Review–Marcelle Hydra-C


For the last few weeks, my eyes have been feeling really puffy in the mornings so I started looking into finding an eye roll-on stick with anti-puffing properties. I’ve been a fan of Marcelle ever since their BB Cream so I decided to try out the Marcelle Hydra-C Eye Roll-On for anti-puff and dark circles.

The key ingredient in these types of anti-puff products is caffeine because it acts as a vasoconstrictor aka it narrows your blood vessels. Puffiness is essentially inflammation so caffeine would certainly help. As someone who suffers from migraines this is why having a little bit of Coca Cola usually helps. The other factor that aids in de-puffing is the metallic rollerball because it’s cold. As we all know, being cold causes things to shrink :-)

The thing about this product that got my attention though was that there was vitamin C in it, but when you look at the list of ingredients, citric acid is actually the second to last ingredient, which makes me think that maybe vitamin C doesn’t have all that much to do with the efficacy of this product.

DSCF3721Product Info

  • for all skin types
  • hypoallergenic, paraben and perfume free
  • metallic rollerball applicator
  • consistency is a clear lightweight fluid
  • $22.99/15mL
Does it work? Well, the area under my eyes definitely felt better immediately after applying Hydra-C and I do like the fact that I can apply it on top of makeup without destroying it. It did not leave a residue on my skin at all most likely because of the alcohol content that evaporates soon after application. The packaging is also convenient allowing you to just tuck it away in your purse for quick pick-me ups throughout the day. I’m not sure if I could see a vast difference in terms of before and after, but the physical relief was welcomed! Maybe I need to wait until I’m really puffy, like after crying or something and then I’ll apply Hydra-C again!


  1. I didn't know that tip about Coca Cola and headaches! Good to know... I like how you analyze the ingredients too.. I do this in my food but rarely in my beauty products.


    1. It's funny, I suddenly felt like going all sciencey this morning while I was writing. You're right though, we tend to do this more with our food, but it's always interesting to know what our beauty products are doing to us!

  2. Hehe this seems like a helpful product. I'd love to hear if it helps after some major puffiness :)

    1. Now, that the Canucks have lost maybe the major puffiness situation will arise :-(