When a beauty reviewer becomes besotted with a makeup line, the urge to share, is urgent! Recently, I was introduced to Pacific Illusions, a mineral makeup line that won me over with a single, amazing, lip gloss. The products are also free of: parabens, talc, scent and they are hypoallergenic. They’re also cruelty-free, made in the USA.
I just had to see what else this mineral makeup company had to offer!
When you’re trying a new makeup brand for the first time, color palettes are one way to figure out quickly if the brand is going to be your new best friend. The packaging for Pacific Illusions is simple but attractive, featuring matte black or brushed silver. Worthy of note, especially when you’re loading up on the boots and coats to chase the chill away, is that this California-based brand is themed around the Pacific lifestyle, so the names of the products are all tropical and beach oriented. In fact, many of the color choices do remind me of the sea, sand and sky that you’d find near a tropical beach. This puts you in a vacation mood, even if you’re just going to the office.
But it is the products inside that really matter:
The Face Palette called: “Paradise Island” ($64.00) is great for travel, or to pop in your tote when you’re touching up after the gym, or at work. This one has six pressed powder minerals products for eyes and cheeks in a slim, black matte compact with large interior mirror. The colors in this palette will take you from Winter to Spring, with soft pastels in matte and shimmery formulas. The colors can be worn intense and opaque, or blended out as a water-color-y sheer, but the blush and bronzer really flatter fair to medium complexions and might be a bit too light for deeper tones. There is a peachy matte blush and a medium rose bronzer plus a mini applicator brush to apply them (but use your own brushes unless you are carrying this palette somewhere with you. Also included are four pretty eye shadows that double as eyeliners when applied wet with a liner brush. There are two matte formulas in ivory and soft pink that can be a lid shadow or a highlight, and lovely teal blue and beige shimmer shadows that when wet, are intense and slightly metallic. The actual colors are: -Bermuda, Aruba, Palm and Half Moon Bay Pressed Mineral Eye Shadows, Endless Summer Pressed Mineral Blushing Bronzer, and -Bellini Pressed Mineral Blush.
Another pastel palette just for the eyes, called: Tropical Escape ($48.00) also delighted me, with five shadows including the lovely shimmery teal blue and beige in the Paradise Island set. Four of the shadows in this palette are similar in tone and color to the ones in the Paradise Island Palette, but they are slightly different. A fifth shadow is a very light, hard-to-define peachy beige with the merest hint of shimmer, that could be used as a lid color or a highlight. A nice touch is the dual-ended applicator with a fiber brush tip and a “hair” brush tip. Pastels are now appropriate all year long,. These really give Winter weary eyes a lift, and offer you a hint of Spring, right now. The colors in this kit from from left to right are: Bermuda, Palm, Aruba, Dune, Half Moon Bay
If you are thinking of adding a new pressed powder mineral shadow to your collection, Pacific Illusions has a few different color choices in their Eye Shadow Singles ($22.00). A liner with benefits is The matte charcoal powder called: “Black Sand Beach”that can be worn dry for a smoky eye, and wet for a deep liner that is better than basic black. “Laguna” looks brown in the photo, but it’s actually a warm, shimmery taupe that can be worn as a lid color or a highlight.
If you’re doing the trendy bold lip, you’ve got to keep your lips, light. If you’re going for an all over pastel look, you’ll love this creamy light pink called: “Harbour Island There are 13 different color choices of this soft and pampering, mineral lipstick, featuring shea butter, vitamin E, avocado oil, jojoba oil and grapeseed oil. For those who are worried about ingesting ingredients that might be harmful, you’ll be happy to know that this lipstick has natural mineral ingredients, including iron oxides, mica and titanium dioxide.
*Phenoxyethanol is used in place of paraben preservatives in Pacific Illusions lipsticks. While Phenoxyethanol in small amounts is popular in natural product, and seems to be a good alternative to parabens, some naysayers believe that it might have some potentially negative aspects to it such as the worsening of eczema and contact dermatitis. Extremists might not want to use anything that isn’t 100% ECCOCERT approved, but for the average consumer, it isn’t going to matter. It’s likely that you would have to slather this product on relentlessly and for a prolonged period of time to even have to worry about an impact. I personally am happy to wear the lipsticks. However, if your body is a true temple of “natural,” whether or not any ingredient worries you enough to stop using it or not purchase it, is a personal matter.
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