Monday, January 11, 2010
MAC Lightful Skincare Review
MAC Cosmetics is mostly known for their cosmetic line of course. However, I had always been curious about their skincare line beyond MAC Cleansing Oil. A few months back, I started trying out the Lightful Skincare line. It includes the Lightful Foaming Creme Cleanser, Lightful Active Softening Lotion, Lightful Charged Essence, and Lightful Deep Ultramoisture Creme. The daytime moisturizer comes in two varieties: Lightful Protective Moisturizer SPF 30 and Lightful Hydro-Charged Moisturizer SPF 30. Both moisturizers are not shown on the MAC Canada site. I bought them on Ebay so I could try the full line out at once.
The Lightful Foaming Creme Cleanser ($29 CAD, 100mL, 3.4 fl oz) lathers up well into a rich foam with and without using a Clarisonic MIA. It rinses off nicely leaving my skin feeling clean. It doesn't feel dry, nor have a detectable residue. I was quite pleased with it when I used it without my Clarisonic MIA. As nice as the cleanser is, I don't believe it will be my go to cleanser once I'm done. I've used a few others that work just as well and at 1/3 the cost.
The Lightful Active Softening Lotion ($36 CAD, 150mL, 5 fl. oz. ) is a toner that leaves my skin feeling fresh and lightly hydrated. It removes traces of dirt and oil that may remain after cleansing. It was the first part of the Lightful line that I tried and truly loved. Unlike many other toners on the market, it doesn't feel like my skin is being stripped of oil, just fresh and balanced.
The Lightful Charged Essence ($48 CAD 30 mL, 1.0 fl oz) is a gel-like lotion. It is described as "Concentrated, lightweight, gel-like essence. Absorbed quickly into the skin. Helps it look and feel smoother, softer, brighter and more resilient." It leaves my skin feeling slightly moisturized. It is a bit expensive and I'm not clear as to whether it really makes my skin more resilient.
The Lightful Deep Ultra Moisture Creme ($46 CAD, 50 mL, 1.7 fl oz) is a gel-like cream moisturizer. It is a light fast absorbing moisturizer that leaves my skin feeling well moisturized yet not greasy. It is my absolute favorite item of the line. In 5 months of usage, I think I've only gotten through about 1/3 of the jar. I really didn't expect it to be so light and moisturizing since it is more of a night cream. My experience with night creams is that they can be greasy and make my skin feel heavy.
The Lightful Protective Moisturizer SPF 30 and Lightful Hydro-Charged Moisturizer SPF 30 are essentially the same thing. I didn't notice a big difference between the two when alternating from one to the other every other week. Much like the Deep Ultra Moisture Creme, they are fast absorbing, not greasy and leave my skin feeling well moisturized. My only issue is that is not available regularly, so I have to order it on Ebay. I like that it does have SPF so I don't have to use an extra sunscreen to protect my skin.
The Lightful Skincare Collection has been noted as a brightening skincare line with green tea, vitamin C, tuberose, red tourmaline and silk. To be honest, I'm not a big follower on skincare contents. All I really think of is whether or not it breaks my skin out, gets my skin oily or dry, and whether or not there is SPF in the moisturizer. Given my own criteria, the line does work well for me.
As for brightening, I'm a little unclear on that term. When I think of bright, I think of a big glowing light bulb. My skin doesn't seem to resemble that all. However in the last 5 months of use, I must say that my forehead has become lighter than it was in the summer when I first started using it. (However, this may be due to it being winter now and less sun exposure.) Overall, my skintone is more even, softer and balanced. While I haven't had any breakouts using this, I don't feel it does anything for my acne. I use an acne treatment gel to combat anything that comes up.
In the future, I will probably continue using the moisturizer, essence and softening lotion. The moisturizers are the stars of the line. I will use the essence since I'm hoping to does help the moisturizers work better. The softening lotion is one of the few toners I've really liked. I'm pleased with this line as a whole. I think it would be worth a shot for any MAC lover hoping for some skin softening and more even skintone.