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Lightful Essence
Rating
1 fl. oz. for $42
Category:Skin Care > Serums
Last Updated:12.30.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Lightful Essence is a good vitamin C serum whose form of vitamin C (ascorbyl glucoside) has a decent amount of research pertaining to its ability to improve brown discolorations. Other forms of vitamin C have more research behind them, but this serum also contains a great range of antioxidants and other ingredients all skin types need to look and act younger. The texture of this serum is fluid and its finish can feel a bit tacky, so it’s best used at night rather than under makeup during the day. The lack of cell-communicating ingredients and inclusion of fragrance kept this form earning our top rating, but it’s still worth considering and the price isn’t too out of line for what you get.

Claims

With the addition of Marine-Bright complex and Super-Duo Charged Water to its formula, this lightweight serum now acts more powerfully to moisten, condition and plump skin for a smoother, more radiant look and feel. Impact increases over time.

Ingredients

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Caffeine, Tocopherol, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Porphyra Yezoensis (Algae) Extract, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Algae Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Extract, Silk Powder, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Tourmaline, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate , Phenyl Trimethicone, Magnesium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate, Potassium Hydroxide, Calcium Chloride,Sodium Sulfate, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Benzoate

Brand Overview

M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance

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. Cosmetics 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. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.

When it comes to skincare 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!

M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.

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.

Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.

Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.

For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

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