Pacifica Eye Shadow Review

PACIFICA Crystal Matrix Eye Shadow Palette

At first glance, this Pacifica eye shadow palette is a beautiful set of wearable, everyday shades – from dusty purple and green, to light gold and silver. But this Pacifica Crystal Matrix will either impress or disappoint, depending on the look you’re hoping to achieve.

After testing this palette the last 2 weeks, I’ve concluded that these eye shadows are meant to give a natural hint of shimmer and color and not “highly pigmented” as it states on the package. These Pacifica eye shadows go on whisper-thin, giving just a hint of pigmentation and a glimpse of sparkle – and this is perfect if you like a very natural, subtle look.




While these colors can be built up a bit by applying 2 thin layers to your eyelids, the product doesn’t stay in place if you really build up the color using thick layers. These colors don’t show up as rich as they look in the palette – and they are a bit difficult to pick up with a brush, so I suggest using your fingers for application.

I’ve tried these colors extensively, and my recommendation when creating a look is to use one color as a highlighter and another as a base layer. If you want a bit more color, two thin layers can be used on your mobile lid (the part of your eyelid that moves) without too much creasing or transfer. However, due to the low pigmentation of many of these colors and the more natural formulation, I wouldn’t suggest any fancy blending as I found mixing the colors usually resulted in a grey hue. Again, I stress that these give a very natural look, with just a kiss of color and light to moderate shimmer.

Pacifica Eye Shadow Review

Also, if you’ve seen this product for sale on websites, the colors in the promo images for this Pacifica eye shadow palette look matte. However, all of the eye shadows contain fine mica (the main ingredient), making them shimmery (some colors are even metallic). Also, several of the colors in the promo images aren’t true to real life – the bottom right color is actually a dusty green hue and the yellow color is in fact pale gold.

I’ve included lots of swatches below of all the colors, as well as two images of some of the colors on my eyelids to give you a better idea of the hues and coverage in this Pacifica eye shadow palette.




MANUFACTURER’S DESCRIPTION

  • coconut-infused formula
  • main ingredient is mica
  • vegan and cruelty-free
  • does not contain phthalates, talc, parabens, or petroleum
  • “multicolored, flipping mineral crystals in each super wearable color” – PacificaBeauty.com
  • “Velvety finish with a gorgeous payoff” – PacificaBeauty.com
  • “Highly pigmented mineral eye shadows” – PacificaBeauty.com
  • size is 0.2 oz (5.7 g)
  • each eye shadow is 0.57 g
  • made in the USA

PRICE

The Pacifica Crystal Matrix palette sells for $18 USD and includes 10 eye shadows, making the cost of each color $1.80 USD.

Pacifica Eye Shadow Review

DISCLAIMER: This product was purchased by the blogger. Neetzy.com received NO compensation from Pacifica for this review. This review does not represent medical or professional advice, it is an opinion only. Photographs may not depict the exact color of the product.

THE REVIEW

THE COLORS

Listed below are the 10 colors, along with notes on ease of application, permanence, and opacity.

REFLECTOR (Dark Purple)

  • greyish purple
  • goes on somewhat transparent but with moderate pigmentation
  • looks more grey with a hint of purple once applied
  • the least shimmery of all the colors
  • can be built up using two thin layers (thicker layers will transfer)

Pacifica Eye Shadow - Reflector

MARS (Mauve)

  • pastel lilac hue
  • shimmer is not very noticeable (looks almost matte when applied)
  • applies opaque
  • looks more pink than purple when applied
  • bolder, solid color
  • wears very well and stays in place
  • can be applied using thicker layers (will stay in place)

Pacifica Eye Shadow - Mars

STOLEN STARS (Tan)

  • beige gold hue
  • very shimmery
  • applies almost opaque
  • bolder pigmentation
  • easy to pick up with brush or finger
  • can be applied using thicker layers (will stay in place)

Pacifica Eye Shadow - Stolen Stars

METEOR (Light Gold)

  • pale gold iridescent
  • shimmer is very noticeable
  • makes a nice base layer or highlighter
  • can be worn as a single sheer layer for a very natural look
  • bit difficult to pick up with a brush
  • easier to pick up using finger, but need to push into color firmly
  • translucent

Pacifica Eye Shadow - Meteor

ICE (White)

  • pale pink iridescent (but looks white in pan)
  • shimmer is very noticeable
  • makes a nice base layer or highlighter
  • can be worn alone if applied thinly
  • bit difficult to pick up with a brush
  • best to pick up using finger, but need to push into color firmly
  • translucent

Pacifica Eye Shadow - Ice

Here are these 5 colors swatched on my arm. This represents a single layer of application using my finger. From Left to Right: Reflector, Mars, Stolen Stars, Meteor, and Ice. As you can see, these colors are very light.

