New MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 tinted moisturizer ($35, available in nine shades)
You’ve got to “C” MAC’s new de-Lightful tinted moisturizer.
Get it…? C? As in “see”?
OK, that pun was bad. Sorry, but the product’s called Lightful C! Come on, you know I had to go there.
MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 With Radiance Booster: What’s it all about?
Yes, MAC has a new tinted cream/moisturizer. Officially, it’s called Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 With Radiance Booster and, um…could that name be any longer and more awkward? Maybe? Probably not.
Essentially, it’s a sheer coverage tinted moisturizer with skin care benefits. It’s designed to even out your skin tone without completely covering your natural skin color, which I think is really cool, and it does so while also blurring pores, controlling oil, protecting you from sun damage, and cranking up your natural radiance factor with a barely-there, subtle sheen.
It’s also supposed to reduce the appearance of dark spots over time. So, basically, it’s everything and the kitchen sink squeezed into a 1.3-oz. tube. Available in nine shades, including Extra light (a pale alabaster), Light (a pale ivory), Light Plus (a light beige), Medium (a warm beige), Medium Plus (a tan beige), Medium Deep (a caramel beige), Dark (a deep caramel), Dark Plus (a neutral tan beige) and Dark Deep (a rich golden bronze).
Ascorbyl glucoside power!
Lightful C Tinted Cream is the latest addition to MAC’s Lightful C product line, their skin care category dedicated to subtle brightening with the antioxidant power of “C,” as in vitamin C. It contains ascorbyl glucoside, a modified version of vitamin C that combines C with glucose, which supposedly makes it more stable in skin care formulas and cosmetic products, and it’s listed up high among the ingredients.
It’s always a bummer to me when the star compound is listed down at the bottom of the ingredients, so at least in this case, there’s presumably a significant amount of it in Lightful C Tinted Cream.
About vitamin C’s skin care benefits in general…
“It has been shown to increase collagen production (including dermal collagen, which is significant for wrinkle reduction), reduce the appearance of skin discolorations, strengthen skin’s barrier response, enhance skin’s repair process, reduce inflammation, and help skin better withstand exposure to sunlight, whether protected by sunscreen or not.”
‘Tis the season for sheerer coverage
I’m still madly in love my full-coverage foundations (see: Dior), but as summer approaches, I unconsciously transition to wearing sheerer coverage more, and Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF hits that spot. I like how it evens out my skin tone without covering everything up, so my skin still looks like mine, and not like someone/something else.
Also much appreciated…
- The slight pore-blurring effect
- How it doesn’t break up or settle into my fine lines as the day wears on
- How it’s so lightweight that I forget I’m wearing it sometimes
- How it layers well on its own, and with other products. I can build it up to to medium coverage when I wear it by itself, and where I need even more coverage, I’ll just spot blend a full-coverage foundation on top, and then dust powder on top of that.
- The faintly floral fragrance that, despite the formula containing SPF, doesn’t smell like sunscreen
- How it blends easily and doesn’t streak
- That it hasn’t triggered any breakouts (knocks on wood)
Before Lightful C Tinted Cream