Plant Based Bride

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Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Mascara Review

It's time for my second vegan and cruelty free mascara review!  As you may remember, I'm doing research into animal and animal-testing free makeup for my upcoming nuptials, and finding the perfect mascara is definitely at the top of my list!  If you missed the last one, for Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, click here!  I also reviewed e.l.f.'s mad for matte palette, which you can read here.

Let's get to the review of Pacifica's Aquarian Gaze Mascara!

Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Mascara Review // Plant Based Bride

What Pacifica has to say about its Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Long Lash Mineral Mascara...

'Amazing lengthening brush makes your lashes insanely long and gorgeous as it separates to build volume. Our nourishing formula is infused with coconut oil, kelp extract and vitamin B to hydrate each lash as it lengthens and strengthens.'

Cost: $14 US

Vegan?  Yes!

Cruelty-Free?  Yes!

Formulated Without: Animal Ingredients (including carmine, beeswax, and lanolin). Animal Testing, FD&C Colors, Mineral Oil, Parabens, Phthalates, Petroleum, Propylene Glycol, SLS, Gluten, Peanut Oil, and other ingredients you don't want on your skin. 

Ingredients: Water (aqua), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Thickener), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Thickener), 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 CI 77491, 77492, CI 77499

Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Mascara Review // Plant Based Bride

What I have to say about it...

The Good

  • Gives beautiful length; 
  • Contains wholesome ingredients;
  • Doesn't smudge;
  • Very natural-looking (especially with one coat!);
  • Doesn't tend to clumping;
  • Separates the lashes;
  • Leaves the lashes soft;
  • Lightweight and flexible brush;
  • Does not come off in water;
  • Applies easily and the formula is not too wet;
  • Is easily removed with almond oil and aloe vera gel.

The Bad

  • Doesn't volumize;
  • Doesn't hold curl exceptionally well over the course of the day and won't give your lashes a nice curl if you don't use an eyelash curler before and/or after application.

RATING: 4.5/5


Final Thoughts:  This mascara is absolutely wonderful!  I love using it day to day for a natural look, and love not having to worry about smudging or flaking.  The length it gives is beautiful, but I do wish it volumized just a tiny bit more.  It gives a slightly more dramatic look with further coats, but I'm not sure it gives enough punch to be worn alone on my wedding day.  Perhaps combined with individual false lashes it would do the trick!

Would I recommend?  100%!  The only drawback for me is the lack of volume, so if that isn't a concern for you I'd say go for it!


Have you tried Pacifica's Aquarian Gaze Mascara?  What did you think?  Is there a vegan and cruelty-free product you'd like me to review?  Let me know in the comments below!  

Also, be sure to check out my list of cruelty-free beauty brands before you head on your next shopping trip!

Until next time,

Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Mascara Review // Plant Based Bride