MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Cleanser Review

MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Cleanser Review

This is the second product that I have used from MAC’s Lightful Marine Bright range.  After trying the MAC Bright Formula Moisture Creme, I wanted to try the entire change.  I always say that – but truly, MAC skin care needs my attention 😛 Reviewing today – MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Cleanser for all of you.

MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Cleanser

Product Details:

With our Marine-Bright complex and Super-Duo Charged water now contributing to its impact, this foaming mousse-style cleanser intensifies the overall benefits to your skin. Actively cleanses, rebalances, refreshes, hydrates and brightens the skin.


Rs. 1850 for 100 ml.

MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Cleanser


MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Cleanser

My Take on MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Cleanser:

Talking about the packaging first – the foaming cleanser comes in a shiny and attractive tube and outer packaging.  It’s all shine and glitz.  Checking out the ingredients list, I saw that this product has a lot of fruit and root extracts.  There’s mulberry, gentian root, algae, cucumber, grape, along with caffeine and glycerin.  It feels good to use a cleanser with so many wonderful ingredients.  I couldn’t see any parabens, so that’s definitely a plus point.  Talking about the fragrance, it’s a nice and pleasant fragrance which does not bother much, I kind of like it, but people who like fragrance-free skin care would have a problem.

MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Cleanser

This one is a foaming cleanser which feels thick and creamy in consistency and produces a good amount of lather when you use it with water.  Believe me, you only need a pea-sized or a bit more amount for the entire face and neck and it’s just enough to get a thoroughly cleansed face.  The cleanser spreads easily on to the face and quickly works up a lather.  There’s no stinging or any such effect.  With most of the cleansers/face washes, I have a hard time rinsing them off, but this one quickly washes off.  After rinsing, my skin feels fresh and completely clean.  Also, the cleanser does not leave any layer 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.  Foaming cleansers and face washes have always been my favorite and this one now tops that list.

MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Cleanser

I do not find even a single con with this cleanser except maybe that it’s not that successful in removing heavy makeup.  For example, it would not be able to thoroughly wipe off long-staying foundations.  You would definitely have to use a good makeup remover before coming to this cleanser.

MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Cleanser

For me, since I don’t wear long-staying makeup much, this one works like a charm.  In the humid weather of Calicut, I was reaching out more for this cleanser than anything else to get rid of the stickiness on my skin and to refresh my skin without the fear that it would dry out my skin.  Some foaming cleansers though give squeaky clean skin, they tend to make the skin stretchy, but no such issue with this one.

MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Cleanser

It does brighten up the skin tone, though the effect is temporary.  Your skin would feel bright like the way how fresh and clean skin feels after a good cleanup.  Plus, it soothes skin, I think it’s because of the caffeine.

MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Cleanser

Talking about its effect on whiteheads/blackheads, acne, etc., – since it’s not granular, it just cleans the skin thoroughly.  It has no effect on whiteheads or blackheads.  I have seen a reduction in acne breakouts though, they are much lesser with regular use of this cleanser.

I repeat, this is a “perfect” foaming cleanser – and for all skin types – for dry, sensitive, acne prone, normal, combination – everything.

MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Cleanser

The price I would say is a dampener but considering the ingredients and the way it works, the price is justified.  It’s a winner for me!

Pros of MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Cleanser:

  • Thoroughly cleanses skin leaving it squeaky clean.
  • Refreshes and soothes skin.
  • A creamy and foaming cleanser that’s not harsh on the skin.
  • Effectively cleans out dirt and grime from the face.
  • Does not leave any oily layer behind.
  • Does not dry out or make the skin stretchy.
  • Pleasant and lovely fragrance.
  • Impressive list of ingredients.
  • No parabens and no SLS.
  • Good for all skin types including sensitive, acne-prone, and dry types.

Cons of MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Cleanser:

  • Not very effective against long-staying makeup.

Would I Repurchase MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Cleanser?

Yes, it’s perfect!

Do I Recommend MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Cleanser?


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22 thoughts on “MAC Lightful Marine Bright Formula Cleanser Review

  1. And THAT sounds like a dream cleanser now *happy dance* *happy dance* but expensive *scared* how long do you think it will last Jomol? *scared* and btw, your pics are screaaaaming Kerala 😀 banana leaves! 😀

    1. Princy, it’s a 100 ml tube and using it twice a day, I think it would last up to 2 months. It’s expensive but a very good cleanser/face wash.

  2. Jomol *happy dance* you deserve a *puchhi* *puchhi* just for the pictures *happy dance* and you have totally turned me into a MAC skincare person *powder* I am totally enjoying the Moisture cream from the same range and i am going to try this next but my wallet screams of pain whenever i enter MAC *headbang* *hihi*

    1. Vaishanvi….thankooooooo *puchhi* *puchhi* *happy dance* *happy dance* *happy dance* *happy dance* I am so in love with MAC now

  3. Wow 5/5… U know what… Even I havent used any skincare from mac as well… And this is foaming yet non drying…purrrrrrfect!!!!! *puchhi* *puchhi* …..thank you for introducing such a grt product

    1. Arpita……it’s indeed a great product, does not dry out the skin at all, you know – it cleans without stripping off the moisture….you should check it out *puchhi*

    1. Mona…. *shy* *shy* *hihi* *hihi* I couldn’t find any good background for the pics, so picked up the banana leaf *preen*

  4. Have never tried Mac skin care range, you have tempted me enough to get the whole line, lovely review Jomol *jai ho* *jai ho*

    1. Jotsna…..I am want the essence next, they gave me the sample, but it was tooooooooooo little an amount – not enough for a single time use *nababana*

  5. The pictures are just more than amazing *woot* *woot* the cleanser looks even bright on that leaf *drool* *drool* bright formula sounds soo tempting *happy dance* *happy dance* i will surely try it out after i am done with my collection at home *hihi* *hihi*

  6. The tube looks huuuge. This does indeed look super foamy! 🙂 I haven’t anything yet from MAC’s skin care range.

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