I’ve only started trying Pacifica products several months ago, despite knowing the brand’s existence for years but there’s an actual reason for that: the whole Pacifica range is not fully available overseas. The products are all vegan and cruelty-free.
The Aquarian Gaze water-resistant long lash mineral mascara
Described as a lengthening and defining mascara, infused with kelp and coconut oil, I was very excited to give it a try, and after several months of use, I can happily report that this products keeps its promises. One of my favorite ways to review a mascara is through the nap test. The past few months, I had been struggling with sleep deprivation and restlessness so power naps were saving me extreme fatigue during the day. This is the first time that a mascara stayed put while I napped. No smearing or smudging. I never experienced a case of the raccoon eyes 😉 I was impressed and it earns its title of water-resistant: it fights against the elements, rain, strong wind, long hours outside, sweat, it just doesn’t fail. Hence the title of this post; if mermaids wore mascara, I believe they would be using this.
Looking at the ingredients, I’ve come accross other mascaras that have a “greener” formula. The use of Disodium EDTA, Phenoxethanol, Polyisobutene is debatable. The EU Cosmetics Directive asserts that the typical concentration of Disodium EDTA in cosmetics is too low to cause any significant harm to the body, and have declared it safe to use in personal care products, but if you’re not comfortable with it, you can avoid it. Same applies for Phenoxyethanol. Polyisobutene is a synthetic polymer and used as a film-forming agent. It rates 1 on EWG, nevertheless I’d have preferred not to find it in this formula.
Ingredients: Aqua, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) cera wax, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) cera wax, acrylates crosspolymer, butylene glycol, stearic acid*, glyceryl stearate, polyisobutene, phenoxyethanol, hydroxyethylcellulose, sodium hydroxide, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, steareth-21, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, panthenol (vitamin B), macrocystis pyrifera (kelp) extract, sodium dehydroacetate, disodium EDTA, hexylene glycol, iron oxides Cl 77491, Cl 77492, Cl 77499. *Vegetable source.
My bare eye (left) versus with the other with one coat of Aquarian Gaze.
As you can tell one coat shows already a massive difference, usually I don’t feel like applying more than that because I prefer to keep the result as natural-looking as possible.
I also really like the wand: it reminds me of the one from W3ll People’s Expressionist mascara (my holy-grail product) and it does a great job at giving the lashes a natural lift, thus making them look longer and bigger. No eyelash curler needed. In
the first picture you also notice the biodregadable wipes with coconut
water. Besides the fact that they have a delicious coconut scent, they remove the eye makeup really easily. I used them a few times to remove the makeup off my entire face and they are not sticky at all, but nothing beats a good oil cleanser to me.
The Aquarian Gaze mascara retails for $14 (if you’re in the US) which makes it a great budget-friendly mascara. Pacifica is available on Lovelula, and on iHerb.
As of today I’ve used up Aquarian Gaze and I’ve already moved on to another mascara, which is also really affordable. Can you guess which one?
What is your favorite mascara? Also, is there another #green water-proof mascara available?
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