Lightful Softening Lotion

by M.A.C.  Lightful
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$32 - 5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Toners > Toners
Last Updated:
3/28/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Lightful Softening Lotion is an excellent toner for all skin types, particularly normal to dry skin. Its formula contains an impressive mix of antioxidants, repairing ingredients, and soothing agents designed to calm redness and reinforce skin’s healthy barrier function. Along with any of the toners from Paula’s Choice, this is a rare example of what a well formulated toner should contain! The amount of vitamin C (ascorbyl glucoside) in this toner may help improve skin discolorations, but ideally you’ll want to pair it with other products (including a sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater) that also contain ingredients that fight discolorations.

Infused with the active high power impact of our Marine-Bright complex, this softening lotion conditions the skin for a smoother, more radiant look and feel. Impact increases over time.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Polysorbate-20, Yeast Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Extract, Porphyra Yezoensis Extract, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Algae Extract, Caffeine, Arginine, Tourmaline, Phospholipids , Silk Powder, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Magnesium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Jojoba Wax PEG-120, Esters, Potassium Phosphate, Potassium Nitrate, Potassium Hydroxide, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Sulfate, Disodium EDTA, Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 5

When it comes to skin care you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!

Note:M.A.C. is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although M.A.C. does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about M.A.C., owned by Estee Lauder, call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

M.A.C. Makeup

What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Also, most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes. It is typically a pleasure to shop this line, though we wish the tester units (especially for blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick) were arranged by formula and finish rather than by color.

M.A.C.'s salespeople are sometimes trained as makeup artists, too, though being part of the Estee Lauder corporation means they have pressure to meet sales quotas (and no gifts-with-purchase to serve as an enticement). For this reason, you may prefer shopping at one of M.A.C.'s freestanding or Pro stores. The sales pressure is all but absent, the staff tends to be true makeup artists rather than only salespeople, and the stores routinely offer makeup how-to classes, which are both fun and informative.

M.A.C. has launched several state-of-the-art products since the previous edition of this book. The prime additions are several improved foundations and concealers, superior loose and pressed powders, a couple of mascaras that compete nicely with those from lash-enhancing leader Lancome, buttery-smooth powder blushes, and the very popular (and deservedly so) Pro Longwear Lipcolour. Couple this with their long-standing products that have always performed well and offered neutral shades (Studio Fix, anyone?) and M.A.C. is a force to be reckoned with in the world of department-store makeup. The only disappointment of note is that several of their liquid foundations with sunscreen still lack sufficient UVA protection. Why is it that Lauder-owned Clinique and Prescriptives continually get this critical step right, while Lauder's namesake line, Bobbi Brown, and M.A.C. tend to falter? It's especially upsetting in M.A.C.'s case because the affected foundations otherwise have exemplary textures and a vast palette of neutral shades for fair to dark skin tones. Other than this important point, you really can't go wrong shopping this line, whether you're new to the world of makeup or a seasoned pro.

Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.

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  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

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  1. Katie W.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    My new favorite product
    • I adore this product and can't say enough good things about it. My skin texture is so nice and smooth and soft after just a few weeks of using this. It looks bright and clear and more youthful. I know some members have commented on the scent but I think I am just not sensitive to whatever it is that smells because I can't detect much of a scent at all. It does leave a thin layer/film on my skin but it's not at all uncomfortable and I haven't found it to be astringent at all. I do have oily skin.

  2. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    In Love...
    • I have VERY sensitive skin. Most toners irritate my skin becuase of the alcohol (I am guessing). Since purchaseing this product, I have had NO issues whatsoever. I LOVE this toner!!! My skin feels great after using it...

  3. RH
    Reviewed on Friday, April 04, 2014
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    not for sensitive skin
    • The fragrance is really strong and lingers a really long time. I had to wash it off. Before I washed it off, it felt like an old-school astringent. Left my skin feeling very tight and dry. But I have sensitive, dry skin. Test in the store before you buy. Its not a bad price for the quantity, though.

  4. Sonya G
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 01, 2014
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    Godd toner
    • I give 3 stars only because the fragrance is really strong on this toner!!! Is like a parfum.I like it but with out this i will give a 4 stars...oh and is expencieve(31 euros for 150ml)

  5. wc
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 01, 2014
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    Strong fragrance, not for sensitive skin.
    • This is a good product. Great for hydrating and cleansing. It leaves your skin soft and dewy. However, there are two drawbacks: 1) the fragrance is really strong on this toner and It tends to linger for awhile. 2) toner leaves a tacky finish, it does not sink into the skin well. I personally don't think this is suitable for sensitive skin due to the strong fragrance. This may be good for those with normal to combination skin. Also, it's pricey for a toner. Would recommend, but not for me.

  6. Maria r
    Reviewed on Saturday, July 06, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    The best toner ever
    • Oh my goodness, this is the best toner i have ever tried. It leaves my skin so moisturized. I love it. Thank you Paula's team for doing what you do. I love you guys <3

  7. L. Scott
    Reviewed on Friday, June 07, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Love this toner!
    • I really love this toner! It works great and seems very moisturizing on the skin. I use it in the am & pm and it has really helped my skin tone. Highly recommended!!!!

  8. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 02, 2013
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    NOT AVAILABLE IN UK
    • Is this product still being sold in the US? It isn't in the UK any more....

    Paula's Choice Research Team Response
    Replied on: Monday, June 03, 2013

    Hi, and thanks for your comments! At last check, Lightful Softening Lotion is still available in both the U.S. and Canada.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  9. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, March 23, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Softer, even toned skin
    • I decided to give this a try after reading the review on Beautypedia and have been pleased with it enough to repurchase. It's light, non-drying and the ingredients are a plus. I have seen improvement in my complexion (more even toned) when used in conjunction with my overall regime. It's expensive though, as with other departmental brands, but I take comfort that a bottle lasts me 4-5 months, my skin loves it and it contributes to my Back 2 Mac collection.

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Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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