Review of the Pacifica Cherry Matte Multi-Mineral Primer | Clean and Green Beauty Guide

 
Review of the Pacifica Cherry Matte Multi-Mineral Primer

Pacifica Cherry Matte Multi-Mineral Primer- $8.99:

Here’s the quick SCORECARD breakdown. Each question is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, 5being the best:

1. How do the ingredients look? What’s inside?- Not so hot due to one word: “parfum.” See details below.

2. Does it minimize pores and disappear to create a smooth, hydrated surface?- 2: I didn’t see anything except a bit of luminosity which I found odd for a mattifying primer.

3. Does it last all day?- 3: The luminosity stuck around, yes. But as far as a matte effect, it was pretty non-existent.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 2: After removing my makeup at night, my skin felt very warm and turned pink. This happened twice before I made the correlation between this primer and the irritation.

5. Does it blend well with other products?- 3: It was just OK here. I did see a little streaking when applying products on top.

6. Is this a consciously-created product? 3- Vegan and cruelty-free, yes. Sustainably packaged, no.

7. Did the product do what it promised to do?- 2: No, it really fell short on a few key claims.

FINAL SCORE:

15/30

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PROS:

  • Vegan & cruelty-free

  • Budget-friendly

CONS:

  • I saw no results on the claims that this product is mattifying, controls oil, gives a blurred focus finish, or is smoothing

  • Parfum :(

FINAL VERDICT:

  • Would I buy this again? No, thank you. I’d rather use the 100% Pure Luminous Primer any day. It also comes in a matte version! So if you’re looking for that, which, you probably are if you’re searching for this product, check it out!

POTENTIALLY ‘IFFY’ INGREDIENTS + EWG RATING:

These were the not-so-great ingredients that didn’t pass the Rule of 3. Click below to find out all the details. Keep in mind, the percentage of these ingredients in the products MATTERS! I rarely take ‘scary’ scores on EWG at face value these days, and always ask the brand about to clarify if I’m concerned. Works like a charm! See their response.

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FROM THE BRAND:

I asked what the ingredient listed as ‘parfum’ consists of-

“We list parfum on our ingredient decks because we follow the global standards for ingredient listings called INCI. Parfum, natural or synthetic, is the legal listing for a blend of fragrance chemicals, natural or otherwise. We use a blend of essential oils, absolutes, fragrant extracts and naturally derived fragrance and flavor materials. All of our fragrances and flavors are phthalate-free and do not contain any ingredients that do not meet our internal ingredient standards or our internal banned list which is about 1500 ingredients. Our fragrances are 100% vegan and are not tested on animals. In addition, all of our fragrances adhere to the following lists and do not contain ingredients banned on these lists: Cradle to Cradle Banned List, FRA Regulations, The EU Endocrine list, California Prop 65 list, Chemicals of high concern to children and the EPA toxic chemical list, The Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (EU), PETA.”

THE BOTTOM LINE FROM BRITT: I didn’t get a clear answer on what their blend of “essential oils, absolutes, fragrant extracts and naturally derived fragrance and flavor materials” contains. Not transparent enough for me.

A LITTLE “LIGHT READING” FOR YA? CHECK OUT THE FULL INGREDIENTS LIST + EWG RATINGS:

I pull these directly from the brand’s or reputable retailers’ website. You’d be shocked at how many product pages have misspellings so if you see one, you’ll know why! I didn’t catch it. Neither did the retailer. What’s missing: percentage of ingredient used & the amount of evidence/data backing up each number rating from EWG.org. You can search the EWG SkinDeep database to find the data available behind each rating. You can find out the percentage of the ingredient used by asking the brand. Here we go!

  • aqua- 0

  • aloe barbadensis leaf juice- 1 to 3

  • sucrose stearate- 1

  • isosorbide dicaprylate- 1

  • glycerin- 2

  • bentonite- 2

  • niacinamide- 1

  • panthenol- 1

  • sodium hyaluronate- 1

  • isopropyl palmitate- 1

  • tocopherol (vitamin E)- 1

  • camellia sinensis leaf extract- 1

  • calendula officinalis flower extract- 1

  • cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract- 1

  • rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary leaf extract)- 1

  • xanthan gum- 1

  • mica- 1

  • titanium dioxide- 1 to 3

  • barium sulfate- 2

  • silica- 1 to 2

  • silica silylate- 1

  • parfum (natural)- 8

  • sodium gluconate- 1

  • sodium benzoate- 3

  • prunus serotina (wild cherry) fruit extract- 1

  • potassium sorbate- 3

CURIOUS ABOUT WHO IS REVIEWING ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS? Good question. Moi. Check out my skin profile here.

