while micronized talc absorbs excess oil for extra-long-wearing comfort, giving you a perfectly evened-out skin tone. Its soft powdery texture leaves your skin feeling silky smooth.

Apply directly over skin for a natural look or over your foundation for long-lasting makeup.

Hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. Ideal for all skin types.

It actually comes in two shades: Translucent and Translucent Medium. Mine is the plain Translucent.

Translucent isn’t actually very translucent, though. It definitely has a bit of color to it, which is noticeable on the face. Unfortunately for me, it’s a pinkish-beige tint, so I prefer using this over too-yellow foundations to neutralize them a bit more.

If you’re not keen on talc and/or parabens, or a pinkish tint, this powder isn’t for you. Otherwise, I feel it’s a really good powder for the price. It is also perfume-free, which is a nice bonus for many.

Marcelle Loose Powder in Translucent

I’d say I’m probably not going to repurchase it due to the pinkness, but I really have no idea how long this tub is going to last me. I use it almost every day, it’s been two years, and it’s showing no signs of emptying.

Here’s the label on the bottom of my tub. Apologies for the grossness; it has been sitting on my bathroom counter for over two years, and my husband is like Shamu in the mornings. (Those are my legs at the bottom of the pic! I took it at my desk. Hahaha!)

Marcelle Loose Powder in Translucent


paraffinum liquidum/mineral oil/huile minérale
imidazolidinyl urea

iron oxides


Marcelle Loose Powder in Translucent contains 2.4 oz / 70 g and retails for CA$14.99–15.95. The company is cruelty-free. Most of Marcelle’s products are also vegan, including this powder.

Marcelle personal products were introduced in 1874 by Chicago, USA-based C.W. Beggs Sons & Co. Their Face Powder was first sold in 1919. In 1933, Dr. Phil Blazer purchased the brand, entered Marcelle into the Canadian market in 1949, and sold the brand to Borden Co. in 1957. Finally, in 1973, the brand was sold to Professional Pharmaceutical Corp. in Montréal, Canada, where Groupe Marcelle remains headquartered today.

🇨🇦Made in Canada
🇨🇦Company based in Canada

5 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday! Marcelle — Face Powder (Translucent) Review, Plus a Massive Loose Powder Cost Comparison Chart

  1. I love a good face powder so I’ll definitely have to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing! I’m looking forward to your future posts.
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  2. 70 grams?!! I’ve never come across any powder this large unless it’s for theatrical use in which they are putting it on the body as well as using it on many performers.
    You’ll be using this until 2027! 😆
    OMG, your chart is making me swoon… ❤ 85 row table?
    So deceptive that LA Girl and Laura Mercier are the same per oz price! I shall get the Laura Mercier pronto!

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    • Haha, I thought you might appreciate the table 😉

      And yes, the Marcelle tub is enormous. If you’re in the drugstore, just look in the Marcele section for something that looks like body butter. 😂

      I know, the LA Girl is so $$$. I’m thinking MAC, Bourjois, Clinique, LM, and even Chanel are looking reasonable! I have my eye on that EA one with ceramide.


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