This review has been a long time coming. I picked up this Pacifica duo back at the start of May, and now here we are closing in on July! I wanted to use them as a regular part of my daily makeup routine so that I could give my thoughts in as comprehensive a manner as possible. As the weather’s warmed up, I’ve been going without foundation more often than not, but concealer is a year-round staple for me, so I was very keen to try out two of vegan brand Pacifica’s most well-known products: the Transcendent Concentrated Correcting Concealer* and the Dreamlit Illuminating Under Eye Brightener*.
| How I apply them
After applying tinted SPF or a BB or CC cream, I use the Transcendent Concentrated Correcting Concealer in Light to cover any spots or blemishes by dabbing a small amount of product onto those particular areas. Once that’s done, I apply three strokes under each eye. Next, I take the Dreamlit Illuminating Under Eye Brightener in Dreamlight and apply one line down the bridge of my nose, in between the concealer under my eyes, and anywhere else I feel like highlighting. Once this is all done, I usually set about doing my brows (or at least one of them), before going back in with a slightly damp makeup sponge to blend everything in nicely.
| Shades and consistencies
You’d be forgiven – if you’re pretty pale, like I am pre-sunkissed skin – for thinking this duo would be too dark for your own complexion. In its packaging, Transcendent appears rather tan and yellow-toned, while Dreamlit seems a little on the pink side. If you’re incredibly pale with no tendency for olive-toned tans in the summer, I can’t guarantee that these products would be right for you. Somehow, though, they suit me very well, and do a good job of balancing out my e.l.f. foundation, which I’m sure is too dark for me. The swatches I’ve included show both products before and after blending.
In terms of consistency, Transcendent is a lovely, loose liquid, which applies to the skin smoothly. The spongy but firm applicator retains a good amount of product so I usually scrape the excess back off into the bottle before applying it to my face. Dreamlit goes on much more translucently, with a more sheer texture.
| Coverage and longevity
Both products stay on my skin rather than becoming absorbed by the sponge as I blend them out to an even, medium coverage. For more intense evening looks (though let’s not pretend I have many occasions to try out anything of the sort) I might prefer a fuller coverage, higher impact concealing and brightening duo. But, for everyday wear – especially over these warmer months – the light feel of this coverage suits me just fine.
While Dreamlit does add a subtle, dimensional glow to the surface of my skin, it is not a highlighter, so it can’t be expected to pop on cheekbones and cupid’s bow. I find that its light-reflecting qualities nicely complement the coverage Transcendent provides, adding a soft radiance wherever applied.
My skin could be in better shape, and makeup can only do so much, so I won’t begrudge Pacifica the fact that my dark circles peep through my noon. Generally speaking, I’m happy with the performance of both the Transcendent Concentrated Correcting Concealer and the Dreamlit Illuminating Under Eye Brightener when it comes to how long they last. While they do crease ever so slightly, it is hardly noticeable – I can only hope they work as well on my raggedy midwinter bags!
At £15.99 each, Pacifica’s concealers are pricier than my usual Barry M go-to. That said, they seem to be running down a lot slower, and I’m very impressed with them overall. I hope the swatches give a helpful indication of how they work on someone with my skintone – if you have any more questions, ask away in the comments and I’ll do my best to fill you in!
Have you tried these two concealing savours from Pacifica, or anything else from the brand?
*This post was not sponsored, but I did not have to pay for these products