AFFECTED (Dusty Green)

  • greyish green
  • goes on somewhat transparent but with moderate pigmentation
  • looks more grey with a hint of green once applied
  • the least shimmery of all the colors
  • can be built up using two thin layers (thicker layers will transfer)

Pacifica Eye Shadow - Affected

SPACED OUT (Brown)

  • milk chocolate brown
  • very shimmery
  • applies almost opaque
  • bolder pigmentation
  • easy to pick up with brush or finger
  • can be applied using thicker layers (will stay in place)

Pacifica Eye Shadow - Spaced Out

FACETED (Copper)

  • orange copper
  • very shimmery
  • applies almost opaque
  • bolder pigmentation
  • easy to pick up with brush or finger
  • can be applied using thicker layers (will stay in place)

Pacifica Eye Shadow - Faceted

PRISM (Dusty Violet)

  • dusty grey violet
  • goes on somewhat transparent but with moderate pigmentation
  • looks more grey with a hint of violet once applied
  • difficult to pick up with a brush
  • difficult to pick up with finger (need to push very firmly into color)

Pacifica Eye Shadow - Prism

COMET (Light Silver)

  • pale silver that is almost white when applied
  • shimmer is very noticeable
  • can be used as a highlighter
  • difficult to pick up with a brush
  • difficult to pick up with finger (need to push very firmly into color)
  • translucent

Pacifica Eye Shadow - Comet

Here are these 5 colors swatched on my arm. This represents a single layer of application using my finger. From Left to Right: Affected, Spaced Out, Faceted, Prism, and Comet. Again, these colors are very light.

NEETZY’S THOUGHTS

I expected these colors would wear as dark as they looked in the palette as they are called “highly pigmented”, but they didn’t, so I layered them to get an opaque look. For some colors, like Affected (Dusty Green) and Reflector (Dusty Purple), I had to apply 4 layers to get a moderate pop of color. However, I noticed many of the colors transferred and creased within a few hours of wear with such heavy application. Also, one swipe of a finger across my eyelid removed almost all of the layers of color. After some trial and error, I discovered that a light layer or two stays in place much better for many of the colors – less is more with this Crystal Matrix palette. The look you achieve is light pigmentation and a natural, low-key shimmer.




The image below shows the light pigmentation of Affected (Dusty Green) and Ice (White/Pink). The green is on the outer area of my mobile lid, and the gold is on the inner area. I will say that the colors do show up a bit more in reality than in this photo. Also, Affected is the color I thought I’d like the most, though it turned out to look more of of a dusty grey, and sometimes just made me look like I didn’t sleep or had discoloration around my eyes.

Pacifica Crystal Matrix Palette

If you are wanting a subtle, whispery look, this palette offers just that – several of the colors apply paper-thin in terms of pigmentation, with the exception of Mars (Mauve), Faceted (Copper), Stolen Stars (Tan), and Spaced Out (Brown).

There are several things about this Pacifica palette that you should know before deciding to purchase it:

1) The colors are tricky to pick up with a brush – fingers work best for application as you can get a little more of the product. You will also need to press your finger firmly into the pan, otherwise some of the lighter colors will hardly show up. On a positive note, this entire palette produces very little fall-out so working with these colors is mostly mess-free.

2) Some of the darker colors apply patchy and somewhat transparent, which can give the look of being tired and washed out – you have to work at evening them out a little on your eyelids. Don’t be tempted to build up a color with many layers – the color won’t stay in place.

3) Since the pigmentation of most of the colors is on the light side, blending and doing fancy contouring is almost impossible, though you can do some subtle highlighting.




Pacifica is one of my favorite brands – I love many of their products. The brand began with candles, and now offers a huge selection of make-up, hair and skincare products. After trying this palette several different ways, I’m not entirely in love with it, though I am warming up to it. I’m still a bit disappointed that the colors are not as rich as they appear to be.

If you’ve tried the Pacifica Mystical Supernatural eye shadow palette, be warned that the Cyrstal Matrix formulation is not rich and opaque like that set of colors.

If you decided to buy this palette, think of the colors as hints of color and shimmer, although you can achieve some slightly bolder looks using the with the mauve, copper, brown, and tan hues. Below is an image of Faceted (Copper) on my outer mobile lid, and Meteor (Pale Gold) on my inner area and my upper lid. Again, these colors appear slightly bolder in reality than in this photo.

Pacifica Crystal Matrix

WHERE TO BUY

I purchased this product at Vitacost.com, and got this product for less than $18 USD. This product can also be purchased directly from the Pacifica Beauty website.

Neetzy.com is not an affiliate of Pacifica Beauty or Vitacost.com.

INGREDIENTS

Mica, gluconolactone, caprylic / capric triglyceride, silica, zinc stearate, boron nitride, benzoate, calcium gluconate, cocos nucifera (coconut) extract. May contain: mica (CI 77019), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), tin oxide (CI 77861).

ABOUT PACIFICA BEAUTY

  • founded by wife and husband Brook Harvey and Billy Taylor
  • began as a fragrance company but expanded to beauty and hair products

Pacifica Eye Shadow Review

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