Pacifica Dreamy Cover Bare-Faced Serum Foundation ($17) is a new permanent shade matching serum foundation that’s available in three shade selections and recently launched with the Pacifica Fall 2015 Collection.
Throw “bare face” or “bare skin” anything at me and I’m all over it. I have fairly resilient skin that doesn’t need a ton of coverage however, I do suffer from dullness so I’m always looking for lightweight foundations or tinted moisturizers that ease dullness, brighten my complexion, and even out my skin tone that feel lightweight and look natural.
Pacifica Dreamy Cover Bare-Faced Serum Foundation sounds intriguing as it promises a healthy, bright finish with a silicone free formula but I was kinda hesitant to try it since I had a little bit of an issue with their Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream being WAY too sheer. But I decided to grab this anyway and give it a whirl.
Pacifica Dreamy Cover Bare-Faced Serum Foundation is available in three shade selections of Fair/Light, Light/Medium, and Medium/Dark. I choose the Light/Medium as my skin is a little tanner at the moment and the shade seems more of an orange-y beige shade much like Josie Maran’s Argan Daily Moisturizer Protect + Perfect. Although orange-y I was kinda ok with the shade sine Josie’s shade is much the same and works fabulously for me!
This comes housed in a 1 oz pump bottle. It’s kinda expensive at $17 for such a small amount so if you’re wanting to try it now would be a go time as Ulta has Pacifica on sale for buy 1, get 1 50% off!
I’m not a firm believer in instant shade matching foundations but they can sometimes work. Mostly with this formula it’s too sheer to actually cause any chalkiness, pastiness, or even any issues with being too dark or too orange. The formula has the very minimal amount of pigment and offers absolutely no coverage. My fears and trepidation about trying this product because of the sheer issues I experienced with their Alight BB Cream were unfortunately founded to be true. This has no coverage at all but as I stated above even something sheerer that evened out my skin tone and maybe brightened my complexion would have been welcome but sadly, it doesn’t even have coverage enough to do that.
Worst yet would be the fact that the formula is absolutely heinous. It’s like an old foundation that you might have stashed away for many years and never threw out. Right out of the pump it comes out runny, separated, and oily. It applies with light moisture but feels oily and slightly gritty on my skin. It contains an SPF 20 and perhaps that’s where the issues arise from as perhaps the SPF just doesn’t merge well with the color and this might cause the separation issues or at least that’s what I’m assuming. For those sensitive this does have a subtle fresh floral scent.
I’m all about minimal, natural coverage but Pacifica Dreamy Cover Bare-Faced Serum Foundation does not deliver that in the least. This formula is a major disappointment for me. I’d say if maybe you liked the BB Cream you MIGHT like the Bare-Faced Serum Foundation but user beware because personally I think both are a waste of money.
Pacifica Dreamy Cover Bare-Faced Serum Foundation is available now at Ulta and Ulta.com.