Recently I discovered that the MyChelle Dermaceuticals mineral stick foundation that I have been using was discontinued. Needless to say I was upset. My skin is very sensitive to chemicals, so when I find a nontoxic product I like, I don’t switch unless I’m forced to by extenuating circumstances. Rather than go in blindly, I started researching nontoxic foundations. I do have a mineral foundation powder that I use, but lately I’ve noticed that it tends to settle into the fine lines around my eyes. A liquid or stick tends to be more moisturizing and therefore more flattering. That was why I bought the stick foundation in the first place, otherwise I would still be using the mineral powder only.
I tried searching for nontoxic foundations, but that search returned too many green washed and downright toxic results. Instead I decided to look for brands I know to be nontoxic and went from there. After spending hours of reading ingredient lists & checking products on www.ewg.or/skindeep I finally decided which foundation I was going to try: Pacifica Dreamy Cover Serum Foundation. The ingredient list has nothing that I object to, even though it has fragrance. The fragrances in Pacifica products are made from essential oils, which I’m ok with because they are natural and phthalate-free. The smell of this foundation is a light floral note – not overpowering at all. Pacifica is a company that I already trust because I’ve used their natural perfumes and a few of their other products for years.
The biggest drawback of this product is that it is only available in three shades – Fair/Light, Light/Medium & Medium/Tan. It does have shade-matching minerals, so it can work for a variety of skin colors, though I still think there are some shades that are missing. It’s reasonably priced, and a little goes a long way! I apply mine by putting a small amount on the back of my hand and using a stippling foundation brush to apply it. When I tried applying it with my hand it went on a little too heavily and I felt it looked a bit strange. Using a stippling foundation brush allows you to spread the product very thin over your face. The coverage is a medium to heavy and it contains a physical sunscreen. This is important because chemical sunscreens (PABA is an example) cause hormone disruption.
When I use this foundation my skin tone looks even, it covers any blemishes or red spots on my face, and my skin looks moisturized. It has lasted through 14 hours of wear, which I think is pretty impressive! By the end of that 14 hours, my makeup still looked pretty good! The only issue I noticed is that my eye shadow creases more easily when I wear this foundation. I know it’s the foundation because I’ve tried the exact same look using a different foundation and did not have the creasing issue. Perhaps this could be avoided if I didn’t put the foundation on my eyelids and just relied on my eyelid primer.
Overall, for the quality ingredients, price, size, and performance, I give this foundation a thumbs up. It’s inexpensive, contains nontoxic ingredients, provides wonderful coverage, and stays on quite a while! Another thing I should mention is that Pacifica’s products are gluten free, vegan and cruelty free. The Pacifica products I’ve used, including the foundation and brush I used, are available in my Amazon store if you’d like to give them a try!
I hope you find this review helpful. I appreciate you taking the time to read this post!