Pacifica Alight Clean Foundation Review

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Shade 34 Neutral Light

Pacifica isn’t a brand that I’m usually interested in. I’ve tried some of their skincare and hated it but I still wanted to try their makeup. I bought the Alight Clean Foundation the day it released because it sounded PERFECT for me. It was $16.00 for 0.90 fluid ounces. Mine is in the shade 34 Neutral Light which is described as being fair light with a yellow undertone. That description is correct and this matches me perfectly. I have some very mixed thoughts on this foundation so let’s get into the pros and cons.

*My skin type is combination that tends to be more dry with acne, acne scarring, redness, fine lines and large pores.

Pros:

  • Available in 30 shades
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Free from: silicone, parabens, phthalates, talc, BHA, BHT, petroleum, oils and drying alcohols
  • Very lightly scented with jasmine
  • Main Ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid (supports skin moisture), Coconut Water (Balancing) and Rose Leaf Extract (Antioxidant properties)
  • This foundation has a satin finish, my personal favorite.
  • I did not notice this foundation oxidizing.
  • The packaging is a beautiful and sturdy glass bottle with a pump.
  • This foundation has medium-high coverage and sits beautifully on top of acne and pores.
  • This foundation is so comfortable on the skin that it feels like you’re not wearing anything.
  • This bottle will last quite awhile because you need to use such a small amount of product.

Cons:

  • I noticed oil breaking through in my T-zone within a few hours. This isn’t necessarily a con for me but it will be for those with very oily skin.
  • This looked TERRIBLE on my fine lines. I have undereye bags, a pretty large smile line and some very faint lines on my chin and forehead. This foundation sunk into every one of them no matter what I did.
  • This foundation does not mesh well with other products. I’ve noticed most silicone free foundations are like this. I tried this with multiple primers (water and silicone based) and a few different concealers. I found that it worked best without a primer and it performed just okay with most of my concealers. When blending the concealers it was like the foundation wanted to move around.
  • I absolutely had to powder this foundation immediately. If I didn’t, the foundation would transfer like crazy or come off way too easily when barely touched. I found the best way to powder and smooth out this foundation was by using a damp beauty sponge and loose powder.
  • If you use too much foundation it will get cakey and clumpy looking.
  • You have to blend this foundation perfectly, I prefered using a damp beauty sponge, or it will look clumpy and patchy.

The first two pictures on the left is the foundation with a primer and the last two pictures on the right is without a primer. There is a significant difference in how much the foundation has sunk into my fine lines and just how bad it looks in general. For some reason this foundation just does much better without a primer. You can click on each picture to see it better.

The first column on the left is my bare face. The middle column is with one layer of foundation. The end column is with one layer of foundation and the elf 16hr Camo Concealer (review coming in around a week). As you can see, it’s not covering all of my blemishes completely but it’s doing a very nice job.

These three pictures are of my finished makeup. I really like everything about the foundation here except for how badly it’s sunken into my fine lines. It almost looks unblended and cakey because of how it’s clumped around certain lines in my face.

Overall, I think this foundation will be good for some people but not great for others. If you have very oily skin, mature skin or a lot of fine lines this probably isn’t going to be the best choice for you. I can and will make it work but I doubt I will repurchase it just because of how finicky it is. Does this foundation sound like it would work for you? Let me know! Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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