MAC Lightful C 2-in-1 Tint and Serum with Radiance Booster ($60) is probably one of my very favorite serum slash fluid foundation products of the moment. Yes, I said slash! That’s because MAC brings together a lightweight serum along with a tinted fluid moisturizer to treat skin and give it a perfectly flawless appearance!
For me MAC Lightful C 2-in-1 Tint and Serum with Radiance Booster is innovation at its best.
MAC Lightful C 2-in-1 Tint and Serum with Radiance Booster comes housed in a dual chamber bottle. I find this intriguing, innovative, fun, and also a little irritating. Each “bottle” holds 1 oz of product so the bottom base of the bottle unscrews to reveal a tinted serum where as the upper bottle has a pump and it contains the regular serum. I know, slightly confusing. But basically one bottle can be unscrewed into two bottles each of which holds a serum.
The dual chamber bottle is innovative, it’s also kinda fun and easy to store or travel with. But can be a little irritating at times too since I store my makeup separately from my skincare. I consider the fluid tinted serum more of a tinted moisturizer/foundation product and I’d rather it be stored with my other foundation products. But due to the packaging it’s an either/or sitation where you’re either storing it with your skincare or storing it with your makeup. Of course, MAC was smart enough to include a cap for the tinted serum so you can separate the two products if you wish. I did struggle slightly getting the tinted serum out of the bottle as I had to tip it and kinda shake it out although the regular serum does have a pump so no issues with that!
Both formulas target a good deal of skin concerns such as dark spots and uneven skin tone. The serum targets dark spots and lightens them with a brightening Vitamin C formula that evens out skin tone while providing moisture. Over time, skin is bright and more radiant while dark spots are faded out. Vitamin C is notoriously difficult to keep stable but this packaging is sealed quite well so it should remain staple. Other ingredients include cucumber and apple extract to sooth, soften, and nourish your complexion.
The tinted serum or fluid tinted moisturizer is available in five shade selections. I was recommended Medium and it fits my skin perfectly. This is a very thin, lightweight fluid that’s reminiscent of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. It falls more into the category of tinted moisturizer rather than foundation though since it is quite sheer and provides very little coverage. I’m happy with it though as I like light, barely there skin-like coverage and this is exactly what it provides. The tint brightens up skin tone, evens it out, and creates a beautifully smooth, natural look on skin. Although dubbed “tinted serum” it doesn’t feel greasy like many serum foundations I’ve tried in the past. It has a soft, smooth set that has a light hydrating feel. It’s creamy but runs very thin and fluid-like. It wears a shorter time so you might want to set with a little powder to extend the two to three hour wear time.
Both the serum and the tinted serum contain an impressive amount of antioxidants, soothing ingredients, and brightening ones. With extended use you have a fairly good chance of evening, brightening up, and fading minor dark spots on your face for a more radiant complexion. It does have a fresh subtle fragrance so just a little warning for sensitive users.
All in all I’m very happy I purchased this. At $60 it was a little expensive but I don’t regret the purchase in the least and I can easily see the tinted serum becoming a daily staple for me. I’m unsure if MAC plans to add MAC Lightful C 2-in-1 Tint and Serum with Radiance Booster to their permanent Lightful Skincare Collection. I’m hoping they do as it combines two fantastic products in one. Honestly, MAC should consider releasing both as individual products though as I’d completely be on board buying a full size of the tinted serum. However, I would hope for slightly better packaging as a pump would make distributing the fluid a little easier!
This is an excellent way to get lightweight, skin evening coverage plus allows you to treat skin and work yourself to a more flawless, radiant complexion over time!
MAC Lightful C 2-in-1 Tint and Serum with Radiance Booster is available at your fav MAC counter or online at nordstrom.com.
It comes with a big Muse Approval!