Pacifica Review: Skincare, Makeup & Fragrance

Hello friends! Today I bring you an overall review of Pacifica products. This is not exhaustive, but there’s a range of things that I’ve tried for a while now and would love to tell you what I think. Lets start with skincare first.DSCN1857

My Skin type: Combo normal to oily in the T-zone & sensitive. Prone to redness around cheeks, dryness along the hairline and enlarged pores.

Kale Detox Deep Cleaning Face Wash: This face wash says its best for oily and acne prone skin, which I have. I was initially drawn to the Kale claim because sometimes I’m a trendy hippie like that. The claims are that it removes makeup, cleanses and tones with coconut water, clay and super greens that have a powerhouse of antioxidants. I’ve used about half of it and I’ve decided to discontinue using it. I find it drys my skin out a little too much. It certainly removes makeup and makes my face feel very clean…but that tight squeaky clean that makes me immediately want to moisturize. Would not repurchase.

Seafoam Complete Face Wash (not pictured): Claims for this face wash are much the same as the one above only with coconut water and sea algae complex. I used this one up over the summer and would definitely repurchase. It smells lovely (which makes me excited to use it) and it much gentler on my skin. I find it was very hydrating in addition to doing its job as a gel based cleanser to remove dirt. It did not make my skin feel tight and stripped like the Kale Detox one does.

Instant Karma Facial Cleansing Oil: This stuff is awesome! I’ve recently gotten into Korean skincare and oil based cleansing is big as a fist step in cleansing the face. I love using this after removing my makeup to get rid of the buildup of sebum or other oily substances on my face and then go in with a gel based cleanser and my Clairisonic. Claims are to cleanse, remove makeup, nourish and love. It makes my skin feel moisturized and like I’m deeply removing excess oil on my oily skin without stripping it and having it backfire by producing even more oil that I’ve taken away. Great at removing makeup and the dropper style packaging helps distribute the oil in my hand sanitarily and controlled. Would repurchase, I have used all of it.

Skincarma Restorative Roll-On Face Oil: This oil I use as a last step top coat, if you will, to my nighttime skincare (in rotation with some other facial oils.) It has marigold and tiare oils. It’s a light enough oil that it skins in fast and is of a drier consistency so theres no greasy feel. I wish it came in a dropper packaging, however, because the roll on version doesn’t seem very hygienic. I would use it more often if it wasn’t a roll on form…but it does make it handy and leak proof for travel.

Pore Refine Deep Detox Mask: Claims for this mask are that it fights shininess and clogged pores to refine the skin with blackberry, strawberry and lemon peel. So a fruit antioxidant brightening mask. Has a thick gel formula and smells lovely. Spread on a thin layer, let dry then wash off. I’m not sure it does all that much except brighten the complexion. As for un-clogging pores I haven’t seen it do anything miraculous and stick to clay masks and pore strips for that. Probably would not repurchase.

Vital Immersion Deep Hydration Mask: Claims for this mask are to superhydrate and replenish stressed skin with red rice, grapeseed and jasmine flower water. THIS SHIT IS THE BOMB! I love this stuff. It’s not a mask in the typical sense that you apply something, let it dry and wash it off. Its more of a supercharged moisturizer for deep hydration (like it says.) I leave always leave mine on overnight or all day to ensure lasting hydration as a top coat to my serums and or moisturizers (depending on my skins needs.) Like most pacifica products it smells lovely and I will be repurchasing this since mine is nearly empty. If you like the Glamglow Hydration Mud, try this one. Same basic concept of a deeply hydrating one-step-up-moisturizer-on-steroids (minus the steroids.) Only it’s $18 vs. $69 and its vegan, cruelty free and from a reputable brand.

French Lilac & Indian Coconut Nectar Body Butters (not pictured): Pretty self explanatory that all Pacifica’s body butters are amazing. Thick, hydrating and intensely perfumed. If you like a particular scent go for the body butters for a luxurious experience. My favorite scent is the French Lilac because I always want to smell like a bouquet of flowers.

French Lilac Body Wash (not pictured): Again a truly luxurious scent experience with the body washes that does its job at cleansing gently and enveloping you in a wonderful scent. I had the French Lilac Body wash last spring when lilacs were also in bloom and it really helped me set the tone for the spring and frankly made me excited to use it and happy every time I smelled it. Very true to the scent as well if you are a bit of a scent snob. The French Lilac smells exactly like lilacs.
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Makeup: My skin tone is warm with very yellow undertones but also pale. I’m W1 & W3 in L’Oreal True Match (or W2 in the Cushion) and G20 in Cover FX Custom Cover Drops.

Ultra CC Cream Radiant Foundation with SPF 17: I love this CC cream. It doesn’t impart too much color, but the finish is hydrating and weightless. I like to mix it with my custom cover drops for more coverage and it still feels like skin. SPF is awesome and it blends in quickly. Would repurchase.

Dreamlift Illuminating Under Eye Brightener: I really wanted to like this eye brightener but the bottom line is its pink. It’s just way too cool for my very warm skin tone so I can’t really use it without looking odd. The consistency is OK, its hydrating but not much too it.

Transcendent Concentrated Correcting Concealer: Same with the Dreamlift, this concealer is just too cool for my skintone and doesn’t give as much coverage as I’d like. It a sheer coverage thats hydrating and blends well but creases even with powder and is lack-luster for me. I have a lot of redness to cover up so I need a little thicker concealer action.

Perfect Lotus Universal Powder in Light: I don’t find anything particularly good about this powder, its not bad nor is it great. The tiny tin makes it hard to get a brush in and swirl enough product to make much of a difference. It’s been re-located to my purse for emergency touch ups. Wouldn’t repurchase.

Color Quench Lip Tint in Vanilla Hibiscus (not pictured): This lip balm was good, but not great. I didn’t feel it hydrated all that much. Bottom line it smelled wonderful and imparted a slight sheen that looked lovely. I used it up but it was a basic tinted balm. I would repurchase again.DSCN1859

Fragrance:

Spanish Amber Spray Perfume: if you want the most staying power for your perfumes go with the spray or the soild. They seem to last the longest. Notes of Amber, Geranium, Sandalwood, Bergamont & Elemi. Not my favorite scent. It’s pretty strong and smoky. I don’t wear it too often.

Indian Coconut Nectar Roll-on: Vanilla and coconut. Very true to scent, summery and versatile.

Island Vanilla Roll-On: Vanilla, honey jasmine, and tea. Very subtle. I like adding it with other perfumes for a creamier scent. Great for layering for something unique.

Tunisian Jasmine Lime Roll-On: Notes of Sweet Fig, Palm, Cyclamen, Moss, Clove & Sandalwood. I haven’t had time to wear this one but I’m waiting for spring/summer.

French Lilac Solid Perfume: True to scent with heliotrope and nectarine in there as well. A spring time stapleTibetan Mountain Temple Solid Perfume: Vetiver, Patchouli, Ginger and Orange. This one smells christmasy to me and I enjoy it.

Mexican Cocoa Solid Perfume: Not so hot about this one. It’s very warm. Some scents are spot on or a little over the top but if anything they are always natural based scents. Notes of almond, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.

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