Welcome back to another Foundation Friday! This week is featuring a brand I’ve used off and on over the past few years. Pacifica is at my local Target, but not all of their products are available. I didn’t know they had foundation until a couple months ago. They have two, and I chose the Dreamy Cover Bare-Faced Serum Foundation. The heat has been insane lately, so a lighter coverage foundation is exactly what I need.
The Pacifica Dreamy Cover Bare-Faced Serum Foundation is a feathery-light foundation that gives your skin a gorgeous glow. For $8.49 (purchased at Ulta), you get 1 ounce of product. It contains SPF 20. It has limited shades. The shade range reminds me of a BB cream or CC cream range. I purchased the Light/Medium, but I really should have purchased the Fair/Light.
Per the packaging, it claims to be weightless, complete coverage with a makeup-free finish. Pacifica’s motto is ‘less is more.’ This foundation is formulated with superpower naturals (not sure what that means). It claims to have incredible coverage that looks and feels makeup-free. Shade-matching minerals work with your natural complexion and allow for adjustable, seamless perfection that leaves your skin looking healthy and bright.
Since this shade is not a perfect match for me, I can definitely tell you that it doesn’t adjust to my skin tone. I do, however, think it oxidizes slightly, which would account for the ‘shade matching’ that it claims to do. This isn’t a total waste of a purchase, though, because this matches me when I use self tanner.
For shade comparisons, here are other foundations that also match me:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation in Porcelain
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation in 100 (first impressions video here)
rms beauty Un Cover-Up Foundation/Concealer in 000 (review here)
Wet n Wild MegaCushion Foundation in 106A (review here)
Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Foundation in Soft Ivory (review here)
HOW TO APPLY
The bottle recommends to shake well before applying, and I agree with that. The formula is liquid, so I imagine it separates a little in the bottle. Since it’s so runny, it’s best to work in small areas at a time. I’ve tried applying this three different ways. A damp beauty blender causes this to pill and rub off my face. That was so weird! A dry EcoTools Perfecting Cushion Blender was perfect, if you prefer a sponge to apply your foundation.
The best ways I’ve found are either a large, dense buffing brush like my favorite Marc Jacobs Face III or a small foundation brush. I used the one that came with my Physicians Formula Touch of Glow, but any brush in that shape will work. The foundation looks best in one light layer. I don’t think this is very buildable, because it looks more and more cakey if you apply more than one layer.
Overall, I love the idea of this foundation. It’s very pretty, although it doesn’t match me when I’m not tan. It’s light weight and I can’t feel it on my face at all. The finish is dewy and radiant, which you all know I love for the summer.
My only complaints are that the shade range is not huge, and it oxidizes so it will look even darker on your skin after it’s applied. The coverage is not ‘complete coverage,’ as the packaging claims. I included a close up of my cheek to show how you can see my acne scars through the foundation. If you have gorgeous skin, this will be great. If you have anything you like to cover up, this won’t be the best option. Of course, I could cover up my scares with concealer, but I really prefer to have a foundation that covers them.
All that being said, this is a gorgeous foundation. I think it’s perfect for summer, because it’s weightless and radiant. If you have darker skin than I do and you prefer a lighter coverage foundation, this is a great option. If you’re like me, this is not a practical option (although it is affordable).
Have you ever tried a Pacifica foundation? They have quite a few other options I might order to try out!
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