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Marcelle AC-Solution review

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

This post is dedicated to a product line that did wonder on the acne on my face. Accutane did help me tremendously since last year, but I do need some maintenance as time goes by.

My little story: I started using this 3-step regime when I was so fed up with some stubborn acne on my forehead. Within the first week, those spots were gone and I was so stoked. I did have my doubt at the beginning that any acne treatment product would work on me, because so many have failed already. I was so glad that I was wrong on this one. My skin was a lot calmer and has less breakouts.

Did I get you all curious? It's the Marcelle AC-Solutions. I was kindly sent the whole line to test out and for that, I am very greatful.

There are 4 AC Solution products, from L-R:
- Imperfection Corrector/ Blemish Control (0.18oz/ 5.8ml)
- Purifying Foaming Cleanser (5oz/ 150ml)
- Clarifying Lotion (6.7oz/ 200ml), and
- Oil-Free Moisturizing Regulating Lotion (1.75oz/ 50ml) with its original box.

Lovely white and blue colour theme packaging.

I am using the whole line as my 3+1 steps of facial care routine, so I am going to review them in that order. First off is the AC-Solution Purifying Foaming Cleanser.

It foams very well coming out of the pump and not runny. It is quite strong, so I only use it once at night instead of twice a day as suggested. It washes off my makeup well and leaves my skin squeaky clean.

I personally don't like how this product has a scent, but it's very mild and fades quickly. And if it works, scent is a very minor issue.

Main ingredients: Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Salicylic Acid, etc.

I follow up after washing with the AC-Solution Clarifying Lotion to make sure my face is clean, especially along the hair line and around my nose. Despite the name, it is a clear toner (hence no swatch). I could tell the cleanser does a great job seeing how little residue is left on the cotton pad I use with the toner. I don't have sensitive skin but do find the toner stings sometimes and it has the typical toner smell. I don't mind it though, as I have used stuff a lot worse than this (but didn't work).

Main ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat, Butylene Glycol, Clycereth-18 Ethylhexanoate, Glycolic Acid, Citric Acid, etc. It is a bit drying and requires step 3.

The AC-Solution Oil-Free Moisturizing Regulating Lotion acts as a moisturizer and mattifier at the same time. It keeps my face soft and hydrated and eliminates the shine. It doesn't have a scent, absorbs really quickly and does not leave any greasy feeling, so I can go on with makeup in the morning without having to wait.

Main ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat, Polyethylene, Butylene Glycol, Disiloxane, Polyamide-5, etc.

The only thing I complain about this product is the size. 50ml wouldn't last me long, as I do use it twice a day as suggested, unlike the first 2 products. It's the smallest among the 3 but I want to keep using them all together.

And for once in a blue moon when I spotted a new acne, I do the "+1 step" spot treatment with the AC-Solution Imperfection Corrector.

The applicator is a brush (like in some lipglosses), gentle on the face. The gel-like liquid is quite powerful though, mind you. 1 dab on the acne and it is a lot less red/ swollen the next morning. A few uses of it and the thing is gone. I still have to deal with dark spots that the acne leaves behind, but I'm glad the acne itself is gone quick. Maybe Marcelle could add scaring treatment product to this line? :-)

Main ingredients: Alcohol Denat, Water, Glycolic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Arginine, Salicylic Acid, etc.

I am aware of the fact that acne treatment products could work on someone and totally fail on someone else, or even work at certain time and doesn't at another time on the same person. This is just my experience with the line and why I love it. I know acne treatment is time consuming and very discouraging at times, trust me I've been there, for so many years. I found hope with this product line and I hope you can too, whatever products you are trying.


  1. I agree with you. A scar treatment (with Vit. E in it since it's so great for skin renewal/elasticity) would be a great addition to the line. ;)
    I went off the pill last year and since then my skin has been behaving terribly. I have more acne now than I did when I was i my 20's. It is hormonal in my case because I have some along my jaw line (which is hard to cover up).

    I am def. gonna look this up. The spot treatment is a must for me. Currently using a combination of Garnier, Noxema and Olay.

    Never in a million years would I have thought I would have to deal with wrinkles and acne together LOL

    Great review!

  2. Hey dude, have you given Vit E. oil a try? I get a bottle of a really high concentration, add it to one of my little sample bottles of face cream and I use it to target scars. So far it looks like it's worked on my face.

  3. Macbella, Perry: you both mentioned vit E, so I'll need to look into getting some :-) If Marcelle comes out with such a product, wouldn't it be awesome, lol

    Wrinkles and acne could totally live together, so no surprise hun :-)

  4. Hey Halifax! I was lucky enough to win the whole line, but I haven't tried any of those products yet, as I want to finish the ones I'm currently using first. But I'm sure those products will be too harsh on my dry face -_- I'm all curious about the AC-Solution Imperfection Corrector, though! As soon as I finish my Garnier Anti-Spot Treatment Pen (or something like that), I will try this thing.

    Thanks for the review!

  5. Gaby, this is a treatment line, so only use it when you need to. I love the spot treatment, hope in a tube kinda thing for me :-) Try it out and let me know how it works for ya

  6. I used AC-Solution Imperfection Corrector.and it was the only thing that worked, EVER, and I've tried lots. Only now I can't seem to find anywhere, and even on the Marcelle site it's not available. Did it get discontinued? :(

    1. Yes the line has been discontinued, unfortunately. The only chance to find it is Marcelle/ Annabelle warehouse sale

  7. Thank you very much for your reply :) The last sale was November 1st-4th last year... Is there a way to find out how often these sales happen? Why do people always have to mess with a good thing :/

  8. Marcelle tweets/ FBs/ blogs about their warehouse sales constantly, so if you follow them on there, you'll know when their next sale is :) Example link to their blog posts:

  9. It seems to happen in November (for the fall sale) and April (spring sale), so I'll keep an eye out for it. I also wrote them an email, AND left a note on FB lol, hopefully I'll get some good news ;) Thank you so much for all the help :)

    1. Latest words from Marcelle is that the line has been completely sold out at previous sales, so they don't have any more. Sorry for raising your hope up :(