MAC Lightful C Marine Bright Formula Cleanser review

Hi weirdos,
I hope you’re enjoying the long weekend. I’ve basically become a couch potato with my laptop, coffee, food and well WordPress. My new series is Legion, anyone watching it? It is based Marvels Comics character David Haller, it is mind blowing to say the least.
Anyway this post is a review of Mac Lightful C cleanser. You’re probably thinking who buys Mac Skincare? Mac is well known for their make up but never have I ever heard someone mention their skincare to me. I was lucky enough to get this from a friend.
So let’s get into it,

20170417_173021MAC Lightful C Marine Bright Formula Cleanser

Product description:
A thorough cleanser that rebalances, refreshes, hydrates and brightens skin. A deliciously refreshing, creamy and dense foam that gently yet thoroughly cleanses the skin. Enhanced with Marine-Bright Formula and Super-Duo Charged Water to intensify the overall benefits to your skin. Actively cleanses, rebalances, refreshes, hydrates and brightens skin without dehydrating. Rinses super-promptly leaving a pleasant, delicate Lightful signature fragrance.

Key Claims and benefits:

  • Balances skin
  • Removes long-wearing products
  • For all skin types, including sensitive skin
  • Provides radiance
  • Hydrating
  • Non-drying
  • Controls oil


  • Wet skin and lather up a small amount of product with damp hands.
  • Massage all over face with gentle circular movements.
  • Rinse well with water.

The tube is packed with 100 ml / 3.4 US fl oz. It comes in a white squeeze tube with silver lines across it which has an iridescent design that reflects neon colours. It is just gorgeous. The prettiest packaging I have had for a cleanser.
$28 on I did see the range in the local Mac store, it retails for around R750.
WaterAquaEAU, Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Behenic Acid, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Plamatic Acid, Potassiam Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, Stearic Acid, Tourmaline, Silk PowderSericaPoudre de soie, Caffeine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed butter, Cucumis Sativus(Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Morus Nigra(Mulberry) Root Extract, Pyrus Malus(Apple) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera(Grape) Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Sea whip extract, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Extract, Porphyra  Yezoensis (Algae) Extract, Trehalose, Sodium PCA, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Urea, Sucrose, Butylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-51, PEG-3 Distearate, Fragrance(Parfum), Trisodium Edta, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Vitamin C.

  • Caffeine -stimulates and perks up skin
  • Tourmaline – energizes skin and gives radiance
  • Silk Powder – protect skin’s natural moisture
  • Cucumber – reduces swelling and puffiness
  • Mulberry Root – whitening
  • Apple, Grape – Antioxidant
  • Aria – firming peptide
  • Palmaria – seaweed that tones skin
  • Sea Whip – calms skin
  • Rice Bran – deep moisturization
  • Gentian Root – anti-aging
  • Algae – skin lightening
  • Murumuru Seed Butter – youth enhancer
  • Scutellaria – skin restoring nutrient
  • Glycerin – attracts moisture
  • Vitamin C – Skin brightening, collagen production enhancing, tightening, antioxidants
  • Paraben and SLS-free!

My experience with the MAC Lightful C Marine Bright Formula Cleanser:
Well looking at the ingredients, you can see its full of root extracts and other good ingredients. There is a slight fragrance but I barely smell it. It is one good foaming cleanser which feels thick and creamy in consistency and produces a good amount of lather when you use it with water. Trust me when I say you only need less than a pea-sized amount to get a thoroughly cleansed face.

Less than pea-sized amount

After running hand under tap twice

The cleanser spreads easily on to the face and quickly works up a lather.  There’s no tingling or any such effect. It quickly washes off.  After rinsing, my skin feels fresh and completely clean. The cleanser does not leave a residue behind. It also does not make the skin overtly dry or stretchy.  You know, it’s exactly what you think your perfect face wash/cleanser should be like. It definitely tops my list of foaming cleaners/face washes.
I do not have any cons for this cleanser besides maybe that it cannot remove a full face of make up, I usually use a make up remover then use it. I usually have light make up on or no make up so this works perfectly for me.
I have used this for months now and even through summer I would use this cleanser most often it to get rid of stickiness on my face because it doesn’t dry out the skin or leave it strechy like other foaming cleansers.
It does brighten up your skin tone. With more regular use you can definitely see a difference in the appearance of your skin. I do not have acne or breakouts but I do sometimes get pimples on my chin when have been much less frequent to non-existent while using this. This is not granular like a scrub so it has no effect on blackheads/white heads. However it does clean the face thoroughly and soothe the skin.

Overall thoughts:
Considering that I have had this since November last year and it seems to still be seventy percent full, it will last me this whole year if not longer. It expires in 24 months. This shows you that such a little of it goes such a long way. I think for the price point it is worth it. In my opinion, this is a “perfect” foaming cleanser and for all skin types for dry, sensitive, acne prone, normal, combination – everything. For reference I am combination with a slightly oily T-zone. I rate this 10/10. I cannot find one thing to criticize about it.
Here is a pic the beginning of 7th February and 6th April to show the difference in appearance of my skin. No make up on besides lipstick in the April pic.

I use this in conjunction with the Mac Lightful C moisturiser which I will review soonest.
I hope you liked this review please comment if you have any questions.

Love the skin you’re in <3

Your alien,

Miss Dhanusha  

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Shamiela

    They even have a fragrance out that I never knew about

  2. TERRI

    Great review. Mac skincare is the best but so expensive.

    1. missdhanusha

      I totally agree! It does last a long time though. Especially if you alternate with another brand.

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