 
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FULL TRANSPARENCY, ALWAYS…

Every product is honestly rated using TheStyleShaker SCORECARD system to keep things as objective as possible. To learn more about my “Rule of 3” CLICK HERE. This post may contain affiliate/referral links, but all views are my own. No one is paying me to say any of this. Read the complete TheStyleShaker.com disclosure here. Product information and EWG ratings may change along with the brands and the formulas they use. Click through the applicable links to get the most up to date information :)

Review of the Mineral Fusion Mattifying Primer | Clean and Green Beauty Guide

 
Review of the Mineral Fusion Mattifying Primer

Mineral Fusion Mattifying Primer- $28.99:

Here’s the quick SCORECARD breakdown. Each question is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, 5being the best:

1. How do the ingredients look? What’s inside?- Not so great. See below…

2. How’s coverage?- 2: It didn't fill in lines or even out tone for me. It was super smooth and somewhat lightweight. It felt like a silicone film on top of my skin at first.

3. Does it last all day?- 3: It lasted, yes, but I didn't see enough of an impact in terms of controlling oil or giving me a matte look.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 1: Oh no! After wiping this off at night, my skin became so red and inflamed, warm and not normal. So I tried this one more time and realized after removing the primer from the equation, I no longer had that reaction. Such a bummer!

5. Does it blend well with other products?- 4: It didn't streak or pill when wearing with a foundation.

6. Is this a consciously-created product? 3- It's vegan and cruelty-free which is a start. The packing is not full recyclable. Details below.

7. Did the product do what it promised to do?- 2: It didn't follow through for me unfortunately.

FINAL SCORE:

16/30

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PROS:

  • There were just too many cons to outweigh any small pro here, even price

  • I'd spend $10 more for 100% pure any day of the week

CONS:

  • Ingredients didn’t cut it on the ‘clean’ front for me

  • Performance was lacking

  • Irritating formula for my skin

FINAL VERDICT:

  • Would I buy this again? No, thank you. I’d rather use the 100% Pure Luminous Primer any day. It also comes in a matte version! So if you’re looking for that, which, you probably are if you’re searching for this product, check it out!

POTENTIALLY ‘IFFY’ INGREDIENTS + EWG RATING:

These were the not-so-great ingredients that didn’t pass the Rule of 3. Click below to find out all the details. Keep in mind, the percentage of these ingredients in the products MATTERS! I rarely take ‘scary’ scores on EWG at face value these days, and always ask the brand about to clarify if I’m concerned. Works like a charm! See their response.

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FROM THE BRAND:

I asked about whether packaging was sustainable and about their mica sourcing-

"-uses a foil that is not recyclable, however the inner component is recyclable. We’re currently launching new packaging for our skincare line that addresses this issue.”

MICA- “Our supplier sources Mica exclusively from the USA (Georgia), and is an active member in the Responsible Mica Initiative (RMI), a group driven to eradicate child labor and support traceable, environmentally friendly processes."

THE BOTTOM LINE FROM BRITT: I do hope they reconsider packaging and formula.

A LITTLE “LIGHT READING” FOR YA? CHECK OUT THE FULL INGREDIENTS LIST + EWG RATINGS:

I pull these directly from the brand’s or reputable retailers’ website. You’d be shocked at how many product pages have misspellings so if you see one, you’ll know why! I didn’t catch it. Neither did the retailer. What’s missing: percentage of ingredient used & the amount of evidence/data backing up each number rating from EWG.org. You can search the EWG SkinDeep database to find the data available behind each rating. You can find out the percentage of the ingredient used by asking the brand. Here we go!

  • Aqua- 0

  • Dimethicone- 3

  • Emulsifying Wax- 4

  • Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*- 1 to 3

  • Stearic Acid- 1

  • Olive Squalane- 1

  • Lecithin- 2 to 3

  • Octyl Palmitate- 1

  • Silica- 1 to 2

  • Tocopheryl Acetate- 3

  • L-Ascorbic Acid- 1

  • Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract- 1

  • Sodium Hydroxide- 3 to 4

  • Allantoin- 1

  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide 5- 1

  • Vegetable Glycerin- 1

  • Ginkgo Biloba Extract- 1

  • Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil- 1

  • Rosmarinus Offi­cinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract- 1

  • Kaolin- 1

  • Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract- 1

  • Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract- 1

  • Phenoxyethanol- 4

  • Fragrance- 8

CURIOUS ABOUT WHO IS REVIEWING ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS? Good question. Moi. Check out my skin profile here.

