MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 with Radiance Booster Swatches & Review

MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 with Radiance Booster review

MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 with Radiance Booster

MAC released a new line of tinted creams as part of their Lightful C collection earlier this spring. This specific line of complexion creams not only has what MAC refers to as a "Radiance Booster" along with vitamin C, but according to MAC it offers SPF 30 and is meant to help control oil, reduce the appearance of imperfections and offer color-correcting properties. 

They come in a variety of 9 shades ranging from Extra Light to Dark Deep. I received 3 of those shades to share with you!

MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 with Radiance Booster Swatches - Light Plus, Medium Plus, Dark

These swatches were applied to clean, bare skin.

mac lightful c tinted cream swatches light plus, medium plus, dark
L to R - Light Plus, Medium Plus, Dark

Light Plus - light-medium beige with peach undertone

Medium Plus - medium with warm undertone

Dark - milk chocolate brown (yellow undertone)

MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 with Radiance Booster Review

Product Type - complexion cream with beneficial skin ingredients (according to MAC)
Shades - see above
Finish - demi-matte; not matte, slightly dewy. Natural and healthy-skin looking.
On the Skin - light to medium coverage; thicker consistency than lotion, but not super heavy; sets moderately fast
Price - $35 (1.3 fl oz)
Where to Buy - MAC/
Final Thoughts - When I first saw the word "tinted" in the name of this product and noticed it was categorized under "moisturizers" on MAC's site, I immediately assumed it was a tinted moisturizer. It's definitely not a thin tinted moisturizer, but rather an emollient, creamy foundation. I found the undertones of the three shades I swatched to be fairly warm, which may be great for those with warmer complexions, but too warm for those with cooler complexions. However, to my eye judging by the swatches online, Medium Deep and Dark Plus may be a bit more neutral. The coverage was pretty surprising with these as they could be built up to more moderate coverage. Keep in mind, if you apply these lightly for lighter coverage you'll likely not have the full SPF 30 protection offered. I want to note that they set somewhat quickly, so you'll want to work moderately quickly to ensure coverage is even and any edges are buffed out.

I'm fairly intrigued by these foundations. I do wish that there were a cool and a neutral medium shade for those of us that don't have warmer complexions. Overall, the consistency was smooth (slightly thick), the coverage was more than I expected and the finish was nice.

Note: I never personally recommend substituting the use of foundation with SPF for the use of a separate sun screen product layered under foundation.

Have you tried any of these? Have you tried other products from MAC's Lightful C line? I'm interested to check out some of the other Lightful C skincare products as I've heard some are really great.

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions are my own.

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