One cruelty-free brand that secured the Betty seal of approval months ago is Pacific Illusions Beauty. Its cruelty-free, summer-perfect offerings are fit for a Friday night stroll across the boardwalk or Saturday brunch date.
I had the chance to put three products from the line to test, including the five-shade Nude Beach mineral eye shadow palette ($52, pacificillusionsbeauty.com). The medium rich brown Huntington and peach Aruba shades quickly became weekend staples. Whereas I tend to dress my lids up a bit more for evenings out, these no-fuss shades went well with my jeans-and-tee combos and breezy sundresses.
While I’m usually able to skip a skin highlighter, I’ve been applying Diamond Cove over the dark circles under my eyes. One way-too-early morning, I woke up and actually tried to wipe off what I thought was lingering dark eye shadow from the night before. It wasn’t (yes, I had dark circles that bad). Thankfully, Pacific Illusions’ highlighter helped me look presentable. I also swiped the powder above my brows and on my brow bone for a radiant, eye-popping glow.
Dune, a light neutral sand, and Half Moon Bay, a creamy neutral, were also gorgeous. While they didn’t work as well with my tanned skin, a lighter-skinned gal could blend them together for a nude look or a darker-skinned lady for a daring, eye-popping look.
Each mineral shadow went on flawlessly and lasted throughout the day. As the palette’s name suggests, each shade was reminiscent of sandy shores –especially when blended. They’re ideal for layering; if you aren’t pressed for time, you can have fun mixing the shades to create custom blends of your own.
I used these shadows with the Sandal pressed mineral blush ($22, pacificillusionsbeauty.com), which gave my cheeks a glowing pink tint. The touch of shimmer made my entire face glow, but didn’t appear overwhelming. I completed my no-frills look with Gold Coast paraben free mineral shimmer lip gloss ($28, pacificillusionsbeauty.com), which transformed my lips into a shimmering golden beach –at least in my head.
These summery picks are gorgeous and cruelty-free. What more could you want for your weekend beauty look? (Answer: Nothing!)
Diana Denza is BettyConfidential’s contributing editor.