Today I’m reviewing the Pacifica Pink Nudes Palette and their Transcendent Concealor in “Natural”, scroll down for swatches and keep reading for the review…
Check out my YouTube Video review as well for a more detailed review and some hilariously awkward (well maybe just awkward) moments ;P
I have been a long time fan of Pacifica makeup products in part because they were the first green makeup brand I ever bought from. (I bought my first eyeshadow palette from them, the mystical palette). I’ve always loved their aesthetic and that they have healthy ingredients and are vegan and cruelty free. I appreciate that they’re one of the few drugstore green beauty brands.
Let’s start with the Pink Nudes Eyeshadow Palette…
- Nice color selection
- Versatile palette (can be used for brows, contour, etc)
- Cruelty Free, Vegan, Paraban, sulfate & phthalate free
- Affordable ($15)
- Chalky texture
- Not as pigmented
- Not all shades are entirely matte
It was a little difficult figuring out the the names for each of the colors because they weren’t labeled on the actual palette but they are on the package as shown in the pic below. With no identifying pictures I had to figure it out by row and hopefully I got it right. The biggest reason I bought this palette was for the versatility. I mix the shades Lightness of Being and Vapid for my perfect brow color. For the most part I like the color selection, but I do think there are too many light shades that look really similar on the eyes. Several shades also have a subtle shimmer which surprised me because it’s advertised as a matte palette. The shimmer isn’t very noticeable unless you look really closely and it looks matte when used on the eyes. As you can see below the shadows didn’t swatch very well and weren’t as pigmented as I’d hoped. It takes a lot of work to get the orangy shades to show up on the eye. I kept having to pack it on. The best way I found to make them work, was to put them straight on a moisturized or primed eye. With a bit of stickiness the colors show up much much better. I also find that they still blend out well and aren’t without much patchiness which is unusual for eyeshadow applied straight on a “sticky” primed eye. This might have something to do with the chalky texture of the shadow. More than once I got some fall-out in my eyes which was a frustrating phenomena (I’ve never experienced this with my other palettes). This didn’t happen with the time I used it on an primed and un-set eye, which redeems it for me. Overall I like this palette, not in love with it. I think the formulations could use some improvement and pigmentation could be more vibrant, but I will continue to use it. I think it was worth the price of $15.
Anyhow here are the swatches..
Here’sthe Pacifica Pink Nudes Palette over vitamin e oil used as a primer):
Here’sthe same swatches over bare skin:
See how much more pigmented it is when used over a “sticky” primer? So much better and surprisingly not patchy. The two looks I created below were over a light powder base which made the looks not as pigmented and vibrant as I’d intended, but when I used the shadows over a sticky primed eye I was able to get desired pigmentation with no blothiness. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of that, but I will post one soon.
Here are the two looks I came up with: not the best lighting to show the shadows in their full glory, but I think it still looked nice.
- Decent coverage
- Easy blend-ability
- Hidrating for under-eye (no creasing)
- Cruelty Free and Vegan, Paraban, Phthalate, and Sulfate Free
- Strong “makeup” smell
- Not enough coverage for dark eye circles
- A little pricey for a drugstore product ($18)
As you can see, in my opinion the pros outweigh the cons. This is a lovely concealor especially for the under-eye. I actually think it works best not set with any powder. I tried that and I got some creasing. But unset, this concealor looks very natural under the eye and doesn’t crease. Weird right? It seems that Pacifica makeup breaks all the rules but that may not be such a bad thing. Personally I like that you don’t have to add an extra step to make your makeup work right. When used on a blemish or to highlight the face I think it needs to be set, but I like this concealor best for under the eye. The only thing is I think it’s a little pricey for the drugstore. It’s a wonderful concealor so maybe I’m just a frugal Franny. I got mine on sale ???? muahahahaha. I do think it’s worth the price, but man so spensive.
Anyhow, here’s the swatch:
Have a beautiful day!