Beauty Road Test: Pacific Illusions’ Cruelty-Free Shadows, Blush + Gloss

Scouring the shelves for picks that’ll give your skin a beachy summer glow? Pacific Illusions is the answer to your beauty prayers.

Pacific Illusions Beauty Products

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.

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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. 


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