Pacifica Pineapple Quench Oil Free Water Serum Review

Summer is right around the corner and I’ve been looking for new, lightweight serums to add to my routine to prepare for the heat. This is a line I recently saw at Target, and the gradient packaging on the Pacifica Pineapple Quench Oil Free Serum caught my eye. I am definitely guilty of purchasing a product solely because of its packaging, and I’m not ashamed. Packaging matters! I was also happy to see a serum that wasn’t in dropper form where I had to open the entire product to use it. The germaphobe in me was super pleased!

This serum comes in a squeeze tube that allows you to press out as much as you need. But what *really* made me purchase this is the two ingredients highlighted as power players: hyaluronic acid and pineapple. What better combination for hydration from the hyaluronic acid and glowy skin from the mild exfoliation of pineapple fruit acids. I was SOLD. I’ll just say now that not everything that glitters is gold…

Ingredients

  • aqua, glycerin, hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, xanthan gum, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, sodium hyaluronate, sodium citrate, hypnea musciformis (algae) extract, Macrocystis pyrifera extract, spirulina platernsis extract, Camellia Sinensis (green tea) extract, ananas sativus (pineapple) fruit extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, Crambe maritima (kale) leaf extract, Phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, parfum (natural).

Pacifica’s Claims

  • Oily skin needs moisture too! This daily use water-light serum helps provide a burst of needed hydration. A magical oil-free combo of ingredients includes hyaluronic acid, pineapple extract, calendula, and aloe vera. A perfect prep for your favorite mattifying makeup. Plus it’s fresh and amazing, just like you!
  • 100% Vegan and Cruelty-free
  • Formulated without SLS, sulfates, parabens, and petroleum
  • Every true beauty knows it’s what’s on the inside that matters
  • Moisturize and prep your skin

My Experience

Remember when I said everything that glitters isn’t gold? This is it. When I first applied it, it felt great on my skin. It absorbed like a dream. It smelled really fruity and fresh and had a slight tingle from the pineapple. The consistency was very light and slightly tacky, which I thought (keyword: thought) would be excellent for makeup.

Since it’s a water-based serum, I applied it after toning my skin before the rest of my routine. I followed it up with my Alpha Arbutin serum from The Ordinary and my Shiseido Senka Aging Care SPF 50+ sunscreen. A simple routine to see how it really works. Before I even got to my sunscreen step, my face was a big pilling MESS. I made sure to pat the products, yet my face was still falling apart. I tried spritzing a hydrating spray to maybe help the products settle. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING helped.

Because I am obviously a genius (read: not) I decided to carry on with my makeup and see how it would hold up. I played myself big time. My face feeling slightly irritated, I still went ahead and applied my foundation and concealer. My makeup was crumbling off by the minute and my concealer would not stay in place. Everything got worse when I attempted to set it with a powder and setting spray.  Not even Skindinavia could hold my face together. The worst part is I was running late to a graduation, and now I would be late with my makeup in pieces. The entire day I had to walk around with foundation falling off my face and concealer being everywhere but where I placed it.

Overall

If you can’t tell by now, the makeup primer part of this product is an absolute scam. But aside from that, it was definitely hydrating. My skin was instantly glowing and I loved the tingling feeling from the pineapple extract. If it didn’t pill terribly, it would be an awesome product. It does what all it claims, minus the primer part. Is it worth keeping in my daily routine? Probably not. The only time I use it is if I’m doing a super simple routine where I apply the Up & Up Aloe Vera Gel followed by this Pacifica Pineapple Quench Oil Free Serum and the Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Oil. So, mostly at night. If you’re not a makeup wearer and want a simple and hydrating routine that will help get rid of dullness and gently exfoliate, this is absolutely for you. It can only work with minimal products. I would give it a 6/10 only because of the claim of it being a primer and that being false.

Shop the Pacifica Pineapple Quench Oil Free Serum Here

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