MAC Lightful Ultracharge Foundation Review

July 23, 2011

I am probably not a big fan of MAC makeup…there are only a handful of MAC products that I love and will always repurchase them. One of them is the MAC Lightful Ultracharge Foundation SPF 25 Compact. Unfortunately it is an Asia exclusive product as this line is designed for brightening the complexion -  since fair skin is high in demand in Asia.

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This is the third time I have purchased this – I always re-stock them whenever I get to go overseas. The packaging is much better than the normal MAC products – it comes with an ivory white lacquered finish case that feels sturdy and weighty. It includes a mirror and has two compartments allowing you to store the product and the sponge seperately.

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It can be used as a foundation alone or as a powder. The powder is so finely milled and silky smooth and the texture reminded me of the finest velvet. The coverage is sheer to medium so I mainly use it for retouching my makeup throughout the day. It blends into my skin perfectly without looking powdery and cakey. On the oily t-zone, this powder doesn’t look blotchy and absorbs the oil.

Applied MAC Lightful Ultracharge powder on top of Becca Luminous skin finish which is a very sheer foundation that has no coverage. As  you can see, it looks very natural (doesn’t enhance any dry patches and fine lines) whilst offering a nice coverage and covers the pores.

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A closer shot – there is no trace of powder on the cheek area.  However it tends to collect around the edge of the nose, which is the case with any powder foundation.

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On the left side of my face, I applied MAC Lightful Ultracharge Powder as a foundation on bare skin using the sponge applicator. The finish is pretty much identical to the above, except that it slightly enhances the dry skin around the nose.

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Bottom Line: I love it for retouching my makeup, not as a foundation. Compared with some other compact powders that are on the higher end such as La Mer, La Prairie, Guerlain and Chanel that I have used, this one works the best on my skin type for a natural finish and good value for money. The SPF25 is an added bonus!

Some of you may ask how does this one compare to MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural? Size wise, the MAC Lightful contains 14 grams of product and the Skinfinish contains 10 grams. The texture of MAC Lightful is more finely milled hence it feels much more smoother and looks finer on the skin than the Mineralize Skinfinish. They both last about 5-6 hours on me.

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In terms of shades, I am MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in light, and MAC Lightful in NC 20. They appear quite differently in the pan but once blended out on the skin they are both translucent.

mac-lightful-ultracharge-foundation-mineralise-skinfinish-natural-swatchesThe MAC Lightful has a yellow base to it which I believe would suit people with a warm skin tone better.

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MAC Lightful retails for around $50 in Australia. I bought mine at the Sydney Galleria Duty Free Shop which is the only shop in Sydney that stocks High End Asia exclusive products.

That’s all! Hope you all have a good weekend :-)

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Natty July 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Wow, very cool hearing about this product. I haven’t heard of it prior (probably because it’s an Asia exclusive). It sounds like a great product and it looks really natural and flawless on your skin. You have amazing skin btw, you have no visible pores! =-o

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Reika July 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Hi Natty it’s a pity that there are a lot of amazing Asia exclusive products aren’t available in the western countries..
Haha I do have visible pores, that is why I mentioned this powder covers the pores well :-P

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Makeup Diary July 23, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Wowww! I wish they sold it here. I’m Asian and love brightening products as well. Too bad my other Americans are so into tanning.

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Reika July 24, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I used to be so into tanning as well until my skin got severely sun burnt…:-P Now I’m obsessed with brightening.:-)

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TNA July 24, 2011 at 4:03 am

I love the MAC MSF but I never try on the MAC Lightful Ultracharge. Last week I got the sample of it I think I have to try it on!!

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Reika July 24, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Oh that’s good to hear! It’s impossible to get MAC samples here..
I hope you will like it as much as I do :-)

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onlyfr33b33 July 24, 2011 at 5:02 am

I feel that these big makeup brands make much better quality makeup in Asia. Maybe because so many Asian women will shell out the big bucks for products? Or there is more competition? Regardless, I don’t usually like MAC either…I don’t think their makeup is that creative or high quality in general. Too easily duped.

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Reika July 24, 2011 at 3:00 pm

A bit of both I guess, most Asians that I know are only into high end brands. And there are so many more brands available in Asia which can get very competitve.
Me too.. I am just bored of the waves of new collections coming from MAC every month!

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Tina July 25, 2011 at 8:40 am

Could you please tell me how to get your skin ?? It looks almost flawless, i don’t see any facial hair or pores !!! Do u have any trick of getting rid of facial hair ?? Thanks so much !

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Reika July 25, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Hi Tina, I am really flattered to hear that! Actually I am going to do a post on my overall skincare very soon as quite a few people have requested for it. So stay tuned :-)
Unfortunately I can’t help you with much for getting rid of facial hair..I naturally don’t have visible hairs on my face.

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Petrina July 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I shop at MAC @ KL during my annual trip but have never seen this! My sister just returned with the new Chanel Le Blanc Light Mastering Whitening Compact which is lovely! Much better than the Blanc Essentiel version (both has SPF 25). Now I want to try the MAC one too!! I love the white packaging for Asian exclusives, don’t you? Love ur blog – u review all the stuff I love (& interested in)!

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Reika July 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Hi Petrina you are so sweet and kind! Thanks for letting me know, I am very curious about the Chanel Le Blanc Whitening compact now :-) Will definitely check it out when I go to overseas next time.

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Jade July 29, 2011 at 8:58 am

Wow looks like a great product, I seem to be the only person that doesn’t own mac mineralize skinfinish hehe

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