When Target started to offer Pacifica products earlier this year, one of the items I grabbed to try out was their Color Quench Mineral Lip Tint in Sugared Fig. My Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum had recently just broken and fallen to the floor, and so I was game for trying to see if I could find another product to replace it without having to repurchase a product I’d only used a handful of times. My lips dry out really easily, so I mostly prefer to wear more balm-like products, as even gentle lipstick formulas seem to leave my lips in poor shape.
The Color Quench Lip Tints are advertised to be nourishing balms featuring avocado and coconut oils that provide sheer color, and are available in five shades: Blood Orange, Coconut Nectar, Vanilla Hibiscus, Guava Berry and Sugared Fig. They’re packaged in a recyclable ChapStick-like tube that’s pretty thin and is a bit more portable than a standard lipstick tube. The tubes do not let you see the actual color of the product but have a colored design on them so that you can still recognize which shade you’re holding reasonably quick.
I found that the Sugared Fig shade was really very nice, and so later on I decided to pick up the Coconut Nectar shade as well. Both of them are very moisturizing, and have a firmer consistency than I’m used to seeing from a lot of balms. This translates to less of a slick feeling on the lips, but really decent staying power. Both of the colors are really pretty and have a bit of shimmer to them rather than a glossy shine. Even after I’ve been wearing one of them for a few hours and forget that I had put it on my lips earlier, I’ll glance in the mirror and be surprised to see that my lips will still have a gentle sheen to them.
Sugared Fig is a deep plummy shade. There’s a lot of red in it as it appears in the tube and when first applied, but I find that as it fades on my lips I’m left with a sheen that leans a bit bluer. It has a rich, sweet fig scent.
Coconut Nectar is a golden light brown. Pacifica describes it as a golden raisin. Although it’s a lighter color than Sugared Fig, it’s a bit more pigmented in one swipe and I use it with a relatively light hand. It smells like toasted coconut.
Ingredients: cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, glycine soja (soy) wax, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, natural flavor, vitamin E, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract. May contain: mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxides. 100% vegan. Gluten-free.
While the white plastic tube reminds me of a cheaper product, these are priced comparably to Revlon Lip Butters or the L’Oreal Colour Riche Balms and I find them to be very kind to lips. Though not identical to the Lip Butters or L’Oreal Balms (each of these products have their own strengths), they could be a really good option if you prefer to purchase cruelty-free products or more natural formulations. Pacifica is an environmentally-conscious producer, as well (you can find out more about their practices on their website), and they’re based in Portland, Oregon. I myself live in Seattle, so this company is practically local for me.
Have you tried them? Share your thoughts!