Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water Resistant Mascara offers a natural look with one layer, while a more pronounced look with a volume and length with more than one layer.
One of the most requested-for-review brands and products – Pacifica mascara – had a plan to write this review quite some time ago so here it is now.
Natural mascaras tend to lag behind the performance of the conventional ones, even though finding a good or even a great natural mascara is not so hard nowadays anymore. However, one thing has to be pointed out – when a mascara is waterproof, the ingredients, which make the mascara waterproof, are more or less not as natural.
I’ve been using the Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water Resistant Mascara off and on for years. With this mascara, it can be a hit or a miss – I am not really certain whether they’ve changed formulation, or it’s really about whether you get a fresh mascara or not. The Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water Resistant Mascara that I got about two years ago, was performing quite nicely; the one I got this year, was – empty. I don’t even know if I could call it dried up, as the tube was empty. Then I got another one, and this one is performing quite well again, though I couldn’t say it’s as waterproof as the ones I had years ago.
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The Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water Resistant Mascara brush, while plastic, nicely separates the lashes. The mascara tends to flake a bit when applying, though this can be remedied if you tilt your head back, and almost close your eyes, so that there’s more distance between the lashes and eyelids.
One layer of the Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water Resistant Mascara will give you a natural look – the lashes will be colored and nicely separated. If you wish to achieve more volume and more pronounced lashes, two coats will be needed – and applying a second coat of the mascara is also easy, as the mascara does not clump.
As mentioned earlier, to my recollection, the Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water Resistant Mascara that I used years ago, was a bit more waterproof as opposed to now. The mascara stays on for a good part of the day, though it gradually loses its power, and a bit of smudginess appears later on.
Now, this mascara is not all-natural, as it contains quite a few synthetic ingredients, though they do not irritate my eyes, which is a major plus. The mascara also contains beneficial ingredients, such as coconut oil, kelp and Vitamin B.
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So, how about the ingredients?
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.
Candelilla wax, Euphorbia Cerifera Wax, Ozokerite Wax and Copernicia Cerifera Wax are emulsifiers and thickening agents. Glycerin is a humectant and lubricant.
Coconut oil has nourishing and moisturising properties. Panthenol is a form of vitamin B5, used as a moisturizer and lubricating compound. Kelp extract has anti-irritating properties; it contains an abundance of minerals.
Acrylates/Octylacrymide Copolymer is a film-forming agent; this is an ingredient, which makes many products (especially mascara) water-resistant/waterproof. The ingredient is, of course, a synthetic one, and while it is not classified as toxic, it may be an eye-irritant.
Stearic Acid, a naturally-occurring fatty acid, used to condition and protect lashes. Hydroxyethylcellulose is a thickening agent. Caprylyl glycol is known a a biological stabiliser and now has been tested as a paraben-free preservative.
Potentially problematic ingredients? There’s quite a number of synthetic ingredients in this mascara, and a few are not all that pleasant.
- Butylene Glycol is used as a preservative, solvent (dissolves other ingredients), and humectant (holds moisture to skin). Human irritant – strong evidence (only for products for use around the eyes, on the skin, or may be aerosolized (airborne)
- Glyceryl Stearate Citrate is a lubricant; it gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance, but there’s a strong possibility it’s comedogenic.
- Polyisobutene: Polymer of the hydrocarbon isobutylene obtained from petroleum oil. It functions as a thickening and film-forming agent. A waterproofing emollient.
- Ethylhexylglycerin, a natural preservative used as an alternative to parabens. It can possibly damage and irritate eyes, and is known to cause dermatitis.
- Sodium hydroxide (EWG score 3) can be a potential irritant for skin and eyes; those who know that this ingredient irritates their skin should not use this mascara.
- Phenoxyethanol, a preservative, a skin and eye irritant.
- Disodium EDTA, a chemical salt used to separate heavy metals from dyes and other substances. A synthetic preservative, made from ethylenediamine, formaldehyde (a known carcinogen) and sodium cyanide (made from the toxic gas hydrogen cyanide).
- Hexylene glycol, a preservative and solvent. May be irritating to some skin types.
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My final word?
Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water Resistant Mascara offers a nice color to the lashes, and with one layer – a natural look. It nicely separates the lashes, and stays on for the better part of the day, though it may smudge a bit. With two layers, you get a pretty volume and length and layering is also quite easy – no clumping.
While you may get a faulty mascara, which may be dry or – as it was in my case a while ago – even an empty tube, when you do get a full tube, it should last you for the duration when the mascara is still good to be used – around 3 – 4 months.
I guess the bigger problem is this mascara is not totally natural, as it contains, especially, for my taste, a bit too many synthetic preservatives. While preservatives, especially in mascaras, are very much needed and important – due to healthy reasons, these synthetic preservatives can also pose certain health risks.
Price? Somewhere between 13 – 16€, depending where you buy it, which makes this mascara quite affordable, thought not entirely.
Would I buy it again? You know what? I would and I will; I’ve been using this mascara, on and off, for many years now, and given it does not irritate my eyes, while performing nicely – lasting quite a many hours on my lashes, giving them either a natural look during the day, or a more pronounced look with layers – it’s a mascara I will continue buying.
How about you? Have you tried the Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water Resistant Mascara? What’s your take on it?
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