I know several of you are thinking, wait, I thought the Becca Foundation was scheduled to be next. It was but then Pacifica very kindly sent me several products to try, the Alight Clean Foundation being one of them and when the package arrived I got so excited I went ahead and opened it. Since I hadn’t yet opened the Becca Foundation I am holding it for the next segment and going with the Pacifica one since it is now opened.
I swear with any packages I become like a three year old at a birthday party. I must open and play. The only thing that saved the Becca from being opened on the spot was that it came in BoxyCharm on a day when I received several packages.
First off, I need to say this product was gifted to my by Pacifica and I do have a code for you to use it is MIMSY15. It doesn’t give me anything, but it does give you a discount.
So on with the review.
First off for those who don’t know, Pacifica offers vegan and cruelty free products. Their offerings range from make-up and skin care to bath and body products as well as fragrances. Their skin care, fragrances and body products are sold at Target. The target near me never has any of their makeup products, at least not that I can find. they could be hiding, but I’ve never found them. The makeup products are carried at Ulta. There is no Sephora near me so I can’t check, but I believe they are sold there as well. They are of course sold on-line on the company’s website.
One of the things that I absolutely love about this company is that while they offer a lot of clean products, the prices are really affordable. This foundation costs $16 and comes in thirty seperate shades. You can go clean without breaking the bank. Of course that depends on whether or not you like the product. So let’s get into it.
First of this is the Alight Clean Foundation. It is listed as oil free, anti shine and with a satin finish. According to the website…
Get the flawless coverage of your dreams in 30 shades designed for real skin tones with the Pacifica Alight Clean Foundation. This innovative, non-comedogenic, dermatologist tested formula goes on smooth, covers pores and lasts throughout the day. This formula is free of silicone, parabens, phthalates, talc, BHA, BHT, petroleum and drying alcohols (and a huge list of other things your skin doesn’t love).
Immediate results: Flawless, seamless coverage, Skin feels clean, More radiant, healthy looking skin, Pore free appearance and vibrant, Lasts day to night
After 6 weeks of use: Skin looks more healthy, Skin feels smoother
While I haven’t used it for a full six weeks I did put it through my usual trial. I applied the foundation first to bare skin and then on subsequent days with a variety of primers underneath.
The foundation comes in a glass bottle with a pump. I really like the pump foundations as I find it an easy way to keep things clean. I’m not a total slob but sometimes products have a way of getting everywhere. One pump was all I needed to cover my entire face. There is almost no scent to the foundation and it smooths over the face easily. There was no oxidation that I noticed so if you go with this foundation, you are going to want to go with a shade close to your skin tone. It is pretty forgiving though so if you don’t get an exact match you should be okay if you come close.
It is very much a medium coverage foundation. It isn’t going to give you that mask like appearance but it does a good job of covering minor blemishes so I didn’t need a lot of concealer. In fact I only used it on my under eyes and not on any dark spots on my face. I’m personally happy about that because I don’t like using a lot of concealer as it tends to weigh down my skin and add texture if I use too much.
This foundation applied well and didn’t settle into my fine lines, which I appreciated. After applying I went through my usual routine. In my initial tests I am trying to use all of the same face products, only changing out the lips and the eyes. Incidentally in case you were looking at the early photos and the laster photos and thinking the lips look very similar in them, I did not reapply the lipstick. On a whim I picked up the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink liquid lipstick (shade lover if you are wondering) and wow did it live up to it’s name. I’ll be posting a lipstick review soon so I won’t say anything more, I just wanted to clarify for the photo.
Once on the foundation melted into my skin. While I’ll have to get back to you on the skin care aspects of this product, I have to say after only a few days of use I can believe the claims have some validity. It felt more like applying a moisturizer than it did a foundation.
But it did give me medium coverage which I liked.
In these photos I wore the foundation for about nine hours. Around hour seven I noticed a little shine in the t-zone, but it wasn’t anything major. I was sans powder compact at the time so I didn’t powder off the shine. No one remarked on it and in the end of the day photos you can see my nose is a little on the shiny side, but everything else looks relatively okay. I think if I had taken a moment to powder off my nose, there would be very little change. the foundation stayed put and didn’t pill up around the nose or mouth, nor settle into fine lines. I was quite pleased with it’s performance.
I will say that I did prefer using a primer under this foundation. I found a pore filling foundation gave me a smoother over all look to the skin from start to finish. This foundation behaved beautifully with all of the primers I tried it with. There were no adverse reactions to pairing it with any of them. I have not tried a primer from Pacifica yet, but I think I am definitely going to have to pick it up in the near future. Prior to this I only used skin care items from them, not makeup. Given the performance of the foundation and the affordable pricing, I think a shopping adventure is in my near future.
The Alight Clean Foundation is a welcome addition to the extended testing I will be doing on this segment of foundations. That’s right the first segment’s line up is complete. All five of this first batch of foundations are lined up on my dressing table. In the next month or two I will see which ones I reach for consistently and which ones I don’t. Then I will be back with the details of why I reach for certain foundations more than others. Two of them will make it on to an additional test competing against the best two from the next selection of products I test. I’m hoping to find one daily favorite out of the lot. Barring one holy grail foundation, I am hoping to find a few that I know I can reach for consistently with no trouble.
As I mentioned above, Pacifica very kindly gave me a discount code for anyone to use if they are looking to try out their products, whether this foundation or any other. The code is MIMSY15 and I don’t get anything from it if you use it. It’s just a little something extra for you. Just enter it in the coupon code section at checkout. Personally, I am going to check out what other products they have that I might want to try.