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
After Lightful C Tinted Cream
I’ve been using this off and on now for about a week and a half, which I know isn’t enough time to assess the skin care benefits, and that’s the thing about products like these — makeup that combines skin-care benefits. Sometimes it takes months to see any difference either way, and in that time I’ve moved on to other things, so I honestly temper my expectations when it comes to makeup that promises skin care benefits. For the most part, I leave that kind of skin care heavy lifting to my dedicated skin care products like Skinceuticals C+E Ferulic.
But I think that if minor dark spots are a concern of yours, this could be an easy way to incorporate something that claims it could help into your daily rotation.
Did I mention that it’s sheer?
I should stress one more time just how sheer the coverage is, and because of that, this may not be for everyone. I mean, it’s so sheer that I can alternate between Medium Plus and Medium Deep on my NC 42 skin, so if you’re looking for a tinted moisturizer but need a higher level of coverage, check out NARS Pure Radiant instead. It makes similar claims about improving the natural radiance of your skin over time and has a more dewy finish than Lightful C, so if you want a matte look, you’ll have to set it with a powder, but in terms of coverage, it’s naturally closer to medium.
I do think that MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 is an absolutely delightful sheer tinted moisturizer, and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for natural-looking, “I just woke up like dis” skin.
PRICE: $35 for a 1.3-oz. tube
AVAILABILITY: Available now in the MAC permanent line in nine shades at MAC counters, stores and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,