 
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FULL TRANSPARENCY, ALWAYS…

Every product is honestly rated using TheStyleShaker SCORECARD system to keep things as objective as possible. To learn more about my “Rule of 3” CLICK HERE. This post may contain affiliate/referral links, but all views are my own. No one is paying me to say any of this. Read the complete TheStyleShaker.com disclosure here. Product information and EWG ratings may change along with the brands and the formulas they use. Click through the applicable links to get the most up to date information :)

Review of the Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer & Brightener

 
Review of the Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer & Brightener

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer & Brightener- $50.00

Here’s the quick SCORECARD breakdown. Each question is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the best:

1. How do the ingredients look/what’s inside?- 3: Dimethicone is in here, and a few other ‘iffy’ ingredients. More below!

2. Does it smooth and minimize pores?- 3: Smoothing? Yes. Pore minimizing? Not so much for me. See a close-up demo in the video. It definitely brightened though!

3. Staying Power: Does it last all day or feel greasy?- 3: It wasn’t greasy feeling at all, but I didn’t see any massive benefits from wearing this in terms of helping foundations last longer.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 3: It didn’t irritate my skin, but does contain ingredients that could be irritating to sensitive skin types.

5. Does it build and blend well?- 5: Absolutely. I had no issues here!

6. Is this a consciously-created product?- 3: it is cruelty-free, but I’ve yet to hear back from the brand on what looks to be plastic packaging. I’ll update as soon as I hear!

7. Does it do what it says it will do? 3- I speak more to this in the video review, but I didn’t see the anti-aging benefits or skin firming. It fell a bit short.

FINAL SCORE:

20/30

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YOU’LL LOVE THIS IF:

  • You’re “ok” with Dimethicone. I speak about it in the video quite a bit so make sure to watch if you’re on the fence. Also, I found a GREAT article about it if you want more info.

  • You’re in need of some brightening and smoothing

TRY THESE INSTEAD:

IFFY INGREDIENTS + EWG RATING:

These were the not-so-great ingredients that didn’t pass the Rule of 3. Click below to find out all the details:

TIP: Percentage matters. It wasn’t listed on the label. I always recommend, if you’re still on the fence, ask the brand “what’s inside?”

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer & Brightener
 

A LITTLE “LIGHT READING” FOR YA? CHECK OUT THE FULL INGREDIENTS LIST + EWG RATINGS + AMOUNT OF DATA AVAILABLE:

I pull these directly from the site. You’d be shocked at how many product pages have misspellings so if you see one, you’ll know why! I didn’t catch it. Neither did the retailer. Funsies!

  • Aqua- 0, I mean…water. But, it usually means the brand needs to add preservatives to keep things shelf stable. Not applicable to ALL products, but worth looking into

  • Coconut Alkanes- 1, derived from coconut oil so if your skin doesn’t like that, then avoid this product

  • Dimethicone-3, limited *link above

  • Dimethicone Crosspolymer- 1, none

  • Cyclopentasiloxane- 3, fair *link above

  • Glycerin- 2, good

  • Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer- 3, none

  • Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract- 1, limited

  • Pectin- 1, fair

  • Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment- 1, limited

  • Maltodextrin- 1, fair

  • Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract- 1, fair

  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice- 1 to 3, limited

  • Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract- 2, limited

  • Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Fruit Extract- 1, limited

  • Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract- 1, none

  • Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Root Extract- 1, limited

  • Lecithin- 1 to 3, good

  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1- 1, none

  • Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract- 1, limited

  • Ascorbyl Glucoside- 1, limited

  • Zinc PCA- 3, none

  • Sodium Ascorbate- 1, fair

  • Royal Jelly- 1, limited

  • Tocopherol- 1, fair

  • Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract- 3, limited

  • Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract- 1, none

  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil- 1, fair

  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride- 1, limited

  • Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract- 1 , limited

  • Xanthan Gum- 1, fair

  • Polysilicone 11- 1, none

  • Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract- 1, none *LOTS of conflicting and concerning data on this. You can read more HERE.

CURIOUS ABOUT WHO IS REVIEWING ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS? Good question. Moi. Check out my skin profile here.

 
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FULL TRANSPARENCY, ALWAYS…

Every product is honestly rated using TheStyleShaker SCORECARD system to keep things as objective as possible. To learn more about my “Rule of 3” CLICK HERE. This post may contain affiliate/referral links, but all views are my own. No one is paying me to say any of this. Read the complete TheStyleShaker.com disclosure here. Product information and EWG ratings may change along with the brands and the formulas they use. Click through the applicable links to get the most up to date information :)